herbs

Herbal Alphabet Challenge: H-N

Herbal Alphabet Challenge: H-N

This week’s herbs were a lot of fun to draw. I already gravitate toward drawing hawthorn and motherwort when left to my own devices - the pointy leaves are great for attempting to understand how light falls on flat shapes.

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Herbal Alphabet Challenge: A-G

Herbal Alphabet Challenge: A-G

My goals for this daily challenge include deepening my knowledge of medicinal plants, further establishing myself as a botanical/herbal illustrator, and to create content that can be used in multiple applications in service of these previous goals.

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Now on INPRNT

Funny how the simple act of softening my style feels so vulnerable for me. It feels like sharing the less cynical side of me, when the cynic is the one that’s kept me safe.

But the cynic is also the one that’s held me back, kept me within the bounds of my comfort zone. It’s been comfortable, but like a snake I’ve been ready to shed that exterior.

The reception to this new way of working — and ultimately, of seeing the world — has been received quite well, to my surprise. And prints of these new works are now on INPRNT. It’s a print on demand site that makes gallery quality giclée prints, and artists must be voted in to have a shop.

Ferns of Minnesota INPRNT
Wildflowers of Minnesota Kendall Quack INPRNT
Datura Kendall Quack INPRNT

I wrote a little bit more in depth about this shift in style in this month’s patron only newsletter over on Patreon. If you like these posts and would like a more in depth look at my process, a pledge over there would be very much appreciated! Patreon allows me to sustain my living and continue making art. And I may or may not have a very special release coming up in the next week that will only be available to patrons ;) Click here to view my page.

Thanks for looking!

An Introduction to Fire Cider

An Introduction to Fire Cider

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When I first came to herbalism, I was quickly drawn to the idea of food as medicine. Cayenne increases blood flow and acts as a gastric stimulant, aiding in digestion. Chewing a fennel seed also aids in digestion. Garlic is antiseptic and can be used to help clear acne. Apples sooth gastric issues and can be used topically to aid in the healing of skin infections.

Fall has crept its way into Minnesota – the leaves have all changed and the nights are cool, which means that flu season is looming and every sneeze, sniffle and cough in my household has us holding our breath and stocking up on immune boosters.

That’s where fire cider comes in.

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3 of My Favorite Herbs to Ease Anxiety

I’ve had a few folks ask me in recent times how I manage my anxiety. The answer is complex – there isn’t one single way that helps me. It is a delicate balance of eating right, staying active, writing, and tending to my emotional and spiritual needs. For me it’s become a bit of a way of life to tend to my mental health. Along the way, I’ve made friends with few plant allies that help manage my symptoms tremendously.

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