Monday, May 30, 2022

Caterpillar Book Box - Book 2 - 07

Two-fer Monday


Could this be Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas?  

Caterpillar Book Box - Book 2 - 06


Two-fer Monday

I am late again.  My internet was out on Sunday at the cabin.  I love the patterns in this piece. Simple yet not.

Saturday, May 28, 2022

Caterpillar Book Box - Book 2 - 01

Three-fer Saturday

Well, the only excuse for not publishing until a third day is because I have been working away on a project for a show in eastern Washington and time was full creating for it.

I have noticed that I made a mistake and have published book 2 out of order.  I also noticed that I have not published book 1 first.  So some of the recent blog entries are out of order. No matter all will be published eventually.

Caterpillar Book Box - Book 2 - 05

Three-fer Saturday


I like pairing black and white photographs with colorful backgrounds.  The design quality really works.

Caterpillar Book Box - Book 2 - 04


Three-fer Saturday

I find that this little boy might just not be so innocent.  Perhaps he gives his parents a run for their money.

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Caterpillar Book Box - Book 2 - 03

 I particularity like the colors in this piece.  The ephemera on the right was created using acrylic paint and rubbing alcohol on a vintage book page.

Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Caterpillar Book Box - Book 2 - 02


This book that the spreads are in plus book 2 are housed in a sculptural box.  They will be on display at the summer show in Tacoma, Washington for the Puget Sound Book Arts Guild.  Here is the box….

Monday, May 23, 2022

Caterpillar Book Box-Book 1 - 01


This caterpillar stitched book is full of spreads that was inspired by a green hanging moss that grows on the trees and other vegetation near the cabin that I have been renting in the Cascade Mountains.  The moss is a sage color or celadon.

Sunday, May 22, 2022

The Surfer

 I have been thinking about what I can do with my growing collection of portraits.  They all have personality and need to be included in another project.  So that idea is germinating at the moment.

Saturday, May 21, 2022

May 2020 ATC - 01

 The woman scrap was tossed in the trash.  That night I went to bed and when i awoke the first thing I thought was to retrieve her from the trash can.  I like extending beyond borders.  In this case beyond the rectangular border of the playing card center.

Friday, May 20, 2022

May 2022 ATC - 03

Two-fer Friday…. I forgot to blog yesterday…..

 The greens and grays led me into this finished composition.

May 2022 ATC - 02

 Again this one looks a bit flat scanned.  The torn edge is not glued down and neither is the cut edge just above the asemic writing.  So in person the ATC looks very different.

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

May 2022 ATC - 05

 One can not really see it but not all the papers are glued down, but are folded.  Scanning made it flat.  I did this one last weekend during my online workshop with the Everett Public Library.  I tried different backgrounds and the stripes really were what the piece needed.  Someone online in the workshop mentioned that they liked the fact that the boy’s shirt was also striped.  Ties it all together! :-)

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

May 2022 ATC -06

 I just noticed that I am not doing these ATCs andAPCs in order.  No matter they all will make their debut eventually.  I particularly like this one.  I love the waterlily that I found in a magazine.  The image of the man I found at a garage sale in a stack of photographs and the ephemera on the right came from a children’s reader.  When I finished adhering the elements I thought the piece needed something else.  Hence, the asemic writing was added.

Monday, May 16, 2022

May 2022 APC - 04

 This APC came together pretty quickly.  I had been looking through some magazines and found the background.  Then I had some illustrations that were scraps basically.  I never thought I would be able to use this boy because part of his head and leg were missing as I had cut him off when I used the other part of the illustration.  But it worked.

Sunday, May 15, 2022

Perfect for a Cold Remedy Commercial

 This guy looks like he is having a very bad health day.  Perhaps he could be used for a cold medicine  commercial.  I think he is still in his pajamas and he has decided he is not going into work today.

Saturday, May 14, 2022


Two-fer Saturday


I think Kevin gets himself into trouble a lot.  Is that because he is coming to grips with who he really is as a person?



During my portrait drawing practice I frequently turned young guys into older men.  Not here.  I called this portrait Lenny because of the John Steinbeck character in Of Mice and Men.

Thursday, May 12, 2022

The Gardener

Two-fer Thursday


Yesterday got away from me and I forgot to blog.  Oops!  I did the same process as the one below.  This time I used a photograph take of the euphorbia in my front garden.


 After the portrait was completed I uploaded it into iColorama where I added a mask over the image.  I then added the background of the vintage athletes.  I think the black and white background and the colored portrait work well together.  I like the contrast.

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Monday, May 9, 2022

Just a Little Bit of Embroidery - 06


Jacki suggested yesterday that these could be used as cards.  I like that idea and could make more for that purpose.  All of these in this series have been bound into a book.

Sunday, May 8, 2022

Just a Little Bit of Embroidery - 05


I try to do French knots from time to time.  I really want to master them but I am still learning.  I managed a few here.

Saturday, May 7, 2022

Just a Little Bit of Embroidery - 04

 Just no. 4 out of 7.  I found some old fabric that I have in my stash and tried it out.

Friday, May 6, 2022

Just a Little Bit of Embroidery - 03

Two-fer Friday

 I just plain forgot to post yesterday.  I am dog sitting and Scout took a lot of my time.  He is a great dog, a mix poodle and golden retriever.

Just a Little Bit of Embroidery - 02


Here is another one.  I love taking a photograph and cropping it.  It gives a total different representation than what was presented in the original total composition.

Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Just a Bit of Embroidery - 01

I was given a box of this and that which I had not explored until recently.  In the box was a long piece of paper with a series of wires and beads attached.  What to do with that?  Well add a photo, a paper clip, and some embroidery on cloth and voila.  There are seven pieces in this series.  

Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Man in the Lavender Shirt


I would say this guy is deep in thought.  He is troubled or worried or maybe even transfixed.

Monday, May 2, 2022

Bird Man, Not from Alcatraz


I am not quite sure why I gave this piece that title but I guess it is because for some reason I think this guy is quite the grifter.  He seems like he could work his way out of any situation.

Sunday, May 1, 2022

Horse Whisperer


Just where is this cowboy’s hat?

I was asked if the Puget Sound Book Arts Show would be available online.  In the past years it has only been open to the public at the library at Puget Sound University and not online.  So I doubt that it will be available in any other format other than live.