I joined Urban Sketchers Orlando at the campus of Florida Southern College for their Frank Lloyd Wright tour. Frank Lloyd Wright designed many of the buildings on campus in the 1940s– two churches, a huge dome fountain, covered walking paths, and even the planetarium! I painted Usonian House, which was designed for faculty housing. It … More Frank Lloyd Wright at Florida Southern
Occasionally I get asked about what to buy to get started with watercolor… I love this question, and it’s been almost exactly five years since I bought my first watercolor supplies! In honor of my five year watercolor anniversary next month, here’s what I would buy if I was just getting started today: Paint: I … More Getting started with watercolor
I’ve been enjoying plein air painting (literally, “open air” painting– popularized by the Impressionists to capture the light at a particular time and place) lately, and so I signed up to be part of the plein air painting competition at the Florida State Fair. I wasn’t sure what to expect (would I be painting a … More State Fair Plein Air competition
Hi there! I’ve been in the process of setting up an art studio in our new house these past few months, and I’m really happy with how it’s coming together! I love painting outside, but this is where I paint when it’s more practical to work indoors… I love the bookshelves (can you spot Audacious … More New art studio!
I can’t believe that I was able to paint outside almost every day in January! Here are my favorites from this month. I ended up with pictures of my backyard (the orchid tree is blooming!), a nearby lake, Lettuce Lake park (my favorite spot this month!), and just one interior that I did on a … More January painting roundup!
I’m working on the illustrations for a new book (more details soon! It hasn’t been officially announced yet…), and really enjoying this one of a character (and her cat) living in a high rise building. I loved imagining the view out the window, and drawing the skyscrapers and a little rooftop garden! I enjoy urban … More Illustrating a cityscape
I moved back to my home state of Florida last year, and it’s been a joy to rediscover the natural landscape that I grew up in. I really love the parks in our area, and I’m hoping to do more outdoor painting in them this year! Yesterday, I went to Lettuce Lake Park, and brought … More Painting, noticing, and curiosity
We were able to spend the weekend at the beach as a family, and I brought my watercolors with me. I flipped through my sketchbook when I was packing my art supplies and noticed that I had several unfinished paintings from the past few weeks. In each case, I had sketched out a complex scene … More Starting small
I remember when Paul and I were first starting to work on Audacious Ignatius (four years ago now!). I was enrolled in a drawing class and was learning a lot. My work was getting better as I learned and practiced and I thought– let’s wait. I’m not ready to make this book yet. I’ll be … More Are you ready?
It’s so snowy out there! Looking out my window at the white sky and white rooftops this afternoon, I wondered if I could show the edge of the rooftops using only the tree branches between them. I was nervous as I was erasing my pencil lines, wondering if you would be able to distinguish the … More Snowy rooftops
Wow, this has been a work in progress! When I first sketched out a storyboard for Sorin Starts a School, I knew I wanted to have a big panorama towards the end to zoom out and give the feeling of wrapping up the story, but I didn’t think through how long it would take to … More A milestone