Bunny Unicycle

I have bunnies on the brain.  I really shouldn't because I'm a home owner and we don't take too kindly to them eating up our lawns.  But if I see them anywhere else, they get an "aww" from me, every time.  I have been sketching them over and over and one of them turned into this unicycle watercolor print.  Now available in my shop.

Is there anything you think is the cutest as long as it isn't in your own backyard?  Do tell.

Chirp.

I had an epiphany this weekend.  Since I've been "out of the game" or at least feeling like it for so long, I didn't know how to get back in the saddle.  I love my baby girl SO much and I feel guilty even uttering any negative words that can come off as excuses for the brakes being pushed pretty hard on my illustration life.  Back in the day I had time to let my mind drift, sketch and let that sketch turn into something.  In the back of my mind that has still been there but growing, falling over and getting back up again in this new chapter called motherhood has taken first place.  Rightfully so but there are other art mamas (you inspire me!) that are doing both and then some so I can do it too.

My epiphany was that I had to change my art process.  Completely.  There aren't enough hours in the day and I am the only piece of the puzzle that can change.  So I got back in my saddle aka desk chair and got to work.  A couple weeks ago baby girl took a 3 hour nap so I was able to completely ditch my old watercolor palette, wash it out and refill it.  There were paints I had squeezed into the corners of my palette and they were bleeding into my paint puddles, my watercolors were rock hard and crusty (a huge no-no).  So once I reloaded it and used it for the first time, it felt so great.  This is how watercolor is supposed to act.  Free flowing and unpredictable.

This little guy appeared and I hope many more appear to join him.

Chirp watercolor print available in my shop.

Wing

wing

This is the 25th print in my shop!  My friend Christie gave me the best tip for loosening up.  Now before every painting I am painting horizontal lines, vertical lines and numbers all over my cheapo watercolor paper.  This is so helpful because even if you think you don't need to warm up, you do.  Every time.

I love learning more and more about this medium.  It can be tricky but I enjoy how the colors melt into each other and how you can't plan everything.  There is a little bit of surrendering that is involved and it's nice.