Saturday, January 26, 2013


"this jolly young mermaid plunged into the waves" 3 x 3 inches, acrylic on photopaper.

Swimming Apparel on Southern Beaches Is Not Likely to Prove a Bit Cumbersome to Lassies Who Love Active Water Sports

I wonder sometimes if we moderns realize how short a time ago it was when a woman who could swim was a rare fish. It is no longer ago than when some of the older mothers and the younger grandmothers were girls. And now, visit any beach anywhere and see the jolly young mermaids plunging into the waves and racing their brother - and boy-friends to the raft! It is quite a rare thing, indeed, nowadays to discover a woman who cannot swim.

[Here we are] showing two of the new suits which, were snapped at St. Petersburg, Fla. [The suit worn by Naomi E. Stapleton] as she reclines on the hot sand is made of crinkly rainbow crepe, just a little simple one-piece with the crinkly material and the colors of the fabric the only decoration. [The other a] V-neck with no belt is truly a comfortable and classy suit.

source: Middletown Times Herald January 26, 1938
Afterwards, "this jolly young mermaid plunged into the waves," hit a rock and broke her arm.

Friday, January 25, 2013


"times three" 3 x 3 inches, acrylic on photopaper.

No one wrote about it in the news when Spot broke his paw.
Terrence Ryan, 11, son of Mr. and Mrs. William Ryan, received what the doctors called a "bad break" when he fell after his foot caught in the slide at the playground of the elementary school following school sessions there yesterday afternoon. The child was waiting for the school bus to transport him to his home.

Other persons who recently suffered broken bones are... Mary Lou Pandell, who received a broken arm in a fall from her horse.


Saturday, January 19, 2013


"all americ • hen" collage on vintage wall paper, 4 x 5.5 inches.

Playing with printing on vintage wall paper backs. This time with an ink jet printer. I found this chicken image and, I don't know why, thought American... Americ-hen. Well, after that, I made an All Americ-hen, an African Americ-hen, a Chinese Americ-hen, and lastly, ok, this is a stretch, Rebel-hen (rebellion).

After working on the printing, I thought of adding elements that were relative to the theme: stamps, recipes, and in some, rubber stamping. I loved the black print that was already on the wall paper too, especially this one with the WF encircled.

They seemed a bit flat, so melted crayon and beeswax was added to give some depth and color.

View them all on flickr, or you can buy one on Etsy.


Thursday, January 17, 2013


"c/o alexander pearson" collage on paper, 5 7/8 x 4 1/8 inches.

More transfers, this time on paper. Am I obsessed with transfers? Maybe this week I am.

Here was another test of my patience, but this time it was waiting for the UPS delivery of decoart americana matte spray sealer that I ordered online. It took nine days to get here.

The technique was found on YouTube (see below) and it was easy. You take a laser print and coat it with the spray sealer, place it face down on your paper, burnish and done. I used a bird graphic for this collage and I am pretty happy with the results of the transfer. Next time I may darken the black before I print it out.

Note: since the spray does seal, it was hard to stencil over the sealed area, next time I will add my stencil first.

Don't forget, especially if you are using text, to make sure you flop your image before you print out your paper so that when your make your transfer it is right-reading.

It also works on bisque ware, but no firing afterwards. I will try that too.


Trying some new ceramic techniques that I have been wanting to do for a long time: this one was image transfer onto clay. As you can see in the photo, my first try was not successful. I followed along with a wonderful video on the ceramic arts daily blog from the artist Kristina Bogdanov. She said to use soft leather hard clay. That was my first mistake. I am impatient, and I am doing this in the ceramic studio of the Phoenix Center for the Arts, where it is only a three hour session each week. So at the beginning of "class" I rolled out a few slabs of clay and let them air dry for about 2 hours. Kristina also said to make the "ink" the day before. I made mine that morning. That was the second mistake. So after following the steps of using gum arabic as a resist and inking up my xerox "plates" I placed the wet paper onto the mostly wet clay. She said the paper would start to look dry and I could then burnish it and pull it off. It never got the dry look. I even took them home to dry longer. After burnishing, while pulling off the paper, all there was left was a faint trace image and lots of stuck on paper.

In the second try, I let the clay get leather hard and the ink set for two days. I had excellent success with the transfer. Of course, now I have to wait for them to be fired. I'll keep you posted.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013


"the douglasses come back" 3 x 3 inches, acrylic on photopaper.

In 1907 a couple, Mr. and Mrs. Ben Douglass, were released from jail. They served almost two years for "conducting a disorderly house" and when they tried to find lodgings that night, they were turned away at every door.

When they were imprisoned the town of Cedar Falls thought they had finally gotten rid of this couple, but they returned, by this time his wife further paralyzed. They could not find a room, even in a local hotel. After searching through nightfall, they were reported to the authorities, who put them up in the city "calaboose".

The poor house would become their only refuge.
The newspaper men who covered the story two years early recalled the touching and remarkable scene. It was cold weather. Mrs. Douglass had been at the poor house awaiting indictment. Her husband was in the county jail. On the morning that it had been arranged to dispose of the cases Sheriff Caldwell went to the poor farm with a hack and brought in Mrs. Douglass. She could not walk, she could hardly stand... her husband hobbled there on crutches. When asked if they were ready to receive their sentence they announced without feeling that they were. Neither showed remorse. Both took their sentence as a matter of fact. The scene of that winter afternoon will long be retained in the memory of those who witnessed it.
(Sighting the advanced age and decrepitness of the couple they also wrote) Mrs. Douglass is not only paralyzed, she is 60 years old.
source: Thursday, October 17, 1907, Waterloo Daily Courier
In an unrelated story, on this same day a child had broken her arm.

View more Broken Stories on flickr.


"one, two, three, four cake" collage on paper, 5 7/8 x 4 1/8 inches.

I love all the ephemera I have collected over the years and there are lots of times that I just don't want to use it up. Then I remind myself that the reason I bought or found it was so that I could create with it. So this year you will be seeing more of my collages with authentic vintage papers. Here is one using a page from "Bewleys Best Bakes Better" flour pamphlet from Fort Worth, Texas. I think a series is rising. Yummy.

Monday, January 7, 2013


"AS needed" collage on paper, 5 7/8 x 4 1/8 inches.

Now for sale on Etsy, my latest series called Drugstore Collages.


"Mrs. Harry Blue" collage on paper, 5 7/8 x 4 1/8 inches.

Now for sale on Etsy, my latest series called Drugstore Collages.


"phenobarbital" collage on paper, 5 7/8 x 4 1/8 inches.

Now for sale on Etsy, my latest series called Drugstore Collages.


"wild cherry" collage on paper, 5 7/8 x 4 1/8 inches.

Now for sale on Etsy, my latest series called Drugstore Collages.


"3Xs" collage on paper, 5 7/8 x 4 1/8 inches.

Now for sale on Etsy, my latest series called Drugstore Collages.


While searching for some doll house people on ebay I came across this wonderful collection of doll parts and had to buy them. There were 45 pieces in all, including one large stuffed doll without a head and one medium German doll (see previous post) which were the odd pieces in the collection. The rest consisted of mostly porcelain parts from small figurines. There were just maybe three pieces that I did not like at all, one of them being a salt shaker, but the rest I consider a treasure. I took my camera to them so you could see their beauty too, and I plan on taking a ceramic workshop where I will construct molds and make multiples of my favorite pieces and then create other works from them. Here are the 36 little muses that I love.

Saturday, January 5, 2013


"melk, gedane zaken nemen geen keer" quicktime movie.

I bought this doll because I used to have a German doll as a child and I thought it would be nostalgic, but everyone thinks it's creepy. So I made this film.

The text is Dutch. I wanted the phrase to be sort of "Don't cry over spilled milk", but in Dutch it's  "What's done is done/what's done cannot be undone." I liked that better.