From my sketchbook, about 8 am every morning.
A few weeks ago my dear friend Taleen Kali started a 100 Days Project; she does a different yoga pose every day and posts it up on Instagram. The idea is that you do a thing for 100 days and document it– it helps to create a daily practice. After watching her kill it every day, I decided to do my own. You can follow me using the hashtag #auroralady100days or just friend me on Instagram, where I’ll be posting my own daily drawings. I hope it ends up lasting beyond 100 days!
Here are a few of the pieces I’ve done so far. I usually do them in my car, before I go in for my day job.
I realized I needed the hottest version of Leo emblazoned across my chest, so I made one. You can get one too, just in time for Street Food Cinema’s showing of “Romeo and Juliet” at Exposition Park on May 7th. Goes well with panties… or not. Up for pre-order on Friday in the shop at www.auroralady.com!
I holed up this weekend in the bedroom, lined up all of my pencils, and drew a portrait of Tulips, one of my favorite bands! It felt so good to light a candle and draw for hours on end. I made this flier for them for their big show at The Regent Theatre for The Prufrock Party. Its gonna be awesome– tons of readings– I love me some Melissa Broder!– and music galore.
Have you got an event coming up? I wanna make your flier! Hit me up at firstname.lastname@example.org and let’s do it!
I have been following this for months now, and today I am heartbroken for Kesha and for the precedence set for women in entertainment in the future. I am asking how can I help this woman? How can I help you if you are in a similar situation (which, as an abuse survivor, we know is all too common)?
I want you to know that I will always hear you.
Kesha, I know you are probably hearing it in droves, but what you did is brave and you are so strong. There are so many of us who aren’t able to say anything and YOU DID. I hope that you know that you have so much love surrounding you. I hope that you know that we will be there for you when you are ready.#freekesha
Saying no to protect your time and space
Finding warmth in deep colors
Devoting every week to small gestures of beauty, like flowers on the kitchen table
Friends recovering from hangovers on your couch
Spending more time off the internet than on
Writing letters that contain playlists for your walk along a river that you’ll never send
Perfecting your persimmon cookie recipe
Sandra’s a total sweetie– she commissioned this portrait of her husband, Bryan, and herself for their wedding anniversary. Daisies, pets, music, and books? I was all over this one!
When I create portraits of multiple people, it’s really important for me to get a feel for who they are as a couple, rather than just as two unique individuals. During the consultation I offer in all of my portrait packages, I really dig in and go deep. What makes the relationship special? What special moments were pivot points for change?
Sandra and Bryan are both thoughtful, sharing people. It made sense to keep colors and lines delicate for the two of them.
Sandra and Bryan, happiest of anniversaries to you! May you stay loaded up on delicious vinyl and the smell of books for eternity! <3
P.S. You can get your own portrait here. Heads up– now’s the time to place your order, if you want it in plenty of time for the holidays!