Sunday, October 30, 2005

Happy Halloween

Michael and Jessi were so pleased with the way their pumpkins came out, they wanted me to see them (at Jessi's house.)

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Old Artwork: Hibiscus

I was at my parents' house today, and noticed this painting I did a long time ago and decided it was blog-worthy. It is ink and watercolor, from early to mid 1970's. This was really the peak of my talent, I think. I could get very detailed and precise. I don't know if I would have the patience for such detail now.

Detail. There is a bit of glare. This picture is under glass. There also seems to be a bit of splotchy fading in the flowers.

Sunday, October 23, 2005

Childhood art by Brice

My younger son, Brice, now almost 16, made this when he was about 5. It's a 3-D pop-up picture.

Halloween skeleton

The craft stores sell plain wood skeletons to paint. I did this one a few years ago.

Close up. Look how happy he is! Someday, I'm going to do something for Dia de los Muertos.
I'm not Mexican, but I think it's a neat way to honor your deceased relatives.

Saturday, October 22, 2005


Old artwork, re-celebrated for Illustration Friday

Death Valley is a remote and austere place, but it will always be close to my heart.

Sketchbook notes. Zabriski Point is one of the most popular and photogenic sights in Death Valley. I was lucky to find this picture in the newspaper that matched exactly to the small color snapshot I was using for reference when I made my painting (in 1979.)

I traced over the newspaper photograph and made a grid, then copied the grid on a larger scale onto the velour paper. Just like in those activity pages we did in grade school! The finished product is about 18X24" in pastel chalk. (The 34X42 reference you eagle-eyes see in my notes are for a prior Zabriski painting in acrylic on cardboard, long since lost to history and an old love.)

Friday, October 14, 2005


New silly artwork for Illustration Friday.

It's what happens to your cup of tea when you set it down and then forget about it for two hours, and then find it again.

Edit: My kids are telling me that the little remark in the bubble should be spelled "Blegh."
But I don't want to change it unless everybody else thinks so, too.

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Some awesome childrens' art

These charming leaf-collage critters were made by second-graders in the class where I volunteer every week. I just think they look great! I only wish I had a chance to photograph them before they were laminated.

The teacher was concerned that this one was a little too thick to go through the laminating machine. It doesn't have the reflective glare the others had. (but the shot came out a little blurry, sorry)

Saturday, October 08, 2005

Treasure to Trash

The detritus of life.

The painstaking process of going through Eleanor's house is drawing to a close. We have taken away everything we want. What remains is a collection, or several collections of stuff that may not have much monetary value, and only limited sentimental value, but somehow it has intreague. The colors and textures invite you to linger, to finger them and wonder what stories they could tell. Truthfully, I felt compelled to save them. To make art with them or something. But I know they would only be continuing their slow decay in my house instead of hers. So we left them behind. Only their images will remain, and even they will be cast now into cyberspace and ultimately forgotten.

A shoe-box full of junk from the garage.

These were two 5-lb. coffee cans filled with all kinds of buttons. They were also in the garage, and they were kind of musty and gross, but still fascinating.

Treasures of a minor order seeing the light of day for the first time in decades.

These big, strange buttons were fragile. The broken one below looks like a half-eaten cookie.


There were buckles, too.

This button looked like a tiny bow.

An army of old soda pop bottles.

A few of the "old soldiers "

Boxes of baubles

A most unusual collection: Many years ago, bananas were the first items of produce to sport the now-ubiquitous stickers. Jerry's dad would leave his banana sticker on the doorjamb as he left the kitchen. It was an idea that stuck. (pun intended.)

Frozen in time. Old watches and clocks. Their time is over now.

Orphans: These two whimsical figurines have smiled silently for many years. Nobody remembers where they came from. Nobody wants to keep them. Their future is uncertain.

Old Artwork: A feeling for fall

My original title for this little painting was Clouds over the Mesa. Dated 11/25/73. I was just barely 17. I remember sketching and later painting this landscape scene after spending a windblown and overcast afternoon enjoying the scenery on a camping trip.


New artwork for Illustration Friday

I have never lost a shoe in the middle of the street, but I sure have seen plenty of them. I always wonder how they end up there.

I actually sat down and did a drawing of one of Jerry's old shoes, and went over the pencil lines with ink.

Then, I painted the shoe in Photoshop. I shrunk, copied and pasted it into a gritty street scene.

Monday, October 03, 2005


New artwork for Illustration Friday

I've seen on nature shows how some animals can travel across the sea from one land to another by "hitchhiking" on a floating log.

I don't know why, but somehow the log and the critters posted blurry. Maybe they're just too small. It looks better if you click on it. In any case, here's a close-up of the "floaters".