Tuesday, October 20, 2020

More art for the Nov-Dec show

These three pieces all use photos by Ellen McDowell (my co-exhibitor in the upcoming show at the Galesburg Civic Art Center). All are created from three filtered versions of her original photo all cut into strips. There are additions in each of handmade papers, ledger paper or vintage stamps.

Saturday, October 3, 2020

Really BIG Art!

A 12"x12" piece of my art was chosen to enlarge to 10' high by 17.5' wide and was installed in its frame today! It was fun to see my quarter-inch strips enlarged to 4" high and the postage stamps I'd embedded in the field really show up well. The Washington Street Gallery is located at 926 SW Washington in downtown Peoria, Illinois.

The installation really changes the street!

Thursday, October 1, 2020

Filling in gaps

I'm looking at the work I have for an upcoming show and noticing things like ... I only have one interior scene of a bouquet, so I should make another. (I asked a friend with a floral business in Argentina if I could use a photo she'd posted of ranunculus in a vase by a stack of books.) I need to make more art using my co-exhibitor in the art show's photos as the basis for the art... and I need to make more southwest pieces for an Arizona gallery. The work below reflects my disjointed approach to art right now!

Tuesday, September 15, 2020


 I've been working on art using photos of my friend Ellen McDowell's for our joint art show Nov-Jan at the Galesburg Civic Art Center. My gallery in Door County, WI, just asked me to send them 3 recent pieces that I was making for that show! They've sold 5 pieces of mine from their gallery and wanted more... so I'll be busy making new art with Ellen's photos for November!

The sunflower piece below is one of the pieces they chose and then I worked on the weekend to make the 10" x 20" mixed media piece of 4 chairs in front of a B&B in Door County that face the calm Green Bay.

Each of the pieces have a lot of vintage postage stamps embedded in them (including probably the only all yellow stamp the postal service ever printed!). I also added shredded US $1000 bills in the grass around the 4 chairs.

The third piece is a 20H x 10W collage also from one of Ellen's photos. After layering up strips cut from the 3 filtered versions of the photo, I added handmade papers, 1850s ledger paper and shredded money.

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Sail Away With Me!

Just immerse yourself in this scene... hear the waves lap against the sides of the boat... float away from it all! This 12"H x 9"W mixed media piece is comprised of three filtered versions of my photo, cut by hand into quarter-inch strips of imagery which I adhered to a panel and sections of an 1854 blue-paper ledger added on the rippled water.

Friday, August 21, 2020


 The bee has just lifted off the blossom after doing his pollination work. I was originally drawn to work with this photo because of the bee and the bright blue sky behind him. After running a number of filters on the photo in Prism, I chose three to print out and cut into quarter-inch strips. I layered those up on the wood panel and then added in vintage postage stamps and paper with script from my great uncle's ledger.

I've put a circle around all the pieces of stamps and ledger paper in case you couldn't find them all:

Monday, August 17, 2020

Daisy Days of Summer

I seem to be on a flower kick! This scene of dewy daisies at sunrise got really interesting after running filters on the photo. I picked three versions to cut into quarter-inch strips and combined those with handmade green and yellow papers, text from a French book, and shredded U.S. currency.