Re:Make SF // craft fair September 13th!

Re:Make SF with Brit + Co

This is just a quick public service announcement to let those of you in the Bay Area (or farther afield!) know that I'll be showing and selling my art (and other various art-decorated items) at the Re:Make SF craft fair next weekend!

It should be a super fun and free event next Saturday at Fort Mason in San Francisco. For those of you wanting to get a leg up on holiday shopping (if so, please teach me your ways!), this might be a good place to start. For those of you not quite that organized, there should be tons of cool crafts, hands-on projects, and some good food.

Check out more event details here!

Have a great weekend everyone!

xo Diana

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book love // 01

book recommendations, dw draws

At the beginning of the year, I signed up for a Goodreads reading challenge. I consider myself a prolific reader, so I committed to reading thirty books this year. And I was pretty stunned when I learned halfway through the year that I was already five books behind schedule.

I think, to some extent, my mental image of myself is stuck in my teenage years, when I could easily read one or two novels a week. Somehow over the past few years, reading has drifted away from my daily routine. I really want to read more, so I'm gearing back up to try to complete the challenge.

These are my favorite books so far this year, and I would love any recommendations you have for the rest of my reading challenge!

01. AMERICANAH, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

I had never heard of this author before my brother and sister in law gave us this book, to which I owe them for introducing me to an amazing book and new author. Despite being pretty heavy (literally and figuratively), I devoured this book. I recommend this one both for the wonderful storytelling and its fascinating handling of issues of race in America.

02. WONDER, R. J. Palacio.

This book is a bit different than the others on my list because it's not an adult novel. . . or even a young adult novel. It's designed for the middle grades, and beautifully and thoughtfully handles the story of Auggie, a 10-year-old boy with significant facial deformities learning to navigate middle school with grace and humor.

Of these four books, this is the one that had me laughing out loud (and I was listening to this as an audiobook while riding public transportation -- my apologies fellow travelers!) and tearing up.

03. THE CUCKOO'S CALLING, Robert Galbraith.

Let's call this what is is: a fantastic murder mystery detective novel by J. K. Rowling. Some people have said they noticed a similar writing style to the Harry Potter books, but the similarity I saw was how sucked in I became. It's a quick read and very fun.

04. THE ROUND HOUSE, Louise Erdrich.

This book absolutely enthralled me me. It has a very fast moving plot -- to some extent it's a mystery novel -- but the way it handled the topic of Native American reservation politics and legal issues, all told from the point of view of a young boy, was just fascinating and heartbreaking. I definitely hope to read more of Erdrich's books!

Oh, and do any of you have a Kindle? What are your thoughts on it? I've been firmly a paper-and-ink girl until now, but I'm toying with the idea of getting one to more easily read while traveling and on the go. Would love to hear your thoughts on them!

I hope everyone's enjoying the long weekend!

xo Diana

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Art Process 11 // Mount Davidson

mount davidson series, diana willard (detail)

Lately S and I have been really enjoying exploring San Francisco's parks.

A lot of them are unexpectedly woodsy and wild-feeling for inner-city parks, which is a lot of fun for a pair of city-dwellers like us.

mount davidson series, diana willard (sketch)

I was inspired to create a painting based on one of my photos of our foggy hike on Mount Davidson.

When I sat down to create some sketches of the painting, I came up with so many fun color I asked on Instagram for some advice. Thank you to those up you who weighed in on which one you liked best. . . but I have to admit that in the end I couldn't choose just one!

mount davidson series, diana willard (detail)

mount davidson series, diana willard (detail)

These were a lot of fun to paint, and I love how the different colors can bring such a different mood to the same scene.

mount davidson series, diana willard (detail)

Three of the original paintings are available in my Etsy shop and I'm offering $10 off each painting if you wish to purchase more than one!

xo Diana

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Blogversary! (plus vote on the giveaway prize)

DW Draws Blogversary Survey

I can't believe it's been a year since I started this blog! My goodness that went by fast!

I began this blog as a way to keep myself on track as I dedicated a year to artistic exploration. Nw that the year is up, and I've decided to extend it for another (yay!), I want to make the blog a much more intentional place.

I'd love to hear what you would like to see more of here. . . and what giveaway you'd be most interested in winning! Yep, I'm going to be hosting my first giveaway, and I wanted to make sure the prize was something you'd love to receive! :)

It would mean so much to me if you would take a moment to fill out this super-quick survey -- thank you and have a lovely weekend!

xo Diana

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Press Pause

Wildflowers at Lassen Volcanic National Park, Diana Willard

Now and then it's good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy.
~ Guillaume Apollinaire

After getting back from my short trip to Connecticut, I dove back into work and found myself -- for the first time since starting out this adventure -- stressed out about how much work I had to do, instead of how much work I didn't have.

It's scary to have actual deadlines suddenly, and thrilling to have a couple of opportunities to show my work coming up, but by Friday afternoon, I had completely worked myself into a state.

So it felt both good and completely irresponsible to take the weekend off for a long drive and hike and then (full disclosure here, of course!) a massive Pinterest session.

Sometimes, it seems, you have to press pause to be able to get started.

I hope you're all having a great week!

xo Diana

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