• 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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P1020553Happy birthday, blog! There were lots of events calling for celebration this past week; the fourth of July, of course, Matt and I’s five-year anniversary, and my birthday! It’s been quite a week.

For years, my mom’s side of the family has been gathering at my grandfather’s house in York, PA on the weekend of the fourth. He is sadly no longer with us, but his wonderful wife still carries on the tradition of having us all there. As it was when I was little, the kids get into the pool until their lips are blue, dry off, and eat lots of dessert. I don’t usually swim anymore, but I do eat lots of dessert! In honor of my grandfather, my cousin lurked around in the field below the house, waiting for an opportune moment to set off cherry bombs and make all the rest of us jump. It’s always good to see my aunts and cousins that I only see once or twice a year.

Being as the VT to PA drive is a decent one (6+ hours), Matt and I decided to go the night before and stay in a cute little B&B to celebrate our anniversary. We decided that the Poconos would be a good more-than-halfway stopping point. What we had neglected to factor in was the busyness of the area for July fourth. After stopping in the sweet town of Milford, we sat in traffic for two hours to go the no more than thirty miles to where we were staying! That didn’t get our visit off on the best foot and an overpriced dinner continued the decline. We tried to redeem the trip by hiking on Saturday morning at Big Pocono State Park, where Camelback is located. After passing the water park on the lower part of the hill, we kept driving up to reach the top, only to find no information or signs besides arrows designating parking areas 1-4. We chose to park in parking area one, then got out to find trails. After a little exploring, we found a crudely drawn map. Attempting to follow it plopped us into parking area 3. After three failed paths (all of which led us back to the parking areas), we found a little 2 mile loop that fulfilled our need for some exercise. I hope it’s a better-marked ski hill than it is summer hike!

I guess this birthday year places me firmly “in my thirties.” I’m not sure how I feel about that quite yet.

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