• 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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I finally have proof that I've spent some time in my studio lately. This act of creation came about as a result of my recent show at the Bennington Museum, which was really a sale, and it did inspire me to try to create something that someone might actually buy. I was pretty happy with these pieces--they are joyful! If you are not familiar with what I normally make, I think the descriptors "textured" or "layered" or "thoughtful" might come to mind, but not joyful. I found some beautiful papers at a local store (really the only place to buy decorative papers in southwestern VT) and slowly acquired a selection over the past few months. I've been hoarding them and trying to figure out how to use them other than to embellish and cover blank books. These tunnel books wound up being quite small (4" x 4") and they needed protective hard covers with doors, like tiny cabinets. I constructed them out of book board with a spine and door on either side with the tunnel book safely tucked inside. And one did sell!

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I'm even working on a few fun projects. I found a book of Japanese Zakka patterns in a local bookstore. If you know me at all, you know that I love all things Japanese--paper, origami, bento boxes, sweet bean cakes, and I could go on and on. This is one definition that Wikipedia gives for Zakka:

Zakka has also been described as "the art of seeing the savvy in the ordinary and mundane". The zakka boom could be recognized as merely another in a series of consumer fads, but it also touches issues of self-expression and spirituality. Cute, corny and kitschy is not enough. To qualify as a zakka, a product must be attractive, sensitive, and laden with subtext.

These are the sweetest useful things I've ever seen! Not being the most exacting or apt to follow patterns sewer, I decided to start simply with a book cover for my sketch book. I found a size and shape that I like very much and have been using for years, so I figured it would get lots of use. My mom brought back these beautiful linen and cotton dish towels from Denmark, and I've been trying to find a good use for them. It made a perfect cover--cute, cuddly, and certainly laden with subtext.

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