• 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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Sometimes I feel like the whole year revolves around fall’s arrival. Any proper New Englander would say that’s it’s their favorite season. People love the crisp mornings and clear days, the bright splashes of color that start appearing shortly after Labor Day, and the slow creep of color down the mountains. It’s actually hard not to like fall up here unless you dwell too heavily on what comes next, and how long that season will hang around. I’ve never been one to worship fall; I’m more of a summer girl, maybe because of my July birthday.

The farmers’ market turns into a bountiful cornucopia of fall-ness with displays of palm-sized Delicata squash to the mammothly huge, gray Hubbard squash. Then there are the apples, new to heirloom varieties. You can buy them from your favorite farm stand, the grocery stand, or of course, pick-your-own farm…and there are the ensuing apple pancakes, applesauce, and apple crisps to follow. Even though this year’s maple syrup is a couple seasons-old by now, it comes into its full glory in the fall where leaf-peepers pick up gallons of the sticky nectar to bring home, providing bragging rights for “real Vermont maple syrup.” The woods are alive with the sounds of scurrying chipmunks and squirrels readying themselves for the cold months ahead, and the leaves crunch, soft and sweetly fragrant beneath your sneakers. Country roads host dripping displays of native grapes hanging high and low, and the scrubby weeds turn brilliant reds and yellows. Yes, it is a good time to live in New England.