JESS HAWK OAKENSTAR

Finished new site for singer/songwriter Jess Hawk Oakenstar. This project was challenging as there were many elements that needed to be incorporated, but felt too different from each other. With the help of some consultation with trusted friends, and the client...

A COLLEAGUE FROM NOW

Latest website done for a colleague of mine, Dianne Post, from our local chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW). She is an amazing women who has worked all over the world for human rights, social justice and women's rights. It was a pleasure working on...

COMMISSION

"Christmas 1948", 6x4 inch, acrylic on photo paper A friend had an old, very yellow photo that she asked me to try to get some detail out of. Then she asked if I could paint it for her cousin who is featured in the photo. I hope she likes it. Here is the progression....

30 DAY PHOTO CHALLENGE

My friend Shari agreed to do the 30 day photo challenge with me, so i will be posting, each day... today, self portrait.

MY SISTER-IN-LAW HANNA

Hanna is an activist and environmentalist. She really cares about the earth, health, and people. She is kind and smart. I just finished working with her on her website, Hanna Writes, where she offers creative copywriting for good...

LOS SAN PATRICIOS

“Battle of Churubusco – Fought near the city of Mexico 20 August 1847” artist: John Cameron, hand tinted lithograph: Nathaniel Currier Made a new exhibit for the Irish Cultural Center about Los San Patricios, a group of, mainly Irish, deserters from the US army in...

year: 2016

Inspired by the political climate and feeling very badly for the promises to build a wall and send people away, I created this card as a tribute to one of my favorite Americans, Woody Guthrie. This land is your land This land is my land From California to the New York...

year: 2015

I have an internet friend whose work I really admire. He did a series of paintings/drawings on library check out cards. I bought a few for holiday presents. Well, should I say I copied? or say I was inspired by them? And I decided to look for vintage library cards on...

WHAT AM I DOING?

Hello friends. I have not posted in a long time because I have been working on a series of projects that has taken me away from my art practice. It's a good thing though. I am enjoying each step and each activity that I have encountered over the past few months and...

NO MILK TODAY

"no milk today" front, collage vintage photos on antique post card, 5.5 x 3.5 inches.Since collecting postcards and photographs I have often thought about using the original pieces in my work, but at the last minute could not bear to part with them. This year I want...

year: 2014

google analytics: viewers: 3 Jacob says only 3 people ever read about our holiday cards here, me, him and Mary Leto. That may be true. So this year’s blurb is going to be really short and sweet. Consumerism I am tired of it. Censorship I abhor it. A Snowman Represents...

CENSORED

Our holiday cards are going out, read more about them on the wren and the...

HALFIES

I have not made a new post or a new piece of art recently. But that doesn't mean I have not been busy. I am doing some volunteering and work at the McClelland Library at the Irish Cultural Center here in Phoenix. I helped coordinate an exhibition and have been working...

PIGEON MULTITUDES

"what is that big giant white blur?" acrylic on photo paper, 3 x 3 inches. First in series of three, taken from one photograph of a scene in a square with lots of...

EAT YOUR SPINACH

One day a few weeks ago I was telling a friend that at this point in my life, "I am what I am". We both started to laugh and she called me Popeye. We agreed that this had inspired some kind of work of art, so she sent me this lovely post card. I, in turn, painted a...

SPEECH IMPEDIMENT

"speech impediment" acrylic on photo paper, painting and collage with vintage text book pages, 6 x 4 inches I was able to complete this collage in time to show it in the 2014 National Collage Society's Annual Postcard Show. It opens June 2, online and will be up until...

ED KIENHOLZ REVISITED

"for $23.00 revisited" rubber stamp and yellow pastel on paper, 8 x 4.25 inchesAfter a lovely visit to the paper show at the Bentley Gallery/Projects downtown with Carole Hanks, I promised to recreate a wonderful work on paper we saw there using my antique rubber...

YUMA FINE ARTS ASSOCIATION

The Yuma Territorial Prison based art that I have been working on for the past year is being shown at the Yuma Fine Arts Association on Main Street in Yuma, AZ. If you are in the area, please stop in. The work will be up until the end of April. An added bonus are two...

VAN DYCK

Kyria (my granddaughter) had a school project, it involved showing something that was invented during the industrial revolution. She picked a mouse trap camera conceived in 1834 by Henry Fox Talbot. She told me about what she wanted to do, and together we set out to...

YUMA COLLABORATION CONTINUED

Monday I went back to Christine Cassano's studio. She had poured the concrete into our molds that we had prepared a few weeks back. (see inset below) The results are amazing. We cleaned up the clay that was used as a resist and did some transfers directly onto the...

YUMA PLATES FINISHED

"2102", ceramic plate with lithographic transfer, 6" diameter. One of the finished glazed pieces in the Yuma plate collection. To be displayed in Yuma during the historic 100th anniversary...

year: 2013

Things have been piling up in the studio. There are drawers full of ephemera, magazines and photographs. This year I decided to be “green” and recycle what I already have. I am trying to be totally anti-consumerism and thought: if I could only make my cards from what...

YUMA PLATES

Continuing to work on my Yuma material for the Centennial Celebration in April of next year. Today I did five new plates, some with the addition of "blood" splatter. Going to the kiln...

COMMISSION NEXT VERSION

After making the initial 3x3 design, I blow up the first painting, transfer and re-paint it, using the original photo as my guide. The final image is 6x6 inches on canvas board. This is...

NO PHOTOS

"what happened at the Y?" 5 x 2.5 inches, acrylic on...

BUFFALO BROTHERS MAIL ART

"grandpa plays the popeye ge-tar", 3 x 3 inches, acrylic on photopaper.I got an email from Gary A. Bibb who is putting together a mail art show of guitar themed work, to be shown at Buffalo Brothers Guitars, asking me if I wanted to participate. Of course my first...

PIZZA PIE

"mangio", 3 x 3 inches, acrylic on photopaper. Inside this wrapper is my favorite lunch in Phoenix. It's one of Pane Bianco's delicious focaccia slices. To me it's a good old New York style Sicilian slice – yummy and...

ODE TO DISCONTINUED COOKIES

"why, nabisco, why?" 3.125 x 4.5 inches, acrylic on photopaper. Since I was a young girl, I have always loved the plain cookies, chocolate was way too busy for me, and besides it got all gooey in my tea. (OK, I admit, I dunk). My favorites are no longer being made,...

CARNIVAL’S IN TOWN

"song and dance man", 3 x 3 inches, acrylic on photopaper. William Rainer Yuma Prisoner 2111 This story makes me feel sad, it really shows the prejudice of the time and place, the first article doesn't even give William Rainer a name. Nor does it indicate if he got to...

FAKER

"forged and forgotten", 3 x 3 inches, acrylic on photopaper. Frank R. Moore Yuma Prisoner 2502 A typical scam in the west during the early 1900s was the check forgery. A "customer" would go into the bank with a check from an out of town bank, usually claiming it was...

KNIT ONE, PURL TWO

"round and round", 3 x 3 inches, acrylic on photopaper. Demand being insanely high, cottage industries began to appear; a hat-knitting guild appeared in England in 1424, along with many others across Europe. Once the common man knew how to knit, the obvious happened....

KNIT ONE, PURL TWO

"knit two together", 3 x 3 inches, acrylic on photopaper. My favorite local knit shop, Jessica Knits and Crochets, has offered to show and sell my knitting related images in their Scottsdale store, so I am beginning a new series called Knit one, purl...

SHARDS OF GLASS

"shattered life", 3 x 3 inches, acrylic on photopaper. Margarito Garcia Yuma Prisoner 2987 So, sometimes I can find a bunch of information, and sometimes none at all. For Margarito Garcia there was a scattering of unrelated material, only one thing pulled these...

BROKEN STORIES

"roy got ditched" 3 x 3 inches, acrylic on photo paper.  Broken Arm Last Sunday Roy C. Dalton of this place received a broken arm last Sunday afternoon enroute from the scene of the tragic death of the members of the Strickland family about fourteen miles north of...

BROKEN STORIES

"after the fourth" 3 x 3 inches, acrylic on photo paper. Hit and Run While returning to her home in Clint last night after the Fourth in El Paso, Miss Williams, daughter of Miles Williams of that village, was thrown from a buggy on the county road and sustained a...

TESTING

Today I wanted to experiment with painting right onto an old photo. It was difficult to do emotionally because it meant that it is no longer that photograph. Technically it was also challenging. It is kodak paper, so I thought it could stand being wet, but it curled...

PURLOINING PORTER

"check your baggage?", 3 x 3 inches, acrylic on photopaper. Charles Kelley Yuma Prisoner 1982 Charles Kelley, who while porter for the Hotel Weatherford, in February appropriated a valise belonging to one of the guests, entered a plea of guilty to the charge of...

SANTA FE FREIGHT CAR ROBBED

"forks and knives", 3 x 3 inches, acrylic on photopaper.  Harry Stanton Yuma Prisoner 1964 Charles Jones and Harry Stanton (pictured), who broke Into a Santa Fe freight car, in October last and appropriated a lot of cutlery, entered a plea of guilty to the charge of...

REVOLVER

"expression: sinister", 3 x 3 inches, acrylic on photopaper. William Kirk Yuma Prisoner 1965 William Kirk, who in November last assaulted a man with a revolver in a Williams saloon, plead guilty to a charge of assault with intent to commit murder, was sentenced to a...

THE TROUBLE WITH TRIMBLE

As I research stories from turn of the twentieth century I am truly struck by the hardness of life, especially in the American West. This is one story that left me feeling especially forlorn. "my wife was 1919" 3 x 3 inches, acrylic on photopaper. When he was arrested...

JOIN ME AT THE HILTON IN MESA

I will be at the Hilton Phoenix/Mesa with my series "Little Truths" paintings and catalogs. Stop by and visit with me in the Kiva Foyer during the Arizona Historic Preservation Conference on Thursday and Friday June 13 and 14 from 8 am to 5 pm, or come by for a free...

PRISON PLATES

"nabor pacheco's plate" photo lithography transfer on ceramic plate, glazed and fired, 7.75 inch round. In the continuing series of Yuma prisoner paintings I have also been experimenting with some accompanying items. Today I picked up four plates that I left at...

WHEN 120 DOLLARS WAS GRAND LARCENY

"i had a telescope case in my pocket" 3 x 3 inches, acrylic on photopaper. George Bates Yuma Prisoner 1889 The Wellington Saloon was opened in 1902 by the McCoy family of Prescott, AZ. Just a few mornings after it opened, George Bates, a young man, made a grab at the...

MARY ELIZABETH JANE COLTER

"mary elizabeth jane colter" this painting derived from original photo of Mary Colter courtesy of the Grand Canyon National Park Service. 2.5 x 4 inches, acrylic on photo paper.Mary Elizabeth Jane Colter was an American architect who was hired by the Fred Harvey...

BARRIO LIBRE

Painting derived from original photograph by Patricia Sahertian. 2.5 x 4 inches, acrylic on photo paper.  Painting derived from original photograph by Patricia Sahertian. 2.5 x 4 inches, acrylic on photo paper. Standing amid tumbling adobe structures and...

HIGHER LEARNING

"unknown boy" 2.5 x 4 inches, acrylic on photo paper.For the accompanying portrait to the Marist College I am using a created character in this Mexican boy to pose as one of the Marist College alumni. Marist College, a grammar and junior high school was opened in...

MARIST COLLEGE, TUCSON

Painting derived from original photograph by Patricia Sahertian. 2.5 x 4 inches, acrylic on photo paper.Heading south to Tucson for a look at old adobe construction, our first stop is right off the highway. The Marist College is a landmark building in Tucson, Arizona...

SPRING TRAINING

"gaylord perry" this painting derived from original photo of Gaylord Perry courtesy of the Mesa Preservation Foundation and the Mesa Historical Museum. 2.5 x 4 inches, acrylic on photo paper.You might not recognize this baseball player sitting in a tub filled with hot...

BUCKHORN BATHS

Painting derived from original photograph by Patricia Sahertian. 2.5 x 4 inches, acrylic on photo paper.I am becoming fully immersed in Arizona history (pun intended). The landmark Buckhorn Baths, found on U.S. Route 89, was an oasis in the desert for tired travelers...

TAKE THE PLUNGE

Painting derived from original photograph by Patricia Sahertian. 2.5 x 4 inches, acrylic on photo paper. When a history landmark gets destroyed by a storm the city rallies to restore it.In this case it is the Diving Lady Sign of Mesa, AZ. Created as a beacon for weary...

FIRST FRIDAY

Me at First Studio, First Friday May.Jacob and I had a good opening at First Studio, the work was well received and the turnout was great. It is nice, because the space is a creative office building, that the work will be up and seen all month. It was enjoyable...

FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT

"frank lloyd wright", this painting derived from photo in the Library of Congress public domain image base. 2.5 x 4 inches, acrylic on photo paper.The second part of the diptych featuring the David and Gladys Wright house will be the image of his father and building's...

WRIGHT HOUSE SAVED

Painting derived from original photograph by Patricia Sahertian. 2.5 x 4 inches, acrylic on photo paper.Continuing with my series based on the Arizona Preservation Foundation's endangered buildings list we find a story with national recognition and a happy ending.If...

FRIDAY MAY 3, 2013

Jacob and I will be showing at First Studio, along with printmaker, David A. Higgins, on first Friday, May 3. There will also be live music provided from 7 to 9 by Mary Petrich, Mike Ozuna, and Will Goble. We hope to see you there. Here is all the info: first...

JFK

"JFK", this painting derived from photo in the Library of Congress public domain image base. 2.5 x 4 inches, acrylic on photo paper.The second part of the diptych featuring the Westward Ho will be the image of John F. Kennedy. On November 22, 1963, when he was hardly...

THE WESTWARD HO

Painting derived from original photograph by Patricia Sahertian.The Westward Ho (featured above) was originally going to be called the Roosevelt Hotel. Jim McPherson of the Arizona Preservation Foundation said "In recent years the Westward Ho has hosted the Evans...

MOUNTAIN VIEW OFFICERS CLUB

This painting is derived from a recent photograph of the Mountain View Officers Club (2012). Image courtesy of Tucson Historic Preservation Foundation. 2.5 x 4 inches, acrylic on photo paper.Continuing the series, this is the exterior of the Mountain View Officers...

JOE LOUIS

This painting is derived from an historical photograph courtesy of Fort Huachuca Museum. 2.5 x 4 inches, acrylic on photo paper.Joe Louis, the Brown Bomber, entertained troops at the Mountain View Officers Club at Fort Huachuca, Arizona in the 1940s. Originally termed...

COMMISSION

"sheila's daughter" 6 x 6 inches, acrylic on canvas board.Commissioned work usually starts with one small "sketch" but in this case when my friend asked me to do a portrait of her daughter, she also found a portrait of her kids together when they were little and she...

LEFT OVER PLASTER

When you have some plaster left over it cannot go to waste, so I pressed some babies into clay and made these today too. I am debating whether to clean up the edges or not. What do you...

PLASTER PLAY

           Thursday morning we decided to try something I learned while working at Anthropologie. So Shari came over and we made up a batch of plaster and dipped in some fabric flowers. Voila, instant porcelain... well, not exactly.It...

MILLIONS OF BABIES

One really freaky thing here is that this photo, to me, looks like a relief instead of a mold, but take my word for it, these figures are recessed. From them I spent a few hours on Tuesday morning making the following babies. So far I have added some of them to a...

HUNGARIAN JOURNEY

"wednesday" collage on prestamped postcard, 5.5 by 3.5 inches."monday" collage on prestamped postcard, 5.5 by 3.5 inches.A while back I was given old family documents belonging to a Hungarian woman, named Magda/Magdolna/Magdelena, by her daughter. She said she had no...

BROKEN STORIES

"how did kevin crawl out on the gravel?" 3 x 3 inches, acrylic on photo paper.BABY HAS BROKEN ARMKevin Wayson, 18-month-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Wayson of Center Point, is a patient at the Virginia Gay hospital here. The baby suffered a broken arm, bruises and...

MOLD MAKING PART TWO

Here is the second half of my two part mold making. The baby figure did stay put, that was good. But the plaster that I cast the first go round was not smooth and especially in the leg area it makes some nasty streaks that don't look nice. Also because I did not let...

STEEL BLOWER NO MORE

"deadly assault in jerome" 3 x 3 inches, acrylic on photopaper.George Roop Yuma Prisoner 1897 Found guilty of assault with intent to kill ____ Carpenter, George Roop was put on the Saturday evening train on July 14, 1902 to Yuma, along with James McKay and Wm....

MURDER ON THE SANTA FE PACIFIC

"life sentence commuted" 3 x 3 inches, acrylic on photopaper.Frank Delaney Yuma Prisoner 1402After serving seven years for the murder of Ed Madden, Frank Delaney's life sentence was commuted by Governor Brodie in 1905 to 25 years. Prominent citizens and lawyers for...

DEALING WITH WORDS

A friend of mine, Liz Massey, asked me if I would do an interview on her Creative Liberty blog."Liz is a writer, editor, media producer and a creative agent provocateur. Experienced in artistic disciplines as diverse as music, photography, filmmaking and journalism,...

MOLD RESULTS UNVEILED

Here is my little baby mold using the down and dirty method shown by John Britt on YouTube. I cast the first half last week and here is the result. Today I turned it all over and made the second cast. I hope my little baby does not float up into the plaster. This...

THE SCANDAL IN TUCSON

"marshal's son kills his prostitute girlfriend" 3 x 3 inches, acrylic on photopaper.Nabor Pacheco Yuma Prisoner 2991Nabor Pacheco, Sr. was sheriff of Pima County and Tucson city marshall, with his dog, Jack, his constant companion on the beat. On March 16, 1909, his...

BROKEN STORIES

"mr. courthorpe dreams he was an english gent" 3 x 3 inches, acrylic on photopaper.The SportsmanNo. XIWe have already adverted to the extraordinary number of accidents that have occurred this season from hunting. Last week added two serious ones to the number. On...

FIRST OFFENSE ASSAULT WITH A DEADLY WEAPON

"they put me in a ball and chain" 3 x 3 inches, acrylic on photopaper.Sidney Smith Yuma Prisoner 2968Sidney Smith, sentenced to 4 years for burglary in the 1st degree. This was not his first offense.His legitimate occupation was laborer and he is also listed as a...

PRISON HILL SERIES

"he just got married one year before" 3 x 3 inches, acrylic on photopaper.This is the beginning of a new series of paintings, entitled Prison Hill, featuring inmates of the Yuma Territorial Prison. The prison opened in 1876 housing a total of 3,069 prisoners over its...

PINCH POTS

pinch pot using soldate clay body, with "patina" glazeOne of the things I love to make in any clay studio is a pinch pot. If I am waiting for something to happen, or I have extra time, or just a ball of extra clay, all of a sudden I am making a pinch pot. In this...

CLAY TRANSFERS: GLAZED

b-mix clay body with linseed oil and black mason stain transfer, glazed with "angel spit" It's always fun when a glaze firing is done. Today I got to the studio to find the pieces that had the linseed oil transfers had been fired. The studio has a glaze called...

BROKEN STORIES

"this jolly young mermaid plunged into the waves" 3 x 3 inches, acrylic on photopaper. Swimming Apparel on Southern Beaches Is Not Likely to Prove a Bit Cumbersome to Lassies Who Love Active Water SportsI wonder sometimes if we moderns realize how short a time ago it...

BROKEN STORIES

"times three" 3 x 3 inches, acrylic on photopaper. No one wrote about it in the news when Spot broke his paw. Terrence Ryan, 11, son of Mr. and Mrs. William Ryan, received what the doctors called a "bad break" when he fell after his foot caught in the slide at the...

AMERIC • HENS

"all americ • hen" collage on vintage wall paper, 4 x 5.5 inches.Playing with printing on vintage wall paper backs. This time with an ink jet printer. I found this chicken image and, I don't know why, thought American... Americ-hen. Well, after that, I made an All...

PAPER TRANSFERS

"c/o alexander pearson" collage on paper, 5 7/8 x 4 1/8 inches.More transfers, this time on paper. Am I obsessed with transfers? Maybe this week I am.Here was another test of my patience, but this time it was waiting for the UPS delivery of decoart americana matte...

CLAY TRANSFERS: TRIALS

Trying some new ceramic techniques that I have been wanting to do for a long time: this one was image transfer onto clay. As you can see in the photo, my first try was not successful. I followed along with a wonderful video on the ceramic arts daily blog from the...

BROKEN STORIES

"the douglasses come back" 3 x 3 inches, acrylic on photopaper.In 1907 a couple, Mr. and Mrs. Ben Douglass, were released from jail. They served almost two years for "conducting a disorderly house" and when they tried to find lodgings that night, they were turned away...

BEWLEYS BEST

"one, two, three, four cake" collage on paper, 5 7/8 x 4 1/8 inches.I love all the ephemera I have collected over the years and there are lots of times that I just don't want to use it up. Then I remind myself that the reason I bought or found it was so that I could...

FOUND OBJECTS

While searching for some doll house people on ebay I came across this wonderful collection of doll parts and had to buy them. There were 45 pieces in all, including one large stuffed doll without a head and one medium German doll (see previous post) which were the odd...

GERMAN DOLL

 "melk, gedane zaken nemen geen keer" quicktime movie.I bought this doll because I used to have a German doll as a child and I thought it would be nostalgic, but everyone thinks it's creepy. So I made this film. The text is Dutch. I wanted the phrase to be sort...

year: 2012

This year I broke my arm at my niece’s wedding at the end of October. Jake and I were not sure that we would even make a card. As we thought about a design we decided that cutting and printing rubber blocks would be the easiest and fastest way to get them done. As...

HOLIDAY CARDS

Just a little hint of what we're up to as we printed this year's batch of holiday cards. This one is sort of like a riddle. Jake did the block cut for the fronts of the cards, then I printed a mystery line for the text. When you get one and you figure it out, let us...

BROKEN STORIES

"she died of shock" 3 x 3 inches, acrylic on photopaper. Follows Wife in DeathDr. Jordan regained consciousness for a brief period Saturday morning. His condition was such that he was not informed of the death of his wife, who passed away in the Dalton hospital about...

BROKEN STORIES

"patient at bluefield sanitarium" 3 x 3 inches, acrylic on photopaper.Personals:Miss Katherine Guthrie, Raleigh terrace is a patient at Bluefield sanitarium, under treatment for a broken wrist sustained in a fall, Thursday afternoon.source: BLUEFIELD DAILY TELEGRAPH,...

BROKEN STORIES

"she was still not out of danger" 3 x 3 inches, acrylic on photopaper.In this series I will select random photographs and crop out their identities then paint them with an X on their "broken arm". I have done some research and found unconnected but relative stories,...

MIA & LIAM

"mia" 3 x 3 inches, acrylic on photopaper."liam" 3 x 3 inches, acrylic on photopaper.Christmas gifts for my...

KIANA

"kiana" 3 x 3 inches, acrylic on photopaper.Jacob's Aunt Dolly sent a photo of her granddaughter, Kiana. I cropped it and painted her cute face. I will send it off to Indonesia...

STATE FAIR 2012

"girl with a j necklace" 5.625 x 3.75 inches, acrylic on photopaper.I did a series of casual, random shots at the state fair with the intention of making some paintings from them. This is the first trying a horizontal format.Did you know: In November of 1884, a group...

GLASGOW RIOT

"sticks and stones" 3 x 3 inches, acrylic on photopaper.Not being sure what I would work on, I started to look for stories of broken arms. I found an account of a riot in Glasgow dated April 25, 1821. It was in anger against the celebration of the birthday of King...

BROKEN ARM

A broken arm is holding me back from working for a little bit. I am going to try something this afternoon. Let's see how far I get.

EXPERIMENTING WITH WAX

Took some photos at the AZ State Fair so that I could do some experimenting with wax and crayons on original images.Some failures: transferring image onto wax coated board did not work. Same goes for trying an acetone transfer, it was very blotchy. And a heat transfer...

ROSENA MCLARNON

"Ena" 5 x 7 inches, acrylic on canvas.There are three Rosena McLarnon's in my family. My grandmother, (who was born a McKee), her daughter (my father's sister), and then my sister.This is my aunt, whom we all called Ena. She was the first in my father's immediate...

RANDOM COLLAGES

"l'amérique du sud" 6 x 4.33 inches, collage on paint chip card"the country wife" 6 x 4.33 inches, collage on paint chip...

NEW PUBLICATION

Continuing to publish my series on issuu and MagCloud, here is the newest release which can be read online and downloaded for free. If you purchase a printed copy from MagCloud, I donate all the profit to the Tenement Museum in New York City, which preserves the...

WILMA’S BLUE DRESS AT JOPLIN 4-H

"wilma and melvin's clothes go to the fair" 3 x 3 inches, acrylic on photopaper.Leafing through the archived news pages for 1942 not only did I find a nice little story about the Joplin 4-H club to support the blue dress, but I also found some other interesting...

CONTROVERSIAL SUBJECT: KNICKERS

"all for knickers" 3 x 3 inches, acrylic on photopaper.  The closest I came to golf myself, was playing on the football field at my high school for gym class. I only had to think of my gym suit then (yes, we had a special outfit just for gym). I had no idea that...

WORN BY ALL WOMEN WHO WORK

"black smock" 3 x 3 inches, acrylic on photopaper. The black smock is worn by all women who work outdoors, such as street car employees, street cleaners, market women. It is worn by women who sew, make artificial flowers and do similar handwork in shops. source:...

HACKED

Go Daddy has been hacked and has temporarily (I hope) taken down my websites and email. here is an alternate email address if you need to get me. Thanks.

CHEAP IN APPEARANCE

"she detested the orange dress" 3 x 3 inches, acrylic on photopaper. And why was he always requesting her to wear certain dresses, most of which he had aided in selecting? She detested the orange dress for it was cheap in appearance in spite of its cost.source: The...

MOORHEAD LAUNDRY

"moorhead laundry" 3 x 3 inches, acrylic on photopaper. As usual I was looking through newspaper archives for something inspiring. I came across a 1933 ad for Moorhead Laundry and thought it would make an interesting "layer" for this composition. Of course I just...

HE WORE A BROWN SUIT

"thank you, jimmy stewart" 3 x 3 inches, acrylic on photopaper. Sometimes I have no other motivation but to create a painting. Today, I just liked the suit jacket and the hat so much. After i finished with it, I thought, I wonder if I can find an article that has the...

HOUSE DRESS

"house dress" 3 x 3 inches, acrylic on photopaper.Click on article for better legibility.Source: The Daily Chronicle, Saturday, October 25, 1958, Centralia, Washington View complete set on...

PEN PAL

"bad boy" 4.75 x 2.5 inches, collage on paint chip card.When I was little my grandparents lived in Greece and my grandfather would write me letters. They came in airmail envelopes on onion skin paper, so light, so as not to cost too much in postage. Intrigued by...

ROLE REVERSAL

"captain henri rochard" 3 x 3 inches, acrylic on photopaper. I am an alien spouse of female military personnel en route to the United States under public law 271 of the Congress.View whole series on...

ROLE REVERSAL

"bride and prejudice" 3 x 3 inches, acrylic on photopaper.Broadway success story: Lois Wheeler is being implored by her folks in California to come home and forsake Broadway. Lois has been in only three plays... The first was "The Innocent Voyage." In it she was...

NEW ON ETSY

"clann one" approx. 1.6 x 1.6 x 0.7 inches, antiqued copper plated box with framed glass door hinge, featuring handmade accordion book.So many choices – can I make anymore iterations of these series? I sure hope so. I plan on making at least one of these accordion...

ROLE REVERSAL

"mrs. crandall later got a job as a nanny" 3 x 3 inches, acrylic on photopaper.  As the old saying goes "truth is stranger than fiction," then this story is well suited.Source: Indiana Evening Gazette, February 17, 1934View whole series on...

ROLE REVERSAL

"What kind of camp is this?" 3 x 3 inches, acrylic on photopaper.post script: new york times magazine article this past weekend: what's so bad about a boy who wants to wear a dress?View whole series on...

ROLE REVERSAL

"frankie loved lipstick" 3 x 3 inches, acrylic on photopaper. View whole series on...

ROLE REVERSAL

"who saw you coming?" 3 x 3 inches, acrylic on photopaper.I found a very interesting article explaining the relatively new idea of gender specific clothing colors. Here is an excerpt: For example, a June 1918 article from the trade publication Earnshaw's Infants'...

ESCAPE ARTIST: WEB ADDENDUM

Escape Artist web addendum page starts with Norris H. PyronI have decided that I want to make my work accessible on several platforms. So I am creating what I call "web addendums". The first one will highlight the painting series PRISONERS.  When I started...

ROLE REVERSAL

"i can't believe mother let you go out like this" 3 x 3 inches, acrylic on photopaper.View whole series on...

ROLE REVERSAL

"who's your daddy?" 3 x 3 inches, acrylic on photopaper.View whole series on...

GENEVIEVE

"genevieve" 6 x 6 inches, acrylic on canvas.This is the final painting of Genevieve on canvas. I use the sketch as a transfer to the canvas. Then using the original photo and the sketch as reference I work on the portrait.(3 x 3 on photopaper)(original photo converted...

ROLE REVERSAL

"switched at birth" 3 x 3 inches, acrylic on photopaper.View whole series on...

GENEVIEVE

"genevieve" 3 x 3 inches, acrylic on photopaper.Commissioned by my friend, Kristin Shears, owner of Willo North Gallery, to paint her daughter. This is the preliminary sketch for her approval. Then on to a 6 x 6...

ROLE REVERSAL

"would you have liked me better if..." 3 x 3 inches, acrylic on photopaper.This series will explore the ideas of expectations, roles and socially acceptable stereotyping. It holds a personal meaning for me and my daughter. It's not gender specific. Expectations from...

EMPTY COAT

"how can you know what's underneath my coat?" 3 x 3 inches, acrylic on photopaper. Further thought on the prospect of painting just clothes lead to this new image of an empty coat. But today, my daughter was affected by encountering some very male chauvinist attitude...

LITTLE RED DRESS

"little red dress" 3 x 3 inches, acrylic on photopaper.Inspiration comes from many places and so in reading Covet Garden magazine's 23rd issue my friend Shari and I were struck by the wonderful simplicity of the red dress painted by Iza Mokrosz (page 28). We agreed...

CONFECTIONARY OBSERVANCES

"conserve" 5.5 x 3.5 inches, collage on paper.Spent an afternoon making collages at the studio of my friend and neighbor, Roberta Hancock. She is an artist, who is currently doing a series of paintings called Thumbs Up, soon to be on exhibit at Phoenix Sky Harbor...

LEO & PIPO

"excusez moi, mon cher pipo, vous avez du feu?" 3 x 3 inches, acrylic on photopaper.  Leo & Pipo are friends of mine on flickr. That's not their real names. But they are real people who have been friends for a very long time. You can read about them here....

WHEN KYRIA VISITS

What a joy to have a granddaughter who loves some of the same things I love. Making art and learning french are two of these activities. I must confess that even though I have studied in high school and college, (and even private lessons) my french is pretty rusty,...

LETTER TO EARL: MOTHER

"it is too dangerous to get out with a machine" 3 x 3 inches, acrylic on photopaper.The Letter to Earl now comes to a close, Mother signs off and adds a post script to let Earl know about the weather. When I finish with a series I can't help but feel some sense of...

LETTER TO EARL: GEETING AND JAMES

"not now" 3 x 3 inches, acrylic on photopaper.Letter to Earl continues:  Clarence Geeting told pop that James is still laying on his back and cannot walk yet but he is improving slowly. They can't go to see him as he don't want them to come. When they leave he is...

LETTER TO EARL: CASSADYS

"did he ever come home" 3 x 3 inches, acrylic on photopaper.Letter to Earl continues: Anna Cassady told me today that Harold is in India. She got a letter that was written Christmas and another that was wrote since. Up next: James cannot walk.More images on...

LETTER TO EARL: STONEBURNERS

"if they ever get to it" 3 x 3 inches, acrylic on photopaper.Letter to Earl continues: We don't know what they will do about Stoneburners' corn but I guess it will be shucked if they ever get to it. Up next: who is in India?See the cast on...

LETTER TO EARL: A MYSTERY

Here's where the letter gets a little strange as I am not privy to what came before, so one can only speculate that there were some issues with Earl's "job" in the army... Earl you scare me where you get into it as you did last week. I am afraid they will take...

LETTER TO EARL: SUSIE LEITER PETERSIME AND HELEN PAUL

"it was so cold"  3 x 3 inches, acrylic on photopaper.Letter to Earl continues:Well, Susie Leiter Petersime died Friday morning and her funeral will be at her home in Lewisburg where her daughter Helen Paul lives. If the roads are so icy I will not get to her...

LETTER TO EARL: DICK HIETER

"lacks lake luster"  3 x 3 inches, acrylic on photopaper.Letter to Earl continues: Dick Hieter goes back to work but he had to notify the draft board that they would not accept him at the Great Lakes so I bet he will be drafted into the Army. "The sailors on...

LETTER TO EARL: CLARA EHLER

"hit the road"  3 x 3 inches, acrylic on photopaper. In the previous post there was one sentence regarding Clara Ehler. I didn't have a painting done yet, I just finished it tonight. But the fact that the farm belonged to a woman, and had to be rented intrigued...

LETTER TO EARL: MCKEE, WIKLE, LOWELL AND MERRIEL

"what i heard tonight" 3 x 3 inches, acrylic on photopaper. Letter to Earl continues:  Well I heard Mrs. McKee tell Effie Wikle tonight that Lowell and Merriel both were examined and classed and placed in 1A. You see how farmer boys are kept out of the draft....

LETTER TO EARL: YOUNG AND REITZ

"he don't tell us much" 3 x 3 inches, acrylic on photopaper.Letter to Earl continues:He told some of this news to Young. He don't tell us much. Jose asked me today what I thought and if I blamed them if they had a sale. She said Reitz was supposed to come about the...

LETTER TO EARL: FOREST KRIETZER

"he would keep his horse, a wagon and a manure spreader" 3 x 3 inches, acrylic on photopaper.Letter to Earl continues:Bud talks about having sale next month and then Forest Krietzer is going to farm for him. Jose had to help so much in the corn this fall that you...

LETTER TO EARL: THE COWAN BOY

"they will never get any more cobs while the engine is running" 3 x 3 inches, acrylic on photopaper.Letter to Earl continues:The Cowan boy was getting cobs before he did and he got sick too and Mr. Cowan took his boy to the doctor and then took him home and put him in...

LETTER TO EARL: JOSE/JOSIE

"don't go up in the hay mow" 3 x 3 inches, acrylic on photopaper.Letter to Earl continues:He told Jose he was not drunk and handed her the medicine that the doctor give him. Ralph and your dad went over to help him get down feed as Jose did not want him to go up in...

WHERE DO THE IMAGES COME FROM?

I did only one drawing while I was in New York, but I left it at my mom's. It was a sketch of her dining room chair. My great-niece Hailey likes to draw, so we spent the morning sketching together. It always amazes me how people can just pull images from their minds....

WENT TO NY

(I have been away and the blogger interface has changed. Oh, I was confused for a moment. But everything is here, just a different place.) So, I was in New York, or more specifically Long Island and Manhattan Island, that's it. One day the east end, one day the city...

LETTER TO EARL: BUD

"bud was hauling corn cobs" 3 x 3 inches, acrylic on photopaper.Letter to Earl continues:Bud was hauling corn cobs yesterday afternoon while he was getting cobs he was overcome from the gas of the engine. He was so bad that they called Dr. Hearst to the elevator and...

LETTER TO EARL: DR. SCHAFFER

"they do not know if it is indigestion" 3 x 3 inches, acrylic on photopaper.Letter to Earl continues with:They could not get Dr. Schaffer as he had gone to church. After dinner they had Doc to come up. They do not know if it is indigestion or it might be like our...

LETTER TO EARL: POP

"got pop" 3 x 3 inches, acrylic on photopaper. Letter to Earl continues with:While we were at church Bud come over and got pop to come over to look after Lady she was sick.Up next:...

LETTER TO EARL: DAD AND RALPH

"tonight is just icy enough" 3 x 3 inches, acrylic on photopaper.I anxiously awaited my delivery of old letters. I hadn't thought of it before now, but that is a sure way to get some mail, isn't it? But really, you know that I cannot resist vintage mail and...

PRISONERS

"third right molar missing" 3 x 3 inches, acrylic on photopaper.Daniel O'Connell was also charged with violating the Espionage Act of June 15, 1917. He was sentenced to 7 years imprisonment due to his opposition of the draft laws. This is my last prisoner for a while....

PRISONERS

"condition of teeth unknown" 3 x 3 inches, acrylic on photopaper.Jim Wong was arrested in Nogales, Arizona in March of 1917. He was convicted of smuggling opium."The most important reason for the increase in opiate consumption in the United States during the 19th...

CHEZ MATCH

I decided to follow my own advice. For years I've been telling my design clients that you have to be clear about what you do. How will anyone know about it if it is too vague? But that is just what I was doing with my all too artsy business web site. Chez Match is my...

TAKE YOUR WIFE . . .

"pigs is pigs" 6 x 4 inches, collage on paint swatch postcardWhy did I choose these elements? I don't know. Last night I wanted to begin with nothing but a random collection of things cut out. I have this little box that contains all the scraps that I made other work...

PRISONERS

"third upper right molar missing" 3 x 3 inches, acrylic on photopaper.This is Thomas Carey. He was convicted in San Francisco on violation of the Espionage Act of June 15, 1917. He was charged in a conspiracy to obstruct the recruiting and enlistment service and in...

PRISONERS

"teeth intact too" 3 x 3 inches, acrylic on photopaper.Part four: "They kid themselves into a belief that they can come back, but they can't."Having escaped from jail and the fate of Evert Impyn and Lawardius G. Borgart (portrait above), Roy Gardner eluded the police...

PRISONERS

"teeth intact" 3 x 3 inches, acrylic on photopaper.Part three: "Those fellows couldn't hit the broad side of a barn."Roy Gardner did not elude the police for long. He was captured in Tacoma when the hotel owner, where he was about to check in, found him suspiciously...

PRISONERS

"second right and left cuspids gold crowned" 3 x 3 inches, acrylic on photopaper.  Part two: Large Gold TeethRoy Gardner (portrait above), notorious train robber, had determination not to be caught or kept captive. After his escape with Pyron he was spotted in...

PRISONERS

"upper central incisors have gold inlays" 3 x 3 inches, acrylic on photopaper.This is Norris H. Pyron, arrested in Los Angeles for conterfeiting.Starting backwards.Did you ever think you discovered something only later to find that your "original" idea is not original...

PRISONERS

"central incisors false" 3 x 3 inches, acrylic on photopaper.George Spratt was convicted of conspiracy to violate the National Prohibition Act and embezzlement by a US Internal Revenue Officer.George A. Spratt, deputy collector of internal revenue, was indicted by a...

PRISONERS

"upper rt central incisor crowned" 3 x 3 inches, acrylic on photopaper.I have decided to move forward with images of prisoners. The original photo was found on ancestry.com in the collection McNeil Island, Washington, U.S. Penitentiary, Photos and Records of Prisoners...

PRISONERS

"lower left 2nd bicuspid missing" 3 x 3 inches, acrylic on photopaper.I am experimenting with some archived images of prisoners, mostly from Seattle in the early 1920s. This is John Wyllie, sentenced to one year and one day for violation of the Harrison Narcotics...

POSTCARD COLLECTIVE

The fall 2011 postcard collective images have been posted. A very nice collection of cards and some talented artists (mine is number 22) take a look.

year: 2011

This fall I enrolled in a letterpress printing class. If you’ve ever hand-set type you know the trials of proofing and printing, and if not, trust me, there are many. It was recommended to hand proof each line, by line, as you set it in the “stick”. For unknown...

SAOIRSE

"saoirse", acrylic on photopaper, 2.25 x 2.25 inches This is Saoirse, she lives across the...

HOLIDAYS 2011

Happy Holidays to all. For a detailed explanation of the pastiche this year please look at the holiday archive at the wren and the...

ANTHROPOS

"chicken wings revisited", acrylic on photopaper, 2.25 x 2.25 inchesI used these women once for a gocco print which I printed on magazine pages, originally on one that had a recipe for chicken wings. So, that was the original name for them. I just don't think anything...

LARGER VERSION

"our dad took our dog away", acrylic on canvas, 6 x 6 inchesAnd original small version, acrylic on photopaper, 2.25 x 2.25...

ANTHROPOS

"we buried him yesterday", acrylic on photopaper, 2.25 x 2.25 inchesMore to come in the next round of larger interpretations. See whole body of work on...

CLANN

"they were only pretty for a short time", acrylic on photopaper, 2.25 x 2.25 inches Now that there are ten pieces in this series I will need to concentrate on making each one into a six inch canvas.See the whole series on...

ANTHROPOS

"antigone and ismene", acrylic on photopaper, 2.25 x 2.25 inchesJake had no idea where I got the original photographs and tonight he commented "They look like upstate (NY)." And that is exactly where they are from... Buffalo. Funny that he picked up on that."andreas...

ANTHROPOS

"little did they know there was a harem in the basement", acrylic on canvas, 6 x 6 inchesThis image has a strong connection for me in the faces of the workers, I was compelled to make the larger version right away, continuing with the series of very small to small to...

ANTHROPOS

"little did they know there was a harem in the basement", acrylic on photopaper, 2.25 x 2.25 inchesThis is what the woman who owns the house that used to belong to my mother's family told us when we went to visit her in...

ABAD

The latest ABAD (A Book About Death) show is opening in Seattle on November 11, 2011. This is my entry. Since dreaming about teeth indicates some sort of death (or so I am told) they seemed significant to go with the photo of a band of high school boys from an old...

A LARGER CLANN

"she left us alone too long", acrylic on canvas, 6 x 6 inchesI am continuing with the larger interpretation in the small clann  series based on the original 2.5 x 2.5 inch image (on the...

ANTHROPOS

"the dance was in her blood", acrylic on photopaper, 2.25 x 2.25 inchesSee more of the series on...

ANTHROPOS

"she wasn't there when santos died", acrylic on photopaper, 2.25 x 2.25 inchesSee more of the series on...

INVISIBLE

"she looked at me oddly", collage on paper, 4 x 6 inches In this series of collages I am exploring the relationship between discrimination, color and age by using the pages from Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man, superimposing the "invisible" bodies of the highly...

ANTHROPOS

"she didn't feel like smiling", acrylic on photopaper, 2.25 x 2.25 inchesSee more of the series on...

ANTHROPOS

"he forgot me", acrylic on photopaper, 2.25 x 2.25...

A LARGER CLANN

"money matters", acrylic on canvas, 6 x 6 inchesTo push the abstraction of the small clann paintings I want to blow them up to six inch canvases and repaint them, and after that further experiment with a large rectangular zoom repainted with larger brushes. This is...

ELEANOR

"eleanor", acrylic on canvas, 6 x 6 inches Here is the final painting of Eleanor on canvas. I used the original photo, did a quick study and then did a more detailed final (see progression...

ANTHROPOS

"she waited a long time", acrylic on photopaper, 2.25 x 2.25 inchesNew series featuring images found in the same photo album from upstate New York. Today I painted these two small images and two larger versions (of previously painted miniatures) on 6 x 6 inch...

SHE ALWAYS KNEW – FINAL

"she always knew" collage on photopaper, ink, acrylic paint and vintage paper. 6 x 4 inches. Portrait of Mary C. Leto. Things that are pertinent: pieces of wallpaper, parts of books, library stamps, wooden letters, 40s cross stitch, hollander beater,  and...

LAST OF THE CLANN

  "just one push", acrylic on photopaper, 2.25 x 2.25 inches "it was an accident", acrylic on photopaper, 2.25 x 2.25 inchesSee more paintings in this series on...

SHE ALWAYS KNEW

 "she always knew" (detail), acrylic on photopaper, 6 x 4 inches This piece is not yet finished. I would like to do some collage with it. Things that have some meaning for us. This will take some...

MORE CLANN

 "they left the dust bowl behind", acrylic on photopaper, 2.25 x 2.25 inches"she dreamed of being in a movie one day", acrylic on photopaper, 2.25 x 2.25 inchesSee more paintings in this series on...

OVER Cs

"Over Cs" collage on cardboard, ink, acrylic paint and vintage paper. 7 3/4 x 5 inches.I found some wonderful manuals from an Italian correspondence school that serve as my background and inspiration to this latest collage and painting. An old map of Rome, an Italian...

ELEANOR

portrait of eleanor, 3 x 3 inches, arcrylic on photo paperThis is Eleanor. She is my friend Anne's daughter. Sometimes we have coffee together on Sunday mornings, not Eleanor, she usually has juice or milk. Eleanor says my name quite emphatically "Hi Pat!" with the...

TIN TYPED BOOKS

Back in April I was bitten by an urge to create a tiny book in a typewriter ribbon tin. I just couldn't stop there because I loved the feel of these vintage containers, and they are small and manageable and somewhat mysterious to me. They have a history too, where...

CLANN

"money matters", acrylic on photopaperAnother set of paintings in the tiny art collection of books due to launch on July 21st will include replicas of these little acrylic paintings that I did by copying vintage photos, reprinting them on photo paper to the desired...

THE BRONX SKETCHES

King's Bridge, water color and pen on paper, 3x3 inch. Tiny art in tiny packaging. I am working on a new series of book projects launching July 21st that will include these little water-colored sketches of life in the Bronx from the late 17th century. This is one of...

IUOMA

Received a piece of mail art from i'm a super hero and made this in reply.old knitting instructions, children's book pages, jam label and stencil, collage on paint swatch, "red wild cherry"And then in a 4x4 collaboration with 3 other IUOMA artists, Imelda Wubben,...

SECRET EXCHANGE, SEOUL

envelopeThis is my entry for the corresponding Seoul, Korea SECREt eXCHANGE, organized by the artist Terry Reid. secretAnother major exhibition that involves cultural exchanges “Tell Me Tell Me: Korean and Australian Art 1976-2011” will travel to the National Museum...

MEMENTO MORI

civil war, coffin-shaped, picture-frame pendant, with collage: text from vintage history book pages, tied with black...

SECRET EXCHANGE, SYDNEY

There are two corresponding exhibits taking place between Sydney and Seoul.Tell Me Tell Me: Australian and Korean Art 1976 - 2011 is a major exhibition of Korean and Australian contemporary art celebrating 2011 as the Australian-Korean Year of Friendship. The project...

QUICK BEFORE IT MELTS

Join me and over 100 other artists on Friday night May 27th at the Quick Before It Melts show and sale to save the Icehouse. Blurb from New Times Jackalope Ranch: "Local artist Hugo Medina (he just goes by Hugo) had his first show at the Icehouse in downtown Phoenix...

TEXTILE MAIL ART PROJECT

re-purposed gocco print, glued on as a book cover to cardboard, with wallpaper backing, 4x6 inches, "their dog was run over by a car"Participating in Lisa Iversen's call for Textile Mail Art Project. Deadline has been extended till the end of...

THE WORLD IS A TOWN

collage on paper, 4x6 inches, "William Kelley"Front of postcard with layered "palimpsest" representative of the Novgorod Codex inspiration from Coffee Messiah's call for postcards at his blog The World Is a Town. When you find an image of a prisoner whose name is the...

DAY IS DONE

me and George CushingThe opening for the A Book About Death ~ Memento show went very well. There was great support from my good friends here in Phoenix and well wishers from afar. The Honor Guard performed a beautiful ceremony for John S. Turner and Rev. Copsey said a...

A BOOK ABOUT DEATH ~ MEMENTO

Things are moving along for the ABAD ~ Memento show. I have been working on organizing the postcards, collecting and uploading them to the website, and making some trinkets for the gift shop. 1½ x 1½ inch mini book in antique brass caseWe are privileged to have...

KALAMAZOO BOOK ARTS CENTER

It's that time again to answer the call for entries for the Kalamazoo Book Arts Center event The Illustrated Accordion. This year I started out with a little treasure I found at a local antique mall, a typewriter ribbon tin. I wanted to create something appropriate in...

HISTORY REPEATS ITSELF

In an old history book I was reading about how the early American colonists decided to make a break with England and the Revolutionary War began. It made me wonder if they would be appalled at current political issues. Components: map of England, American history book...

THE DRILL

front and back, 3.5 x 2 inch collageThis card is small. I used an old business card for the base. I started out with the drill illustration... thought about what else is drilled... you have to listen to drills when you learn, things are drilled into your head when you...

CORRAL DE PIEDRA

E-mail art call... fun concept from corral de piedra.This is my submission. The original field seemed like a potato farm, made me think about the famine, then I refer to my photos of the art bottles where I depict potato farmers, a letter from an American...

A SENSITIVE MAN

my postcard entry for abad ~ mementoJohn S. Turner 1947 – 1972John S. Turner was a sensitive man. I didn't know him, I only know of him through his papers, personal items and his sister, Julie.He was born just after WWII, his Hungarian parents had moved to Germany...

A BOOK ABOUT DEATH ~ MEMENTO

If you have been following along, you already know of my interest in death. Since my friend Mary C. Leto found the mystery items hidden in a heating grate, and we collaborated on an artists book that expressed the plight of those buried on Hart Island (potter’s field...

WHICH WAY DO I GO?

This one was made for my dear friend, Shari, who is an excellent collage artists. She inspires me, and I wanted to say thanks.Components: a page from Dicken's "The Haunted Man", a map of London, child from McCall's Complete Needlework Catalog 1940, 17th century ear...

THERE WILL BE BLOOD

This is in reply to a mail art letter, which on the back was photocopied the path to heaven, it reminded me of some old catechism lessons from grammar school, so I couldn't resist this reply and thinking about blood.Components: page from St. Joseph's Missal (the...

THE MAGISTRATE WORE A LITTLE WIG

This found photo was with a group from upstate New York, a Greek family with some relatives that look like they could be part of my family too. I just love these two guys. I wish I knew their real story, but instead, I'll just compose one.Components: 17th century...

TO WILLY HERRMANN

Wednesday morning musings, practicing for a large project coming soon.Components: story from children's book, "A good man and his good wife", photocopy of an old German postcard addressed to Willy Herrmann, Brooklyn, N.Y., vintage wall paper and blown-up vintage...

A LETTER TO JOHANNES GUTENBERG

Entry to a mail art call put together by Reinhard Hammann in Mainz, Germany. Show dates May 13 to June 12.Components: photocopy of Mrs. Mary Searles Penrose, Elgin Academy, 1930. German stamp, German language page, old wallpaper, crayon, tracing paper and rubber...

PENN 124 8POXE SYLVANIA

After sending my first Quaker art to the Netherlands, I received a wonderful comment from Valentine M. Herman, in France, who promised to send me a postcard with some history of a very famous Quaker from Valentine's home town. I received his card and loved it. This is...

IMAGINE SQUIRRELS

This piece was done for the Imagine Squirrels show in Miami, AZ, put together by Mudhead Reynolds. Which pays homage to the work of French novelist René Daumal and his unfinished work Mount Analogue. Excerpt:While climbing, take note of all the difficulties along your...

HENNESSY TENNESSY

Sending a collage out to my father's cousin in NY, I thought it would be fun to give a nod to St. Patrick. Components: an Irish stamp from my dad's collection, a 1960s advert, vintage wall paper, green crayon and some of the text from Mr. Dooley on Making a Will and...

WHILE YOU WERE OUT

Having fun responding to a letter from Richard C. He remarked about a comment that I had been doing mail art since 1965 by saying I must have been doing crayon drawings for my grandmother, sweet. That made me think of my Yiayia, and inspired this postcard. Some of the...

QUAKER

Getting involved in the A Book About Death exhibits has introduced me to a great group of creative people and inspired me to apply for a membership in the International Union of Mail Artists (IUOMA). This card was done in response to a request from a fellow member,...

ALLA LORO MEMORIA

"A Book About Death in Venice" handmade artist's book 3" x 4" coverHow to make a book, for ABAD, Italy that is truly Italian? I started with vintage wall paper given to me by my Italian friend, Robrt, to create the cover. I thought about how I would name the piece and...

A BOOK ABOUT DEATH, ITALY

"A Book About Death in Venice" handmade artist's book 3" x 4" My contribution to UN LIBRO SULLA MORTE - A BOOK ABOUT DEATH. The Nuovo Archivio International Biblioteca Artist’s Book  /NABILA-FLUXUS/ Treviso, curated by Virginia Milici) presents an exhibition in...

A BOOK ABOUT DEATH, SC

5 3/4 x 4 1/8 inches, collage, mixed media and wax on paper.Curious stories get more connected... In a continuing string of coincidences I was mailed a link to a letter from Melinda Hunt, in response to an editorial by Lawrence Downes in the New York Times. Alston...

TAKING A BREAK

My friend Shari and I wanted to try making a button necklace, so we went shopping for some jewelry parts this morning. We did not have a lot of time, so we planned on getting together again to dabble in the project. In the meantime I couldn't wait to try my hand at...

ABAD

untouched photo shoot for the header of the abad blogToday I finished setting up the blog for the A Book About Death exhibition in Phoenix. It has been a few months in the planning with Matthew Rose the founder of this international art phenomenon. The show will...

THE TOMBS

Vintage bottles, HO scale prisoners and guards, hand made skulls and bones along with some fake dirt compromise this series of Hart Island related work. In the 19th century two events took place in the city of New York. One was the creation of the city's largest...

MARK TWAIN’S INDECENT EXPOSURE

A mere stroke of the awl, collage on paper, 6 x 4 inchesOur neighborhood book club decided to read Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain as the next selection. I know, really? That's what I thought. But, oh, what a great treasure trove of material there was to be found that...

PHOSPHORUS AS ART: THE CHALLENGE MET

a matter of highest importance, collage on paper, 5 x 3.5 inchesThe challenge of getting this project done to meet the deadline of January 1, 2011 has been accomplished, with just hours to spare. There was a great deal of thinking about how I would interpret the idea...

year: 2010

This year I decided to not think too much about my winter greeting cards. They have a bit of humor behind them and I hope that people will find them amusing. Each one is an individual collage, and no two are alike. There are five themes: vintage patterns (mostly...

WINTER GREETINGS

chair series, winter greetings, collage on index card, 2010This year I decided to not think too much about my winter greeting cards. They have a bit of humor behind them and I hope that people will find them amusing. Each one is an individual collage, and no two are...

PHOSPHORUS AS ART: THE CHALLENGE

I have just met with a group of science women. They study the budget of phosphorus (P) in the city of Phoenix. Not a monetary budget, but the amount of P that comes into and flows out of the city. I was quite fascinated by the flow of this important element, and quite...

CUPS

the cup in the dining room, bargemon, colored pencil on paperthe cup in the kitchen, bargemon, ipad app draw freeWe have been away for almost a month. Our first stop was Washington, DC, then Long Island... across the ocean to a little village in the Var region of...

WORK IN PROGRESS PART THREE

hundreds of bodiesWhen I try to imagine the hundreds, thousands of bodies at Hart Island, I picture figure upon figure buried there. So using some unpainted HO figures I have encapsulated them in an glass jars to represent the ground where they are placed. Although in...

A BOOK ABOUT DEATH, CW POST, LI, NY

Hussey, collage on photograph, 4x6 inchesCutting it close to the deadline, as usual, I have finished my postcard for the CW Post ABAD. The exhibition will be opened November 1–5, 2010. This show will include among its participants Yoko Ono. I am honored to be in her...

CAFE AU LAIT

This is my venture into the world of iPad apps. "Brushes" lets you do a lot less than Photoshop, but the key is that with Brushes, your pallette and canvas are totally portable... I never thought much about drawing electronically, but if David Hockney does it, well,...

COPTIC BOOK BINDING

I am learning how to bind a book using the coptic technique. My friend Elizabeth will be teaching a workshop at uac and we are trying some of the processes together beforehand. It was a bit awkward for me at first, but soon I got the hang of the sewing and enjoyed the...

WORK IN PROGRESS PART TWO

Using the glue base was a good idea, they did keep standing and it made it easier to drop them into the bottle... more to come.Buried on Hart Island November 1898Robert Kirschner age 35Cause of death: Illumination Gas at 206 Fifth Street, NYC, NYRobert Kirschner...

HE HAS MENTAL HABITS

He Has Mental Habitsmultiple gocco prints on wall paper in various sizesHere is how it went, Mary told me about Frank Gelett Burgess, so I looked at a book he created using old wall paper, it inspired me to do some kind of print. I told my friends I was looking for...

WORK IN PROGRESS PART ONE

Hart Island still haunts me. Today I am planning my next project about it. I found these HO scale figures in Denver. They have a bit of a problem standing, so I am experimenting with creating glue bases (that are supposed to dry clear). I am hoping I will be able to...

PLANCHETTE’S VAIN WARNING

close up of planchette's vain warning, fake cyanotype (inkjet on paper)green restaurant is having a ouija board contest. Good luck finding the requirements for applying on their website, but through some connections of Robrt's we secured the instructions.This is...

CANVAS PROJECT VOLUME 3: SQUISHY

It was hard to imagine a sweeter illustration than a jelly doughnut for squishy, my last word in the Art House Co-op Canvas Project. In my ever curious, research-oriented mind I discovered help in the great doughnut vs. cruller debates of the early 1940s.The New York...

CANVAS PROJECT VOLUME 3: BACKSLIDER

For the Art House Co-op Canvas Project, my second word was backslider, another rather interesting one. And one which I have not had occasion to use in a sentence, although, I do understand this one. "How do you illustrate backslider?" I pondered. Until I did some...

CANVAS PROJECT VOLUME 3: INCULCATE

The assignment from Art House Co-op:We're creating a visual encyclopedia where each artist is asked to visually interpret three words that are assigned to them randomly and were submitted by the Art House community onto 4x4 inch canvases. A visual encyclopedia book...

ART IN DENVER

Megan and Kyria at the art museumMy trip to Denver was filled with beautiful things to see. My family being the first. I took my granddaughter, Kyria, with me and we stayed at my daughter's (Megan) and son-in-law's (Chris) house for a few days.Our beginning adventure...

THE NAKED CITY

When I was a kid there was a TV show that I loved to watch with my dad. It was called the Naked City. Each week it brought you a glimpse of New York, in the format of a crime drama. But what I remember most about the show was the way in which you felt that at any...

THE HANKIE PROJECT

Julie Barratt wrote to say "The Hankie Project (has come down). Have had lots of people through to see the show and lots of fab comments in the visitor's book.""The show will go on to Grafton Regional Gallery in Jan. 2011 and am also following up other touring...

SHOWS

me at the Denver Art MuseumIn Denver, the Interior Markings show is up at the Abecedarian Gallery, with a big artists reception on Friday from 5-8 p.m., I am looking forward to meeting Alicia Bailey, the gallery director and some of the other book artists in the show....

A BOOK ABOUT DEATH, OMAHA

He left us, 6x4 inch post card, collage, wax and mixed mediaMy latest post card is for another A BOOK ABOUT DEATH show, originally conceived by Matthew Rose and first exhibited in NYC. This show is taking place in Omaha, NE curated by Viv Maudlin, Louise Millmann and...

MEMORIES

three bottles from the skin seriesSometimes the making of art is about changing your mind and trusting your instincts. At least that's how I am feeling today. As I started to work further on the "skin" series the original idea of making a statement about looks morphed...

UAC, ALZHEIMER’S AND MARY PELA

Our next uac event on First Friday July 2nd at Willo North Gallery is special to me, not only because my friend Robrt Pela will be the guest speaker, reading a series of personal stories about caring for his mother, who is living with Alzheimer’s disease, but because...

FOR KATIE

I went to the service for my friend Margaret's mother, Katie. She died on June 10th. I did not know her well, as she had developed Alzheimer's and had it when I met her. Bill, Margaret's husband, made the introductory welcome and shared what he felt about Katie. I...

IT’LL BE FUN, I SWEAR

DIVE IN DINER, linoleum block print and rubber stamp on reeves bfk paper by Patricia and Jacob SahertianThe deadline is approaching on the Great Art House Print Exchange 3. This is the first one we are participating in though and Jake and I thought it would be fun to...

ARTISTS BEWARE

I have this crazy fear of glass shards. It is an event if a glass breaks in our kitchen as I hysterically take out the vacuum, after making sure everyone has shoes on, and go over the area at least 10 times. Ok, I am compulsive.That makes one of the perils of being an...

PRESS COVERAGE OF UAC SHOW

Lilia Menconi, of Phoenix New Times, wrote a great follow up piece of the uac debut show on the blog at Jackalope Ranch.Lilia particularly mentions the creative and intriguing work of Shari Bombeck "Visitors can expect to see small collages filled with nostalgic...

EIRE 1845

potatoes were the sustenance of the IrishWith all the hustle getting the uac show together I almost missed a deadline. Projet d'art postal is a mail art project for 2010: its purpose is to illustrate a period of the history of your country or your region. The...

UAC

Urban Artists Collective debut on Friday night. We're hanging the show, coordinating art, making signs. A lot of work gets put into an exhibition. An abundance of thanks to my fellow artists who pitched in and helped. See you at the gallery.

THE SORRY PROJECT

sorry, hikers, mixed media collage, old photos and waxSorry, sorry, sorry, sorry... I say this word daily. Maybe it should be my mantra. You don't realize how much you use something until people point it out, then you really become aware of it. To participate in this...

FIFTY YEARS

detailThere is a wonderful call for work coming from Barratt Galleries in Australia called the Hankie Project. Some amazing designs are already posted on their blog. The work is due at the end of May for a show in June. Since I posted Ma Grande Mere Est Morte, my...

REWORKING: ENDESHA MACHAME

With no real connection and no story to it, this canvas has been hanging about my studio for years. At first I wanted to emulate the work of Daniel Fauville (see inset) I had seen his work out in the Hamptons and loved the simplicity of them. So underneath (and you...

THEDY SUE HILL?

Skin, gel medium transfer skin, bottle, beeswax, 1.75 x 4 inchesWhile experimenting with transfer techniques I found one in which gel medium is painted onto an image, left to dry and repeated two to three times to build up a thick layer. When the gel is dry, you turn...

NOT A MESSAGE

Not a Message, mixed media on canvas, 8" x 8"Started at the last uac workshop the focus of this project was to show something about visions of Phoenix. Since I am still adjusting to life in the desert, my source of joy about Phoenix are the interesting, creative...

MA GRAND-MERE EST MORTE

Ma Grand-mere est morte, oil on canvas, transfer and collageThe background for this work was started for another series, but I changed my mind and decided to create something new. The image of my grandmother was taken in 1953. This is the picture that I have in my...

BODY OF EVIDENCE TWO

The Kalamazoo Book Arts Center has posted many of the books that were submitted for the current show The Illustrated Accordion April 2 – 30. Todd submitted his Royal Flush book, made from vintage playing cards with individual, original, miniature water colors of the...

STAYING IN ALL DAY

"occupation" altered book, photographs and mixed mediaToday is a day for regrouping, putting THE STUDIO - PS website together, cleaning up and staying in. Here is a piece of art that I used in the movie, CUT BACK: facing ageism. While I was looking for elements to use...

MERIT AWARD

Here is our ribbon for IN THE TRENCHES, Hart Island, New York. This just feels nice. Thanks again to the Art School in Sandy...

SECRET REVEALED

"what oscar left behind" collage and mixed media on paper 5x6"Shari and I wanted to find out what material made that kind of semi transparent, yet totally flat style you find on some collages. Fusible interfacing is the solution. A simple sewing accoutrement makes the...

“SHARI”NG SECRET PAPER

"he thought we wouldn't know" multi media, collage and inkjet 4x6"Here is what I worked on today after trekking around Phoenix looking for the secret paper with...

BODY OF EVIDENCE

front view openedThis is part one of two accordion books that will highlight and give clues to the hidden and then found objects from the heating grate that sat in Mary's backyard on Long Island for 30 years.back view openedThe right hand pages contain small articles,...

DRAWING WITH CHUCK

Tonight Jake, Todd and I attended a gallery drawing session at SMOCA (Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Arts). There is a wonderful exhibition now of the work of Chuck Close, which shows not only the final works of art, but the break down of the process, the plates...

ART SCHOOL IN SANDY SPRINGS AWARD OF MERIT

IN THE TRENCHES, Hart Island, New York has been honored with a merit award at the Art School in Sandy Springs. Mary C. Leto, of Moontide Paper Studio, and I got a very nice email from Donna, artist and owner, saying how well the piece was received and how the judge...

THE ILLUSTRATED ACCORDION

Thinking about how to use my skills and tools in a wider variety of ways I decided to feature my original oil pastels of the found objects (as I search for a venue to show them) and turn the "story" into an artist's book which I can show at the Kalamazoo Book Arts...

COLLAGE SHOW IS THIS WEEK

I just read the blog from the Art School in Sandy Springs, where IN THE TRENCHES, Hart Island, New York is making its debut this week. The judging will be done tomorrow and the final reception is Friday night. Wow, that went by so fast. I wish Mary and I could have...

GREAT TOOL AND BIG MISTAKE

On Sunday, Jake and I went to the office supply store to get a new printer. I wasn't sure if I wanted an ink-jet, to get nice high quality saturated images or a laser jet to get a more slick printed look. The salesman was really nice and showed us several models. I...

A BOOK ABOUT DEATH

close up, why francis died, photographic manipulation on paper with waxA wonderful series of shows has been covering the globe. It is called A Book About Death. It started in New York, made its way to Brazil and now is getting ready to open in Wales. There is still a...

FIRST EVENT FOR UAC

This is the collage, mail-art postcard that I worked on for the first uac event. My theme was in regard to a NY Times article from July 25, 1903."Twin elephants were born yesterday to Big Liz, the only female elephant in Bostock's collection at Sea Beach Palace, Coney...

THE GALLERY AT PAPER MILL VILLAGE

This week my friend, Mary C. Leto, and I received some great news. Our book, IN THE TRENCHES, Hart Island, New York, was accepted into a juried exhibition called Atlanta Mixed Media/Collage Exhibit. The opening reception is March 5th. It will be held at The Gallery at...

URBAN ARTISTS COLLECTIVE

Back in November we had our first meeting of "Story Book Artists", attended mostly by friends and fellow artists from our local historic neighborhoods. Now we have teamed up with Willo North Gallery and Kristin Shears, and have decided to expand the group and open it...

EXHIBIT NO. EIGHTEEN

oil pastel and colored pencils, 7 x 5 inches on canvasThere were two bangle bracelets in the grate. One had the similar etched detail found on many of the jewelry pieces. The other was plain. They had to be cut up to fit into the holes of the grate. Who methodically...

EXHIBIT NO. SEVENTEEN

oil pastel and colored pencils, 4 x 4 inches on canvasA handful of straight pins were among the found objects hidden in the heating grate. They had a bit of corrosion and some green tint, as if they were made of copper. Being so thin I was worried that the variation...

EXHIBIT NO. SIXTEEN

oil pastel and colored pencils, 6 x 6 inches on canvasCould this be a vital piece of the puzzle? When your friend calls you up one day to tell you she has uncovered hidden objects that are over 100 years old in an antique grate she had sitting in her yard for over 30...

EXHIBITS NO. ONE AND FIFTEEN

oil pastel and colored pencils, 4 x 4 inches on canvasSome ordinary household items were also found in the grate. The first item that I sketched from the group was just a regular white button. oil pastel and colored pencils, 4 x 4 inches on canvasThe other ordinary...

EXHIBIT NO. FOURTEEN

After looking at the jewelry found in the grate and closely studying the designs as I sketched them I began to see a similarity in the styles of the pieces. Most of the gold have deeply etched patterns and the two brooches both have a leaf motif. It's hard to know...

HOLIDAY CARDS

Every year around December 1st I start to get worried that Jake and I will never get our holiday cards finished in time to mail. (At that point we have no idea what the card will be, or any theme either) Then we procrastinate, putting off the creating until we realize...

VIEW THE BOOK

15" x 12.5" x 3.25" IN THE TRENCHES, Hart Island, New YorkBabies buried on September 29, 1881 Trench #68: Frank Roddy, Emil Luber, Ino Wagner, Joseph Keller, George Madigan, Herman Katz, child of CB Fletcher, Joseph Clifford, Francis Wildeman, William Rogers, Clarence...

year: 2009

I love vintage images and found a treasure trove of boxer images in an old manual. How much fun would it be to do a play on words and instead of boxing day being about the giving of boxes, it would be about the art of pugilism. I don’t know, that just seemed amusing....

CLAY PEOPLE

This was the last project of my Monday clay studio. The session is over and I have done all the things I set out to complete. This set of figures was made to place on my block wall. I see it from my kitchen window and thought it needed some friendly small sculptures....

THE COVER PART TWO

So today I worked on cover number two. My edition of IN THE TRENCHES, Hart Island, New York. All alone, without the aid of my trusted friend, I actually managed to make a book cover. Well, the paper on the spine is supposed to be reversed, and when I attached the palm...

MINUS THE KISS

This exercise in recreating something from the past was well spent. It helped me understand the fragility of the clay as well as its strengths. The areas that I thought were most delicate, the slab triangle inside, held up, and an area where I attached one coil to...

STORY BOOK ARTISTS DEFINED

Story Book Artists is a grassroots collaborative of neighbors with the common interest of creating art in a social setting. Historic downtown Phoenix provides the backdrop for the Story Book Artists' gatherings in which artistic techniques, processes, and ideas are...

BUACHAILLI BANA

Buachaillí Bána (Whiteboys) Gocco PrintA tenacious capacity for hatred can be found in the Irish people, brought about by anger against oppression. This image from the 1930s of Buachaillí Bána (Whiteboys) is testament for the lasting emotion.Amused and intrigued by...

EXHIBIT NO. THIRTEEN

This is one of the larger sketches in the series measuring 8 x 6 inches and depicting a ring that is no wider than one inch. It is the ring that Mary C. Leto so generously let me keep out of the two that were found with the mystery items. I had a garnet set into it...

THE COVER WARPS

I am new to bookmaking (no, no not the kind where you take bets) and never made a real cover before (I have made some lame attempts though), so I think I might have uncovered the binding from the press too soon. There was some warping. I have placed it under pressure...

JACOB’S BLOCK PRINTS

During our random art nights (because we all can't get our schedules coordinated for a regular time) Jacob has been creating some series of prints. One is a group called the Freedom Series which features commentary on social issues of imprisonment, revolution and...