Fall? Or Summer?

  • Food + Drawing

    I don't know why it took me so long to start drawing food. I always had in the back of my mind that I wanted to combine my two interests somehow. In the last eight months, I've done lots of food drawings, beginning back in October with my Inktober recipes. I wanted to illustrate for someone other than myself, so I reached out to friends who have a coffee business. I'm working on a series of illustrations for different methods of brewing coffee. It's so much fun for me, and I find it satisfying to be working for "clients" other than myself.  

  • 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


    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.

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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.