Hilma af Klimt probably would have enjoyed a visit to the Guggenheim museum - not the least because she envisioned her work exhibited in a spiral temple!
Spring fills me each year with surprise, delight and joy (and, as you can see, I never tire of taking photographs of the flowering trees and blooms either!)
With the warmer weather today, I seized the opportunity to sweep the balcony AND spend a little time drawing outside.
With warmer weather upon us, I'm loving that I get to shed some of my winter layers. This whimsical cartoon doodle was inspired by the arrival of spring!
Screen time limits are a must for adults, too. Here's why and how I'm taking action!
"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science."
One of the biggest problems I have as both a musician and artist is suffering from extremely dry skin on my hands. Besides the obvious – it’s winter and the humidity has been extremely low – my hands tend to get very cracked and dry because I have to wash them so frequently. (I need clean, non-greasy hands to play my instrument AND to create my whimsical illustrations and cartoons.) Unfortunately, most “non-greasy” moisturizers leave my hands feeling still too oily when it comes to picking up the viola or working with a clean sheet of paper.
That said, after reviewing this short hyperlapse video on my Instagram account a few days ago, I was rather shocked with how old, crepe-y and ugly my hands looked.
So I ran out to Sephora today to pick up a few of my old favorites by First Aid Beauty. The FAB product line is all-natural and is formulated without parabens, phthalates, sulfates, or artificial fragrances.
I intended to just get the face wash and moisturizer, but decided to splurge and try their newest product, Ultra Repair Cannabis & Oat Dry Oil, as well. While I haven’t yet tried it on my face, just a few drops on my hands made a huge difference and left me feeling like this (the BIG “plus” was that I felt no need to wash my hands before drawing this little cartoon!)…
In case you’re wondering, I’ve used First Aid Beauty products off and on for quite a few years and have always loved them. But since the products aren’t cheap, I usually ask for them as a Christmas or birthday gift; once they’ve run out, I tend to return to drugstore or health food store buys. With my advancing decrepitude, I’m beginning to think these products will be a necessity!
If you’re an artist or musician, I highly recommend you give First Aid Beauty a try. Happy creating!
My Favorite Things - Variety is the Spice of Life
(Especially when you get to exchange playing a fun show on Broadway for a night of classical "rock and roll" at the ballet!)
I'm delighted to be able to share this portrait painted by the multi-talented artist Emma Montonen!
My Favorite Things - My Published Cartoons
(And a pep talk for all of us cartoonists slaving in the trenches.)