365 Project

In 2017 I did a sketch every day for the entire year. When I started this project I never could have dreamed about all the places I’d be sketching and how much I would learn — more about myself than about sketching.

I learned that sketching helps me feel more connected in a way that taking a photo or writing can’t do. It’s hard to explain unless you’ve tried it yourself.  Seems like life just goes by faster and faster anymore and this way I can slow down and savor the moments. I found myself noticing the color of a leaf or the curve of a petal and wondering at the beauty of it all.

I didn’t have a plan other than to do a sketch each day. I went about my routine and something would call me to sketch it — so I would. Looking back it would have been better to have a cache of ideas ready to go, as there were a few late night sketch sessions — but I loved the freedom of going with the flow.

Here are a few of my favorites — see the whole 365 project at the #sideoatspaints2017  hashtag. I love looking back through this — I can see the seasons change before my eyes and remember the sights, sounds and smells.

Fall and Winter

My Dad and friends started sending me photos to sketch about halfway through the year — that meant so much, especially my Dad.

Day 320 // my friend @39ruedescartes sent me a super cool leaf photo from Norway! 🇳🇴 Then we got to talking about how we both like hiking in the rain ☔, donuts 🍩, and I found out her hubs is from Ohio too! It really made my heart smile that she thought of me and sent the photo. ❤ If you don’t follow her you totally should — she’s an amazing photographer and human. Also sitting here thinking about how it really is a small world after all, and we’re all in this together. Thanks, Heather, My heart is so full. 🙏🍁 #leavesfordays #makeitlast

From my Dad in Ohio:

Day 281 // the last of the leaves sketched from the pic my Dad sent me 🍁
Day 294 // aster trio from the garden ☺ from left to right that’s heath aster, Hill country aster, and golden gray aster 💛

Spring and Summer

I started the sketch project on January 1st thinking I would use a different limited palette each week, but that went by the wayside a few weeks in — there were too many colors I wanted to use.  As you can see, I got on a real cactus kick at one point!

While staying at a friend’s place in San Francisco:

Day 193 part 2 // my friend’s dish towel — needed a fun one after that rose this morning ☺
Day 47 // part 2: ‘lil lichen love ☺


Abstract art, made by the wind ☺ here’s what happened // it was so windy at the preserve that I had the idea to experiment and drop watercolor in my sketchbook and let the wind move it around. Love how it turned out 💙


One week ago today, we marched. ✨ Reports say the Austin march was 52,000 strong. So proud to have been a part of it and not gonna let my spark go out. 💛
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