Friday, May 27, 2011


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For this week's Illustration Friday topic of "asleep"...

Thursday, May 26, 2011


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I just had to post this for this week's Illustration Friday topic of "soaked". I illustrate a monthly magazine column where teens share their most embarrassing and grossest moments. This was one of the gross moments!!!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011


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For this week's Illustration Friday topic of "safari"...

Monday, May 16, 2011

roasted barley ice cream

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Another wonder by The Penny Ice Creamery in Santa Cruz!

It's been awhile since I had a chance to swing by and see what interesting flavors the minds behind the Penny have been dreaming up. Finally this past weekend my man and I stopped in. Looking in the case, I couldn't wait to try the Rose Petal, Rocky Lane (chocolate with marshmallows), Wild Fennel and Roasted Barley flavors.

I thought at first glance I'd end up with the Rose Petal or Wild Fennel. Then I tried the Rocky Lane and it's rich chocolate flavor was just the type of thing I would normally order. (Usually I lean toward chocolate when choosing an ice cream flavor.) But the great thing about the Penny, for me, is that I can try something totally different and know that I will still be satisfied. When all was said and tasted, we both couldn't resist the complex deliciousness of the Roasted Barley!

My taste buds told me that the toasty, light almost caramel flavor was accented by rich vanilla and hints of coffee in the background. I tried to confirm my flavor analysis with my man but all he could do was nod his head in agreement and continue eating. I can't think of a better testimonial than that!

Friday, May 6, 2011

mmmmm... roasted garlic

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I had never roasted a head of garlic before I illustrated Danielle Michaan's technique for her A Fig-Mint of My Imagination blog. With a bag of garlic from Costco I was armed and ready to try it out!

The only thing more fun than drawing it was eating it! Thanks Danielle! (Read her post here.)

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Monday, May 2, 2011

paso robles, california map

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This is my latest illustrated map! My beautiful town of Paso Robles, California. It was difficult to narrow down what to show because there's always something going on here! There's something for everyone: wine festivals, Farmer's Market, air and car shows, the Lavender Festival, Olive Festival, Paderewski Festival, an extensive list of wineries to visit, marvelous places to eat and more, more, more! 

If you have a favorite place or thing to do in Paso Robles, I'd love to hear about it in the comments!

This map is now featured on, along with my map of Solvang, California and others from artists all over the world. Go check it out and get inspired to illustrate your own map or find a new destination to visit!

©2011, Monika Roe