Inktober 6/31 – Chicken Glam Shot

Chickens intimidate the heck out of me to sketch! So many textures, lines, and quirky dinosaur-like features… and they move quick. Sitting in the sunshine on an upside down feed bucket, I sketched the girls.  They circled around a bit, gazing at me curiously and sideways, like chickens do. They are a good subject, and…

Inktober 5/31 Chicken or the Egg?

  Which came first….the chicken or the egg? In this case, it was the egg.  I sat in the warm autumn sunshine with our chickens to do this sketch. Sitting on the plastic feed bucket (lid on, of course!), I set myself up for a lovely sketch session. This interested the chickens for a few…

Inktober 4/31 Three Eggs

Another indication of the fall season upon us….fewer eggs! Chickens are sensitive to the waning daylight hours, and as the days get shorter, the daily eggs gathered from our coop declines.  Oh how I love fresh eggs! This sketch was done sitting on our front steps, and it made me think of three things:  I…

Goodbye to Sweet Sophie Goat

This past weekend, we said goodbye to Sophie Goat, part of the sister trio with Mickey and Zephora.  This sweetheart is the first goat we have lost, and it has led me to reflect on the many lessons animals pass onto us to live with compassion, connection, and care for each other. Sophie stuck out…

Welcome 2017: Suds, Soap and Snow

To get it out of the way, happy 2017!  Belated, I realize, but this year has already felt very different from those in the past. When the calendar turns over, I can usually be found excitedly making lists, reflecting on the past year, and looking ahead to the new year in anticipation.  This year has been…

Soap, Soap, Soap, …sketch!

Soap, soap, soap…sketch! Life has been busy lately, and I have been more of a soapmakers than a sketcher lately. Remember our soap-making project using up all that extra milk we were getting from our Nubian goats last spring?  Well, it ended up being a roaring success, which came as a surprise, and also let…

Eat Your Herbs!

“When you have the best and tastiest ingredients, you can cook very simply and the food will be extraordinary because it tastes like what it is.” –Alice Waters

Soapmaking and sketching

As many of you know, I became the proud goat mom of four sweet Nubians a few months back. What a magical whirlwind adventure it has been! Many early mornings of baby goat care, milkings twice daily and now, after the baby goats have been weaned off of the moms, a HUGE surplus of milk!…

Turnips, Carrots, Potatoes, oh my!

The summer harvest season is upon us, and many of us are looking at our CSA boxes (Community-Supported-Agriculture produce  boxes) and wondering what to do with all of the wonderful veggies found there. Well, look no further, as I have a recipe for you!  I tried this one out at the Kitchen (part of 2nd…

Eat your turnips!

Most Fridays, I try to volunteer at the urban farm where I am lucky to reside at in the lovely Spokane, Washington called Urban Eden Farm. In exchange, I get lovely fresh produce, and it has pushed me to explore new recipes and new ways of thinking about certain veggies that were new to me…

Sunday Breakfasts on the Porch

Sundays are one of my favorites days, and tend to be the day I connect with my creative side.  A well-prepared, lazy breakfast with coffee on the porch was a little luxury I indulged in this morning, and a great opportunity to sketch.  I am really trying to keep up a daily sketch, and I…

Spring Harvest at the farm

Today I had the the day off, so I helped do harvest at Urban Eden Farm, an urban operation where I am lucky enough to live at and call my community. Lots of lovely fresh veggies came out of the field and greenhouses today, and they made quite the vibrant subject to sketch!  I am…