• 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!

  • 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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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.

 

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