• 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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Number 100

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I've just realized that this is my 100th post...and since I've missed my blog's anniversary this year and possibly last, we're going to celebrate! I made an apple cake for the occasion.

This year, I'm on a quest to perfect those recipes that I feel every baker must have in her arsenal. Number one was brownies, which I finally nailed thanks to Alice Medrich (I highly recommend her book Bittersweet, which also contains the recipe). The secret to that one was cocoa powder rather than pounds and pounds of chocolate, which unfortunately seem to dry out the brownies and make them more cakelike than fudgy. We (my husband) adore fudgy brownies, so I can finally make one that he's not ashamed of.

Next was a good biscuit...found! My new (borrowed) biscuit recipe is flaky, fluffy, and not loaded with pounds of butter or tainted by sour cream. It's a straight-up buttermilk biscuit–with a substantial amount of guilt-reducing whole wheat flour.

So, number three is back to the above apple cake. I love my mom's cake, but after it sits for a day or so, it tends to get really dry. My new strategy for making cakes moister is to replace some of the butter with a neutral oil, like canola or grape seed. I subbed oil for all of the butter this time and incorporated pear juice and black Ceylon tea. Instead of chunking up the apples, I quartered them and sliced thinly along their length and layered them in the batter as done by smitten kitchen. Oh, and I thought it needed a walnut streusel topping. The real test is how much I like it tomorrow after it languishes overnight...but I'm hoping that I found my knight in white satin and walnuts.

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