Here are some small tiles made over the last 6 months. All of them are about 2″ x 2″ or smaller. I often make small tiles to use up leftovers of clay or glaze or underglaze.
I made a group of pothead vessels for my friend John G. He’s got some plans for them involving plants, and I know the potheads will be happy, because John has a green thumb.
Here they are in progress, just formed:
and finished – a couple of views.
And the others:
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.
“Veneer” is the title of the story. Look here to read it.
You may remember that I’ve done some illustration work for the online fiction magazine Fictive Dream. I love working for editor Laura Black and I also love being involved in the world of short fiction in this way. I’ve found the process of reading a story and turning it to something visual to be really satisfying in a way I can’t quite describe – there’s the challenge of “seeing” what the words say and then conveying it that I love.
Recently Laura asked me if I would illustrate an upcoming story for the magazine. I was happy to do so. The story, Diary of a Table by Tamar Hodes, appears today at Fictive Dream.
I usually create more than one image so that Laura has a choice. This time, though, the illustration required only one take – the story made its wishes clear to me!
Before you view the art, though, here’s more info if you are interested in seeing past works of illustration for Fictive Dream – I’ve given a few links and if you want to know more, search my blog under the topic: Fictive Dream.
And…here are links to the events at the magazine’s site, Fictive Dream.
Now, here is the image. Go to Fictive Dream and read the story – see how the artwork fits in.
A few months ago I wrote a post about some artwork I did inspired by a book: Drawing Lab for Mixed-Media Artists: 52 Creative Exercises to Make Drawing Fun, by Carla Sonheim. (Look here for that post.) I’ve done some recent work inspired by the same subject – the cracks in the sidewalks under my feet. Now I’m doing a small series of posts to show you the results. Search this blog under the term “sidewalk art” to find earlier posts in the series.
My method is to take one photo and rotate it through a circle – that way I can do four drawings from one photo. Here is the source photo for the drawings done on 11/18/19:
and here are the drawings.
Let’s end the year with this little scene. Happy New Year to everyone and may your dreams be pleasant ones, if you are sleeping, and come true, if you are awake and hoping…
Clay tile, fired at cone 06, colored with Velvet underglazes, @ 7″ x 7″, August 2019.
The question is, what is the bird saying, and can the moon overhear it so far away in the sky?
Clay tile, fired at cone 06, colored with Velvet underglazes, @7″ x 7″, August 2019.