weekend sketchbook

September 13, 2016

Danielle Kroll - Swartswood Lake

I spent Labor Day weekend hanging out at my friend’s house on Swartswood Lake, NJ. I did a few drawings from their dock and while kayaking around the lake. There are no motorboats allowed so it’s very peaceful there. And the sunsets…. amazing. I’m not really a huge fan of summer but I felt like this one came and went before I even got a break for a piña colada! I’m looking forward to the fall breeze coming through. It’s perhaps my favorite thing about living around here.

Studio Sofa

April 27, 2015

Danielle Kroll - Studio Sofa

Around Christmas time I was perusing Craigslist for the perfect little studio sofa. I knew I wanted an old piece and had a budget of around $40 because I knew that I’d have to get it reupholstered. Eventually I found this little guy. Very shabby indeed. But so much potential! I picked up 10 yards of canvas fabric from JoAnn’s and brought everything to an upholsterer in New Jersey. I went around and got a few quotes. I’ve never gotten anything upholstered before so I didn’t totally know how much it should cost.
Here’s the breakdown of pricing for anyone that’s interested: Sofa – $40 / Fabric – $8 a yard (on sale) / Upholstery – $520

Overall, it wasn’t crazy cheap but I got to restore a timeless piece and have something pretty unique that I’m sure to love forever!

Sketches From the Cabin

February 26, 2015

Danielle Kroll - Cabin Sketches

Danielle Kroll - Cabin Sketches

Danielle Kroll - Cabin Sketches

Danielle Kroll - The Cabin

Since 2010 my art school friends have met at the same cabin during the same weekend in February. It’s a special time to just sit around and enjoy each other’s company. The cabin is right on Lake Wallenpaupack in the Poconos and the view is really  magical. I was able to get in some peaceful painting time on Saturday with my dear friend Jamie Straw. We talked about art while sharing a space heater and a kettle of tea. Can’t wait for next year!

Merry Christmas

December 26, 2014

Danielle Kroll - Wrapping

I hope everyone is having a superbly wonderful Holiday season! I’m in New Jersey, enjoying a fireplace, bloody marys, and some quiet time with my family.

This year I decided to forego the wrapping paper struggle so I customized a bunch of large envelopes that I had around the studio. Some people needed 2 envelopes, but mostly I managed to stuff everything in. So easy and now (if they want) they can reuse the envelopes too.

Gallery Opening Tonight

December 12, 2014

Hey New Yorkers! I’m part of a group show at AG Gallery in Williamsburg. Stop by for a reception tonight from 6-8. All of the paintings from my Unexpected Places series are up and I have some prints for sale too. Come say hi if you’re around! The show will be up until February if you can’t make it tonight.

Danielle Kroll - AG Gallery

Danielle Kroll - Seaglass

Danielle Kroll - Unexpected Places

Danielle Kroll - AG Gallery

AG Gallery
Opening Reception, Friday the 12th, 6-8
107A North 3rd Street (Btwn Berry St & Wythe Ave)
Brooklyn, NY

Happy December

December 3, 2014

Danielle Kroll - Winter Scene

Happy December, friends! I hope you had a warm and plentiful Thanksgiving. Why is it that Fall goes by so fast but Winter seems like it lasts half the year? I’m trying to mentally prepare myself to accept the impending cold by thinking about all the good things Winter brings: ice skating, baking cookies, snuggly blankets, fireplaces, Christmas lights, quiet nights, snow fall, warm soup, sleeping in, cozy sweaters…. sounds pretty nice, right?

This illustration is a page from a book I worked on with Wide Eyed Editions called Nature’s Day. It’s an educational book that teaches kids about nature through the seasons. Nature’s Day will be released in May so check back for more information after the snow comes and goes. 

Lately in October

October 28, 2014


I took a trip to Seattle to visit a few friends then drove north to Diablo Lake. The water turns a bright turquoise when sunlight hits it.

Danielle Kroll - October Sketchbook

“Patrick the Poodle is trained to nip the heels of lingering houseguests.” Sketchbook page

Danielle Kroll - October Planter

A ceramic planter I made for my friend.

Danielle Kroll - October

I visited the Hudson Valley last week with one of my best childhood friends. I grew up not too far from this area and have done a lot of hiking around the Catskills but for some reason never really explored the towns. So very charming! Although it was raining the whole time we did  get a chance to do a small hike around the lake in Minnewaska.

One of the first places we stopped at on the trip was Dia:Beacon and let me tell you, it was truly breathtaking. The building itself used to be a Nabisco factory and has the most gorgeous natural light seeping in. Not to mention the art… Sol LeWitt’s collection was my favorite but everything was so beautifully curated. And you can really get up close to the art; nothing is roped off, which really changes the experience. Definitely need to take another trip back there.

This Week in August

August 8, 2014

Danielle Kroll - This week in August

A sketch that reminds me of a dresser I had when I was little. I was too short to see in the mirror so I’d stand on the bottom drawer. My mom would always yell at me when she caught me doing this… and then one day it cracked and broke. Whooops!

Danielle Kroll - This week in August

Some pageant magazines I found at an estate sale in New Jersey. Love that typography.

Danielle Kroll - This week in August

Roses in Greenpoint. Even though it’s sometimes hard to live in a city with all that cement and asphalt… the little flower gardens tucked in between the buildings always make me feel better.

Danielle Kroll - Lately

At home in the kitchen.


March 31, 2014

Danielle Kroll - Bounty

Looking forward to June when the CSA starts up again. Picking up all those fresh vegetables is always a highlight of my week. The only problem is trying to fit all that bounty in my tiny kitchen! And what to do with all that swiss chard??

Painting in a Travel Book

March 18, 2014

Danielle Kroll - Painting in a Travel Book

Danielle Kroll - Painting in a Travel Book

I’ve always been a collector, though I’ve never really had one specific thing I collected. When I was little, I was jealous of my brother’s extensive rock collection so I tried to force myself to collect penguins… but I really wasn’t that into it. Recently I realized that maybe old books are my thing. I have a ton that I’ve gathered from my grandma’s basement, thrift stores, and garage sales. One day, I have a dream of displaying all of my  Reader’s Digests and Encyclopedias on pretty shelves but for now, they remain in sad cardboard boxes in my parent’s basement. Last month I found an amazing old travel book at a thrift store and started to paint my way through it. It’s been a really fun way to incorporate my two loves: books and painting.

 I answered a few questions about books and my inspiration at The Library as Incubator Project. You can read the interview here.