• 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!

  • 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.

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Back in the Saddle

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I inadvertently took a little vacation from here over the last couple of weeks, while August was flying past and I stood in a daze and watched. Really, I've been hard at work on several projects, including the ongoing farmers' market experiment, occasional catering work, and a couple of articles! The article work includes some super secret recipe development....hopefully more about this in future posts when I can share it with you. All I can say is that there are lots of cheesecakes floating around the house over the past week!

I've had two highly successful farmers' markets since I've returned from vacation; successful means that I don't have to eat the remaining inventory Saturday night. I've managed to sell and trade most everything that I've brought with me. And the jams are popular, which means I need to find more fruit, pronto! I did a very small batch of apricot jam today, loosely following master preserver June Taylor here, and I jammed the rest of the black currants, which had been languishing in the freezer since mid-July. I've had such good Santa Rosa plums this year that I really want to do some plum jam, and maybe some peach....and maybe more strawberry with balsamic and pink peppercorns? We actually have a pick your own strawberry patch up here that does ever bearing berries, so the sign is up that they're ready again.

I've been having lots of thoughts about aroma and food, probably stemming from the highly aromatic oolongs that I've gotten my hands on from Rishi and In Pursuit of Tea. They are so fragrant without any flavorings added that they're like natural perfume. And speaking of natural perfume, I recently discovered Aftelier Perfumes. Mandy Aftel crafts her fragrances with only high-quality, natural essences, and they're truly exquisite. I haven't worn perfume in years (between the wine tasting and baking, strong scents aren't allowed), but I got a tiny sample of her Shiso scent to try. It smells like a geisha sipping tea outside by a stream, and it's subtle enough to wear on an everyday basis. I can also create my very own Earl Grey blend with the bergamot essence that I bought...I know, I'm a total food geek!

Now that I'm back, I promise to stay in touch since summer is winding down. Make sure to visit!

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