Friday, September 22, 2023

The Colors of the Dahlia Dell


All summer long I keeping stopping by the Dahlia Dell.  It is right next to the Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park.  Each week the flowers are bigger and bigger and exploding with more and more colors.   They have inspired my art before, and this year I wanted to use the palette for this latest piece in my ongoing Lines and Color Series

Thursday, August 31, 2023

Ukrainian Summer Mail and More

Very excited to receive some reproduction/stickers of Ukrainian stamps from Mindaugas Žuromskas this month.  And good to see mail is getting through from the Ukraine as well.  As summer winds down, here is a list of the artists shown here: 
  1. Mindaugas Žuromskas – Lithuania 
  2. Lubomyr Tymkiv - Ukraine
  3. Jennifer Utter – California 
  4. Carolyn Oord (aka Kerosene) – Québec/Canada
  5. Patti Wren – California
  6. Margo Hill – California
  7. Debra Mulnick – Idaho
  8. Lynne Buckner – California
  9. Wabi Sabi Sews – California 
  10. Eberhard Janke – Germany
  11. Jen Bee – California
  12. Gregg Biggs – Museum of Unclaimed Ephemera – California
  13. Kathy Barnett – Missouri
  14. Sabela Baña – Spain 


Just received issue #127 of the assembly zine KART from David Dellafiora in Australia.  It includes my Ukrainian sunflower rubber stamp series.  

Friday, August 18, 2023

Making your own Souvenirs

A new hand carved rubber stamp for some San Francisco, Victorian postcards.

Monday, July 31, 2023

A Small Artist Book

I have been creating artist books for several years.  Often, I start with an old book that I repurpose with collage and paint directly onto the pages.  This is the smallest book I’ve done so far.  Starting not with a book, but an expired passport.   
This little book tells a story.  The passport belonged to my grandmother who travelled the world more than many people I have known.  Growing up, I knew no one who travelled like she did.   She was a department store buyer who made frequent trips to California, New York, Hong Kong, and Europe.   As a child this was just grandma’s job to me.   I knew it was a bit unusual but as an adult, I started
 to understand how extraordinary it was for a woman born in 1919 to have that kind of career.   She also played the more traditional grandmother roles with ease — no one made a better apple pie than she did.

Saturday, July 15, 2023

Summerful Mail


When I take my summer walks and stop by the post office, I have been finding some good stuff waiting for me every time this summer.  Here is a list of the artists shown here: 

  1. Wabi Sabi Sews – California 
  2. Peter Müller – Germany
  3. Nancy Bodkin – California
  4. Jon Foster – North Carolina 
  5. Jennie Hinchcliff – California
  6. MiM – Virginia
  7. Patti Wren – California
  8. Keiichi Nakamura – Japan
  9. Fleur Helsingor – California
  10. Pier Roberto Bassi – Italy 
  11. Mindaugas Žuromskas – Lithuania 
  12. Gregg Biggs – Museum of Unclaimed Ephemera – California
  13. Andrea Grimes – California 
  14. Kathy Barnett – Missouri
  15. Jean-Phillippe Gilliot – Belgium 
  16. William Mellott – Taiwan 
  17. Sabela Baña – Spain 
  18. The Sticker Dude – New York 

Thursday, July 13, 2023

I came for the smell and I stayed for the color…

mixed media on paper 9"x12"

Last week, while the U.S. celebrated Independence Day, here in San Francisco we also celebrated the blooming of the Corpse Flower (Amorphophallus titanum) at the Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park.   It was the worth the wait in line to get a whiff and have a look.   The day I saw the flower, it was no longer especially pungent.   What struck me is how big and beautiful it really is.   The color is an incredible rusty, blood red.  I was inspired to capture the palette with this latest piece in my ongoing Lines and Color Series