Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Zion National Park (Part I)

This has been my view for the past five days. Zion National Park is beyond beautiful. It's almost impossible to capture the magnificence of the mountains in a photo, but I tried my best. I'll be back with more photos soon. Cheers! 

Thursday, September 25, 2014

The Murphy Chronicles: 39/52

The air is getting cooler and the lake is finally crisp and refreshing again. Fall is most definitely on the horizon. Murphy and I have been savoring every spare moment we have down by the water. He seems so content there and I love spending the afternoon gazing out over the water with him.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Illustrated: The Fruit Mawn-Stuhs

All my friends are turning 32 this year! Here's another "32" inspired birthday card illustration. Which fruit mawn-stuh is your favorite?

Thursday, September 18, 2014

The Murphy Chronicles: 38/52

Murphy and I were honored to be photographed by the incredibly talented Kelly from Grace Hill Photography. We've never had official pics taken together since I'm always the one behind the camera. It was a bit strange at first, but having my best buddy along helped calm my nerves. Murphy was a great sport and let me squeeze, kiss, and pose him in all kinds of ways!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Illustrated: Welcome Home

I illustrated this card for a couple friends who just purchased their first home. I chose the colors that spoke to me on that particular day and just love the patriotic flair that ended up shining through.  On the back of the envelope I wrote the lyrics to CSNY, Our House (is a very, very fine house). There was also a little monster inside saying hello!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

The Murphy Chronicles Special Edition: Tongue Action (37/52)

Murphy and I spent a lovely and lazy Sunday by the lake. He ate treats and duck poop while I read and attempted to sketch a portrait of him. I managed to catch some seriously impressive tongue photos. This dog could have been in Kiss!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Goodbye / Hello

Goodbye (soon) to sweet summer tomato sandwiches, layered with sprouted bread, white cheddar, sauerkraut, and mayo. You've brought many meals of joy to my belly this season. 

Hello, to crisp fall air, changing leaves, bright root vegetables and kale. I'm ready.

Friday, September 5, 2014

The Murphy Chronicles: 36/52

Throwback of Murphy on the beach last Christmas. Even when it's chilly, I'd rather be at the beach than most anywhere. How about you?

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Illustrated: A Return to Cyclops

I love illustration and have been a doodler for as long as I can remember; any time I take notes they end up covered with random designs. In school, it drove my teachers batty, but it truly helps me concentrate. Lately, illustration has helped me stay calm and escape in moments of worry and stress. I've been sharing my art with friends and family and love how my goofy little drawings make them smile. I thought I'd start sharing them here as well, hopefully to make YOU smile! In 2010 I shared my love of cyclops. I decided to return to my favorite character in honor of a close friend's 32nd birthday by drawing one cyclops for each year of her life so far. I had so much fun creating these little "clops"! Which one is your favorite?

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Hanging in Columbus

Earlier this month, I visited one of my best friends Abby in Columbus, Ohio. It was my first time experiencing the city and I was impressed! There's a lot going on, tons of delicious food, and the Ohio State campus is beautiful. It was a much-needed goofy girl-time weekend! We listened to some live music, treated ourselves to mimosas, brunched at Northstar Cafe (to-die-for veggie burger), and pigged out on the famous Jeni's Ice Cream (strawberry and buttermilk, dark chocolate, and Shanghai peanut). I can't wait to go back!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

The Murphy Chronicles: 34/52

Oh no, Murphy is morphing into a cow! Just kidding. But he is LOVING his new toy. It has a plastic bottle inside and he can't get enough of the crinkling and crackling sounds. I caught him carrying the toy around like this and immediately ran for the camera! Classic Murphy!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Nature Lately

I've been finding mushrooms all over the neighborhood this week!
Attempting to propagate succulents. Inspired by Elise Blaha.
Loving these colors!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

The Murphy Chronicles: 32/52

Last weekend Murphy and I took a road trip to Ohio. When we got stuck in traffic, I grabbed the camera and captured some shots of his favorite activity...car surfing!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Sweet San Fran

While I was in Sacramento last month for business, a couple coworkers and I did a one-day whirlwind trip to San Francisco! It was my first time in the city (and on a train!) and I definitely felt emotional seeing the Golden Gate Bridge in real life. An unexpected find was Sausalito. It's a small town across the bay; the ferry ride over was the highlight of the trip. San Francisco spread behind us, getting smaller as we neared Sausalito. It was noon, and the sun was just burning the last bit of fog away, leaving a pristine blue sky dotted with clouds. Sail boats were carried by a chilly wind; ever artistic with the beautiful Golden Gate Bridge as a backdrop. I sipped a delicious local Speakeasy Ale and marveled at the size of Alcatraz as our ferry tugged by. When we pulled up to Sausalito, the town was buzzing with activity. Bicyclists galore, a breast cancer marathon, and visitors from all walks of life. Somehow we were lucky enough to find a lunch spot outside looking out at the beautiful bay. Someday, I hope to return to San Fran and Sausalito for a more lengthy and relaxing stay.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Beach Birds

During a recent beach trip I was lucky enough to be located directly beside a marina. What a busy spot! Fishermen (and women) coming and going throughout the day, a party boat jamming all hours of the night, and plenty of people watching! My favorite part was the awesome view of the pelicans. They are such calm and collected birds. I love watching them glide along the beach. Ahhh, life by the sea!