A confession

  • Chickens

    These chickens were modeled on my own chickens, Duck and Cluck. I took an online class from Anita Lehman through Carla Sonheim's website that was a very thoughtful look at composition. Sometimes it's nice to get back to basics and see how structure influences outcome. And, on a side note, it's been nice to have fresh eggs to eat and use in baked goods!

  • A New (Old) Way of Working

    I don't know why it took so long for me to go back to making collage and mixed media pieces. Maybe I didn't think they were "serious" enough, or I forgot how much fun it was for me to work this way, or maybe I just forgot how to do it. Recently, I found some fruit that I painted simply on canvas paper. I took out cheap, thin acrylics, poured green and yellow on top, and pushed the paint around the paper. After it dried, I tore out the fruit and saved them for a collage. That's where my playing around with fruit bowls began the other day. For a slight change of pace, I took a yellow piece of painted paper and turned it into a French press. I've mainly been using really smushy media, like a soft pencil, conte crayons, and Faber Castell gelatos. These collaged pieces really feel like me, and I'm loving all the color!

  • New Things!

    I'm test driving some new products at the market this Saturday. It's so much fun to play with color and shape on functional bags and totes. I like the simplicity of playing with fabric, paint, and potatoes. Yes, potatoes! That's what I used to make my stamps......and, they're compostable!

  • Stretching

    I decided to challenge myself with an online course, Explore Florals, taught by Victoria Johnson. It was three weeks of design briefs, each focusing on a different way to think about florals, with an accompanying palette. It was harder than I thought to get out of my own way of doing things and try something new. Just like life, I suppose.

  • Creative Thinking

  • UPPERCASE!

    I am so thrilled to have my very first drawn illustration in the current issue of UPPERCASE Magazine! 

    I drew this on Thanksgiving, 2017. We decided to stay home and celebrate, just the three of us. I wanted my daughter to feel like that even though we weren't going anywhere, it was going to be a special day. So, I let her pick the drinks!

  • Pushing Forward

    I'm trying to remember this and to boldly learn new things without getting bogged down by self doubt. It's hard!

  • Plugging Away


    I'm trying to enjoy the quiet stillness of winter. We've had lots of snow (and snow days) and rain, which has made for long weeks of nasty weather. I'm drawing daily and I can see myself steadily improving. 

  • Winter

    above image—not winter

    Winter is not my favorite season. It's cold, it's dark, it's icy....but with those restrictions comes permission to quiet your mind, think, make. It's the season when I have the most time. My daughter is in preschool, and farmers' markets are few and far between. It allows me to focus on my art and on all the other little projects that I think about during the summer. This year I'm stretching and taking Make Art That Sells, an online course from art agent Lilla Rogers. So far, I feel out of my element, which I'm taking as a good sign. Growth comes in fits and starts, and it isn't always comfortable.

  • Upcoming Holiday Season

    I'm getting ready for the upcoming holiday season! I'll be at the Bennington Farmers' Market on the first and third Saturdays of Nov. and Dec., and I'll be at the Williamstown Berkshire Grown Markets on Nov. 19th and Dec. 17th. I'll have lots of lovely linen aprons and tea towels, and delicious edibles, perfect for gift giving or enjoying with your family and friends. See you soon!

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A confession

Well, I was a little premature in my last title, the freeze! Since just the other day, the temperature has dropped dramatically into the single digits. It hurts to go outside. Even with the wood stove cranking, we've had to use the heat more than we would like. It's hard to keep the house warm when it's so frigid outside.

Now for my confession: I love Martha Stewart. Maybe that's not so shocking for those of you who know me well, but at least I'm willing to admit it! I'm impressed at her breadth of knowledge about cooking, baking, gardening, and really any and every craft out there. She has a smart and well-honed sense of design and both her magazine and show are quality. I've been watching her show and endless Christmas crafts lately, and I'm thinking it may have caused some brainwashing...but please don't think any less of me!

Speaking of Martha, our friends had a gingerbread house decorating party last weekend. They bought these cute sets and had gobs of candy, pretzels, and cereal to use. Oddly enough, I don't think I've ever decorated a gingerbread house before. Sugar cookies, yes. Paper houses, definitely. It was fun to do something holiday-related since I haven't gotten out any decorations this year. Matt normally calls me "Scrooge" and every year I have to be cajoled into cutting a tree and decorating it, but I secretly enjoy it. Especially the first night when it gets dark and you turn the lights on to make everything sparkle and twinkle. You can't help feel warm and cozy and loving and a bit sentimental for childhood. Since we're going away, we didn't put up a tree and I see no need to make lots of cookies or cakes. I can't go to Tuscany already fat and stuffed!

We realized something interesting as all of the houses were sitting on the table together--each was very different. Matt and I's houses illustrate this point perfectly. One is fanciful with lots of color and detail, while the other is practical with a well-constructed chimney and realistic wood pile. The first has gum drop steps leading to nowhere, while the second has an orderly border of shrubs around the perimeter. Guess who made each one?

I guess it's lucky we found each other or I'd be very cold and he would have blank walls!