Tiny Pictures Tuesday: Sluggish

TPT Slug

Sometimes gross things can also be cool. Like squishing your toes in mud, being in love, or Jeff Rosenstock’s sweat getting on you at a concert.


Hot Fresh Inspo In The Morning


Look, I know you’re not supposed to look at your phone in bed… in fact, I probably shouldn’t even keep it next to my bed… but we all have our vices, right?

Something that really gets me motivated lately, that really makes me ready to leap out of bed and run for the coffee maker (closely followed by a sketchbook), is scrolling through Instagram and seeing that my feed is full of DC creators. It feels so good to know that all of you are out there in the district, up early and then up late, making beautiful stuff. After all…

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Special thanks for this morning’s inspiration to No Kings, Marcella Kriebel, and Typecase Industries.

And, obviously enough, thank you always to A Creative DC and This Is Made In DC.


Tiny Pictures Tuesday: HPIC

Sometimes life gets in the way. Sometimes you’re so busy catching up on lame stuff like paying me your bills and you forget for the first time in about 5 months to post your Tuesday Tiny Picture…

No sweat! (Jk, have you been outside?) Here’s a great opportunity to remember that you don’t need a ton of resources or time to make something (though it helps!) If it makes you feel good, make it work, make it fit into your life, make something. 

Allow me to introduce you to Head Pig, a tiny character (that is kind of an asshole) born of boredom and an excess of time spent staring at illustrations of #theguys by Emily Faulstich, some of my most favorite tiny pictures on the Internet. You have to scroll through her profile to find them all but it is so worth it.

Tiny Pictures Tuesday: Prickly


So, I’m taking this class through Smithsonian Associates. I went to the second session last night and I can tell it’s going to be a lot of fun. They have a surprising amount of offerings at pretty reasonable prices during all seasons, so check it out.

I love walking down into the S. Dillon Ripley Center (under the Smithsonian Castle) as everything on the Mall is closing up for the day. It’s cool and quiet down there and the class itself is very chill. (Is anyone else watching Bob Ross on Netflix? It’s a little like that.)

I realized during class last night that visualization in watercolor (and other mediums, but very much so in this finicky and historically unforgiving one) is a layered concept. Being able to form a cloud or a tree or a mountain with watercolor isn’t only about technique. You have to know both what a cloud looks like and what you want the form of the cloud to look like and then you have to convince your fine motor skills to cooperate.

This morning I woke up too early and had to get out of bed to sketch an image of a girl’s foot. Maybe I’ve been staring at the beautiful illustrations of models that Kimberley Gordon does too much. In my mind, the image was perfectly clear, but I ended up with my sketch book propped on my left knee and my right leg sticking out from under the covers into the chill of the AC for reference.

All of this brings about not only a deeper respect for the detail in watercolors that I’ve taken for granted all my life but also a strong urge to work plein air. Maybe if it’s not too hot next week you’ll see me in Meridian Hill!


DCAC Wallmountables Open Exhibit 2016 

The DC Arts Center on 18th Street is now showing their 26th annual Open Exhibit! Artists are asked to fill 2×2 spaces in a grid and that is the only restriction! I am showing a selection of Tiny Pictures from this blog and while I love posting them here they really do look better in person! 

The range of work in the gallery is fascinating to see and the quality overall is impressive considering the fact that only about 10% of the 70+ artists are professionals. 

Stop by Wednesdays through Sundays, 2-7pm, through the end of August to check out the show! 

Tiny Pictures Tuesday: GO

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Despite all of the terrible and disgusting acts appearing in the news on a daily basis, I’ve been finding some respite (and I think others have too) in a surprising place for the past week. I, along with what seems to be most of the population of DC, have Pokémon Go fever.

This isn’t the most hard hitting or factual piece, but I found a lot of the posts relatable. It really is nice to have a reason to spend a little extra time outside, to notice things in my own neighborhood and others that I haven’t before. I can’t help but smile when I walk past a group of strangers chatting away (usually at the multiple Lure modules that always seem to be popping off around the south end of Meridian Hill Park).

The District, overall, is a great place to become a Poké Master, with the rangers of the national mall embracing the trend. We boast a high number of monuments and statues (some of which you might walk by every day without being able to identify) but you might also find plaques and info signs in your neighborhood that you’ve never stopped to read before.

On the art side of things this was a SUPER fast TPT. I used a brush pen for the edges while the paper was still wet and I really love how the bleeds and blooms came out.

Tiny Pictures Tuesday: Tiki Tuesdays

I am hopelessly, entirely, addicted to tiki drinks right now! I feel like the only bar I want to hang out at is Archipelago, a totally chill, fully tiki themed little spot on U & 12th. There are a ton of other places to get your tiki fix too, so be on the look out! (Special shout outs go to Bar Charley (where the pro tip is to order Street Juice) and the hidden tiki bar section of the roof at Jack Rose). I had a lot of fun sketching different tiki mugs this morning, including the final one below which is based on my face when I get brain freeze from drinking a pina colada.