Friday, November 25, 2005


Old artwork for Illustration Friday.

This is a watercolor illustration of a small trinket from my past, a favorite ring. I went through a silver and turquoise phase, and this particular ring had sentimental value and (imaginary) mystical properties. I do still have this ring, and I wanted to take a picture of it to accompany this post, but as luck would have it, I can't find it right now. Hopefully, it will turn up and I can add it in later.

Painted in about 1974.

Friday, November 11, 2005

(extra) Strength

New Art for Illustration Friday

Directions for use: Take as often as necessary.

Thursday, November 10, 2005

Whatever catches my eye

I have started posting pictures of things that are not my art, but I find them interesting and worthy of saving. And sharing.

This is a shredded balloon. I think this is what happens when a helium balloon expands at a high altitude. This particular one looks especially nice. And almost like a jellyfish.

Those old buttons: a closer look

I had left the two cans of ancient buttons (see this post) for Toni, but she didn't take them. Last week, knowing Eleanor's house would soon be cleaned out by liquidators, I decided to bring them home. Since then, Jerry, Brice and I have each had turns digging through them as if they were an old bucket of exquisite seashells. Here are some of my favorites:

The white (and the near-white). Every one has a different design.

Jewel-like glass and shiny stuff

Brass? Whatever it is, this nickel-sized button looks like a manhole cover up close.

Not a button, but this rhinestone-studded clasp, perhaps from a watch or a bracelet, was one of many non-button treasures in the coffee cans.

Made of a primitive plastic, this little beauty is already degrading.

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Sun Milk Art

This super-cute artwork graced a coupon page in my Sunday paper the other day. Then later at the market, a lady was giving out free samples of the product (milk,) and coupons with more of this cute artwork. I think about all the talented artists who participate in Illustration Friday, and wonder if one of them might have created these. Whoever you are, I really like this ad!

Friday, November 04, 2005


Old artwork for Illustration Friday
*and maybe for you?

One night in the desert long ago, a little tree spread its scraggly branches against the stars. Under its canopy, I sat for a long while and pondered the mysteries of life.

This is a woodblock print, originally titled The Thinking Tree, created in 1976.

*I actually have several of this languishing in a musty portfolio, and I would be glad to send one to anybody who would like to have it. They are all "artist proofs" and I never signed them. (I was just a kid, what did I know?) The size of the print is roughly 9x11" .

Wednesday, November 02, 2005


For Illustration Friday

Oh, no... It looks like we have a broken sprinkler head!