• 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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Tuscany, Part 2

[caption id="attachment_514" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="This beautiful inlay and carving was on the floor of the Siena Duomo."][/caption]

I wish we could keep that newly-vacationed feeling for longer than a day after the trip is over (although, if you count jet lag, maybe a week). It already feels like our trip was ages ago, even though I'm still going through pictures and encouraging Matt to completely unpack his bags. The other way that our trip still feels fresh is that I'm still processing what Tuscany was for me. There was an afternoon in Florence that perfectly expressed Tuscan-ness to me. It was the day after Christmas and people were out and about, as they were every day. We went to the Bargello in the late morning to see amazing sculpture, and then Matt and I were off on our own to go to the Palazzo Pitti. Luckily, we decided to eat first or I would have fainted in one of the ornate palace rooms that stretched in long hallways for what seemed like a mile. After crossing the Ponte Vecchio, we walked down a narrow street, passing a few pizza and gelato shops. Then we came upon a tiny place with a chalkboard sign out front and the glass counters at the front brimming with cheeses and meats. It was a crowded little space that we had to squeeze ourselves into, awkwardly settling onto tiny stools at a small round table. People around us were eating off of circular wooden boards, piled high with cheeses and meats. Matt and I debated on what we would get if we used our extremely elementary Italian to ask for a plate of meat and one of cheese (piccolo, I added), but we ordered and hoped for the best. We got two of the most beautiful plates of thinly sliced meats and assorted cheeses that I'd seen. The meats included slivers of two kinds of prosciutto, lombo (which, when we asked the waiter about, he pointed to his side), and pancetta. The cheeses were all pecorinos of varying ages except for one cow's milk cheese. There was a truffle-infused(tartufo) pecorino, which was so lush with earthy truffle, and strangest of all, a chocolate-infused pecorino, which was an amazingly good match unless you bit into an actual piece of unsweetened chocolate, which was then too much. The bread that was served alongside was typically Tuscan, meaning lacking in salt, which made it perfect with the salty meats, especially the pancetta, and flavored cheeses. It was such a simple meal and so much what I was expecting to eat in Tuscany...but even more perfect than I imagined.

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