Lil’ friends in the Old West

I love spending time with my cousin in Virginia City, Nevada. As my cousin and I sat at of the Bloody Bucket, a saloon that has been around since the 1800s, we worked on a little art project together while drinking our Bloody Marys. Here is what came out of the fun afternoon.



[Drink & Draw, Partner!: Watercolor Pencil]

The caption for this cartoon is “friends don’t let friends drink and draw”. There will be a follow up cartoon with Lil’ Girl holding a glass of wine while drawing the picture of Gina with her cowboy outfit and holster, complete with wine and wine glass. I will add dialogue too, with the dog also speaking up.

Lil’ Girl Art 2015

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Lil’ Friendz swinging through life

The next series of cartoons is inspired by my week with the real little people in my life–my niece, nephew, and little sister.

fun on the swings

fun on the swings


We had run our errands for the day and it was clear that the kids were antsy and likely to be bouncing off the walls for the next few hours if there wasn’t an intervention and soon. As we drove back into the suburban neighborhood, my sister said, “Let’s go to the park to get the crazy train out of these kids.” I understood the consequences of saying no and was all in. As soon as the doors of the mini-van opened, the little ones started their run for the swings.


Within less than a minute they had their butts on a swing and were in full character.

James was competitive and let us know about his mad swing-set skills.

“Look how high I can go!”

Madi was all about connection and, despite her mad swinging skills, asked for help.

“Aunt Riki, will you push me?”

It didn’t take long before I joined the kids in flying back and forth through the air. I forgot how much fun it is to just play for the day.