Tagged: art

Aug 10

Beer as Green as my Hair

I was profiled (along with my journals!) for the Summer issue of MiBrew magazine! The digital version of the magazine just became available today, & you can find it at the link below. My profile starts on page 24.



May 24

The Eye of the Tiger

I’m in a bit of a creative funk. I’m just not feeling particularly motivated to create lately. I go through these phases every now and again, and I know that it’ll pass eventually, but in the interim it’s kind of annoying. One thing that I think might help is setting myself a goal to work on so I don’t feel quite so adrift and aimless. I thought about filling a page in my sketchbook every day. I could fill it with whatever felt right – doodles, writing, a collage of magazine clippings. This isn’t a terrible idea, but it feels a little too unfocused and easy to weasel my way out of. Wait wait WAIT….Weasel?? Now I’m on to something!

So for the month of June, I think I’m going to draw an animal every day. I love to draw animals. My plan is to create an animal a day from a reference photo. I’ve been wanting to get better at drawing from reference anyway, and it just so happens that I have a stack of gorgeous full color animal books that I can use. I might just sketch in pencil, I may paint, I may do something completely outside the box, but It’ll be an animal and it’ll be made using a reference photo.

I’m excited! I hope this will help me to break out of my rut and give me something to work on every day. To stay accountable, I’ll post the images to Twitter, and also to my Facebook page. The links for both are below so you can follow along.

Facebook: Dishkitty Studio

Twitter: @dishkittystudio

Here’s a red panda that I drew from a reference photo exactly 3 years ago today! What a coincidence!

Red Panda


Feb 08

Speed Painting

Here’s a video of me painting a whimsical blue haired girl in my art journal. This journal is an altered book – an old textbook to be precise. For this portrait, I used a few different mediums – Inktense pencils, chalk pastel, and a wash of acrylic paint for the background at the very end. I hope you enjoy watching this, and please subscribe to my channel if you’d like to see more.

Here’s the finished portrait up close.

Blue Haired Girl


Nov 01

Inktober 2016 – All the Sketches

Here’s a quick little video I threw together with all of my sketches for Inktober. I hope you like it!


Oct 14

Inktober – 2 Weeks!

Here are the latest drawings for Inktober. 🙂

11/31 Birdy #inktober #inktober2016

12/31 House #inktober #inktober2016

13/31 Pumpkin #inktober #inktober2016

14/31 Blue Girl #inktober #inktober2016


Oct 11

Inkin’ up the Place

A few more drawings for Inktober. Enjoy!

5/31 Pizza #inktober #inktober2016

6/31 Kitty #inktober #inktober2016

6/31 Betta Fish #inktober #inktober2016 #fountainpen

8/31 Pancakes #inktober #inktober2016

9/31 Picnic #inktober #inktober2016

10/31 Tea Super quickie cuz I'm not feeling so hot. #inktober #inktober2016


Oct 04

Inky Animals & Awesomeness

Inktober does have a list of prompts, but I decided to go it alone and just draw whatever I felt like drawing. That has turned out to be mostly animals so far! Here are my next 3. Mostly drawn with my Lamy Joy fountain pen and Noodler’s Heart of Darkness black ink. I added a bit of colored pencil as well. I hope you like them!

Lion 2/31 #inktober #inktober2016

3/31 Awesome #inktober #inktober2016

4/31 Ugly Pup #inktober #inktober2016


Oct 01

Inktober 2016

I’m participating in Inktober this year! It’s a challenge to create an ink drawing every day during the month of October. I probably won’t post the drawings here every day, but I’ll update once a week or so. Here’s my first, a bunny I drew with my Lamy Joy and Noodler’s Heart of Darkness ink. Cheers!

1/31 Bunny #Inktober #inktober2016


Feb 29

Bear Ears and Beers

I’m taking an art class to learn how to write and draw comics. The first assignment was to draw a 2 page autobiographical comic. TWO. PAGES. That seems like so much. I looked through some of the other students early submissions and they were REALLY great. I’ve been so stressed out and nervous about this and I wasn’t sure what to do or what to write about and I don’t know how to draw comics and I’m not a good enough artist and what am I doing in this class in the first place and WHEEEEW. So much inner critic monkey on my back. I finally shoved a banana in his pie hole to shut him up and got to work. This is not the greatest comic in history, but I’m very proud of it. I thought it was going to take forever, but once I had my ideas together and actually got to work on it, it flowed. I definitely need some work to get my narrative to be more compelling and cohesive, and I need to practice using space more effectively, but overall, I’m happy with how this turned out. I hope you like it, too. You can click each page to see the larger version.

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Feb 13

Adventures in Raku Pottery and the Potter’s Wheel

Last night my husband & I went to a pottery class at a local art school. It was a one night session, and it was broken into 2 parts. First, we learned about Raku pottery – it’s a very interesting Japanese style of pottery that dates back to the 15th century. We glazed premade clay pots with Raku glaze and then they were fired in a kiln. Once fired, the red hot pots were dropped into metal buckets with organic material – paper and sawdust. After a few minutes, they were cooled in the snow, then scrubbed clean and dried. The results were incredible! We had a blast glazing the pots and the colors and patterns that come out of this unpredictable firing technique are so beautiful. For my pot I chose base colors of blue, green and yellow with thick splashes of metallic copper. I am really just so impressed with the results. Here’s what my finished pot looks like – and trust me, the photo doesn’t even do it justice:

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The glazing process is interesting because the glazes look nothing like the colors will after firing. You sort of have to go on instinct. Plus, all of the beautiful crackle texture and color blending is impossible to predict because the glaze literally melts in the kiln. In fact, if you get glaze on the bottom of your pot, it sticks to the brick kiln and acts like melted cheese. Here’s a before firing picture of my husband’s and my pot to give you an idea of what I mean about how the fire brings out the color and texture. Mine is the smaller pot on the right – hard to believe it’s the same pot in the picture above!

The second part of the class was using the pottery wheel to throw and pull clay. It was REALLY fun, but also frustrating. It’s not the sort of skill that you can pick up in an evening because it takes lots of practice and skill, but it’s really cool to try to sculpt a lump of wet clay into something as it spins between your hands. I love to get my paws dirty creating something so I enjoyed every second of it anyway. Our instructor had many many years of pottery experience, and his demo made it look very easy, but I can assure you it’s not. He made this in literally 5 minutes, and after 2 hours I had only succeeded in making several shapeless, spinning lumps. 🙂

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This was such a fun experience. We try to get to these evening workshops at the art school whenever we can, and this one was probably my favorite so far. It was a very enjoyable experience, and as a bonus, we got to bring home 2 beautiful pieces of pottery. 🙂