No one is lonely in the Land of the Dead.

This is part two of “In the Eye of the Beholder,” where I consider the mourning aspect of “eye miniatures.” It would be a fine thing if we could still visit with our Loves by gazing into their painted eye portrait, should we become separated by the veil of physical mortality.

Here, we have a street scene at the Port Authority of the Land of the Dead (inside another eye rinse cup) complete with hanging skull lanterns, musicians and the smallest raccoon I’ve yet to draw.


Silent as the Grave: A Melancholy, Part Two

Following up with our grackle who traded his arm for some rum at the Butcher Block Bar, we find him visiting the grave of said arm. This diorama features the smallest skull I’ve ever made. Our grackle is wondering why he wasn’t allowed to keep the bones – it would be a lot simpler than having to visit the grave of his arm. You know?

Artemis and the White Bear

The full title is Artemis and the White Bear at ‘S-Hertogenbosch.

This is for School 33’s Lotta Art fundraiser and exhibition, for Illustration Friday’s “cultivate” prompt and, really,  for  fun.


This week’s topic for Illustration Friday is “cultivate,” which makes me think of mold. Coincidentally, I had a great idea yesterday for some Art involving mold, but I don’t have time to make it work for this week’s prompt (I’m going to be a mold artist).  Thus, Artemis and the White Bear are cultivating a relationship with their surroundings.That might seem a little thin because, well, it is. I want to post this to IF and needed to work the prompt in.

So, yes, another Altoids tin. I have about a million of them, but I also have many other containers which I’m excited to work on. This scene needed a taller container, for the trees, the windmill and the scale between Artemis and the “bear.” Also, I’m revisiting a character from this post, so it seemed appropriate to revisit the curiously strong container, too.

This was an amazing week -my daughter seems to be feeling a tiny,marginally bit better, fingers crossed. Each little scootch of progress is a step forward. Also,  I finished teaching my Web standards course, this time in 7 weeks. It felt like a tornado. I also learned a great deal about iPhone/iPad programming and started a small app for fun. I finished reading “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.” I finished a bunch of stuff at work. I can sleep in tomorrow.

It’s pleasant out. I’m sitting in the barn and smelling the night air. I think we made it though winter. Optimism abounds.

And it’s the weekend.

A Muse When You Need Her

The latest tiny paper-cut diorama, “Muse Ut Vos Postulo Suus,”  is in an Altoids “Smalls” tin.

The Illustration Friday topic this week is “layer.” There are seven layers in this tin, each spaced far enough apart to cast a shadow on the next deepest layer.

A few more pictures taken in sunlight – it’s a little easier to see the muse floating above the other layers.

Happy Illustration Friday, once again.


Hot Damn! This made “Pick of the Week” at Illustration Friday!

Completely awesome. Thanks, Illustration Friday!