Thursday, April 17, 2014


I'm a bit of a traditionalist when it comes to illustration.  I like to get my hands dirty. I like physically creating textures, layering paint, and making messes. I like the imperfections and happy accidents that I discover in the process. When digital illustration became more mainstream, I shied away from the idea partly because I didn't like the flat look of digital art, but mostly because I was technologically ignorant. This day and age, though, it's hard to tell digital art from traditional, and over the years I've become aware of the benefits of painting digitally as digital processes have slowly been seeping into my artwork. I mostly use Photoshop to touch up my illustrations and tweak colors, and just knowing I can "fix" something in Photoshop has eased my mind just a bit.

As my Photoshop skills are improving, I decided to experiment with an upcoming project. I am doing the whole project digitally. It's a big stretch for me because I'm still a dummy when it comes to computers, but I have my trusty friends Google and YouTube to guide me along the way. Here's a sneak peek:

I have to admit, I'm love, love, loving digital! I know I still have so, so much to learn, but I'm excited about the progress I've made in such a short amount of time, and am looking forward to learning more.

 I won't be giving up my traditional methods anytime soon, though. As much as I'm loving exploring this new [to me] medium, I miss getting my hands dirty.

nessa dee 

Monday, April 14, 2014


On Saturday, this handsome little boy with a big, big heart turned eight years old. I have a hard time wrapping my mind around that number. I celebrate while my heart aches a little because those eight years, ninety-six months, 2,920 days, millions of moments passed in a blink of an eye.

My always sweet and ever silly Finn, don't grow too fast.

Happy birthday!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Presidio La Bahia

A couple of weekends ago we went to visit some cousins and watch the reenactment of the Goliad Massacre in the Texas war for Independence. It was quite an experience and a wonderful way to learn Texas history. It was also a great excuse to get together with family.

The reenactments of the skirmishes were impressive with sword fights on horseback and the core shaking booms of the cannons, but the most interesting aspect of this reenactment was the candlelight vigil. We were lead through the mission by a tour guide and witnessed different scenes, each acted out by a talented group of volunteers, which gave us a glimpse events that took place before the Goliad Massacre. The whole event was very moving and allowed us all to step back in time and really experience history. But getting to spend the day with your "best cousins" as the little blonde cutie above says, makes the trip even better!

nessa dee

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Spring Pics

We finally had the ultimate combination of good weather and sick free children to snap a bunch of well overdue pictures of the kids. I'm still waiting for that time when all three kids can look at the camera and smile on cue. While the majority of the pictures are of one very active toddler trying desperately to run away, I did manage to get about 15 good shots in 400. Have I told you how thankful I am that we live in the age of digital cameras? 

nessa dee

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Oink, Moo, Neigh, Baa

The farm has come to my studio! 

These little guys are my latest works. They were super fun to make. I experimented with the backgrounds a bit, and I love the result. To me they are reminiscent of old crazy quilts which fits so well with the farm theme. They will be available for purchase as soon as their done with their photo shoot for Gallery Direct.

nessa dee

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

These Two

 I love to watch these two together. They have a funny relationship. It's somewhat of a love/hate relationship.

 He loves to give her hugs.
She hates to receive them.

He loves to hide her chew toys.
She hates when she can't find her toys.

He loves to poke her belly.
She really hates being poked.

Trixie's a curmudgeon. She always has been, and she's very quick to tell anyone when she's being bothered. With August, sometimes her her growls are unwarranted, but most of the time, they are voiced as a result of his torments. He takes a little too much pleasure in torturing her.

But it's not all bad. Trixie's become very aware of the benefits of having August around. He has a habit of throwing his food off of his high chair tray, and Trixie's always right there to catch it. August is very good at playing tug of war, one of Trixie's favorite games. Trixie finally has someone that doesn't mind getting his face licked. And these two have become quite proficient in the art of squirrel watching.

Since August joined our family, Trixie has gained five pounds, been poked and prodded, had hair pulled, been sat on and tormented, and has had to compete for attention which August mostly wins. But she also found in this little spitfire, a companion, a friend, a playmate, and someone who's quite generous with his food.

nessa dee

Thursday, March 13, 2014


Aren't these paintings beautiful? These are the works of my students from the art class I teach on Fridays. I am so proud of these masterpieces. I'm tempted to keep all of the pears because they look so pretty on my art wall, but as proud as I am of my students, I'm sure their parents will be ever so much more.

What a whirlwind week. I mentioned in my last post that baby Gus had been sick for a while, but with his immune system down, he ended up getting bronchiolitis and developed pneumonia. He's been on breathing treatments and meds for the past week, and he's doing much better, although, the steroids are making him quite irritable. I'm very thankful that we caught it early, and it didn't develop into something much worse. Needless to say, we've spent a lot of time snuggling on the couch, and he's getting a bit tired of all of the extra hugs and kisses.

nessa dee