Saturday, March 26, 2011

Kercheval at night

This is Kercheval, which is in Grosse Pointe Farms, but can be walked to from Detroit in 20 minutes, so I figured fair game--since I do in fact walk there.

Woodward Ave, or M-1, in Detroit, was the first concrete highway anywhere. This is coming around as a forward.

And here is my newest painting:

This week's WeekWord, hosted by Joye, is Fugacious, which means fleeting. Because it is spring, and I am so eager for spring wildflowers, I painted this picture of a Bloodroot. Flowers, like people, like stars, are ephemeral. But what is even more ephemeral are the two sepals on the bloodroot bud. The are deciduous, and fall off as soon at the flower opens. Once it is opened, it has only petals, and when it closes again in rain or darkness, there are no fugacious sepals left.

I did this in Artrage on my iPad. I did it fairly hastily (for me), brand new for the challenge, and without any constant reference materials, though I did peek occasionally at googly searched fleurs. Click image to view slightly larger.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Golf Course Lighthouse, Metrobeach

This picture was taken in March several years ago--the lighthouse has since been refurbished, but I like this picture.

Also, here are my two latest Sketchbook works:

I sort blobbed this up a little.

It has a story. Onondaga Lake, in Syracuse, NY, where I used to live, is one of the most polluted lakes in the country if not the world. I was there one day walking and taking pictures when a migrant worker drove up in his pick-up truck, got out, and washed up in the toxic waters of the lake. A storm was approaching--I tried to tell him that the water wasn't clean, but he didn't understand me. I was thinking the storm was a figurative one as well as a literal one.

I had some problems with this, and may try it again sometime.


This is my third page in Ballookey's Mole. It is an illustration (or study for an illustration) from my as yet untitled brand newly written children's book. The temporary title is, Jacob, Merjon, and the Dream Fish. It's (obviously) a children's picture book. This page occurs several pages into the book, but it's the first one I've done. I have not decided yet what medium I want to work in, but I kind of like the line drawing. However, I wanted fog, and I don't know how to create fog in a line drawing in pen and ink. Micron 005 pen. Click image to view larger--click again to view even larger.

I've been very busy with my art and writing, which is why I have not been blogging much! (Deadlines!)

Sunday, March 20, 2011

YAY Snowdrops!!!

Our first actual flowers of the year!!! YAY! We're so excited!!

I put the second photo in to show the ones in the background. There's a whole little flotilla of them. A mini armada.

New art: In 1964-65 (I'm giving away my age here, if you didn't already know it), I owned a 1949 Indian. This is not it, but an older one I used for the art. I have, believe it or not, NO pictures of that amazing motorcycle. But I had fun--on the bike(s) and on the art. I did the piece in metallic markers, but you can't tell in the scan.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

it's coming!

Daffodils coming up! YAY! And I heard spring peepers today! YAY!

Monday, March 14, 2011


We've been having SO MUCH RAIN lately! Everything is flooding, as the snow melts too.

I'm operating under a series of deadlines and can't post or comment much 'til I get things cleared up! I am sorry. If you comment, I will eventually try to get back to you. If not, that's OK too!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Paint by Numbers was invented in DETROIT!! HAH!

I just finished a paint by numbers painting, which I altered by adding myself at an easel. And I found out, thanks to Gerald Holland, that paint by numbers was invented in Detroit. The kits were developed and marketed in 1950 by Max S. Klein, an engineer and owner of the Palmer Paint Company of Detroit, Michigan and Dan Robbins, a commercial artist. In 1951 Palmer Paint introduced the Craft Master brand which sold over 12 million kits.

I did this painting for an exchange and made it into a postcard to mail to the exchange members. I include it here because I'm a Detroit artist and the paint by numbers kits were invented in Detroit--Thanks Gerald!!!

Monday, March 7, 2011

Saturday, March 5, 2011

At the African American History Museum, Detroit

We really enjoyed are visit and are eager to go back. It was VERY interesting.

Friday, March 4, 2011

At the African American Museum in Detroit II

Here's another shot from the history portion of the museum. It's a wonderful museum and I can't wait to go back.

and here is a new self portrait done on the iPad with Artrage:

Thursday, March 3, 2011

At the African American Museum in Detroit

I am sorry dear bloggy friends, that I have been so busy. I am in three art exchanges and working on multiple novels and children's books and taking another poetry class.

This picture is from the African American Museum in Detroit. I loved it there and hope to go visit again soon. I have more to post if I have time some time to post them.


To show you a tiny piece of what has kept me occupied, here is a new art piece I did in Collaboration with Steve Loya. It is called "Drunken Kisses."

click "Drunken Kisses" to view it larger.