• 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!

  • 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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The freeze

As usual, we've gone from fall to winter quickly. Once the snow starts falling, it's hard to convince yourself that it's really not that bad outside. And once the temperatures start dropping into the teens during the day (single digits if you count the wind chill), we're full on into the Arctic chill. To combat what's been going on outside, I've been sleeping in, drinking more tea, and keeping our new wood stove cranking to make it warm and cozy inside. My dinners have turned to winter also--scalloped potatoes, chili and cornbread, Delicata squash, Matt's enormous, delicious calzones, and other cheesy, comforting things that I want to eat when it's cold out.

The cat gets very antsy when the weather changes. Even though he is part Maine coon, he is a total wimp these days when it comes to snow on the ground. Each step in the snow makes him flick his paws to keep the wet cold off, and this is slow going when the entire yard is covered! We try to show him the neighbor's cats frolicking down the hill in the snow, but he wants no parts of it. He tucks himself behind the wood stove, against the warm slate, and hunkers down for a long winter's nap.

The crescendo of present-buying will reach a climax very soon. Finding the right gift is always such a chore. I tend to go for practical presents, especially things that one can drink or eat. Matt thinks my family is strange since we think nothing of giving spices, olive oil, or bottles of vinegar as gifts. My thought is that at least they'll get used! For those tricky people on your list, try a fancy tea or coffee. The Earl Grey from Tea Trekker is amazing--they mix premium black teas as the base and blend real bergamot oil from Italy into batches every week. The aroma is strong and pure citrus, but the flavors are perfectly balanced on the palate. For coffee lovers, try a single origin brew. I had to review organic coffees (lots of them!) and I found I loved the liveliness of Ethiopian Yirgacheffe. It's clean and almost floral with bright acidity (but not so much that it bothers your belly). Lots of different roasters do a Ethiopian coffee, so pick a reputable company and try some (a couple of sure bets are Counter Culture or Equator). It's also interesting that coffee has historically been grown and processed in a very unique way for many, many years, so you get a history lesson in addition to a great morning eye-opener!

Luckily, we won't have to worry too much about gift-giving this year...we'll be spending the holidays in Tuscany, Italy! If you have any suggestions for where to go and what to do, let me know.

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