Earlier This Summer

I've had an amazing, jam-packed summer, and at this point, I feel like doing a recap, with some (SOME) images. I swear I've filled a sketchbook. The book in the top pic is my current, soon to be previous, sketchbook. The one in the bottom is sort of what it looks like now. 

Most of the stuff in it feels pretty noodly-journaly. I think the best place to see stuff more frequently is over here, on Instagram

I'm about to leave for China for our third and last work trip of the year, and I'm psyched for that. I've been taking classes to learn Mandarin Chinese. It's challenging and humbling in the best way. Man, I miss being in school sometimes. 

I also visited and trekked through Bryce Canyon and Zion National Park with Light Grey Art Lab, as a part of their 2015 art-workshop-summer-camp program. It was incredibly beautiful, and I loved everything about it: the art making, the hiking, the sights, the stars, the new friends; I'm extremely serious when I say what I loved most was seeing my good friends from Minneapolis again. 

Blobbing around in my sketchbook on the Utah trip. Colors are not exaggerated; if anything, there are not enough colors and they are not bright enough.

Blobbing around in my sketchbook on the Utah trip. Colors are not exaggerated; if anything, there are not enough colors and they are not bright enough.

I loved this part of the trip. I remember sitting on a wood log bench with Lindsay, Jenny, and Justin, painting in Bryce Canyon. It was nice and peaceful; I could have done that all day.

I loved this part of the trip. I remember sitting on a wood log bench with Lindsay, Jenny, and Justin, painting in Bryce Canyon. It was nice and peaceful; I could have done that all day.

This was my favorite hiking: hiking IN A RIVER, upstream, in Zion National Park. We drew and painted on a riverbank for a little bit; this one isn't very finished, but weeks later, I still like the colors.

This was my favorite hiking: hiking IN A RIVER, upstream, in Zion National Park. We drew and painted on a riverbank for a little bit; this one isn't very finished, but weeks later, I still like the colors.

Plus, there's so much more of Seattle I've experienced since my last post! My sister and I frequent the farmers' markets--there are a few a week--the comic book and game stores, the coffee shops, museums, and the long and scenic walks. I do need to do more hiking in the nearby mountains.

OH YEAH and one of my best friends is listening/enjoying one of my favorite podcasts. Y'all know that feeling, when you're like "BUT I LOVE THAT MOVIE TOO!" after a buddy references some obscure whatever thing? Unbeatable.

OH YEAH and one of my best friends is listening/enjoying one of my favorite podcasts. Y'all know that feeling, when you're like "BUT I LOVE THAT MOVIE TOO!" after a buddy references some obscure whatever thing? Unbeatable.