Thursday, August 26, 2010

Piggy Bank

I love this little pottery piggy bank that my mother made years ago in a class. The interesting look it has was made by a certain ceramic firing process called raku which uses both smoke and fire to create unusual patterns and textures. The pottery is first bisque fired, then glazed and then undergoes a firing and smoking process. I remember doing it once and I believe we placed the objects in the ground to achieve our smoke affect. Maybe I'll make a print of pigs to go along with it. Someone has made a deposit into this bank but there's no way to retrieve it!

Monday, August 23, 2010

Ristorante SanDesiderio

This is an etching of a little restaurant that I saw in Siena, Italy a few years ago. I have changed it just a little. The will of the artist! I found that it had a website!:

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Barbara and George

I like making these black and white linocuts. I'd make many more if there weren't so many other things I like to do! This one is of my sister and her cat George. He's a beautiful Himalayan which is like a Siamese in appearance but has long fur. And he's very good natured!
And Barbara, does she not have the smile of the Mona Lisa?

10"x 16"

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Vanished Smile

I was in the library the other day and saw this book which caught my attention because it's about art and as an added bonus, has some french words, which I am trying to learn! In August of 1911 the Mona Lisa vanished from the Louvre in Paris. Written in 2009 by R.A Scotti, the book looks back at the case and clues to tell the story. It seems the painting was lost for over two years and then returned. I will know more after finishing my reading! So far I have not only learned something about detective work at that time but that the Louvre has quite a fascinating history.

Friday, August 6, 2010


The beetles dance on the warm lake, mesmerized by the moonlight.....

4"x 6" 2009

Wednesday, August 4, 2010


I was in Hot Springs, Virginia this past weekend and I found this butterfly lingering among these flowers for several minutes. I could not believe my luck! I could take pictures at all sorts of angles! It is called a Pipevine Swallowtail, commonly found in the mountains of Virginia.
I saw many other butterflies but none cooperated like this one!