The Sketchbook Project

A very good friend of mine from work gave me the most thoughtful gift last Christmas. She purchased a sketchbook from the Brooklyn Art Library.

The Sketchbook Project is the world’s largest library of artists’ books, crowd-sources from every corner of the globe. The project is changing the way creative people share their work while creating a worldwide community resource. By filling a sketchbook which is approximately 20 pages and 5×7, you are joining the movement, adding your voice and becoming a part of something huge. You can draw, write, collage, cut, print, photograph. You can choose a theme and fill the book and send it back by the deadline.

I participated with the project and returned the book in time. I filled the book with sketches, paintings, illustrations, and drawings using the original paper in the book. I didn’t realize that you can switch out the paper until it was too late.

I have ordered my second book. I am going to do some collage and illustration combined.

Here are some of the images I have in my first book.

One Week 100 People 2019

The week of April 8 through 12 is when people all over the world are trying to sketch 100 people within five days. They say a week, which is typically SEVEN days…but it is a five day challenge. I decided to try it. That would be an average of 20 people per day. Unfortunately, I had a hard time keeping up and finding the time during the week days to sketch people live.

The first day, I sketched a few people that inspired me in the Sktchy App. I also tried sitting in the Pioneer Place Mall in downtown Portland, Oregon, but it appeared to be a quiet day. I got in some quick sketches. Ended up with 21. That was a good start!

The second day I sketched my housemates.

I added a little watercolor and liked that a lot.

Day three I did a combination of live sketches in a restaurant and some from photos. That is now 40/100 at the end of Wednesday.


Day four I had to step it up and I had meetings all day long! I was snapping photos all day of coworkers and strangers so I could binge sketch that evening. Now 62/100.

The final day and I had 38 people to draw! I spent my lunch hour in the mall again. This time in the Roots Food Court at the Portland Roasting Coffee. The staff there are awesome. I reached my goal of 100 people by 10pm on Friday night.

The outcome of this challenge for me is a love of the spontaneous sketching of strangers and friends, and honing in on my ink skills.

Daily Art Journal

For the past couple of months, I have been sketching and/or painting in my art journal almost daily. Sktchy App I downloaded a free application on my phone called Sktchy.

The first challenge I participated in was the 30 days/30 pages (see earlier post, 30 pages/30 days). These were daily sketches with prompts and tips from one of three artists every day. I learned a lot and got in the habit of daily journaling.

My next challenge was with five artists for five days called ”Five Day Facial.” Each day was a different focus on a facial feature with a different artist. Eyes, Nose, Mouth, Ears and Hair. I have had no formal training in art so this was exciting to me and I learned a lot!

You can now subscribe to Sktchy for $4.95 a month and get daily artists with tips and a photo to draw. People upload their photos on Sktchy as well, to be inspirations. Then, many people draw them and tag the inspiration so you can just swipe right on your drawing and see the referenced photo underneath. You are also encouraged to hashtag the month and day so you can see everyone’s version of the same photo.

Below are some of the photos and sketches I have done over the past month or so. Sometimes there are different challenges, such as “create a story with this photo” or “try minimal lines and no color.”



Notorious P.I.G. – Chili Title Champ

My pulled pork chili won best title for the 7th Annual Hall of Fame Chili Cook-off.

My Title: Notorious P.I.G.
Description: I love it when you call me pig poppa
Throw your hands in the air,
if youse a true player
Piggie, piggie, piggie, can’t you see?
Sometimes your chili just hypnotize me.

Best Title of your Chili
Best Description of your chili (be as saucy, flirty, and sassy as you wanna be!)
Best Creative Culinary Creation Chili
Best Meat Chili
Best Vegetarian/Vegan Chili
*** And Best Cornbread — One overall prize was awarded in this category

This event in Portland, Oregon at one of our State Representatives home in the Mt. Tabor neighborhood, was a fundraiser hosted by CM Hall for the Basic Rights Oregon Equality PAC.

There were so many wonderful chili concoctions! The overall Chilampion was much deserved with their tropical infused (no beans for embarrassing incidents) chili with a sweet but zesty aftertaste, was Shaley Howard and her girlfriend Gia Goodrich for Lez Be Chilin. lez be chilin

Artwork showing and selling

hello-kittyIn December 2016, I had my 12×12″ collage, Hello, Kitty showing at the Portland Building, 1120 SW Fifth Avenue, Lobby for the RACC ‘All the Art that Fits” show for city and county employees.

I also had my 12×12″ collage, Ode to Alfred, showing and for sale with another smaller collage at SCRAP PDX holiday show. The two pieces at SCRAP PDX sold and all proceeds benefitted SCRAP PDX.


Art Journals

I have been thoroughly enjoying my time art journaling with friends. I have a pen pal that I exchange two journals with via mail, and two co-workers I share art journals with. I also have one of my own that is a bit more personal. It is a great source of expression and release of anxiety. Art therapy!