Tuesday, May 31, 2005


For Illustration Friday

At first glance, it looks like the little boy wants the bigger boy's ice cream. And he does, but in fact he is actually envious of the whole package: the ice cream, the skateboard, the headphones, and all the general coolness that the older boy represents. I found that when my boys were toddlers, they were keenly aware, and yes, envious of the big kids.

An additional note: This is my first post on my new computer, and this illustration was my first try with the Wacom tablet. It has been both exhilarating and exhausting.

Friday, May 20, 2005


For Illustration Friday

Tropical Pond by Moonlight. Colored marker, 1979

Click here to see 2 other old pictures that fit the Aquatic theme.

More aquatic-themed artwork from the past

Goldfish. Ink and watercolor, from the early 1970's.
I remember doing this one, and feeling, possibly for the first time, the thrill of seeing them "come to life" as I colored in the ink outlines with the orange paint.

Pisces. From sketchbook, dated 3-12-76

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

This was me

Self-portrait from photo, dated 3-1-76. This was for a college art class.

Monday, May 16, 2005


I am making use of an old painting for this Illustration Friday theme. It may not be very profound, but at least it's on topic, and it allows me to get some more of my old stuff on here.

This is one of the earliest food-related paintings I saved. It is undated, but I'm sure it's from the early 1970's. It is tempera paint on construction paper. For years, until my parents remodeled and repainted their kitchen, it was taped right onto an overhead cabinet. The original was (and still is) glued onto a piece of orange construction paper as a "mat", but over time that paper has become torn and a little faded. I replicated the frame with an orange border in Photoshop.

If you would like to see a few other food pictures from my old artwork, click here.

Old Artworks: more fruit

Another fruit painting with sketch

Old Artworks: Food related

produce sketches

tangerines, sketch

Tangerines, watercolor

Old Artworks: Eureka's Garden

For Christmas of 1973, the legendary Fred made a terrarium for me. I don't want to go into the whole Fred story, but suffice to say, it was the greatest love story that never happened, and 30 years ago, my world revolved around him.

So anyway, this terrarium, with the little plastic ladybug inside became my metaphor for my relationshiop with Fred: So precious and beautiful, so peaceful, yet so precarious. Eden in a jar. That's what I called it. So I made lots of pictures of it.

The first Eureka illustration, 1973
Painted on a piece of cardboard from a package of nylons.

May 1974
This one is loaded with teen-age (I was 17) angst and symbolism. I desperately wanted to hang on to Fred, my childhood, my sanity, etc.


Another detail (Eureka)

Unfinished sketch (unknown date, but probably around same time as painting above)

I also remember very clearly making a sketch of a fallen and shattered terrarim jar, with Eureka and the plants spilling out of the broken pieces, but I haven't been able to find that sketch.

(UPDATE: I found the sketch. See it here. )

The terrarium in 1975. Notice the plant growing out the top of the bottle.

Celebrating the fourth year of my obsession with Eureka's Garden (and Fred.) This was a lithograph I did in my printmaking class in college. Eureka is barely visible in the lower left.

A silly twist on the Eureka theme .

The Original Eureka

This little plastic ladybug is probably the only "Freddie-obilia" I still have.

Eureka got her name from a long ago childhood bug-hunt in a vacant lot with the neighbor kids. The rule was, you had to call out "Eureka!" every time you found a ladybug. We found a whole bunch, and I will always associate ladybugs with "Eureka" because of this.

Saturday, May 07, 2005


What parent hasn't had the sudden realization that it's too quiet in the house, and the kids must be up to something? This illustration depicts an actual act of mischief in which I found my boys happily engaged one summer evening. I was hollering at them and laughing at the same time.

Mud brothers!

I even took pictures.

Michael, at right, (yes, the same kid who wanted to dig to China) and Brice, left. Photos from about 1994.

If those eyes don't say "mischief", nothing does!

Tuesday, May 03, 2005


The idea for this illustration was suggested by my son, Michael, who is almost 19. One day, back when he was in Kindergarten, he decided he would "dig to China" during recess. His teacher called me at home to come with a change of clothes for him. (he was that dirty!)

Old Ambitions
In keeping with the original theme of this blog, I am also including an "idea doodle" for a card I made about 25 or 30 years ago. My neighbor wanted me to make a card for her friend who was getting a big promotion. I don't remember who it was for. I made lots of stuff like this for people over the years that I have totally forgotten about.

I plan on putting as many of my old artworks, including sketches and doodles, as I can in this blog, in the hope they will find a new life in cyberspace, and to help me remember that I can still be as creative as I was in my younger days.