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  • Making Books Again

    I had a renewed interest at the end of last year to make some books again. It started with a carousel book that I exhibited at the Bennington Museum, and then I got some momentum going in the month of December with a very loooong accordion that I used for a monthly challenge, with prompts related to the Advent. I'm working almost daily on collages which makes me so happy. I forgot how much I enjoy piecing together little bits of things that make a cohesive whole. 

  • Artist Book at Bennington Museum

    I made a new artist book for a show at the Bennington Museum. It's a carousel book, inspired by poems by Robert Frost. Here's the cover, which is all done in colored pencil. It felt really good to make a "real" piece of art for a "real" show! It's for sale as a part of the museum's gala event fundraiser. It can also be viewed in the galleries for the entire month of December. Let me know what you think if you see it!

  • More Food and Drawing

    For some time, I've been meaning to submit recipes to the They Draw and Cook website. I finally got two finished for a recent food geometry challenge. I submitted the recipe above, along with another. It was a really fun project for me. Especially challenging was getting the piece in the correct format and size (my Photoshop skills are still lacking), and doing some digital touch up work to make them look their best. I was ultimately happy with how they turned out, and proud of myself for getting it done!

  • 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!

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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.