Strange Fruit and such

  • 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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Strange Fruit and such

A weekend to myself while Matt is down in the city at a Jets pre-season game…..

There was no rain at all on Saturday, and today is looking somewhat promising also. The Mass MOCA was having a performance by an Australian group called Strange Fruit. They performed to music on 15 foot high flexible poles! It was beautiful, and looked like they were flying. (Mom, maybe an alternative to your hot air balloon?) The two women had long skirts that covered the mechanisms of the poles, and they were seamlessly attached to the contraptions. As we were leaving, a woman said to her 6-year old daughter, “There wasn’t enough substance to that. I don’t know what they were trying to say.” It perplexed me, because when it comes down to it, it’s hard to tell what any art is really saying. And the performance was so full of life and joy, that I couldn’t believe she didn’t take any of that feeling away from it. Some people never get it.

I am also working in my studio this weekend. Since I’ve started my job at Santé, I haven’t seem to found the time to work like I was before. It comes down to having a few hours in the evenings, and then the weekends, but weekends are also for spending time with my hubby, gardening, doing house stuff, etc., etc. For those of you who don’t know, two of my pieces are pictured in Lark Book’s 500 Handmade Books. It was so surreal to flip through the pages and see work from talented artists that I’ve heard of, and there all of the sudden, are my pieces. It’s bizarre…and satisfying.

I’ve unfortunately let my garden go a bit. There are no more neat rows of green and healthy tomatoes overtaking the basil. The tomatoes did not appreciate the three weeks of rain that we’ve had, and they are looking sad. No leaves, and hard woody stems with tomatoes just turning a pale salmon or sickly pink. I am worried that there are no more ‘maters left to ripen…..and they were looking so good! I just can’t imagine being a farmer and having to deal with weather uncertainties as a way of life.

I am starting a new page on the blog about things I like. Since I get to taste so many things as part of my job, I thought I would share some of those thoughts. Don’t worry, this isn’t going to turn into Wine Spectator. I definitely don’t have the time to taste hundreds of wines every week! Maybe 6 – 15 on a good week. And there are enough wine review sites out there that you don’t need me to do that. But if you do need suggestions, let me know and I’ll see what I can do. Check back on the new page—I’m not sure when it will be full of fun products!