• Creative Thinking


    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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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!

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