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When I'm sketching ideas on those graph paper pages, I feel more creative, and the ideas just flow!

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Every few days, I'm inspired to share some artwork or a story. Thanks for reading what I have to share with you!

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Valentines Day! Hand Colored Block Prints!

Years ago, I found a cast iron cornbread pan in a junk store. Inspired by the pattern on the pan, I went home and designed this pattern with the hearts, and made it into a linoleum block print that I trot out every year on Valentines Day. I like the stained glass effect, and the opportunity to play with color. I made a few prints this year, which I hand-color (so no two are quite the same.) They're available in my store!

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February 8th: Letters and What They're Written On

Bill Johnson makes the following observation:
"The artistic design of a letter is determined by what it is written upon. Roman numerals were straight lines because they were etched into stone... Artistic flair is manifest with the ink and the brush on the rice paper of China. The Lord is not writing on hearts of stone... You are living epistles."

And, I would add, we each have our own artistic flair, one that no one else on this planet is able to do the way we do.

  Part of my "artistic flair" is putting letters on paper, and making greeting cards, which I love, love, love. That's what I'm doing now - much of my commissioned art is gifts that involve people's initials or other special lettering.

This week's project is valentines, and I'll send you one if you send me your address.

 

 

 

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February 6th

I was in my mid-thirties when I first noticed that "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star" is the same melody as the alphabet song. It's a French tune famous for Mozart choosing to do a set of variations on it. The alphabet INVITES variations...

For some February eye-candy, I'm sharing excerpts from a few alphabet books I love, old and new:

  • A Betsy Bowen woodcut alphabet poster. Such fun!
  • Here's Sandra Boynton, solving the age-old problem of how to illustrate the letter X. I have long admired her candor on the subject.
  • Here's the "G" page from a 1901 flower alphabet book, a charming picture and flower for each letter. I'm smitten.
  • Here's Walter Crane's take, from 1874. Good graphics are timeless.
  • Here's Durga Bernhard, playing with paint.
  • Here's Mike the Monster, using the "A" page for shameless self-promotion.

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January 30th

...a tribute to my love for greeting cards - Valentines, in particular.

This scan is from my collection, and includes one designed by a dear friend's aunt, one given to me by my 3rd grade teacher (Miss Shoemaker), one recent one from a friend who knows my taste - and a bunch of flea market finds.

Do you want your own memento?

I am cheering myself up by making Valentines. Send me your address and I will mail you one. Send me your email address, and I will scan you one. Send me neither, and I wish you happy Valentines Day right here!

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January 18th

What is it?!?

Doodles?
Angry Birds in a crowd?
A maze without the cheese?

Whatever it is, I've enjoyed doing several of these over the last few years. One of these is hanging on our wall - it looks great sandwiched between two sheets of glass and framed without a matt, but with a clear glass area around the artwork, and a plain black frame made of square stock, it has a pleasing modern look.

My plan for these pieces is to turn them into digital art that you can use as a background, or 'wallpaper' on your computer screen, then sell each original for $50.

Contact me if you want to own one of these originals!

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January 15th

Marvin and I just got back from Footlite Musical's production of 'The Story of My Life'.

I HIGHLY reccommend it. If you love books and bookstores - if you value friendships - If you like the old 'It's a Wonderful Life' movie - if you are moved by insights into the joys and pains of learning how to relate to other people, SEE THIS SHOW!!!

Here's a link to the theater:

http://www.footlite.org

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January 11th

OMG, it was the Storybook Neighborhood MOTHERLODE!

After a day at a stale museum of Indiana history, Marvin Runge and I stumbled across this time-capsule of the early 50's in a basement in Fountain Square. A far better museum than the real one. As far as I can tell, NOTHING in this duck-bowling alley has changed since then.

(And, Linda Zinn, on the time-travel principle in "Time and Again," if you ever want to visit the early 50's, it should be a piece of cake from this location.)

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