Monday, October 22, 2018

Indian Corn

When I was a kid I wore Indian corn necklaces.

With a big needle, some dental floss and shucked colored kernels little me stabbed, and strung myself fall necklaces.

Using various corals, ocher, topaz, tomato soup, purple red and other colors of glass rods I torched lots of little seed beads.

I wired them together with 18 gauge jewelers bronze wire in a classic rosary chain.
Each little piece of wire wound into an 'S' with pointed round pliers.

The piece took a couple of hours to construct.
There is no clasp.
I made it just large enough to slip over my head just like my childhood necklace.

Saturday, October 20, 2018


Few things make me as happy as 'new' furniture.
A spectacular sunset outside my studio window isn't bad either.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

How To Build A Frog

Day 1 and day 2.

Days 3 and 4.

Finished and framed.

A little painting of a big frog.
6"x6" oil on board

Monday, October 15, 2018

Silvery Crow

Deep, deep from my paint drawers came a tube of "Metallic German Silver" paint by Daniel Smith. Perfect for this spooky, goofy crow.

9"x10 1/2" oil on board in a vintage silver leaf frame

Crow's foot.


Tuesday, October 09, 2018

The Crows Keep Coming

This little crow is finished.
5"x7" oil on board in a vintage frame (sold)

Saturday, October 06, 2018

Red Sky Magnolia

This past week something very unusual happened, I reworked a painting.
Almost always a big, bad idea.

It just wasn't where it should have been and spending a few more day with it made a big difference.
This time it was the right choice.

'Red Sky Magnolia'
36"x36" oil on canvas

some details

Monday, September 24, 2018

Weed Seeds

Inspired by endlessly picking burrs and seeds out of poodle fur.
It's weed seed season here.

Eventually these glass 'seed' beads, and more, will be a necklace all wired together with bronze.

Colors used? So far - copper green, coral, dark silver plum, light silver plum, lichen light and some 104 raku stringer.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

The Hens

"The Hens" a painting of urban backyard chickens is finished.

36"x36" oil on canvas


Sunday, September 16, 2018

Embroidery - Slow and Sweet

Spending some quality needletime with the crow quilt.

Absolutely not what I should be working on.

Sometimes you just need to slouch down your comfy chair and do the thing you want and not the thing you need to get done.

Friday, September 14, 2018

Faux Turquoise Glass Beads

A strand of faux turquoise glass beads.

Made with a big pile of mixed turquoise shorts and Cim's Celedon frit and Val Cox Seafoam fine frit.

Sooner, or later, I'll hammer links and work it into a necklace.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Shake Your Tail Feathers

I finished a really large painting today, a painting of chickens in a garden.

I learned I like painting chicken butts.

Is it sold?
I think so.

Look at this little feather fanny.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Watching You, Watching Me

New pinback button design.
(you can get it in my etsy shop)

Sunday, July 29, 2018


Just a goofy doodle.
(ball point ink and colored pencil on paper)

I save all the doodles in a box and when I have a show, or open studio, I let 'em rip.

Using archival photo corners I mount them on archival comic book backer boards and then slip each one into an archival comic book sleeve. A super way to get them out there safely, economically and in a nice tidy package. Get them at your local comic book store (duh).