What not to do

Sometime when you don’t have a project that must be done, head over to 52 Projects and check out the exhaustive list of what not to do when you’ve got a project deadline.

Yes, I’ve got a project deadline. And I can’t believe how much of that list I’ve accomplished just today 🙂

Room to breathe

So often I get calls for calligraphy which has to be crammed into a space that is sometimes smaller than the typewritten original. It’s very frustrating. But this quote was required to fit a space at least 23″ tall by 32″ wide. So the x-height of these letters is 5/8″. What luxury! (That’s not a wrinkle at the top right, but a shadow from an open door. I set the piece on the floor and leaned over it to take the photo.)


I don’t draw. Okay, I used to not draw. This was more painful to do than I expected, but also satisfying to have accomplished. A baby step, but still a step.

Obsessive Drawing

The drive to doodle: compulsive therapy.
I read this review in the New York Times (click the title of this post if you’ve subscribed to NYT online), and I want to head right on over to the American Folk Art Museum. Too bad I’m 1,110.39 miles away.

A few more images of the show are here at American Folk Art Museum’s website.

Spring Haiku — 1997

Spring Haiku — an artist book I made in spring 1997. Covers of handmade paper with turnip greens inclusions, over matboard; Arches Text Wove for text. Oriental paper hinges, painted, cut into 3x-wide strips. Handmade paints — pure pigments plus gum arabic plus (in the case of Alizarin Violet) titanium-coated mica flakes for sparkle. The washes brushed with methyl cellulose — to improve the surface for fine (that is to say, small) lettering. The lettering was done with a #5 Mitchell dip pen.
Size: 2 1/2″ x 2 5/8″.
Uploaded to test software. Both photos are thumbnails to larger photos.

Illustration Friday

Each Friday, the folks at Illustration Friday website propose a theme for illustration. And for the past two weeks I’ve enjoyed clicking through the 150+ artists who each contribute by illustrating on the topic and then linking back to the theme page at Illustration Friday.

What a variety of responses! It’s fascinating to page through them all.

Illustration Friday: Depth

My first submission to Illustration Friday is an artist book I did nearly 4 years ago. Click on the thumbnail above for a larger look. The text, an anonymous quotation, reads: “Man, despite his artistic pretensions, his sophistication and many accomplishments, owes the fact of his existence to a six-inch layer of topsoil and the fact that it rains.”

I used this same text in the broadside done last month and uploaded to this blog on August 20.

Pop-up Galleries

Robert Sabuda, a creative pop-up book artist, has put together an inspirational website all about pop-ups.

The gallery of international pop-ups by country and artist is still growing. Click on the link below each country flag; sometimes clicking on the flags themselves gets you a 404 error message.