Monthly Archives: February 2008

The Trunk

The Trunk

•Drawn with a Pilot Gtec C4 pen on Fabriano acid free paper.
•Photographed on ultra cool Orange Bristol Board.
•Size is 10″ by 10″ or 254mm by 254mm.

As always, much of the art posted to this blog is available for purchase in my Etsy Shop. Thank you.

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About having a good cry

I cried last night.
I cried quietly at first hiding my tears.
I then cried louder.
I began crying softer.

I cried.
I cried.
I cried.

I cried for peace of mind.
I cried for love.
I cried in vain simply to be heard.

I cried because I miss my grandmother.
I cried because I am exhausted.
I cried because I loath my job at times.

I cried to be better.
I cried with my friend.
It had been a few weeks since the tears fell again.

I am crying right now because I am tired.
I wonder why…
I wonder why..

I cried last night. I talked it out last night. Sobs. Tears. Sniffles. Chagrin.

I’ve been lonely. I’ve been sad. I’ve been hasty and also mad.

I work so hard. I work everyday. Is it just February…
Is it just


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The Hopper Eleven Swinging its Tail

A one legged creature with one foot and three toes swinging it’s tail circling into oblivion.

The Hopper Eleven Specimen Swinging its Tail - 10" by 10"

These one legged creatures with three toes are common amongst my art. Found on flowers, on eyes and hoppers, a creature of my own creation they tie “it” together for me as an artist. A signature style of sorts.

I began *drawing Hoppers in Early 2004. Their upper body is always round, full of spirals encircling to the core of their being. Each circle represents an idea, a thought that we as individuals each experience every day we are alive on earth. A Hopper is memory. A Hopper is life.

A Hopper is usually happy. Eleven is ecstatic as he is full of many many dreams.

Happy Hopping!

Size – 10 by 10 inches or 25.4cm by 25.4cm
Mediums used – Pilot G-tec C4 pen on acid free Fabriano Sketchbook paper.

*I am still recovering from my move to Much, let’s say 90% of my images are still missing from my blog. It’s going to take time to put it all back together again. You’ll notice past hoppers not even there… only the trail of words written.

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Another land another day another dream

Sometimes art needs to take you away
to another land where flowers spin,
the terrain is checkered moss green and ocher;
where the grass grows as bamboo
and is pointy at it’s tip.

I created this art card using Kroma artist quality acrylic, pigmented ink and archival pen on 1/8″ (3mm) thick cold press illustration board. It is varnished three times and has a lovely sheen about it.

Get your rulers out as the image above is much larger than the original. It’s all about the detail baby!

Available in both open edition 5×7 inch size and in a limited edition run of 100 ONLY in ACEO mini print size in the art shop.

Standard ACEO Size – 2.5″ by 3.5 inches or 6.4cm by 9cm
ACEO – Art Cards Editions and Originals
People collect ACEO’s worldwide just like they do with Magic or Hockey trading cards. They are wallet sized and frames are easy to find for them.

Artists Tip #13 – Would you glue or tape it?

Would you glue or tape it?

Why tape it when you can glue it. Choose colorless, acid free and archival glues for your collage and art pieces.

Scotch tape is good for wrapping gifts. Masking tape adheres the edges of watercolor paper to a board when painting to keep it flat. Double sided, lined with aluminum, PH neutral and other specialty tapes are commonly used in custom archival picture framing. Then there is duct tape to make wallets from. Packing tape for packing. Electrical tape for winding around hula hoops. Hockey tape works good for that to. Gives more grip. The hula hoop is less likely to slip down around your ankles thus hitting the ground.


Next Week’s Tip – Don’t color outside of that line!

Last weeks tip

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About trading pens around the world and two more fabulous artists to watch out for this year!

Early in December 2007 I did an international cross-country boundaries artist pen trade with Shane Vorhaben.


He sent me Faber Castell Pitt Artist Pens that I couldn’t and still can’t buy here as I live in a very small city. I sent him Pilot G-tec C4 pens that he can’t purchase in the United States. As I have later found out, the Pilot G-tec C4’s are not available in the United States at ALL, anywhere! Can you believe that? Only in the UK, Japan and Canada. Even then, Canada does not have the plethora of colors available elsewhere. They are my favorite drawing pens next to Microns and now, Pitt pens.

I have a container devoted ONLY to non-toxic pens and markers.

New Markers and Pens

Sadly my Pitt pens have almost run out! I’ve drawn them to a dry ink death. ‘Tis time to make that inaugural purchase from an online source.

Along with the pens we mailed each other unfinished *ACEO’s that we each will be collaborating on. After they are complete we’ll each keep one and mail the other back as we each sent two to each other.

I just did another ACEO trade in January 2008 with an artist in Germany named AKA oparthamburg.


There is no time limit or rather date of completion on these trades.

They will not be drawn until the final drips…

*ACEO – Art Cards, Editions and Originals. Must be 2.5″ by 3.5″.

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Moody Blue

Moody Blue

I have been decorating, giving as gifts and selling little miniature boxes for over 15 years. When I think about that, it makes me smile. It feels good to know that I can stick with something!

There is only one thing that has stayed with me through sickness and health and that is the gift of art; the urge to continue creating unique little insane one of a kind treasures. Or in this case, a little box to hold your secrets.

Box Dimensions – 1 1/2″H by 2 1/8″W or H-3.8cm by W-5.4cm

Moody Blue

This rounded unique maple wood turned box has been gessoed, sanded, meticulously decorated with India ink and artist quality acrylic, rubbed with a honey colored stain inside and out then varnished three times for durability.

Moody Blue

Moody Blue is signed on it’s bottom.

Moody Blue

What did I put into a box?

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