Monday, April 30, 2012


I'm going to participate in the RISD Student & Alumni sale this weekend, which means that I am procrastinating by completing projects that have nothing whatsoever to do with that event. To wit, an adorable ruffled skirt!

Nothing inspires me to sew like being totally out of my comfort zone.

I know, that kid is pretty adorable too, but watch out. She whines.


Tuesday, April 24, 2012

pat your head, rub your tummy


There's been a flurry of portrait painting over here, and I'm being my usual lazy self about getting the new pieces up. I keep thinking that I'm going to do some actual writing first... you know, fascinating details about Auden's 4th birthday (!) or the way Isla calls oatmeal oh-pi-noh. Very necessary details: the things that take up all the spaces in between portraits.

But I can't get the writing muscles to flex these days. I think in hues and values... so much so that after a day of painting, when Jason is talking to me at dinner, I can only think about what particular color I'd mix for the cool part of that shadow under his nose. I'm sorry, what were you saying?

I can't pat my head & rub my tummy at the same time, so I'll just post pretty paintings of babies:

This was commissioned as a gift for her parents on her first birthday. I love how her gaze is so direct and yet everything about her is still so soft.

And I can't believe that Auden is FOUR all of the sudden, and that Isla now says things to me like, "Don't freak about it, mama." Little wise maddening geniuses.