General Musings

Life, Lately

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  I should really be updating more now that the blog has been cleaned up! I keep realizing too that I mean to write up posts and forget entirely.  We were in Mexico a little while ago – I could write about that.  I completed the third year of the Vitality Awards for the Downtown […]


Aaaand June.

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Wow, so that was a whole month between postings. Life is crazy post personal trauma.  For one thing, my short term memory?  Shot.  Second, my emotional capacity for anything trying is nonexistent right now.  I’m working on it though.  And the concept of time continues to blow me out of the water.  I feel like […]


Days of May

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And a lovely day and half so far it has been! Are things looking a little cleaner around here on the site?  Yes they are.  Are they going to get even better?  I think so! My wonderful husband and I were up at the crack of 7:30AM-ish (on a Saturday!) ready to carpe-the-diem in all […]


Time Marches on…

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It’s a country song.  I can’t think of the artist right now – Neil something.  I know my mom said he was handsome and I didn’t think so at the time, but I wonder if my perspective would be any different twenty odd years later. Anyways.  I just wanted to put some more work up […]


#DBSLdrawsYYC – ing

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My first post under that hashtag in awhile!  Feels okay. One great thing about this leave of absence is I’ve been drawing a lot.  Like every single day, sometimes for up to four hours at a time.  Just getting lost in the process, figuring out my style, learning little things to tweak.  I did a […]


back in the swing of things?

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I know, I know…the blogging schedule really does leave something to be desired. I’m still on a bit of a leave from work.  The normal Type-A part of me thought I would be efficient as all get out, maximizing the time off, working tirelessly on new pieces and maybe even finally following through on the […]


In most loving memory…

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February and March were two of the hardest months of my life.  In some ways so short, but as one person put it, that time will probably stay in my memory better than many other periods in my life. March 16th, very early in the morning, my beautiful mom finally surrendered in her long battle […]


Birds and BABIES

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  It’s not really a secret.  My husband and I have been trying for a baby for some time now.  I’m doing my best to trust the path I’m on now, and not worry too deeply about why it’s taking the time it is.  Maybe I’m meant to discover something about myself.  Maybe there’s a […]


New Year, New Hashtag: #DBSLdrawsYYC

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Happy Friday!  Three posts so far this month, colour ME impressed!  Why the change?  Because I’m so thirsty to keep creating these days! I’ve been taking those Urban Sketchers books I received for Christmas to heart – I have found time almost every day so far this year to pull out my sketchbook and draw […]


Am I…complicated enough to be here?

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  What a start, right?  Well I do want to get back to this space more often, so I think questions like these are important!  Frank and I ventured out into the bitter cold tonight to attend an art show for a fellow capoeirista and artist friend of ours, Jason Lamacraft .  It was pretty neat […]


December

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…sorry. There I was, hell bent on getting the 2015 calendar out for December 1st…and then…absolute burnout.  I stopped working out, capoeira, any attempt at drawing or painting.  Blech.  I just had a three day weekend.  Instead of trying to stay productive, do you know what I did? I slept in.  For three days.  Adding […]


A few more aMiNals…

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Well hello again!  Look at that…less than a month to return to blogging!  I am patting myself on the back right now. So I believe I’ve covered how all of my friends have been having babies this past year.  I’m eagerly feeling ready for one of my own, but in the mean time, I had […]


Beep beep.

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  Well hello fair readers, if you are still stopping in. I confess, I have been more than absent lately. It’s been in my best interests.  Life throws funny curve balls at you sometimes, and you have to take time off for yourself as needed.  I’d been feeling this way for a while with the […]


sketching children

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I can’t pinpoint exactly when it started happening.  I was always looking for fashion figures to draw, but started stumbling across really cute pictures of kids so I’d pin those too.  Small disclaimer though – those images you see all over Pinterest of three and four year old children dressed all fashionably like they’re the […]


Sweet, sweet September

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Finally, finally life can slow down just a little.  I write these words having just returned hours ago from Vancouver following three intense weeks of capoeira which culminated Sunday in receiving my next belt.  I feel good.  I was exhausted and just breaths away from tears most of Saturday evening, but I’ve worked so hard […]


July! and Happy Canada Day

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Get those bikini’s ready!  Finally Calgary weather forecast is predicting a week of temperatures in the high twenties – meaning I may actually be able to go to work without a sweater over my cute outfit! It’s funny to look at this illustration almost a year after painting it – I was so proud of […]


June!

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I love the beginning of a new month!  Not only because it’s so ripe with possibility but also because I also get a freebie blog post with the 2014 Calendar girls!  I had actually forgotten which illustration I had for this month.  Here she is, summered right out in chartreuse shorts and toting Starbucks for […]


Lilacfest 2014

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Hello!  On a not related to art in the slightest post, I made it into the Calgary Sun this morning for our capoeira performance yesterday down at Lilacfest!  We had  an awesome time out there, my group paired up with my husband’s.  We actually train in two separate capoeira groups.  Long history behind that, but ultimately […]


Feb-brrrr-uary

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Well into February it is.  Once we get out of this ‘minus teens’ phase I’m sure it’ll be great.  For now here’s someone cute, sassy and neutral to keep the spirits up.


Gala Gonzalez

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This was an image I saved…forever ago from Instagram. I don’t know how I end up following half the people that I do, and periodically I’ll go in there and purge.  But this photo I liked.  I think what I like about fashion illustration when done right is the element of play that it has. […]


Kitties and Couture

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Yet another fashion blogger I fell across on Pinterest.  I thought it was comical the way she was posed with her coffee cup – don’t we all feel that way sometimes – like we’re hanging onto our caffeinated beverage for dear life to survive the next eight hours?  Just me?  Sorry, sidetracked.  Meet Maria of […]


Thought for the Day

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I’ve been facing a bit of a digital learning curve this week and thought playing around with this quote would do me some good.  The funny thing is – once I finished it I referenced back to where I’d found it – and realized I’ve quoted it wrong.  It’s actually “Every artist was FIRST an […]


Kicking SAD to the Curb

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Just a snippet of what’s waiting to be painted right now… Whew!  Alright, SERIOUSLY, how is everyone feeling today?  I’ve been battling the royal headache that is Seasonal Affective Disorder now since Friday and I think I’ve finally got a grip on it.  The sad part is, it took a while to even recognize what […]


Here’s to the freakin’ weekend

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Rihanna?  Anybody?  I’ll driiiiink to that, ya-ay yaaaa.  Ahem. Does anyone else find it’s the week following a long weekend that just kills you?  I’m lucky enough in my full time job to get an extra Monday off every two weeks and I have to be honest, the five day weeks I can plow through, […]