• 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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My SoCal Adventure

This week saw me traveling from here....to 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!

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