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graduation sketches

Two bright and cheerful sketches for the most stylish high school graduate ever!

I created these for a very important graduate (one of my two soon-to-be-sisters!) to decorate her dorm room at Sewanee next year. These are sketches of dresses she’s worn recently and looked stunning in. Did you have this kind of refined taste in maxi dresses at 18? I wish I had. She’s quite the sophisticate. And, I might add, she’s planning to spend the summer interning for a certain fashion illustrator in NYC… you can guess who I might be referring to!

Metropolitan Thread

Meet Kendal of Metropolitan Thread! Although, chances are good that you already know her. She’s a pretty big deal.

She was a dream client because all of her poses are so adorable and interesting. She’s always leaning on something or laughing naturally or kicking a heel up behind her cheerfully. I really do appreciate a fashion blogger who knows how to work the camera and her outfits by putting them in motion for my imagination and sketching hand to experiment with.

Diana Elizabeth

Meet Diana Elizabeth! Isn’t she perky? She is a west coast-based Photographer who commissioned me to capture her shooting with her farther’s vintage camera and with her beloved citrus tree grove that sits in her backyard. I loved the suggestion to incorporate these two quirky things into her sketch, she was definitely a fun one to work with.

I cracked up reading her blog post about her new illustration – apparently I captured her “good side” – I love this because I have a good side too. I’m that person in group pictures that always makes everyone move around so that the left side of my face is turned towards the camera. Being photographed on my bad side feels like wearing my shoes on the wrong feet, just completely uncomfortable!

the black swan anniversary

have I really never posted this sketch???¬†I painted this two years ago, how did I forget to share it!? It’s a look from the Oscar de la Renta runway archives that are always strutting through my imagination.

I thought it was kind of perfect to post seeing as it’s a sultry black gown and exactly one year from today I’ll be dressed in the opposite – my wedding gown. Yes, today is my negative one year anniversary! It is the black swan sister of the whitest day of my life.

How should I celebrate this occasion? I’m taking suggestions… Champagne? skydiving? yoga challenges?

California trumps blogging and makes me question my identity

Wow, sorry to have left you hanging all week on that Mother’s Day sketch. How boring! On some level, I truly believe¬†that updating this blog is a vital ingredient in keeping the progress of the universe on track. So sorry for dropping the ball that is Earth.

Where was I while you were forlornly refreshing my blog only to find the same sketch day after day? I imagine you all sit in front of your computers with just enough food to survive, waiting for new artwork…

Well, I was in Napa, having a ball drinking fancy wine and going to hip concerts at the BottleRock Music Festival.

The picture on the left was taken in my brother’s beautiful rose garden in Belvedere, just across the bridge from San Fran and the one on the right was taken in Napa while I was casually trespassing on the Opus One property for a morning jog through the vines.

Every time I go to California I am overwhelmed with the urge to be someone I’m not. The people there have this enviably glow of calm, relaxed energy that pairs perfectly with performance outerwear and/or flowy, breezy outfits that don’t seem to require bras.

And seeing this fuels a desire to recreate myself, as west coast inslee 2.0. Not to mention, every time I arrive in San Francisco I am completely ill prepared for the weather.

This trip was no different, the first thing I did was go straight to a store and get a sweater and shoes that could handle the sudden steep vertical inclines that occasionally make walking to a coffee shop into a mountaineering event.

And then we arrived in Napa at a music festival… cue the hippies with their bra-less tops and interesting hats. So confusing for little old me and all my J.Crew clothes! And this wasn’t even a hard-core music festival that people Instagram to make east coasters feel left out of… I would probably have a complete fit if I went to coachella and steal some flower child’s muumuu to try to fit in.

But identity crisis aside, I had a wonderful break from reality for a few days and have returned feeling ready to channel some California positive energy (and maybe braless-ness?) into the coming summer.

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