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Here’s a glimpse of my studio on a Wednesday afternoon.

wax melted, ready to add to the mess

paper and wax and light, just the beginning of future installations

the start of a project on top of the start of a painting

It has been a busy week in the studio so far—lots of starts to pieces, nothing finished. Sometimes that’s how it goes. The completion of artwork is satisfying, but beginnings are nice, too. It can be exciting to be in the middle of multiple projects.

Did you know you can shop local on Etsy.com? They have made it really easy for shoppers to find handmade goods in their hometowns. Let’s say I wanted to find a cute hat for my niece. Into the search bar I type “girl baby hat.” Up comes a load of search results, and one of the narrowing options is “local items.”

Clicking “local items” narrows my results to items from sellers in Indianapolis. Now I can choose from these listings to support a local artist and maybe even avoid shipping costs by meeting up with the seller. You can also find great gift ideas by typing your hometown into the Shop Local feature. How neat is that?

Here are some great things I found by shopping local.

Leather Diary by julieboyles

Moose Ugly Christmas Sweater T-Shirt by Vardagen

Olive Speckle and Oil Spot Bowls by PracticalPorcelain

 

Silver Hoop Earrings by SaraBJewelry

I wonder what is available in your neck of the woods. Happy shopping!

This week only (11/29 – 12/5) I am offering 20% off everything in my shop. Cards, light boxes, framed originals, and works on paper are all discounted. Use coupon code “DECEMBER” during checkout to receive discount. So, if you’ve been eyeing something or you know someone on your list who would love the gift of art this year, snatch it up while you can!

P.S. New listings coming today and tomorrow!

With the upcoming holiday, I have food on the brain. I am busy preparing a menu and oven schedule for Thursday, when I will be hosting my very first Thanksgiving meal. These visual recipes by Katie Shelly, the “picture cook,” are such a fun way to approach cooking. She says they are “meant to inspire experimentation, improvisation and play in the kitchen.” As a visual person, these illustrations really help me see the whole process much more clearly. I think we all need an occasional reminder not to take ourselves too seriously, and the holidays are a great time to remember that lesson. Plus, who doesn’t love sweet potato fries? More here.

I thought I would share a few shots of my recent trip to New England. These photos were all taken in Acadia National Park in Maine, which was my favorite place we visited.

We were gifted with lots of fog, which just seemed so appropriate for the gorgeous rocky coast.

But we also enjoyed plenty of sunshine and beautiful fall foliage.

My dog turned out to be a better climber than I am, and he felt right at home in the mountains.

There is nothing more fun than finding an enormous leaf. Am I right?

I want to be an artist when I grow up. I quit my job to try it. I will chronicle the results here.

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