drawing and inking plants

I've been doing MANY bikes, runs, and walks throughout the river valley this summer. I'm trying to notice all the plants, and draw some with the help of botanical books from the library. I have some new illustrations I am working on for ABMI about biodiversity in Canada, so I feel like each walk is 'research' for work. I am so glad to have a giant forest accessible for me to use just blocks from my house and studio.

In other news, I will be doing almost exclusively illustration projects for the remainder of this year, and my two ladies at WD will be handling the majority of design clients. It turns out I will also be teaching illustration courses at MacEwan this Fall/Winter, too. 

So far, 2014 has been a whirlwind of new territory/experiences both personally and professionally. I am trying to navigate it all with kindness (to others and to myself), even when uncomfortable :)

NLT 2014

Working on creative for my oldest client (+10 yrs), Northern Light Theatre. Here are some sneak peak press images of the new season We try to do something new every year, often changing up the style/technique completely (see old seasons on the WD website). We've even hired other illustrators to produce the season images, while we focus on the art direction and design.

This year, I illustrated everything :) and I adjusted my style a little to try something new.


All I wanna do is make things with ink. I want more time to do more drawing, but feel its very tricky to create an adequate routine for this.Time is really annoying… I complain about it alot. I like too many different things and this has been my problem for a very long time.

Do you believe in this 10,000 hours to be an expert thing?

I feel that its one thing to spend that many hours actually doing a specific skill, but what about all the time we need to expand our visual library and brain? Research, reading, walking, playing music, honouring relationships, reflecting etc. How can we measure the time we spend that INFORMS the work, vs. the work itself?

Also, what about natural talent vs. practice? Also, who has 10K of time to spare? 

When I talk to students about drawing/making things, I compare it to yoga practise. Its ongoing. Until you're dead. Don't expect it to have an ending, ever. No glorious finish line. Just keep going forever and ever. It will often be awkward, difficult, and uncomfortable. Accept this. Hopefully then, you can savour the journey a little more.


Art in Ottawa

I went to Ottawa to participate in the National AGM for the Graphic Designers of Canada. I took on being the president of the Alberta North Chapter of this association last January. I was nervous to take on this role at first, but it has blossomed into this experience where I am learning so much about how to self start projects, manage a group of people and empower them. Feeling very positive about what could happen with it. I hope that my fellow prezzies from the other chapters felt positive as well...as I made them all do yoga on Parliament hill on Sunday morning. A little grumbling but mostly they seemed happy about it :)

One of the best parts of Ottawa is the National Art Gallery. Amazing collection.