• 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

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    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.

  • It's Holiday Market Time!



  • PCS Pop-up is Open

    We are so excited to tell you that we've opened a pop-up shop at 30 Spring Street in Williamstown, MA! We are open Thursday through Sunday, from 11am to 4pm. In addition to PCS goodies, we are carrying jewelry, pottery, cards, and art from some very talented local artists. We also have coffee beans roasted by Assembly Coffee Roasters in Pittsfield, MA. Stop by, say hi, and shop!

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So, it is looking more and more like spring around here. You can see the tops of some hopeful daffodils and tulips above, and the sturdy garlic shoots that came barreling out of the ground one warm Saturday. Matt and I decided to celebrate spring by going canoeing! Yes, this seemed to me a bit premature. All of my thoughts about canoeing involve some measure of bathing suits, sunscreen, and lazy summer days. Yet here we were, loading the Stillwater onto the roof of the car preparing to takeon some very fast water. While Matt had been looking forward to this all week (which I didn’t realize until Friday night), I tended to think that maybe our canoe was not going to take on the raging Hoosic too successfully….hence its make name above, the Stillwater. But Matt persevered, and I took precautions (extra change of clothes, lifejacket, leaving my valued camera at home) that in the event I accidentally, ahem, evacuated the canoe, I wouldn’t be a headline in the next day’s paper. To my surprise, it was a great trip! We cruised down the river in record time ( 2 hours this time compared with 3 hours last May) and navigated some decent rapids. It was easier since there was so much more water and, therefore, not as many rocks to worry about scraping. We broke in our new canoe rather quickly last year on the same trip. All ended well on Saturday, although I did take a few waves in the face.

 

Spice Experiment, Part 1 – This recipe was a bit of a cop-out in terms of using whole spices. What could be simpler than making great chai? Still, it was one of those things that I hadn’t made in awhile, and I do crave a good cuppa sometimes. I’ve never found a blend that I really love. Here’s what I threw in the pot with around 4 or so cups of water: 2 ½ star anise, pinch of Tellicherry peppercorns, pinch of allspice berries, 1 hibiscus flower, grated nutmeg, lightly crushed green cardamom pods, and some broken pieces of vanilla bean. I simmered the spices and water for around 10 minutes and then added 3 bags of Numi Rooibos tea. I actually made a test batch last week, where I made one batch with black tea and one batch with the caffeine-free Rooibos. I found that the earthy, vanilla notes of the Rooibos were much more harmonious with the spices than the tea I was using, which was too robust…and I added too much, making it a little bitter. I’ve really been enjoying my chai heated with milk (about half as much as chai), frothed with a little battery-operated Aerolatte wand, and sprinkled with vanilla sugar. Yum - I’m never going back to ground spices! Stay tuned for the next installment of the great Spice Challenge.

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