New Illustrated Essays

Posted by on Jun 11, 2010 in Art, Writing

I’ve just come back from an amazing week at Squam Art Workshops. It was a whirlwind of creativity, basically a summer camp for grownups, where we got to learn new techniques and skills from some incredibly gifted and generous teachers. I was lucky enough to have classes with Jared Flood, Jen Lee, Rebecca Ringquist, Denny McMillan, and Cal Patch. I also met amazing, talented women from all over the country, several of whom became fast friends. I’ve returned somewhat reluctantly to regular life now, but I have some great inspiration and motivation.

While driving home, I had a lot of time to think. And I’ve decided that while I loved making “I’m Not Afraid of Snakes,” I’m interested right now in telling some different stories. More adult ones, about the hard lessons we learn, and the pleasant surprises we find in the darkest hours. BUT, I love making illustrations, and watching how my written story morphs and evolves when put into images, and vice versa. So I have decided to start a new project – a series of illustrated essays. Sometimes I’ll just do one image, other times there will be several. To get the ball rolling – I posted a new page under “Writing” – this is the first essay, Ease On Down the Road, about my journey to New Hampshire, and the lessons I learned along the way. I hope you enjoy it.


  1. Vanessa
    June 11, 2010

    good read.. and it’s good timing too.. I was just thinking about doing something similarly in a letter format with another good friend of mine!

  2. michaela
    June 11, 2010

    You’re such a good writer, my friend. I was so sad to miss your trip to Squam, but I LOVE reading about it. You *are* strong and fast and creative and free.

  3. Gin
    June 13, 2010

    Thanks Michaela! I was sorry to miss seeing you too!