Relaxation...and the ceiling

  • Artist Book at Bennington Museum

    I made a new artist book for a show at the Bennington Museum. It's a carousel book, inspired by poems by Robert Frost. Here's the cover, which is all done in colored pencil. It felt really good to make a "real" piece of art for a "real" show! It's for sale as a part of the museum's gala event fundraiser. It can also be viewed in the galleries for the entire month of December. Let me know what you think if you see it!

  • 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!

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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.