New Scotland

  • 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

  • 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. 

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New Scotland

Aaaaah....vacation! But the coming back to real life...not so easy. We've been back for a week, yet I still haven't finished this post. I think I'm holding on for dear life.

We had the pleasure of spending some time in Nova Scotia, courtesy of our friend who owns the beautiful barn where we were married; she also owns a cute house on the island of Cape Breton, off the "mainland" of Nova Scotia. It's an interesting place, culturally and geographically, still referred to as New Scotland by many of the locals. The landscape is intense: rolling hills undulate inland, while cliffs drop suddenly down to the water, punctuating the fall with huge boulders like polished whales. There are beaches, which are quite pleasant and even swim-able. Since the strait of water on the west side is protected and gets some gulf stream currents, it's not much colder than water along the mid-Atlantic coast.

We did a few hikes in the Highlands National Park, which is where we saw several moose (meese? see previous post for a link to video), bald eagle, and pilot whales jumping in the waves below. The most amazing trail was the Skyline, a 4-mile hike where the halfway point was a series of boardwalk platforms across a ridge, ending on what felt like the end of the world. The Cabot trail languidly curved off the south side of the trail, while the trail zigzagged down to the coast. We also did an "extreme" whale watch in a 28' pontoon-type boat on pretty choppy waters, but the reward was seeing the coast from another angle and having small groups of pilot whales roll right next to the boat. They were playful and almost seemed to be happy that we were there.

After five eventful yet relaxing days on Cape Breton, we drove down to Halifax. The unfortunate part was that we only stayed two days. Our hotel, The Haliburton, was the perfect base to explore the city and the neighborhood was a little restaurant mecca in itself. We ate and drank well, discovering that there are some really good breweries in the city. Our favorite was Propeller, and no, they don't import to the US! I ate some amazing seafood, which was one of my goals for the trip, and covered much of the city by foot. It's very accessible and super friendly, and a great place to hear live music. I highly recommend Halifax (and Cape Breton) as a vacation destination.

Now that I'm back, the only news that I have to report is that I have bangs...after not having them since I was a young girl! I know you're riveted, so hopefully I have something better for you next time.