My SoCal Adventure

  • 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!

  • 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.

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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!