Thursday, December 24, 2009

More decorated Eggs

Now that the holidays are here, I have again found myself interested in decorating eggs.

It does make cooking a little more fun because when I use eggs, I imagine all sorts of designs on them. It can also make for more accidents in the kitchen for lack of attention!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Fatsia japonica

the fatsia blossom
blooming in winter
savoring the mid-day sun
strange but beautiful!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Over the Meadow

Although I printed this etching in black only, I think that it would be interesting to see it in color. I'll have to try it!

6"x 9"

Friday, November 20, 2009

To Live Forever

This week I visited the Chrysler Museum to see the exhibit To Live Forever, produced by the Brooklyn Museum of Art. It explains how the ancient Egyptians made preparatons for the afterlife in the netherworld with Osiris. They did this for thousands of years!! They believed that Osiris ruled the earth as a generous king and later lived beneath the earth in the netherworld, where he was king of the dead. There is the mummy of Demetrios with a description of the mummification process, which I won't describe here!! There are interesting objects that were placed in the tombs and coffins to be used in the afterlife. Anyway, it's fascinating and certainly worth a visit!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Decorated Eggs

As I was dreaming of finding another fascinating printmaking book on Amazon one day last year, I ran right into a book I couldn't resist! I just had to try the process described in this book. Besides, something about it reminds me of how I do linocuts. This photo shows my first attempts last Christmas at decorating eggs using a series of wax applications and dyes, a process called pysanky. I somehow have to find the time to do more!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Two Pink Cats

Some days I do like pink and purple, as in this linocut of two unusual cats. My cat Sylvester was the model for the larger one but I'm not so sure he would be pleased with his new color!

6 1/2" x 8"

Pitcher Plants

I had never seen pitcher plants before so when I saw these at a botanical garden in Richmond, Virginia, I had to take a picture! They are so interesting because they so different. I love their long tubular shape. Insects become trapped in a deep fluid-filled cavity and become food. That makes this plant carnivorous! This one is the North American pitcher plant of the genus Sarracenia.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Release the Spirit

Oh, to be a lepidopterist!

I enjoyed creating a different edge in this linocut and combining it with the drypoint of the butterfly in the center.

10" x 10"

Thursday, October 15, 2009


All those who know me must recognize me in this linocut self-portrait!
5 1/2" x 6 1/2"

Tuesday, October 13, 2009


I saw these periwinkles in a tide pool on the coast of Maine recently. I read that they are a small edible species of marine gastropod in the family Littorinidae, the winkles. They were introduced to the Atlantic coast, possibly by rock ballast in the mid-1800's. Unfortunately, their introduction damaged the native gastropod population. But they do add texture to this already very textural photo I took in Acadia National Park.

Sunday, September 13, 2009



This little etching was inspired
by an old friend in France who
sometimes birdwatches in a
cemetery near Paris.

3"x 5"

Monday, September 7, 2009


This is another linocut from
my African animal series.

11"x 15"

Monday, August 31, 2009

A Little Bit of Van Gogh

I love Van Gogh's self-portraits so I created this miniature linocut of my son as "A Little Bit of Van Gogh"!
3"x 3 1/2"

Wednesday, August 26, 2009


I printed this etching in slightly different colors and thought that I would like one better than the other but I like them equally! Does anyone have a favorite?
4"x 6"

Sunday, August 16, 2009



I've always known that fungi can be beautiful so when I saw these today behind my house, I was thrilled! They are loving these sultry days of August. I see a new print coming!

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Conversing with Zebras


I like the many patterns that you find in the animal world, like zebra stripes, but they require a lot of patience when cutting the linoleum for a print. This one was a challenge!

They say that if you want to attract a group of zebras, of course, paint black and white stripes on a wall. Before you do that, you might consider looking for a calmer hybrid, a zorse of zonkey!

7"x 9" 2006

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Moonlit Rendezvous


Two birds
Deftly alight
For a midnight rendezvous

6"x 71/2"

Monday, August 10, 2009

Painting and Quote by Edgar Degas

Woman and Chrysanthemums by Edgar Degas

Quote by Edgar Degas:

"Only when he no longer knows what he is doing does the painter do good things."

Something to ponder.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Sea Shadows

Using special papers as chine-colle can give unusual textures to prints. This one gives a watery look to this fish etching!

6"x 8"


Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Glass Fish

Today I saw these small glass fish in a glass display in a local museum shop and had to take a picture since they remind me of my colorful fish linocut prints. To me, these seem alive and swimming in some clear, cool waters! I inquired about the artist but to no avail!

Aflight #2


Fading light pink
Purple butterflies awaken
Hypnotizing, reviving
Dawn breaks


Chasing Monarchs

Recently I visited Norfolk Botanical Gardens in Norfolk, Virginia to participate in a short butterfly photography class, hoping to get a few good shots of my own. Luckily the chase was limited as the butterflies were enclosed in the garden's Butterfly House! Even at that, it was a challenge! This is one of my photos from that day.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009



This is a commissioned piece from my African animal series.

12"x 15"


Monday, July 27, 2009

Blue Papillon

un papillon
trois amis
cool blue butterfly
14"x 16"

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Butterfly Round #2


I love butterflies and their look in a square format. There's no doubt that they can move! Here they're contained in a square format but still have motion as your eyes move around a circle. Hence, a Round!

6"x 6"

Romancing the Moon

Graphite Drawing

I've lived near the ocean all my life, loving it day and night. I feel the moon's glow and water reflections, inspiring romantic dreams, as in this Tidewater tale of a hopeful connection.

6"x 8"

Giraffe Portrait


Part of a series I'm doing on African animals.

5 1/2" x 7"

Sea Textures


Sea textures
Cool green waters
Floating in my snorkel mask
Wavy motion
Warm light patterns
Creatures hush

5 1/2" x 7"



It feels like a flower
with fish petals
fluttery seeds
and growth

4"x 5"