Saturday, June 30, 2018

Felt Swatch Book - Ecodyeing

In the ecoprinting workshop that I took in Oregon we planned on making a swatch book to house the 34 colors that we created in class.  That did not get done as we were having too much fun with our coptic bound book that I showed previously.  I finished the swatch book today.


Spine and Cover (pamphlet stitch binding)

34 swatches


Art + Taxes = The Dirty Truth

Friday, June 29, 2018

More iColorama Fun

I totally took out the background of the left photo and then created a new one which is on the right with ghost images.


I removed the background behind the rooster  and added a new one.  Too much fun working with this application. :-)


Why You Don't Like Art History

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Interlocking Art Journal

This is an interlocking art journal.  Two pieces of lightweight watercolor paper 4.5 inches by 18 inches are collaged.  They are cut so they interlock or weave into one journal.  


BUTTER + EGGS = ART, sometimes

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Eco Printing

Last week I was in a three day workshop where we created eco printed papers and cloth.  This is the coptic stitch book I made from both.  I loved this process and can't wait to do more.


Nancy Holt

William Lamson


Tuesday, June 26, 2018


Getting ready to eco dye a piece of cloth with plant material and turmeric.

A piece of cotton after the steaming process.  It is still wet and needs to dry.

Eco dyed felt and linen drying.

Working on a coptic stitched book using eco dyed fabric for book cloth.  Anne Covell, the instructor, is in the background.  If you ever get a chance to take a class from Anne, do.  She is terrific!

Continuing to work on the book covers.

Last week I took an eco printing class at Sitka on the Oregon coast.  OMG!  It was so much fun.  I have a finished coptic stitched book to show tomorrow.  I now have quite a supply of eco dyed papers and cloths.  Now for more projects! :-)


Mary Mattingly's Waterfront Development | "New York Close Up" | Art21

Monday, June 25, 2018

Swimming with a Fly

Swimming with a Fly
This is the last of the set of five postcards.  I love putting disparate pieces of ephemera together creating an idea that seems a bit unsettling.  Recently I heard about the green flies in New England that are very disturbing to actually be in the water around.  Not something I want to experience.

Laurie Simmons: Dancer Greg Sinacori | Art21 "Exclusive"

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Monkey says, "Swim."

Monkey says, "Swim."
Orange is not my go to color.  However, my friend, Irene, who lives in Southern California and I are doing a little postcard exchange with a twist.  I sent Irene a color swatch and she completed a postcard with that color somewhere on the card. On the back of her postcard was my color challenge. Guess what it was?  Orange! :-). It is not that I dislike Orange, I don’t.  I think I usually go toward blues.  Hmm!  Now that I have said that I should go back and do a survey of my art and see if I do have a dominate color choice.  Maybe I will be surprised!  Anyway, Irene should receive her next challenge tomorrow or so.

Jessica Stockholder: Beauty & Politics | Art21 "Exclusive"

Saturday, June 23, 2018


I returned home late last night after spending three amazing days at Sitka on the Oregon coast.  Sitka provides art workshops throughout much of the year.  I took an eco-printing class from Anne Covell which was totally the best.  I will share my wares here very soon.  Now to spend the day relaxing from the six hour drive.


Louise Despont According to the Universe | Art21 "New York Close Up"

Friday, June 22, 2018

Flying with the Birds

Flying with the Birds
The white space in this piece was not always just white space.  It had numbers on it as it was a receipt from parking on a street in Seattle.  The ink came off when I applied matte medium over it.  Oh well graphite solved the total white issue.

Art Gallery Alpha Males- (Episode 1) The Art 21 Dream

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Fading Rose

Fading Rose
Last week I drove an hour south of my home to spend time with an artist who I did not know well.  We are both members of the NW Collage Society and she invited me to come “play” for a few hours.  Arlene has an an amazing space to create art.  She has turned her living room into her studio which has a great view of pastures and barns.

Arlene had a list of prompts set up and she opened her whole studio to my use.  During this experience I created the backgrounds for five pieces of mail art.  Since I only had two hours I had to complete the works several days later.  Fading Rose is the first of the five.  Thanks for an great few hours, Arlene.


Margaret Kilgallen

Wednesday, June 20, 2018


This is it.  The last of this series.  I am such a matte medium type guy that this series challenged me a bit since I totally used glue stick.  I use so many water based mixed media materials that glue stick is not my go to glue.  With that said I am glad that I did a total series and book using a glue stick because I am thinking that is what I will take to Ireland for easy transport and use.  Oh, did I say Ireland?  Yes, I am going for three weeks in October/November!  Can’t wait!


Liz Larner : ART21 "Art in the Twenty-First Century" (2016)

Tuesday, June 19, 2018


I love how things just seem to come together without much effort.  I am referring to the bird in this case.  The color in the bird's tail matches the color behind it perfectly helping to camouflage it at least for awhile.

Raymond Pettibon | Art21 

Monday, June 18, 2018


I particularly like this piece.  It radiates calmness to me.

Sally Mann: "The Two Virginias" | ART21 "Exclusive"

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Standing Tall

Standing Tall
It seems as if this should have been a posting on July 4 but no it is here with the others from the series.

I just have to say I have been binging on YouTube for several days because I discovered videos by Matt and Blue.  That is their channel on YouTube if you want to look.  Matt and Blue are a same sex couple who adopted a little boy.  When I first started watching their videos I teared up because they are so amazing with this little boy.  Their video is refreshing because it is a love story that develops each week.  It is so great to see an example of positive love is just love.  Way to live Matt and Blue!

Saturday, June 16, 2018

My, My!

My, My!
It is going to be a gorgeous day here today.  There is blue sky and sun and I hear that we will have seventy degree weather.  Perfect!  I am going to spend it inside doing art all day...at least that is the plan.  I love all art days.

Friday, June 15, 2018

I Do Not Want to Run After You

I Do Not Want to Run After You
Where does  your eye go first?  Something dark?  The Photograph?  When do you see the bird?

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