• Creative Thinking

  • UPPERCASE!

    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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Muffins

I love muffins. There is nothing better than waking up on a lazy Sunday morning and deciding to bake them for my still-slumbering sweetie. As much as I don't mind long and complicated recipes, I like my muffins to be simple. And as much as I like to try new flavor combos, I like my muffins to be blueberry. It's the kind of baked good that you don't want to fuss over after just rolling out of bed. Minimal directions and minimal ingredients are best.

These were mixed and baked in no time this morning. We enjoyed them while sitting at our dining room table in front of our new, spotless replacement windows, watching the rain melt the sizable piles of snow into slightly less intimidating piles and deeming our road drivable again. Even clean-up was minimal; I used one bowl, a few measuring cups, one muffin pan, and the teaspoon and half teaspoon measuring spoons. So easy. Because I'm all for spreading the gospel of the underappreciated muffin, I'm even giving you the recipe below. Don't go out for brunch next weekend. Stay in, make these and a big pot of coffee or tea, and eat a gourmet breakfast in your pajamas.

Fruit Muffins (adapted from Yankee Magazine's Blueberry Muffins, though this is a good, generic base for any fruit muffins)

1 3/4 c. flour (I use a mix of whole wheat, all-purpose, and white whole wheat)

1/4 c. sugar

2 1/2 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. salt

1 egg, beaten

1/2 c. milk or buttermilk

1/3 c. oil (neutral is best: canola and safflower are good choices)

1 c. fresh or frozen berries

opt. add-ins - flax seeds, nuts, etc.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Sift together all dry ingredients in a large bowl and then make a well in the center. Mix berries with a tablespoon of dry mix in a separate bowl. Whisk together the wet ingredients and pour them into the well. Stir briefly just to mix. Add berries and fold them in. Fill muffin tins 2/3rds full. Sprinkle with sugar for crunchy tops (I like cinnamon sugar). Bake 20 - 25 minutes. Immediately remove muffins from the pan and let them cool for as long as you can stand it. Makes about 9.

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