Time to Refresh

Now that Thanksgiving has passed and we’re more than 24 hours into December, I feel like the year is finally starting to truly draw to a close. It’s not a bad thing, quite the opposite. It gives us all a chance to celebrate and reflect on the previous 12 months, of course. But then we get the more exciting prospect of imagining and planning for the next 12 months.

Changing Seasons

The weather hasn’t started changing yet, not really (I think it hit 90 degrees yesterday) but I can’t help but get excited when the fall season approaches. It’s not just about the cooler weather; it’s the changing colors of the trees and subtle shifts of the sunlight as the days grow shorter and the sun doesn’t climb quite as high.

Monstera Sunday

My first totally finished image using a tablet! There are a few others that are works in progress, but I’m really excited to have this one finished first!

I’ve become an avid gardener over the last 18 months or so, with an ever growing collection of cactuses and succulents (really the only plants that can survive out in my only outdoor space. Don’t ask my about my herbs!). I wish I had enough space for some indoor plants, but for now, I’m just happy to be able to practice drawing them.

Maybe some “portraits” of plants in my collection are in order!

Love Is In The Air

All You Need Is Love
Lovebirds in watercolor, 2019

My first completed artwork of 2019!

I recently turned 30, which has filled me with mixed emotions. What did I expect my life would be like at this point? Am I satisfied with how things are? Am I at peace with the path I’m on? What needs to change?

Having my birthday right next to New Year’s has always been interesting. Growing up, it meant stunted parties. Now, it’s a double-whammy of traditional life evaluation dates. For the past 10 years or so, I’ve always had the same New Year’s resolution- “Next year will be better.” It’s nebulous, and can be interpreted in dozens of ways. It doesn’t necessarily mean everything will be better; just something, anything.

But turning 30 is starting to impact me more than I thought it would, and it’s probably time to start having more solid goals going forward, which means I have to start thinking about what those goals actually are.

#1: Prioritize painting again. Hopefully I’m off to a good start. I’m excited to share soon what this painting is for.