Friday, August 31, 2012


"thank you, jimmy stewart" 3 x 3 inches, acrylic on photopaper.

Sometimes I have no other motivation but to create a painting. Today, I just liked the suit jacket and the hat so much. After i finished with it, I thought, I wonder if I can find an article that has the content "he wore a brown suit"? To my surprise I found this: Oscar Winner Trades in $3000-a-week Movie Check for a Year as Buck Private at $21 Monthly.

Lanky James Stewart rolled out of bed this morning at an hour when many of his movie colleagues were just rolling in, and went off the join the army... The tall actor carried a brown suitcase. For his last day in "civies" he wore a brown suit, brown slouch hat, blue shirt and brown shoes.  
The Abilene Reporter-News, Sunday, March 23, 1941.

How perfectly this story fit with my little painting.

note: this is not Jimmy Stewart's actual suit 

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Monday, August 27, 2012


"house dress" 3 x 3 inches, acrylic on photopaper.

Click on article for better legibility.
Source: The Daily Chronicle, Saturday, October 25, 1958, Centralia, Washington

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"bad boy" 4.75 x 2.5 inches, collage on paint chip card.

When I was little my grandparents lived in Greece and my grandfather would write me letters. They came in airmail envelopes on onion skin paper, so light, so as not to cost too much in postage. Intrigued by getting this wonderful foreign mail, I wanted more letters, and I signed up with an international pen pal group. Not satisfied by having one pal, I signed up for more. At one point I had a dozen pen pals from all over the world. I used to send drawings of my clothes, and favorite cartoon characters. It was all so much fun.

Now I have a few friends that I regularly exchange snail mail with, it's mostly collage. Sometimes it is just going around the block, but I put it in the mail all the same. There is something so wonderful in getting a piece of mail that is made just for you. Today I got something from Shari, so this one is for her.

Thursday, August 23, 2012


"captain henri rochard" 3 x 3 inches, acrylic on photopaper.
I am an alien spouse of female military personnel en route to the United States under public law 271 of the Congress.
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"bride and prejudice" 3 x 3 inches, acrylic on photopaper.

Broadway success story: Lois Wheeler is being implored by her folks in California to come home and forsake Broadway. Lois has been in only three plays... The first was "The Innocent Voyage." In it she was seduced by the pirate crew... Her second was "Pickup Girl" which dealt with sin and "VD"... Now she is in "Trio," playing a lesbian... Her family thinks it's time for her to quit.
Source: Kingsport News, February 17, 1945, page 4

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Wednesday, August 22, 2012


"clann one" approx. 1.6 x 1.6 x 0.7 inches, antiqued copper plated box with framed glass door hinge, featuring handmade accordion book.

So many choices – can I make anymore iterations of these series? I sure hope so. I plan on making at least one of these accordion books for each of the painting series I have been doing lately.

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"clann reading lesson 43" approx. 1.6 x 1.6 x 0.7 inches, antiqued copper plated box with framed glass door hinge, featuring handmade and collaged accordion book.

This one includes collaged strips of the first stanza of The Barefoot Boy. When I was in early grammar school, it was one of the poems we had to memorize. I never really thought about it, just would say it back by rote. When I found it in my collection of children's readers I just had to include it in the book. Its meaning is quite different to me now.  

The Barefoot Boy (read the whole poem here)
by John Greenleaf Whittier

Blessings on thee, little man,
Barefoot boy, with cheek of tan!
With thy turned-up pantaloons,
And thy merry whistled tunes;
With thy red lip, redder still
Kissed by strawberries on the hill;
With the sunshine on thy face,
Through thy torn brim’s jaunty grace;
From my heart I give thee joy,—
I was once a barefoot boy!
Prince thou art,—the grown-up man
Only is republican.
Let the million-dollared ride!
Barefoot, trudging at his side,
Thou hast more than he can buy
In the reach of ear and eye,—
Outward sunshine, inward joy:
Blessings on thee, barefoot boy!

Thursday, August 16, 2012


"mrs. crandall later got a job as a nanny" 3 x 3 inches, acrylic on photopaper.
As the old saying goes "truth is stranger than fiction," then this story is well suited.

Source: Indiana Evening Gazette, February 17, 1934

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Friday, August 10, 2012


"What kind of camp is this?" 3 x 3 inches, acrylic on photopaper.

post script: new york times magazine article this past weekend: what's so bad about a boy who wants to wear a dress?

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Wednesday, August 8, 2012


"frankie loved lipstick" 3 x 3 inches, acrylic on photopaper.

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Tuesday, August 7, 2012


"who saw you coming?" 3 x 3 inches, acrylic on photopaper.

I found a very interesting article explaining the relatively new idea of gender specific clothing colors. Here is an excerpt:
For example, a June 1918 article from the trade publication Earnshaw's Infants' Department said, “The generally accepted rule is pink for the boys, and blue for the girls. The reason is that pink, being a more decided and stronger color, is more suitable for the boy, while blue, which is more delicate and dainty, is prettier for the girl.” Other sources said blue was flattering for blonds, pink for brunettes; or blue was for blue-eyed babies, pink for brown-eyed babies, according to Paoletti.
Smithsonian: When did girls start wearing pink? by Jeanne Maglaty
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