Week 30 Animal Art Series: Sunflowers + Pollinators

In order to continue my mission to draw all the time and fill up more sketchbooks in 2016, I’ve been busy working on a new theme of drawings each week. At the end of the week, it’s nice to have lots of new drawings and a full page illustration. And I’m learning how to draw so many new things this year, which is really exciting!

My theme for July is wildflowers and pollinators, so week 30 in my animal art series features sunflowers and pollinators.

animal art sketchbook sunflowers and pollinators

I challenged myself again to do the illustrations with just watercolors and my tiny paintbrushes, no Micron black pens. I love doing illustrations this way but I do love and miss working with my black pens.

Can’t wait to turn this playful sketchbook page into fun new digital art! Happy drawing!


Click here to see my Weeks 1-16 illustrations, ranging from bears to owls to whales to saltwater fish

Click here to see Weeks 17-20: Backyard Birds, Flamingos, Peacock and Macaws

Click here to see Weeks 21-25: Bugs: Neon Insects, Monarch Butterflies, Butterflies, Neon Spiders, and Moths

Click here to see Week 26: Nature is new every morning.

Click here to see Week 27: Wildflowers and Pollinators: Butterflies

Click here to see Week 28: Roadside Wildflowers and Pollinators

Click here to see Week 29: Wildflowers + Hummingbirds

Field Notes: Sunflower Farm

We recently visited a local farm that plants a field of sunflowers. It was one of the most amazing sights I’ve even seen!rows of sunflowers

Sunflower Days are August 1-9, when the entire field opens. The farm is open from sunrise to sunset for the public to come see these majestic beauties shine.huge sunflower

tall sunflowers facing the sun following the sun dreamy sunflower sunflowers unopened sunflower sunflowers everywhere

tall sunflowers

sunflower sign

I’ve always wanted to see a field of sunflowers, so I’m happy we finally went on this adventure.


Inspiration Wednesday: From My Sketchbook

It’s been fun getting reacquainted with my watercolor sketchbook again. I’ve been working on some fall-inspired illustrations.

sketchbook page apples

sketchbook page apples

sketchbook apples sketchbook sunflower illustration

sketchbook sunflowers

sketchbook pumpkin illustration

sketchbook pumpkins

I have really missed experimenting in my watercolor sketchbook. I’m excited that I only have about 3-4 blank pages left to fill it up!

Hope you’re on the look–out for things that inspire you.


Field Trip to Farmers Market

I can’t remember the last time we made a field trip to the farmers market, so it was a thrill to go this past weekend.

It was the last weekend of summer, no better time to get out there while the weather was still warm and sunny.

There were so many vibrant colors to soak in.

I noticed a lot more varieties of peppers on this visit.

Has anyone ever heard of chocolate peppers? I wish I had asked the farmer what these tasted like, but it was so crowded, I never got the chance.

I’m excited for apple season, which has always been one of my favorite fruits (in addition to berries). I bought a few Courtlands that I’m excited to try.

Many of my favorite flowers, mums and asters, were blooming and ready to be taken home.

Every year, when Fall arrives, I see all sorts of big, bold, beautiful sunflowers, and realize I forgot to plant them. I think they are the happiest flower!

I also notice these strawberry flowers every year at the beginning of the Fall season. Talk about bold, vibrant colors!

Dahlias always get lots of oohs and aahs from passersby, especially these bouquets with their rich colors.

There was also a nice selection of ornamental pumpkins and gourds already, which really get you in the mood for fall.

Hope you found some inspiration this weekend too. Thank you for stopping by!

Autumn Farmers Market

Happy day – This is the first Saturday I’ve had off in over two months.

Since we haven’t been to farmer’s market since the 4th of July weekend, we’ve been looking forward to this day all week.

I  knew there would be a variety of colors to admire.

That’s the beauty of Autumn – colors and surprises.

Some of my favorite flowers are the daisies, sunflowers, asters and mums we see more of this time of year.

I always forget to plant sunflowers, so I have greater appreciation for them at the end of the gardening season. They are so majestic, aren’t they?!

I love the tranquil charm of Autumn’s harvest, from the varieties of squash to mini pumpkins to varieties of gourds.

I also love the vivid colors we see in Fall flowers.

It makes me happy to be able to enjoy my favorite day of the week, and to find this much inspiration for art projects and drawing practice.