• 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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Having Time

I’ve found myself with some unexpected free time on my hands this week. While dealing with an open schedule is a little disconcerting, it’s also a welcome opportunity. It’s important to find those spaces in your day where you can relax and do at least one thing that you want to do for yourself. As you may have guessed, my moments tend to be food-related. Yes, I do have times where I sit quietly and think, or try not to think, but there are those days when all I want is fresh-baked bread. Made with my hands, baked in my over and wafting heavenly smells all through the house.

This week saw me working on several of those must-haves until I discovered something that I didn’t know I was craving until I almost bought it. Seeing that Bear Naked granola was on sale, I went to put a bag in my cart when I looked at the price. Yikes–I just bought a whole huge bag of organic oats, and they weren’t even close to four dollars. Granola, I thought, it’s been a long time since I’ve made that.

I love a good basic recipe, a sort of solid structure that can withstand a little bit of renovation. I search for this type of recipe again and again to use as a jumping-off point for my revisions. This is the way to cook–there’s no need to reinvent the wheel, but start with the tried-and-true and make it your own. I found this recipe, added some currants and toasted nuts after baking, and a dash of cinnamon. It made my house smell just like maple sugaring season (which, coincidentally, it is) and warm oatmeal cookies. Maybe you don’t need to take a moment to make granola this coming week, but at the very least, take a deep breath and enjoy a quiet minute.

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