Say hello to Komorebi Studio


Hello dear visitors – As Kim and I alluded to in our last podcast episode, lots has been going on in my life and has forced me to make some Big Decisions. Thankfully as it concerns my art and comics-making, it’s a good thing! Since I wrote last, my husband, family, friends and I basically did the modern version of a mini-barn-raising and we built an art studio in my backyard. Modern version meant we had to pull the necessary permits before we made it an all-seasons space — which, here in Massachusetts, means its walls and windows are¬†insulated, and it has heat.

Komorebi Studio

Say hello to Komorebi Studio — my little sanctuary. (Komorebi is Japanese for the dappled light under a tree… rather a perfect name for it!) I took this photo while we were all in the thick of working on the studio last September. Sadly, it doesn’t look quite so verdant around here in February.

And yes, it is pretty messy in there. When I first moved in, this is what it looked like:

Inside Komorebi Studio... messy

Yikes! Kind of a disaster. How does anyone get any work done in there? Well, I promise I do ūüôā ¬†More detail on that in a few days.

There’s still some work to be done on the studio itself — this spring I will be painting the walls white and adding built-in shelving. For now though, it’s working nicely and it’s doing great even in the dead of New England winter.

And I have definitely cleaned it up since I took the above photo. But I don’t have any photo proof of that… yet… so you’ll just have to take my word for it!

My new studio home: Mad Oyster Studios in Somerville, MA


I’m really excited to announce that I have a new art studio, and it’s in the fantastic Mad Oyster Studios in awesome Somerville, MA. ¬†I used to live in Somerville (back in the day) and it has a very active ¬†art scene, so I’m excited to be officially a part of it.

I just moved in last week, so I’m still setting up my space, but here’s a little preview of what it’s like:

My new studio space at Mad Oyster StudiosAfter my initial move-in, I turned off most of the lights so my husband could nap on the couch. It’s not really that dark in here! (Though admittedly I do like to work in a cave-like place… ¬†can’t be good for my eyes though.)

My setup

Since my walls are mostly masonry (great for fire-proofing, not so good for nailing stuff up), I rigged up a not-very-elegant-but-very-useful pine board rig to hang up frequently used tools, as well as a mirror for checking expressions and all that.

All moved in (and kind of pooped)

Here’s me looking terrible and exhausted after finishing moving in! It’s pretty much the worst photo… why did I post this picture again…?