Postcard – Lady looking at her hand

I say I made this postcard in April 2020, but really, it started off life as a print made with the Gelli plate in 2016.

Print #2 Postcard summer 2016

It wandered around the studio, never feeling quite finished. Then one day I turned it the long direction and got right to work on it. Here is where it is now, and where it (I think) will stay.

Postcard 7 x 5 lady looking at her hand 4-2001

Minuscule Illustrations: Deadly

In October 2017 I came across an internet blog challenge for a story written in two sentences. I wrote a story. Liking the format, I did another one. Another one. And another.

Quite a few stories later, I had enough for a book. Not only did I have stories, but I had written a short poem and created a brush and India ink illustration for each one as well.

The result was Minuscule, published in 2018. I’m now going to show you the book illustrations as an ongoing feature on this blog, once a week. I’ll link back to the story (they have been published one by one on my poetry blog).

If you want to hold the entire book in your hand, the print version is available on Amazon.

Today’s story is”Deadly”. Read it here.

Minuscule #28 Deadly 8-1821

Peeling Paint is Beautiful

I took this photo in July, 2020 at Norristown State Hospital, Norristown, PA. It’s a door on one of the mothballed buildings at the facility. (For more info on this site, look here.)

I love peeling paint, so this door caught my eye right away. And what about the reflection of the building across the way in the windows?

This hospital site has a long history. Now it is waiting for what happens next, with the marks and signs of its past still very clear for those who take the time to look.

Door NSH 7-5-20

Happenstance Art

I all but stumbled upon this art as I was walking down the street.

Take a look at these abstract compositions.

Here they are on the gallery wall…floor…pavement.

Crossing stripes Jenkintown 7-15-20 (7)

Yes, crosswalk stripes. I took these photos one early morning in July 2020. The time of day turned the white stripes bluish, and I left them that way, because I thought they all were so beautiful.

I saw these stripes in Jenkintown, PA, but you can see them anywhere. Art by happenstance. Stop and look!

I Marvel

This painting was made in July, 2020. Acrylics, 20″ x 16″.

This year has made me value the outdoors more than ever. Gardens, backyards, trails, woods: all of them have been companions and calm places for me. That is what this painting is talking about – I marvel at the healing a day, even an hour, outside can do for me.

I Marvel 20 x 16 7-20

Minuscule Illustrations: Balance

In October 2017 I came across an internet blog challenge for a story written in two sentences. I wrote a story. Liking the format, I did another one. Another one. And another.

Quite a few stories later, I had enough for a book. Not only did I have stories, but I had written a short poem and created a brush and India ink illustration for each one as well.

The result was Minuscule, published in 2018. I’m now going to show you the book illustrations as an ongoing feature on this blog, once a week. I’ll link back to the story (they have been published one by one on my poetry blog).

If you want to hold the entire book in your hand, the print version is available on Amazon.

 

Today’s story is “Balance“. And…Read the story here.

Minuscule #26 Balance 7-1819

Allentown Drive-By Sketches 9

Back in June 2020 my husband and I took a drive through Allentown, PA, which is about an hour from our house. We had moved from a strict lockdown to one step less restrictive about a week before, I guess, and we wanted to see some new sights. So we got in the car for a drive (we did not leave the car on this trip) and I took photos through the window.

As we drove along on our way out of town, on a whim, I snapped the passing scene one photo after another as the car moved. I then did drawings of these photos.

I realize that I can give you a little bit of a streetscape, now that I have gone through the drawings and photos, never mind what I said before.

Photos:

Drawings:

Hey, this project (and it did turn out to be a project, somewhere along the line…) was a lot of fun. I will certainly try something like this again.

 

 

Allentown Drive-By Sketches 8

Back in June 2020 my husband and I took a drive through Allentown, PA, which is about an hour from our house. We had moved from a strict lockdown to one step less restrictive about a week before, I guess, and we wanted to see some new sights. So we got in the car for a drive (we did not leave the car on this trip) and I took photos through the window.

As we drove along on our way out of town, on a whim, I snapped the passing scene one photo after another as the car moved. I then did drawings of these photos. I’m going to be showing them over the next few posts.

I did not draw the scenes in the order they appeared on the street and I can’t remember how they lined up, anyway, so…don’t try to make sense of things.

I’ll just show you the scenes.

Here I am showing you the last of this series. It is my favorite location, and that is why I have saved it for the end.

Lumpy Lou’s Bar and Grill. I just like the look of the place and of course I love its name.

It is located next to the twin houses that are then next to the apartments. You can see both the houses and the side of the apartment building to the left of the photo.

I think I especially enjoyed drawing the sign.