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Upcoming Events!
I'm preparing for another workshop and a couple of seasonal craft shows, so here's a quick update on upcoming events.   I'm taking Good Natured Art to St. Louis for this first time, and teaching my "Painting with Wool" techniques.  I've teamed up with Abbey Eilermann of The Daily Disco, and she's hosting my workshop in her new studio space.  The workshop is from 1:00-3:30, and all details and registration can be found here.  Feel free to email me (hello@begoodnatured.com) if you have any questions.


I'm heading back to my old stomping grounds for the second year of Queen City Craft Show, and I'm so excited to hang out with my Springfield friends.  I'm working really hard to make as many original fiber art pieces as possible, but I'll also have prints, pins, and sticker packs.

I'm also really excited to join my new community of artists and makers in Northwest Arkansas for the inaugural holiday show, Wampus Wonderland from 10-6pm at the Washington County Fairgrounds. This show in Fayetteville is shaping up to be really fun, and I hope you'll come out to support these creatives if you're in my neck of the woods!



Dani
Sketchbook Project - Week 44
I've now filled SIX sketchbooks!  I love seeing all of them stacked together, and I love watching a blank sketchbook slowly transform into a vessel that contains little pieces of my daily life. With eight weeks to go, my goal is to plan the remaining sketches of the year to exactly fill one more book.

Enjoy these pages!  Catch up on the project here.

Watercolor
Watercolor & Gel Pen
Left: Crayola Marker           Right: Acrylics
Watercolor & Gel Pen
Colored Pencil
Colored Pencil


Sketchbook Project - Week 43
Purple is the apparent, but unintentional them of my sketches this week. I don't mind.  Four pages this week were inspired by walks around our neighborhood.  I found the color of the grass seed heads especially beautiful, and then I used the seed heads as paint brushes on the following page.  I really like the page that looks like a sea of people.  I saw a painting like this (but it was much cooler) rotate through the Google Chrome app, but by the time I went to read who the artist was, I missed the info. At least I got a bit of inspiration from it.  Enjoy the sketches!

Acrylics
Watercolor
Acrylics
Acrylics
Acrylics
Left: Colored Pencil                      Right: Watercolor and Colored Pencil


Catch up here.
Sketchbook Project - Week 42
Woops! This post is a week late, but I did do the sketches in real time. I played with shapes and layers this week, tested out some ideas and made time for another realistic food painting with a twist.  The clementine is probably my favorite, but the first spread is a close second.  It was three layers of paint, then marker, then paint, and I really love the way it came out.  Enjoy the sketches!
Watercolor and Marker
Left: Watercolor and Micron Pen                           Right: Watercolor
Micron Pen and Acrylics

Watercolor and Micron Pen
Watercolor and Micron Pen
Watercolor

See the whole project here.
Sketchbook Project - Week 41
I had a surprise backyard visitor this week--a roadrunner!  I was working in my studio when I noticed movement just outside my window.  This little guy has been hanging out and chasing grasshoppers multiple days this week--such a treat to watch!  Also in the sketchbook this week is an homage to the fall colors that are beginning to show, a collections of treasures found during a hike at Devil's Den State Park, and fun tribute to La Croix.  Enjoy!
Micron Pen
Acrylics
Left: Watercolor and Gel Pen                            Right: Watercolor and Micron Pen
Watercolor
Crayola Marker
Watercolor and Micron Pen


See previous weeks here.
Sketchbook Project - Week 39
Last week was full of to-do lists as I prepped my online felting course for release, which left me with little inspiration for sketching.  So instead of concentrating on subject matter, I used the time as a meditative process and focused on patterns, brush strokes and pen marks.  The time spent on each page was still productive and still worth the effort.


Left: Watercolor                  Right: Acrylic
Acrylic
Watercolor
Micron Pen
Watercolor
Watercolor and Micron Pen


View previous weeks here.
Sketchbook Project - Week 38
This is the sixth sketchbook I've cracked open, and I didn't even blink an eye at all the blank pages. I just dug right in.  The first page actually started out way differently, but I'm a big fan of how it turned out.  I had little patience for most pages.  I've been juggling a LOT of projects that are requiring so much of my time, so a few days this week were my just putting my paintbrush into paint and making lines.  But the pages still turned out to be paintings that I like. On Sunday, I felt like investing a little more time into a painting, so I opted for a seasonal food.  Enjoy!



Watercolor & Gelly Roll Pen
Left: Gelly Roll Pen             Right: Watercolor

Watercolor

Watercolor
Acrylic

View all the other weeks here.
Sketchbook Project - Week 37
I filled another sketchbook! Now I have five completed books, and seeing them stacked is a very satisfying sight. I'm finding that watercolor is my go-to medium when I feel pressed for time.  I sat down to do a watercolor pattern on Monday that turned into a loose and abstract landscape, which is fine by me.  We visited the local Botanical Garden which inspired the lily pads and bathing bird. I think my favorite is the pretzel pattern, painted at a park while enjoying a snack of chocolate covered pretzels.

Enjoy!  Catch up on previous weeks here.

Watercolor
Watercolor

Left: Micron Pen                               Right: Colored Pencil & Watercolor
Watercolor
Acrylics
Micron Pen

Sketchbook Project - Week 36
I spent so much time this week working on my upcoming online course, it was hard finding creative motivation for sketches. My favorite is the toadstool spread, and this is probably not a surprise to most of you.  All of these toadstools were photographed during a hike at some point or another.  I just scrolled through my camera roll and picked out my favorites.  The page with green watercolor and black and gray marker is what came about as I loosely scribbled in the shadows with a paintbrush.  During the sunset, I put my sketchbook on the ground and tried to capture the shape of the leaf shadows as they gently wiggled in the breeze. I'd like to do this with a much larger piece of paper---I think a larger composition would make more sense.

I only have one more week's worth of pages left before I move onto the next sketchbook, which will be my SIXTH book this year.  Amazing.

So, enjoy these pages!
Micron Pen
Left: Watercolor + Acrylic                             Right: Watercolor + Micron Pen
Watercolor
Watecolor + Marker
Left: Watercolor                               Right: Marker
 
Find Weeks 1-35 here.