• 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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Little Experiments

As always, there are new things to try preserving, encasing in batter, or drying. Right now I'm mainly working on the first and third of those techniques. The left photo is my first attempt at rose petal jam (here on bread and goat cheese, and yes, that's my man thumb holding it). I was at a friend's house for dinner and we were sitting outside, just about next to this beautiful shrub rose with bright fuchsia blooms. Of course, I didn't hesitate to ask if I could literally deflower it for my selfish needs. I had a recipe from these crazy guys, who put everything that grows in northern MD, central DE, and southeastern PA in jars and serve it as cheese plate accompaniments. I had a vague idea of how it would turn out, definitely floral, maybe sickeningly sweet, and colored a barely-there hue of pink. I was drastically wrong about the flavor and color; it is floral, but in a delicate way, showing more nuance than I expected. And the color is unbelievable! I wish I could have caught glistening in the sun, but sadly, there was none by this afternoon. Take my word that it is a glorious bright shade of deep pink, lovely to look at and quite delicious.

Oh, and the other photo is something I took from those same friends (bet they're real glad they asked me over! now their yard is bare). I planted chamomile from seed this year, but apparently those tiny seeds drowned or blew away or just never germinated. They had lots of it, so I am drying some to use in future pastries, along with lavender, which actually is from my garden. I've found that chamomile is good in shortbread, infused in the butter, and ground and blended with turbinado sugar to be sprinkled on top. It's funny–as much as I love tea, I've never been fond of drinking a tisane of chamomile (it's not a tea since it's not made from the actual tea plant)...but I do like its flavor in a flaky, buttery cookie!

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