• 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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Field Trip

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My recent trips to a couple of tea places and a distillery really got my juices flowing these past few weeks. The first of these was to Harney and Sons, a cute little place in Millerton, NY. It's a tea shop, tasting room, and cafe, all in one beautiful, light-filled open space. The tasting room is set up around a L-shaped counter with tins of tea stacked to the ceiling with anything, tea-wise, your heart could wish for. I sampled my way through light to dark oxidized oolongs--it was a great way to taste and see what sorts of teas I prefer. Of course, I came home with some new treasures, including this sweet mug from the aviary collection at Danica Studio. Believe me, I don't need any more mugs, but when you know that something will make you happy every time you use, you figure you can find a spare corner in the cabinet for it.

The second half of my adventures was a trip down to Connecticut and South County (otherwise known as the southern Berkshires). In Pursuit of Tea is based in northern Connecticut and is a mail-order business that supplies fine teas to restaurants and retail customers. I was familiar with the company from my days as a baker at Izabella's, who carries their teas. The very generous owner, Sebastian Beckwith, took us through a tasting from white teas to pu-erh and sent us home with more samples! Our next stop was Berkshire Mountain Distillers, a craft distillery producing spirits from local products. Chris is doing some really interesting things including using local grains for his vodka, gins, and whiskeys. We were able to watch a little bit of the distilling process and taste some of his products. I highly recommend the gins--the botanicals are amazingly bright. They remind me of perfume (in a good way) in their clarity and purity of aroma and flavor. The day was sunny with an impossibly blue sky, making the setting all the more pastoral and idyllic, the apple trees descending down the hill, the view across to the mountains. For more pictures of our field trip, click here.

The thing that really struck me about both tea and spirits is that they're such intentional products. The products are carefully crafted by hand in many cases and made slowly. They have to adhere to certain processes, but waiting is a large portion of the formula. Waiting for leaves to wilt, waiting for the mash to ferment, waiting for barreled whiskey to age. Slow foods...and I'm a slow food kind of girl.

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