• Creative Thinking


    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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Fall? Or Summer?


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We had a hot, sticky day today, the kind of day that made me wonder where it was in July and August. I was just starting to come to terms with the onset of autumn, and here I am, nostalgic again for the long days of summer. As much as I like fall with its apples, squash, and crisp days that require cozy sweaters, it takes me awhile to say goodbye to summer…..and endless tomatoes and peaches.

Fall means football, and in our case, it means Gang Green with the newly acquired Brett Favre. Matt is an avid Jets fan, like his whole family and group of childhood friends. After being on the waiting list for twelve years, he finally has season tickets. The reason that I am so excited about the start of the season is that his going to the games (and watching the away ones with friends) allows me to luxuriate in my quiet Sundays alone. Yes, I love my husband and enjoy spending time with him, but I also like having a day to myself. This also means we can’t do house projects on Sundays…see next paragraph.

Just in case you didn’t know (or were planning on visiting us soon), we are in the middle of a total rehaul of our front room/living/dining room space. This entails installing new lights and electrical, building a closet, moving the wood stove, and putting in a ceiling. We are currently working on the ceiling. Actually, sanding the slats of maple lasted the entire duration of Matt’s summer vacation. Now I am finishing each one with a water-based polyurethane. It will be the most beautiful hand-sanded, hand-finished ceiling that you have ever seen, I promise…but don’t plan on seeing it anytime soon.

I was talking to a very good friend the other day, and she has also been canning this summer. Since we both made peach jam, we have decided that we should do an exchange. This opened up the idea that maybe others have a couple of jars that are looking for a new home…and a desire to taste the fruits of someone else’s labor! It would be fun to coordinate a jam swap, so let me know if you’re interested. P.S. I would also be up for the swapping of other items….like fun old buttons or fabric. No children, please.

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