My SoCal Adventure

  • 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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My SoCal Adventure

This week saw me traveling from here. Yes, that is snow in the second picture, but it's way up on the top of a mountain. The valley was quite comfortable and sunny.

And then I arrived home to another nearly foot of snow, but the real point was that I got some welcome sun and warmth while I was gone. Every once in awhile, my job presents a trip somewhere interesting food- or drink-related. This trip was to lemon and grapefruit groves an hour north of San Diego. Along the way, I learned how to cook with citrus, make my own beauty products, mix zesty drinks, and eat lots of citrus-inspired dishes. I was introduced to lesser-known varieties of the fruits, like variegated and pink lemons, and I had the opportunity to smell the incredibly fragrant Buddha's hand. These spooky-looking citrons are dry and pithy inside with appendages covered in ample zest. I was tempted to hide a couple in my suitcase, along with the three Meyer lemons that managed to make the trip back. There was also a discussion about hollowing them out and making them into Halloween lanterns. Imagine walking up a path of glowing hands on October 31st!

There were beautiful sunsets every night. I'm a sucker for a good sunset. That is one thing we lack on clear nights at our little chalet–since we are entirely surrounded by trees, it's hard to get a panoramic view. So, I get my sunset kicks elsewhere.

A brief summary since I've been home: Our road has remained unplowed since we received a foot of snow. I made the walk Wednesday night at midnight, and Matt has made the round-trip several times since my car is the accessible one–the other car has not left the driveway in a couple of days. The power went out on Wednesday when I was away, then again last night until mid-morning. We woke up to the sound of the cat throwing up after eating bits of beef fat from the trash can which he managed to knock over sometime during the night. Welcome back!