Simple Pleasures


There isn’t much better and simpler pleasure for me than new art supplies. I decided to treat myself last night and I picked up a new bottle of ink, a travel water cup to clean my brushes (it’s so tiny!), and a couple of new brushes to be dedicated ink brushes. It might have been 10 years or so since I refreshed my little brushes- it was about time!


I had decided to break them in at one of my favorite boho restaurants on the east side, I love all the colored lights on the patio, the kitsch art and the mismatched chandeliers. If you’re ever in Portland and like things a little weird, I highly suggest The Pied Cow. The obnoxious teenagers two tables down are just bonus entertainment (they must think I’m the weirdest ‘old’ lady sitting by myself with a bottle of ink and a smile on my face).


I’ve been participating in an instsgram challenge hosted by the lovely Kimberly Haydn (she blogs here), and I’ve really been enjoying the prompts she came up with. Yesterdays was ‘Flower Power’, so I decided to draw a pretty lady with some peonies. You should totally try out this challenge thing if you haven’t done it before- its a fun way to stretch your creative comfort zone and meet some cool new folks! If you haven’t mosied overthere  yet, you can find me on Instagram @gracevanderson!

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One thought on “Simple Pleasures

  1. I’m so glad you’re enjoying the photo challenge, Grace! Thank you so much for sharing the challenge with your fans! Your art is such an inspiration, if you ever host an art class in Chicago sign me up 🙂

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