November 30, 2010


gouache on book page

this little ditty is for my friend, naomi (sorry if you see this before i send it, na :).  i ripped it out of an old book- the pencil part was written by the first owner of the book and it says: Bertha W. Clausen, Winter 1933.

i think quail are amazing and graceful birds.  that embellishment on the top of their head kills me.

speaking of killing me, after 2 and a half weeks of sick sick sick, i am starting to bounce back.  this was one of those illnesses that just amazed me with how crazy it was.  i'm usual never sick over 5 days or so (and even then, not that often), but this thing TOOK IT'S TIME.  the slightest excitement would send me into it's throes again.  

i have come to believe that viruses are evil.  when you have a virus, there's not a single thing you can do about it.  not a single bloody thing.  whereas if you get a cold, you can hit it hard with vitamin C and water and whatever green healthy hippy juice you want and you'll actually get somewhere.  you can actually have the thrill of a fight with a cold.  with a flu?  tuck you head between your legs because the plane is going down wether you like it or not. 

the GOOD thing about all this is i havent had sugar except from whatever is in fruit and dried plums for over a week... a miracle of God that i'm gonna milk for all it's worth!

anyway, it's good to be back.  i havent gone on a run for forever... havent walked around outside in forever... havent blogged in forever...time to get busy!

November 22, 2010

yuck yuck.

oh, i am sick sick sick.

achy muscles... short of breath... slight fever...seriously, i cant do anything except watch movies.  the worst part is i think it is a relapse...bleheeeh.

what i have learned during this sick time:

*i have the best husband in the world, who brings me movies and juice and cooks me dinner
*i am more inspired to cut out sugar and other immune suppressing things in my diet
*i remember again what it must be like for people like my mom who have lived years and years like this with chronic disease.  how do you not kill yourself if this is your life?
*i heart tylenol pm

yep.  profound huh? :)

November 21, 2010

from the sketchbook vault: treeman

he runs and he has tea.

and he wears mittens, apparently.

November 19, 2010

from the sketchbook vault: tree and shadow

sycamore tree portion in pencil.
bidwell park, chico, ca.

sycamores are so elegant!  bidwell park is redolent with them.  i used to look at them and wish they could come to life like c.s.  lewis' trees in the chronicles of narnia.

November 18, 2010


this picture is about influence.

how God becomes our example and how we in turn become examples (and SEE examples) in the world around us.

" imitators of God as dear children.  and walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us..." -ephesians 5:1

November 15, 2010

too sexy for my shirt

these pictures are inspired by Anthropologie.

this is what happens when fro becomes mod:

(ps, i'm so proud at how my hair really rose to the occasion.  it was so huge...)

from the sketchbook vault: sally's light

there's a little history behind this drawing...
i drew it sitting across from ian outside sally loo's, all nervous wondering when he was gonna ask me out :)

November 12, 2010

from the sketchbook vault: the dancer

this is a full page drawing in my sketchbook from my first semester at Chico State.  it's very roald dahl, i agree.  drawing with pen is like that.  behind it are notes from printmaking class that i let show through intentionally.  it looks like he's stepping down off the notes :)

you do funny stuff when you move somewhere new and don't have friends... like climb into the ribs of the multi-story university library until you find the art book section... and you'll do stuff like spend an hour or two drawing a figure from someone else's two hundred year old painting.  it's strange what we'll do for comfort.

in other news, sally loo's loos is open again (can i get a holla!)

and i woke up at 4:30 this morning for the first time in a while to bake for them
(i dont care what anyone says, midday naps are gross.)

and my aunt is moving tomorrow :(

and my friend wren just had a baby :)

and my friend mo is getting married in a week :)

it all happens at once.

November 11, 2010

keys to the kingdom

pen and ink, watercolor on book cover

had to scan the two sides of the book cover separately to fit it.

November 10, 2010


"i smile at my enemies because i rejoice in Your salvation."
1 samuel 2:1

i drew this during bible study last night (shhhhh.... dont tell anyone)

November 9, 2010

will not return void

acetone transfer, watercolor, ink on bookcover.

"So shall my word be that goes forth from My mouth; it shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it."
isaiah 55:11

November 8, 2010


i found a lovely, lovely blog-

it's about knitting and crocheting.  probably the coolest knit/crochet blog ever...
they have free patterns and sell yarn off their blog.

feast your eyes.  i'm not much of a knitter, but i'm inspired.


making the cowl FOR SURE.

from the sketchbook: 1

for some reason i am alway interested in drawing long, narrow, tall things.

these are elegant, oniony type plants drawn from sara's backyard

November 3, 2010

miss robin was very brave

pencil, conte, ink and acrylic paint on book cover

it was too big for the scanner, so i had to use photo booth to get a picture of it.  
hey.  it works, right? :)

November 2, 2010

real and boy

ink, acrylic, varnish, hymnal bit on bookcover

(the scan kinda cut off the left side of the drawing)

November 1, 2010

light shade

acrylic on bookcover