• 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!

  • Inktober Almost Finished!

    I challenged myself again this year to participate in Inktober. It's an Instagram challenge where you post something drawn or painted with ink every day of October. You can make it as limiting or free as you'd like, and there's even a prompt list if you prefer to follow that. I decided I would work on patterns as a continuation of my recent Sketchbook Skool class with Ohn Mar Win. (I also wanted to practice drawing/painting people, but I enjoyed and got wrapped up with the patterns!) You can head over to Instagram to see the whole month!

  • Honored

    This is an image of an artist book that I submitted to Uppercase Magazine, and here it is actually in the magazine!

  • Permission

    I've been playing with the idea of home for many years now. For a while, I tried to convey this in a nonliteral way, but lately all I want to draw are tiny houses! And they make me happy, so I've allowed myself to do so.

  • Radio Silence

    Well, I've been busy with life, baking, and painting. After a many year hiatus, I'm making stuff again! It feels great to play around with long-forgotten supplies and skills. Check out my instagram to see the latest.

  • It's Holiday Market Time!



  • PCS Pop-up is Open

    We are so excited to tell you that we've opened a pop-up shop at 30 Spring Street in Williamstown, MA! We are open Thursday through Sunday, from 11am to 4pm. In addition to PCS goodies, we are carrying jewelry, pottery, cards, and art from some very talented local artists. We also have coffee beans roasted by Assembly Coffee Roasters in Pittsfield, MA. Stop by, say hi, and shop!

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And the guest blogger is...

Dana Seith! Dana is the twin sister of one of my very closest friends. We discovered a few months ago that our lives are taking somewhat parallel courses, and we really should stay in touch and exchange jam. Actually, the jam didn't have anything to do with anything, but it was fun. So, here's Dana on her current adopted city of Atlanta. You can continue to follow her here...and read my guest post for her!

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A Taste of Atlanta

A few years, ago one of my editors summed up Atlanta with this metaphoric phrase, “we are the bratty little sister.” And unless you actually live here, you certainly wouldn’t understand what that really means. But, it’s the honest truth. We’re brats. We look to imitate our older siblings - like New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami - while trying to outdo them at the same time – and I think we are often successful.

I moved to Atlanta nine years ago, and it’s taken me about that long to fully grasp the true heart of this city – distracted as I was at first by simple appearances – dogwood-lined streets (most of them with names that include some form of the word Peachtree), bungalow homes complete with porch swings, and the surprising lack of the stereotyped images I held of the South - antebellum estates and Spanish moss. To find the true South, you have to travel west to Birmingham or east to Savannah or Charleston.

So now, on closer inspection, I’ve discovered the heart and soul of this city and found that I love it. I especially like Atlanta’s little neighborhood nooks - Inman and Candler Parks, Virginia Highlands, Midtown, and Buckhead, each with its own distinctive personality.

Another surprise? Atlanta is an incredibly transient city. Because so many large companies (UPS, Coca-Cola, Turner, Delta, Home Depot and Southern Company, among them) make their home here, they draw people from all over the world making Atlanta a melting pot. A little less concentrated than maybe NYC, but still, distinctly there. The natives you will find are few and a very tight-knit group.

That makes this a city whose sense of self constantly ebbs and flows with the influx of new ideas and new blood. We have myriad homegrown ideas and some amazing natural wonders that those cities can’t even aspire to. This city is remarkable for its seamless integration of urban and country. The pace of the city suits me, as does its size. It’s just big enough to feel like a major metropolis, but not so big that you’re swallowed up in it.

But, really, what I adore the most is springtime in Atlanta – there’s no other spring quite like it.  After a mild winter (to say the least in comparison to Vermont), Atlanta comes alive by late February and early March – and its perfect patio weather can often last clear till June. Those Saturdays where you can garden and be outdoors all day, then cook something great and eat al fresco... Heaven on a plate.

That leads me to Atlanta’s culinary scene – the chefs and the farm-to-table movement that predominates on many restaurant menus are right up my alley. Below is a recipe from one of the best chefs to come out of the South – Ms. Edna Lewis. Lewis is largely responsible for teaching Chef Scott Peacock – Southern Living columnist and owner of The Watershed – the famous Decatur Georgia restaurant owned by one half of the Indigo Girls.

Now, back to Edna Lewis – below is her recipe for lemonade. Because, it’s just perfect for a nice, spring day in Atlanta, or wherever you are.

Lemonade

2 cups sugar

½ gallon well water (bottled spring water)

1 ½ cups freshly squeezed lemon juice

Ice

1 lemon, sliced into thin slices

Fresh mint (optional)

Dissolve the sugar in the well water. Add the lemon juice, a solid piece of ice, and lemon slices. This can be put into a stone crock or a glass ice bucket and decorated with mint, if desired.

Dana Hazels Seith is a journalist who lives and works in Atlanta, Georgia. She is founder and editor-in-chief of danapop, a mashup of all things culture, life, food & drink, and travel.

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