First paint study!


Color/Reading to children

It’s a long way from where I want it to be, but here it is! It’s in acrylic paint. I would have done watercolor, but I learned that my sketch paper wasn’t going to deal with that. I have barely any practice with acrylic so it was good practice.

She is a little young so I think I’m going to keep tweaking her. The story might change quite a bit too; I’m getting new inspiration. I need to do a lot more character studying. I think my goal is to keep going and get better with expressions.

It’s my Anniversary weekend so I may not do much work this weekend, but I’ll make up for it. 🙂


Progress is being made


Blk/Wht Reading to Children

I’ve become more focused. Jared and I were talking yesterday and I read him one of my favorite books, “Miss Rumphius”. It’s a wonderful children’s book that inspired me at a young age to help make the world more beautiful. It takes such talent to inspire a little kid. Barbara Cooney is my hero and mentor. I would be lucky to be half the person she was.

I am learning to trust myself and draw from my heart. That is hard to do because art on the internet is amazing… and not my style. I tried to copy their style, but really it doesn’t work. So I’ve been drawing this and I feel wonderful. It might not look as good as I want it to yet, but I don’t care. I’ll get there.

Ms. Finch is a librarian! Her Summer Reading Group loves to hear her read them books. I want to start painting soon.

Drawings Bleed from the Subconscious(?)


Diva Lady

As some of you may know, my new goal is to post a drawing on Instagram every day. I’ve only been going since Monday, but it’s challenging some days. Yesterday was tough! I was sketching the most horrendous things and was upset and almost gave up. Then I decided I would just sketch without thinking. So I opened up to a fresh sheet of paper and started with the left eye and as you can see, the sketch above is what came out of my subconscious.

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Also remember this sketch I mentioned earlier this week?^ Same thing.

Who knows what it’s saying about me psychologically. Who knows.. But I think it’s fun to just go crazy like that. This drawing is my absolute favorite this week. Look at those lips! Hahaha… I just love to laugh at it.

So I’m learning about myself already during this project. I’ve noticed when I don’t force myself to draw something, I can draw some weird and oddly satisfying stuff.

Well if you like it let me know! Haha. Stay tuned for next week! 🙂

Insulin left in the Car!

Diabetes is Just a Word


My blood sugar was terrible the last few days, just terrible! I woke at 3 or 4 in the morning to a count of 365 and 466 respectively! I was so confused and feeling so sick the entire day yesterday, that I felt defeated. There was NO reason for blood sugar to be so high…

But then we remembered that 4 days ago today I left my insulin pump in the hot car while we went white water rafting. I felt that it was a terrible idea, but I had forgotten to pack a cooler or something so I just left it there. Forgetting ice almost killed me a few days later. Isn’t that terrible? Ugh.

I want to express just how blessed I am. Because when I was crying myself to sleep the first night, I prayed to God to send angels to comfort me. I calmed down soon after and felt peace. I fell asleep with no more tears. He heard me in my hour of need, and I know that. The Lord taught me a lesson in the early morning hours of July 20th, 2015. Patience in my infirmities, humility, and faith. Perhaps, dare I say, it was worth it to have left my insulin in 90 degree weather.

Bird Lady



Attention! Announcement!

I’m in the early stages of illustrating a children’s book. The plot has been written, and a mock up of the book has been completed. I’m not going to give away all the details about the book, but I will tell you a few things along the way. Her name is undergoing construction. Anyway, I’m making an Illustration tab so I can share the progression of the story. Also, I’m really into my micron pen lately, so you’ll be seeing quite a bit of miscellaneous work as well (see below). Follow me on Instagram @rachelwrathall.

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