• 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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This past weekend was beautiful. There were daffodils and bright tulips that joined the march into warm weather, cold a far-distant memory. Of course, the heat wave came on the tail-end of Tuesday’s snow storm, which I tried to block out of my memory as quickly as the snow had melted.

The big news for the Gold-Barlin homestead is the finishing of walls which happened this weekend (photos to come soon!). If you haven't been following our house projects (or just lost interest since we take soooo long to complete things), we had walls reinstalled in our front room, which is the same room where we moved the woodstove, built a hearth, and installed a maple plank ceiling. These walls required copious amounts of joint compound, multiple and careful sandings, and a very steady hand. It seems like someone should be inventing a better material for walls because this was seriously a tedious project. The walls were finally as smooth as a baby bottom, and they got a coating of primer and two of "Icicle" over the weekend. It is beautiful....and we have a table to eat at again, set up and ready for dining! I guess it's the little things.

If you plan to come see me this weekend at the Walloomsac Farmers' Market, prepare for chocolate and more chocolate. There will be truffles, old-favorite flavors as well as some new, exciting experiments. And a big thanks to Justin at Marx Foods for sending some extra special truffle-perfect goodies in my order of vanilla beans, which are fat, fragrant, and delicious!

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