Relaxation...and the ceiling

  • 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. 

  • 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!

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Relaxation...and the ceiling

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Well, all of you can see that I haven’t quite kept up with my New Year’s resolutions. It’s been a little while since my last post. Now that we’re through with the holidays, I have no excuse not to tell you what I’m up to once a week or so.

Every holiday is a struggle/compromise to figure out where we will be for which days. Matt’s family is closer to us, so they generally win for short breaks. Luckily, both of us had a luxurious WEEK off, so we were able to get down to Long Island and continue south to Easton and Baltimore. We covered several states, but it wasn’t stressful since we spent a few days in both major destinations. (Note to my Northern friends—it was 73 degrees in Easton the weekend I arrived—no coat needed!) We basically ate lots, visited with family and friends, shopped (which we don’t do at all where we live), and went for a few walks (I require a walk on the beach when we go to Long Island). It was a relaxing break.

Now we’re back, and the ceiling needs to be finished. Did I mention we’re putting 3” maple tongue-and-groove flooring on our ceiling? Aesthetically, it was a great choice, but practically, it was not a solid idea. Maple is hard, so much so that every single nail hole has to be predrilled. Also, tongue-and-groove boards have to fit tightly against each other. Pine would be a breeze to bend into shape, but maple fights back. It takes a few pieces of scrap wood, mallets, hammers, and chisels, and all the brute strength that I can muster to hold the boards tight while Matt nails them in. There’s generally a conversation that goes somewhat like this:

M: Are you pushing?

E: (grunting through clenched teeth while straddling the ladder and scaffolding) Yeah! Nail…..it…in….now!

To be fair, there have been surprisingly few arguments considering the proximity of our workspace, standing side by side on the scaffolding. If you are planning to visit us in VT, wait until this project is over. Stacks of wood have taken over the front room, making it an ever-changing landscape as we move everything to accommodate where we are working.

In the midst of all this, I am still somewhat diligently studying wine, knitting, making books, and baking the occasional cake. I wish there was more time in my day.