MY PROCESS
THE TROUBLE WITH TRIMBLE

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

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 think?

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...

DRUGSTORE COLLAGES FOR SALE

"Mrs. Harry Blue" collage on paper, 5 7/8 x 4 1/8 inches.Now for sale on Etsy, my latest series called Drugstore Collages.

DRUGSTORE COLLAGES FOR SALE

"phenobarbital" collage on paper, 5 7/8 x 4 1/8 inches.Now for sale on Etsy, my latest series called Drugstore Collages.

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...

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 sister-in-law.

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 soon.

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 card

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 flickr.  

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 flickr. 

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 flickr. 

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 flickr.

ROLE REVERSAL

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

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 flickr.

ROLE REVERSAL

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

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 flickr.

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 canvas.

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 flickr.

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 flickr.

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....

MY PROCESS
it’s a good thing

it’s a good thing

saturday: a beautiful day, warm in the afternoon, cool at night. and the northern mocking bird sings all night long. the time of year everyone in phoenix loves. here is john sisson and his mother, jennie. mother’s father has sister, elizabeth pegg, who married george...

research is over

research is over

friday: ada carroll is sister to lavinia, daughter of camilla campbell and patrick d. carroll. mother's sister's daughter.  i stopped trying to tell jake, my husband, about these intricate relationships because i know it's not an area of interest for him. so, thank...

lincoln

thursday: today i was feeling a bit sick again. nothing serious... i signed up for a 14 day assignment at brooklyn art library, to do a drawing a day. they send you an assignment. today's was draw lincoln with pencil. here is my attempt. i think he looks more like...

laser v/s inkjet

laser v/s inkjet

wednesday: everyday i read the paper in the morning, catching up on the latest news, skim through my email newsletters from art sources and political ones, scan articles and read the few i find interesting. for the rest of the day, i try not to get sucked in any...

paper

paper

tuesday: i tried another paper, actually an index card. i am still not satisfied with how the paint is flowing. this is albert coulter, married to emma morton campbell, another one of mother's children. 

the novelty is wearing off

the novelty is wearing off

monday: it was fun for a while. the novelty of staying home has peaked, don't get me wrong, i am actually learning to appreciate my home and my garden more, but the cooking, etc, doesn't quite have the appeal it did at the beginning. although, last nights dinner of...

the talented mr. wilson

the talented mr. wilson

sunday: feeling a bit better. well enough to get up, shower, water the plants and make one painting. this is david wilson. another mystery in the story. there is a connection of wilsons to the campbell family which comes many years later, when "pc" marries a wilson....

john henry

john henry

thursday: john henry, i don’t know who you are, or how you are related, or where you lived, nothing. john henry you are a mystery.

bashing flower petals

bashing flower petals

wednesday: i am going to try each of these crafts today. except for the bubble wrap printing (i’ve done that before) from craft contemporary. project one: (above) bashing flower petals. i used roses and geraniums from my garden. no. i don’t like any of them.project...

technical difficulties

technical difficulties

tuesday: ok, so the collages were sitting here on my table as i tried to think of something clever to add to them. since i love vintage drawings and i was also looking for an easy fix, i decided to see if my printer would print these images directly on them. i found...

out of the trash

out of the trash

this is will sisson. monday: replicating restaurant meal from ocotillo: their version:burrata, sweet potato hummus, baby arugula, heirloom squash and ginger-date mostarda served with toasted noble bread. my version:burrata, avocado/chickpea hummus (i made it myself),...

i get lost in the research

i get lost in the research

sunday: i have been researching for hours and have not made the connections i was looking for, i have hit a wall with david wilson, christina shealter and john henry.  this is maggie sisson(s). i did make the sisson connection. here's the relationship. dorothy ellen...