Impressions of Nature

"The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance." Aristotle

Category: Drawings

He Sleeps….

A quick sketch of my tired babe. Happy Saturday.


A Collaboration…of Sorts

My daughter and I just finished this collaborative piece. She started the acrylic painting several months ago. Today we pulled it out to add a little oil pastel on top. She directed me every step of the way. For example I was told to, “Add some pink grass at the bottom of the tree. Now add some dark blue.” In the end, she felt that my tree was a little too representational for her liking. I suggested that maybe it was finished and she told me that we were “not finished” as she pulled up her black stool and made the necessary changes to the tree. The marks do add a little more movement.😉 I am fascinated by the way that her “artistic eye” has started changing. She really likes to draw circles with dots of color in the center (see the details to the right).

They remind me of Chuck Close’s technique, used in his contemporary work. Do you think that he was inspired by a 3 year old?


Who knows?! Maybe she will end up being the next Chuck Close. Either way, I’m having a lot of fun watching her creative side grow.

New Spread

Just finished the latest spread for Night Owl today! Just keep painting…


A Case of the Mondays

Night Owl is taking flight! Here is a detail of what’s on the drawing table. So far today has been pretty productive since my little man decided to take a nap for an hour and a half.😉 Happy Monday! IMG_4490

Art Blast 2016

I just wanted to share a few of the Picasso inspired “Blue Guitars” that my 4-7 year olds completed today, at the Mobile Museum of Art. These three were my favorite. They are a lively bunch but very creative! If your children did not get to participate in Art Blast this summer, be sure to check it out next year. We have a lot of fun!


This is Brandon’s (4 years old). He cut out his shapes all by himself.😉


This is Jayden’s (4 years old!). I love the expressive lines that she incorporated.


Ella (7 years old) did a great job adding monochromatic tints and shades of blue.

Art Camp 2016

This week I had a group of 9-11 year olds for 2 hours (Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday). They were so polite, focused and prolific. I love the work that came out of this group! Here are a few shots of the girls working and some of their pastel paintings.







Night Owl Sneak Peek

“Serenade us,” Wood Thrush suggested…


In honor of Mother’s Day….I thought that I would share a photo of this little firecracker creating her very first painting. Thanks for making me a Mom sweet girl. I love you to the moon and back. IMG_6848

Owl Meets Peacock

I’m working on storyboards today. This is a sketch from spread 6. Both of my babies decided to take naps so I’m actually getting a lot of work done on this beautiful Thursday. I decided to procrastinate a little and post one of my favorite scenes, when owl compares herself to peacock. I just love owl’s little expression. These feathers are going to be so much fun to paint. Stay tuned! IMG_8369

Sidewalk Art Competition

Today was the first (ever in history) LODA Squares, Sidewalk Art Competition in Mobile, AL. It was hosted by the Mobile Arts Council ( in conjunction with the SouthSounds music festival/art market and sponsored by several local businesses. I was sponsored by Folkers Windows (thank you!) The artists were asked to draw from 11:00 – 3:00 and the People’s Choice voting began at 3:00 pm.

I had a great time working along side 15 other artists at the Cathedral Square. We could not have asked for better weather with the high around 72 degrees and a nice breeze blowing through all day long.

Thank you to all who came out to support the arts (and me). It really meant a lot to see some familiar faces.😉 I had so much fun and I won first place!








The awesome”trophy” by artist Chris Cumbie

videography by Meggan Haller