There are different types of anticipation, but waiting on a toy claw machine is a very unique kind of anticipation.
One of my favorite things to do is to go to the mall, get a smoothie, and then people watch. I don’t know why, but it’s so relaxing.
Alright y’all, it’s Throwback Thursday time.
When I was little, I had a white Fisher Price rocking horse and it was my FAVORITE. I would spend hours rocking back and forth on it. The thing was that I wouldn’t just rock back and forth normally, I would rock allll the way to the front and alllll the way to the back, just short of tipping over. My mom would tell me, “Allee… you better stop. One day you’ll tip over…” But I never stopped and I never tipped over either because I obviously honed my equestrian skills after all those hours of rocking.
Pic 1: A drawing of me
Pic 2: A drawing of what I probably thought was happening
Pics 3-5: Actual pictures of me in action, lol
Everyone knows that Maddie has THE best packed lunch in the tri-state area.
Everyday at 12:00 pm on the dot, and not one minute earlier, her classmates gather around her to watch the opening of her lunchbox, hoping that she’ll accept a trade for one of her delicious snacks.
Did any of you guys have a classmate with amazing lunches? I feel like I had great packed lunches growing up. My mom could work wonders with a thermos and an ice pack.
Got an iPad not too long ago. I’m really loving Procreate. Still learning how to use it!
Now available for purchase here.
- It’s Voter Registration Day, so if you haven’t registered, please do! Midterm elections are on November 6, so make sure you’re ready to vote.
- I’ve been busy working, so that explains my lack of personal art lately. When I’m able to share things from current projects, I will!
- I’ve been even more organized lately. I’m proud of myself and I just wanted to share that fact!
“Don’t change nothin.”
I didn’t want to spoil the Queen Sugar season three finale for anyone, so I illustrated a scene from a prior episode. I chose this scene because I love the father/son bond between Ralph Angel and Blue.
If you don’t watch it, please do. Ava Duvernay is the co-creator and all the episodes are directed by women. It’s beautifully written and beautifully shot.
Moms always know exactly what to say to pump you up.
“And me, I spend a lot of time pickin’ flowers up on Choctaw Ridge… And drop them in the muddy water off the Tallahatchie Bridge.”
My mom and I were in the drive thru at Chick-fil-A and we randomly got into this conversation about the movie Ode to Billy Joe, based on the 60s blues song Ode to Billie Joe by Bobbie Gentry. We both love the song. It’s kinda sultury because of the singer’s voice, and it has a groove to it because of the guitar’s rhythm, but if you listen to the lyrics and the violins, it’s slightly eerie. You have to listen to it to understand, lol.
Fast forward two weeks later and my mom and I were in the EXACT SAME PLACE in the drive thru line at the EXACT SAME Chick-fil-A, and we had 60s on 6 on SiriusXM playing in the car. Guess what started playing?
Ode to Billie Joe. Shooketh.
Took that as a sign to draw it. I never really used a color palette like this, but I had to go for it. It matched how the song looks in my head. It’s the synesthesia.
…and perfection does not equal excellence. I felt the need to share that.
Also, I’m so used to drawing details, especially in my everyday work. But when I’m drawing for fun, I have to remind myself to loosen up and keep things simple. That’s hard sometimes.