I’ve heard it said that creativity and child rearing have a tendency to cross-cancel each other. The outcome may lack a little polish, but it’s hilarious indeed. Here is an illustrated recap of a day spent with a freshly walking tot.
As our worlds close around us and we are stuck at home more than usual, it’s easy to think that inspiration is divine lightening that strikes from the outside world. When I was a young aspiring artist, I loved to draw but didn’t know “what” to draw. Observing my insular world gave me the greatest primary reference and fast tracked me to find my voice and style. (Don’t even ask about motherhood!)
I delve into all this in my new Skillshare course “Stuck at home self-portrait: capturing a moment in time with watercolor”. I walk you through how to reacquaint yourself with your surroundings, conceptualise an evocative drawing and how to use watercolor to efficiently execute it. If you’re new to watercolor, you can watch me make all the micro decisions that go into creating an illustration (where to start, when to stop, how to tame your watercolor!). And if you want to think more editorially about your work, I give you a clear prompt how to push yourself to take your work to the next level. Check it out. And I hope it can be a telling artefact for your grandkids all about how you were stuck inside for as long as you were.
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It is the “must-visit, must-see” travel list given to you by the New Yorker friend you wish you had. Vibrantly illustrated throughout by yours truly, this practical guide transports readers to discover an insider’s view of the Big Apple, featuring eleven curated neighborhood destination walks–guiding the reader through the energetic New York streets. Cultural musings, accessible histories, anecdotes, and informative details accompany the illustrations throughout, making this volume as practical as it is beautiful.
I have to give it you, dear readers, for making Paris in Stride a smashing success. I’ve heard tales of stolen copies. One fan bought a stack of 10 copies and doles them out to everyone who visits Paris. And my dear parents have ordered so many copies that they are probably responsible for at least one of several of its reprints. If you are so inclined, please preorder your copy here so you can be one of the first to take New York in stride.
You’ve got the sensible walking shoes and the trusted guidebook. What else do you need to know when navigating the streets and many nuances of Paris, France? Here are few hard-earned tips for navigating the city with ease and an insider’s confidence….
For more insider tips on navigating Paris like a local, pick up a copy of my book “Paris in Stride: An Insider’s Walking Guide” (Rizzoli). It’s celebrating its first birthday today. Want to keep the book love going? Gift a copy to a friend, request it at your local museum gift shop or indie bookstore, recommend it to a friend who’s headed to Paris and leave an Amazon review. And thank you sincerely if you’ve done any of the above. Its success is all thanks to you. -jkw
The holidays aren’t just about generosity, but also graciously supporting those who have created their own small businesses outside of flash sale capitalism. Here are a few tips on how to lend a hand this holiday season, some don’t even require spending money….
In the same spirit, my Etsy shop is freshly updated just in time to pick the ideal gift for the Francophile in your life, including lots of new mix-and-match Paris prints, postcards and sticker packs. And of course, my book “Paris in Stride: An Insider’s Walking Guide” (Rizzoli) can easily be tucked under your arm on your next trip to Paris or snugly into a stocking, purchased *preferably* at your favorite independent bookstore or on Amazon. If you have the book already, be a pal and leave a glowing Amazon review here. It really helps out a young author like myself.
Looking for a signed copy of “Paris in Stride” in Paris? I went on a Sharpie bender at Gagliani Bookstore224 Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris. Pick up a signed copy there.
The khaki shorts, the socks hiked to the gods, puzzled eye contact, general clustering and moving in masses. Thanks for visiting Paris, tourists. We see you! Yes, we’d all love the superpower of fitting flawlessly into any destination, but no one can truly blend in on a hop on/hop off bus. Here are a few do’s and don’ts to prevent you from getting jumped for your Rick Steves money belt. -jkw