Something new – I found this Tea Forté box (stainless steel, no less). The tea is nice, too – this is the Blueberry Merlot. My friend Jeanne gave me some small lights to experiment with – the inside of this is so bright. Once again, I don’t think I did a great job photographing it. But, you can see how it works. Looking through the coffins, you have a glimpse into the Land of the Dead.

So great! I’m very happy with this piece.


Painting is the  wilderness for me. It’s one of the things on this year’s TODO list. So far, I think I like acrylics more than watercolors.  Here’s a gal out enjoying the wilderness (please scroll down to see the scale I’m working at):

Here she is with a dime, for scale:

And, in the spirit of  “release, release, release,” here are some other things I worked on today.

Raise no more devils than you can lay down.

A room without a view:

Better The Devil You Know

I apologize for the low quality of my images. All of this stuff looks better in real life.  I need to find a solution to my scanner, I think. Happy Illustration Friday.

The Land of the Dead

The Land of the Dead

I started this last winter, before my crazy class schedule began. This isn’t really finished yet.  I had bigger plans (more dead guys, for one thing)  but I want to start the next one, and I’ve decided to let this be an introduction to what I’m doing in my barn.


Land of the Dead Daddy-O's

Below is a study I did last night, before I finished making the dead Daddy-O’s.  I decided to make Frida be black and white like the citizens of her town. I like how this picture turned out.

Frida Study

I have always loved paper-mâché, and I rediscovered while helping my daughter with a school project. I got the idea for this from a drawing I did in someone’s sketchbook for the sketchbook swap:

Frida returns to the land of the dead

I am interested in seeing what happens when I try and make real world models of my drawings. When I was a kid I mixed flour and water (and maybe glue). Now, I’m using glue and water and the Baltimore City Paper.

Basic Supplies

The City Paper is good for....


More to come – there’s a lot going on in the Land of the Dead.