Chickens and Hedwig

  • 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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Chickens and Hedwig

Sunday nights mean comfort, roast chicken and mashed potatoes. Which is exactly what we made tonight after an afternoon of working on the house. I roast chicken with the idea of getting the most flavor out of it, stuffing the inside cavity with quartered lemons and stalks of rosemary and marjoram, delicately separating the breast meat from the skin and tucking a layer of chopped garlic between, and seasoning the outside with olive oil, salt, and pepper. It was the perfect way to end a cold cold week and nice to remember that we still have a Monday to enjoy at home.

Williamstown, MA can be an unexpected place. So small town on one hand, with generations growing up in the very same place, families that are entwined from early history, and an esteemed (and old) college. It looks to be the perfect New England town, beautiful brick buildings that belong to the college and a cute, upscale downtown not bustling with people or stores but entirely pleasant. The summers bring in throngs of tourists, prospective students and parents looking at Williams but also celebrities, actors and actresses here for the Williamstown Theater Festival. It’s a different feel during the summer, more cosmopolitan, even happening. It’s entirely possible to spot an actor from your favorite sitcom as you’re standing in line for coffee or ice cream. In the winter, it feels rather desolate, especially when the students are on their winter break. This made it all the more surprising when we were out this past weekend. A group at Williams was putting on a Queer Festival at the little movie theater, showing a series of films including one of my all-time favorites, Hedwig and the Angry Inch. We went to see it with another couple. At the beginning of the movie, the organizers announced that there would be a DJ dance party event next door at the Williams College bar/lodge where the director himself would be spinning! This sounded utterly unbelievable to me, yet we went over, and sure enough, John Cameron Mitchell was there! He introduced himself to us as simply John, and I gushed for a minute until he was pulled away to set up. The whole thing was so unlikely for a Saturday night in a small town, yet there we were and it was most certainly real! Definitely our good luck.