• 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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Thanksgiving thoughts

In some ways, I am a true traditionalist. When the temperature drops, the food I most crave is roasted chicken. Juicy and tender with crispy seasoned skin, sitting on a bed of roasted root vegetables is how I imagine it, golden and radiating warmth and lustful smells throughout the house. And that is how I spent two good hours Sunday evening, prepping the perfect bird for its shining moment under the oven light. Garlic is diced ever so finely and gently rubbed beneath the skin. The cavity gets stuffed with the fresh herbs that have survived the first few frosts (parsley, lavender, and marjoram) and half of a lemon. The skin gets a quick rub of olive oil, and a generous seasoning of salt and pepper. In it goes, reclining next to the baking whole wheat bread, beneath the winter squash that are roasting for a future dinner, and all is right with the world. The house is full of smells that normally only come around at Thanksgiving, and I start dreaming of stuffing and mashed potatoes. In fact, I wish so hard for stuffing that I decide to make some, adding celery, shallots, and parsley to cubes of rye bread. The star vegetable is brussel sprouts, roasted with olive oil, salt, and pepper until they are brown and carmelized. The funny thing about my pre-turkey day feast is that I inadvertently play this same part every year. Not matter where we are having Thanksgiving, I feel the urge to do nearly the whole dinner a couple of weeks before. One year I even bought a turkey---a 10 pounder for Matt and I, not caring one bit that I would be eating the exact same meal in a week. Matt doesn’t understand it, especially the turkey part, since he never even liked turkey when he was little---his grandmother would make lasagna for him instead. But I love being able to imagine and make my perfect Thanksgiving the way that I want it, without anyone else’s desires to fill.

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