Welcome 2018


Sketched by the fire after a hike around my husband’s old stomping grounds growing up. I understand now why people paint this sort of thing. This experience in nature was nothing short of magical.

Hi there!   I just wanted to pop in and say hello, blog!  Been awhile.  2017 now lies behind us and what a year for me and DBSL!  Unbelievable.

As we speak my artwork is up on display in Cafe Rosso down on Stephen Ave – my first official showing ever.  The timing of that opportunity in particular is striking to me.  November of last year I was shortlisted along with 20 other artists for the chance to paint a window in the downtown core over December.  The catch was you had to paint outside to get it up, using a medium I was not familiar with – and the average size window we were painting would be 80 square feet – which is huge!  We entered a cold snap in Calgary, I got sick, and I wasn’t initially contacted.  To summarize, it didn’t work out.  But, that same week my sister told me about Cafe Rosso putting out an expression of interest to feature one artist a month in their cafes.  I sent an email to put my hat in the ring and was one of the 12 artists selected.  From there we had a meeting and artists could choose which month they wanted.  It only took me a few seconds to choose January.  I have a ton of work to choose from already.  I could stay frozen with decisions and the desire to paint all new pieces for my month, or I could just commit, get it done and keep moving forward.  Felt damn good to choose action, I must say.  It’s great to start the new year with this month in front of me.

Live illustration was the other crazy opportunity to come up for me in 2017 – twice!  I now have a Services Page right here on the site for anyone interested in working with me for live illustration in the future.  Full disclosure: when I was initially contacted on behalf of Philosophy Skincare, I did not even understand what they were asking.  I’ve seen girls doing live illustration before.  I just…thought they were wildly more successful than I was.  Funny what our minds can do to us.

And then there is Etsy.  I put about 60+ hours into my Etsy store over the course of last year.  And then in September, something happened.  A slow but steady creep of sales began to occur for me.  This first week of 2018 has been my best week yet – 9 sales in seven days!  I would be over the moon to keep that up this year.


All recapping aside, I did want to post a few sketches from our visit back to Rossland this year over Christmas.  It’s my last day of my holiday break – just over two weeks.  It felt like so much longer!  Life had different plans for me than what I was counting on for this time off, but I can say that I’ve both enjoyed the time off, and I am ready to get back to work!

I make no promises to increase my output of blog posts for 2018.  In fact, I’ve finally made peace with this.  Instagram is an excellent platform for sharing my work, and Etsy is it’s own beast to learn from.

What are my goals in 2018?  Well…more of the same, but better might be the easiest way to put it.  I want to keep creating.  I feel as though I’m losing my fear of people’s reaction to my work.  I’d like to reach out to some of our local publications to see if there are opportunities for me to do some editorial illustration, as it would be amazing to see my work in print.  I want to keep up these Etsy sales.  I have new goals for calendar production for 2019.  I would LOVE to do more live illustration.  I cannot describe the state of mind it put me in to illustrate in front of people.  Peak state, I suppose.  What else…we were in the mall the other day and there was this enormous cut out in front of the soon to be Sak’s store in Chinook.  It was an illustration of a storefront with cars and people outside, and it had to be 10 feet wide and 8 feet tall at least.  I want to do something like that!  All this to say, I am ready to get outside of my comfort zone with DBSL.  We’ve had a great time building this backstory on the internet together since 2012.  Now,  I really want to show my work to the masses.  Worst they can say to me is no.  I’m ready for this.  Are you hearing me 2018?  Let’s do this.

To anyone out there reading this, Happy New Year!  Some believe it’s old hat but I LOVE fresh starts.  A new year is a new gift.  Push yourself and you might just be amazed at where you end up.


First sketch made from the car while out practicing my Urban Sketching. I love Rossland for it’s unconventional approach to houses. They are buried into the mountain side and made all the more magical once you add several feet of snow to tuck them in.

Live Illustration at Cacao70


This has been quite the year for Design by Streetlight.  Maybe it’s five cumulative years of #hustle without much of a stir on the rest of the world, but things have really been cooking for me in 2017.

I was approached out of the blue about two weeks ago and asked to do live illustration on site for the soft opening of Cacao70, a new eatery in south west Calgary.  They were inviting 25 social media influencers to sample their menu as well as come out to support the Make A Wish Foundation.  Each influencer would receive a gift bag and an illustration to take home with them.  This is where I came in!


Photo credits to Jose Soriano Photography:

Now, in all honesty, I stopped my focus on fashion illustration towards the end of 2014.  I will be forever grateful for the time spent there and it especially came back in spades while brushing up for this event.  Back in the day I would spend between three and five hours on an illustration, perfecting the pose, adding in details like personal jewellery and trying to get the facial features to be recognizeable even in watercolor.

This event was a slightly different experience.  25 influencers in a two hour window – which did actually end up stretching into 2.5 hours by the end of it but still came out to a tidy 6 minutes per illustration.  Insane!  I spent several evenings the week before practicing my figure sketches and working to simplify facial features so that each sketch was more of a loose render than a finished product.  But they loved it!

I am incredibly grateful to the team at Shine PR for the opportunity to do this live.  I am still pinching myself that after five years of working on my craft, suddenly it is starting to attract an audience and these live opportunities to sketch events like this one!



This was one last illustration I wanted to create as a gift to the owners – a thank you and welcome to the community.  I had an amazing time, made a few new connections and will definitely be searching out opportunities such as this one in the time to come!

2018 DBSL Calendars are here!

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Good Morning!  It’s Saturday, the second day of fall and here in YYC the sun is trying it’s best to break through the bleakness that has been content to blanket our city this past week or so.  I just wanted to write a little note here to say that I have decided to completely step outside my normal tradition of finally getting calendars to print on the first day of December and announce that THE 2018 CALENDARS ARE HERE!

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If there is a place I pour my heart and soul into painting more than anywhere else, it is in these calendars each year.  I always have my eyes open for travel photos that catch my eye and this year I feel like I really did not hold back.  The 2018 Calendar is available in two sizes and styles – the classic Desk Calendar is an 8″ x 10″ printed on glossy stock that pins up easily into an office cubicle or can slide into a glass frame.  It can be trimmed down after the month is over if you really loved the image and want to save it for later.  And in it’s second year of production – the DBSL Wall Calendar is printed on a slick 11″ x 17″ sheet with a full month for noting down appointments and other reminders – great for the kitchen or shared home space where everyone can see the month at a glance.

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Check out the Classic Calendar here and the Wall Calendar right here .

These will make a beautiful Christmas gift and a small token of appreciation is sent out with each order.  Don’t forget to grab one for yourself!

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Baby Gifts


These are our friends Nate and Nat!  Four years ago we spent a month travelling through South East Asia together.  That was before I was attempting Urban Sketching, still working on fashion illustration and when capoeira was dominating my focus in life (as it still somewhat is…).  It’s fascinating to watch time go by.  Next month they’ll be welcoming their firstborn into the world.  Nate is something of an artist himself so I was very flattered when he asked me to help out with art for the nursery.  They’re expecting a little girl, and went with a space theme for the baby’s room.  He sent me a few images and color swatches of what they had in mind and this is the finished result!  A little different from my usual style – but I was thinking it as I was painting these, how fortunate that my comfort level in experimenting with watercolor has increased over the years.  These were really enjoyable to work on – a slow race of the brush against the speed of the water drying on paper.  Of course it did not occur to me to take scans for later reproduction, or for sharing on here.  Maybe these will be worth a fortune one day – Stephanie Fowler originals.  Cue laughter. :)



And here is a photo of Frank and I.  We are horrible at remembering to take photos together – but yesterday we were on the ball and especially out of the ordinary – not in capoeira clothes!  hah!  So this is us.  Slowly growing older together.

What Else is New Around Here?


Hello blogging world!

I am still alive and at the drawing board – and the keyboard too.  March was an amazing marathon of a month with getting all the initial work on the Etsy store up and running.   Added to that – Urban Sketchers reposted a few of my sketches on their Instagram profile – I was thrilled!  Back in February I actually got registered for their symposium coming up this summer in Chicago.  I’m excited and nervous – I’m leaving Frank here in Calgary and going all in to fully immerse myself in the experience.  I’ve got workshops with a few of my personal heroes in the Urban Sketching world and I hope I can go there and charm the daylights off everyone with my sparkling personality.  All joking aside – I’m spending five days surrounded by people I know of online – not even personally.  I’ll try to seek out a capoeira class while I’m there too because hey, why not…but it’s going to be a lot of learning in addition to a lot of time spent outside of my comfort zone.  They do say this is where the magic happens however…so we will see.

a few of my sketches that Urban Sketchers shared on their Instagram platform

a few of my sketches that Urban Sketchers shared on their Instagram platform



I’ll leave you with that – and apologize yet again for the lack of commitment to blogging on a regular basis.  It is not from a lack of new material to share – it’s from focusing my energy elsewhere.   As always – please come visit me on Instagram – I’m pretty active over there!