Monday, June 12, 2017

Piece #20 for my Michigan show

This piece is made up of two 8" x 8" cradled panels, the bottom panel is 1" deep and the top panel is 1/2" deep. The water has a poem about a fish overlaying the surface that is mostly I'm calling it Poem Fishing.

Friday, June 9, 2017


I love walking up a boardwalk to Lake Michigan, cresting the sand dune and finally seeing the big lake stretched out before me! With this art piece, I'm evoking that feeling of anticipation and the quietness of being at a beach in Western Michigan. It's an intimate piece - 12"H x 6"W.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017


I finished this collage today and will be giving it to my stepdaughter for her graduation from graduate school. Her late mother took this photo of her parent's farm. Very excited to gift it and to have worked with the photo that is so meaningful....

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Photo Revisited

I made a collage with this photo of shells in March, intending to have it in my "Water's Edge" summer show in Michigan. However, someone saw it on Facebook and purchased it! So I decided to circle back and make a variation on the collage. You can see the first one in my March 28th posting. Which one do you like better?

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Combining grayscale and color imagery

I've used some black and white photos in my collage work in the past, but decided to try using the entire background as a grayscale image in this piece. I used a shadow to help the color image "hover" over the background; I also combined horizontal and vertical strips in the featured color image.

I find that most of the appeal of black and white photos is the starkness of the image and how it makes us see it differently. I'm not sure that effect carries into cutting the image into strips...more experimentation might be called for.

This piece is 11" x 14" and depicts the Big Sable Light near Ludington,  MI. The background is a sand dune on Lake Michigan.

Thursday, April 13, 2017


For my summer show in Michigan I'm making art that features views at the edge of water. This is my "digital impressionism" view from the Guggenheim along the Grand Canal in Venice. We visited there in December 2015 and thoroughly enjoyed the Guggenheim art museum, St. Mark's Basilica, the canal rides and the city of Venice. What an amazing place!

This 10"x20" artwork includes script superimposed in the sky from a letter I photographed in a museum in Bologna, Italy. There are also embedded pieces of ledger paper in the buildings and handmade blue paper in the water.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Multiple-scene collage

In this collage, I wanted to evoke the memories of a day at the beach. The three collages are 10", 8" and 6" squares of scenes in Western Michigan along the lakeshore near Ludington.