At last

  • 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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At last


Summer is finally here, just in time for the end of August and school starting again. It was a heart breaker of a summer, with days and days and weeks of rain and cool weather. My tomatoes succumbed to the fatal combination this week, showing textbook signs of late blight. I pulled them all out except for two, which looked marginal a couple of days ago and now look blighted also. Before I stuffed the carcasses into a trash bag (so the spores don't spread further), I carefully removed all of the green tomatoes and nestled them in a box. My plan was to try to ripen them between layers of newspaper, but when I checked them this morning, the body count was high; they are continuing to develop mushy brown spots. My new plan is to make a green tomato chutney...when life hands you green tomatoes, what else do you do with them?

Before I moved to New England, I never thought about describing weather in terms of night temperatures. Since there hasn't been much good to say about the weather this summer, I've noticed a focus on the good. "Good sleeping weather," people say. Of course, people up here don't generally have (or need) central AC, so when it gets hot, it's hard to sleep. We certainly haven't had that problem this summer, and it's a very optimistic way of looking at the past two months.

The other thing I never knew until a few years ago is that rocks sweat when it gets hot. In the woods behind out house, we'll go for a walk on a hot day and see the rocks all slippery with condensation. I'm still surprised when I see it.