Orange Blossom Tree

Here’s a digitally-colored illustration of an orange blossom tree I sketched. (Or maybe those are clementines!)

I must be loving orange and yellow of late since my last post had the same color-scheme!

Floral Assortment – Flower Series No. 30!

Hey, guess what?! I made it to day 30! It’s so awesome. I thought I’d get bored of painting flowers for 30 days, but my motivation only waned a couple times. I’ve definitely learned a lot in this challenge. Probably the biggest take-away is that I  can do things when I set my mind to it. I finished a 30 day challenge, guys! (Okay, should I quit mentioning it? I’m just surprised, honestly.)

For the final piece, I wanted to combine most (if not all) the types of flowers into one single painting, which I did. I opted to use gouache, since of late I’ve been quite in love with it. Really. (Thanks Anna Bond for giving the inspiration!)

What was your favorite post? Or what flower in today’s post is your favorite? Comment below!

Now my busy social life (hah!) demands I go interact with people, so I’m signing off!

A great weekend to y’all! Thanks for visiting my blog! (I really should thank you more often. Really.)

Orange Blossom – Flower Series No. 28

Right around the time I discovered citrus fruits grow on trees (and why wouldn’t they?!), I thought it would be pretty cool to have a tree like that in your backyard. Sadly, the PNW just isn’t the right environment for citrus fruits to grow in. Down south, however, they grow much more heartily! Maybe I should move? (Just kidding!)

This illustration was done in gouache, which I am more and more coming to appreciate. What’s better than a paint that works like watercolor and acrylic?! It’s the best of both worlds.

Also, IT’S DAY 28 OF THIS CHALLENGE!!!

A Striped Dress

Just to make up for the (less than stellar) orchid painting, here’s a fashion illustration! It’s been a while since I did one of these and I enjoyed it so much! I have to do these more often 🙂

Carnations – Flower Series No. 19

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Happy Monday! I’m still enjoying my time in the Midwest; today is my last full day here, and it’s kinda sad to think of that. But it’s been an awesome trip. Meeting new people and experiencing life at a different pace has been good for me.

Thank you to Carol for the inspiration to paint carnations! They are lovely flowers 😉

Also, here is the reference picture I used:

Carnation, by Louise d'Orleans

The paintings are quite similar, so thought I’d include the source in this post. (I’ve got to start including my reference pictures more often!)

 

Sketch of Molly & Current Thoughts

Hello!

I’m finally feeling like blogging again! It’s a good feeling.

A friend (whose name is mentioned above 😉 ) asked me once: is your blog for you or for your readers?

I’ve never considered this before she asked me. It made me realize the purpose behind why I created my blog and why I continue to post illustrations and rambling thoughts.

This blog is for me. It’s a hobby-turned-veryyy-small business. It’s a creative outlet. It’s a stress-reliever.

It’s also a time-killer, an entertainer, a journal, and many other things.

I can’t profess to having a blog for my readers, family, friends, etc. That puts a lot of pressure on me, which I’m not sure I cope well with, this being a hobby of mine. I enjoy the slight anonymity, the sporadic posting, and the spurts of energy and motivation I receive from it.

That being said, I hope it can bring a bit of happiness, (maybe some empathic concern), interest, and joy to you!

 

2018 – Fresh Start

I love when a not-so-good afternoon turns out to be amazing and productive and inspiring. After feeling so tired from a ten-hour day at work, the last thing I felt like doing when arriving home was folding laundry, making my bed, and organizing.

But I knew I’d feel so much better with a bit more order in my life; so an evening spent listening to Fran, organizing my room, and yoga made me feel a whole lot better! And with the new year, I wanted a fresh start.

My mind feels clearer. I am motivated. And happy 🙂

So for 2018. What to expect?

Moving out. New responsibilities. Life lessons. Travel. Growing up. Possibilities.

Even to think of a clean slate and the unknown is inspiration itself!

Blessings to everyone in the new year!

White Elephant Gift

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One of the best things about a gift exchange is the White Elephant version. This gift is so awesome because it takes all the pressure off of finding the “perfect” gift! It is such a struggle to buy presents for some people (aka males), but a white elephant gift works quite well in this case.

The elephant on the front of the card was created with my new Jane Davenport fountain pen, which I absolutely adore. 10/10 recommend. (Nope, not sponsored! Just my own opinion.) Can’t say this cute elephant was my idea (although I wish it were)! I free-handed it from this illustration.

As for the gift itself, well that is a surprise! Here’s a hint: sumo + pool toy + antacid + other random goods.

I can’t wait to see what everyone else brings!

Merry Christmas!