A Steep Learning Curve.

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I think it's ironic that as an illustrator my most difficult challenge is managing a program called Illustrator. Those folks at Adobe are arguably geniuses and as I am not, I wrestle with it's tools and feel like a small child navigating complex mathematics. Despite the mental exhaustion, I am determined to develop a level of proficiency that allows me to create digital artwork that still is easily identified as "mine".
Today I had a few small breakthroughs using Image Trace, although I still defaulted back to the more familiar Photoshop. The above piece is done as a Bolt Fabric assignment for Make Art That Sells by Lilla Rogers. Regardless of how uncomfortable it feels, I am going to push myself to experiment and most certainly learn.

A Quick Trip to the Big City

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The view from our room.
Drinks
Dinner at a very loud, SoHo gastropub.
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Walking our temporary neighborhood.
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Visting the all too visible shadows.
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Failing to blend in with the hipsters because beauty is not passe. 
Vegan wings. Just the start of the most awesome veg meal ever! #NYC #redbamboo
Blissing out to a full and extensive vegetarian menu.
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Not letting the rain stop our adventures.
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Just taking it all in.

No Filter Needed

Goodnow Mountain

Goodnow Mountain

Goodnow Mountain

Goodnow Mountain

More pictures from our hike up Goodnow Mountain here.

Summer is painting her last breath

It's remarkably warm. This is my favorite kind of weather, the low sun and brisk wind, the anticipation of Nature's deciduous color show. Nostalgia and drama are palpable in the air.