Sunday, October 22, 2017

Studio Sunday-Writing


I spent some time last week writing about my relationship with calligraphy. I usually write in the composition books with the black and white marble covers as I find them the least intimidating. Sometimes the words just stay there but often I like to share them. Sometimes I publish them on my blog. When I am feeling more ambitious, I look for other outlets. Bound & Lettered has been particularly welcoming. 

I'm considering developing some workshops on writing for artists. I have two ideas. One is personal writing for a deeper understanding of your work. I have, if not solved, at least come to understand some of the emotional issues involved in making my art and the things that I feel are holding me back. My series of 65th Year blog posts are an example, as is my Art Lessons book. The second is writing authentic artist's statements that clearly express the way and how of your work.

If you might be interested, please let me know. I would try out my ideas in small groups locally and think about expanding to online if it all works out.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

George Eliot on Autumn


George Eliot reflects on autumn:

Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.

from The Writings of George Eliot, vol. 23 (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1908)

Lettering done with Speedball C-5 nib and J. Herbin Lie de Thé ink

Tuesday, October 17, 2017



The bittersweet berries have opened. They are, by the way, extremely invasive. I dispose of them in tied plastic trash bags with household waste rather than with garden waste. The pretty sight of the orange berries (Celastrus orbiculatus) along the roadside is actually a view of an invasive species engaged in the slow strangulation of the trees they climb and encircle.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Words For Our Time Posters on Etsy


The Words For Our Time series is now available for order online from my etsy shop. They are 12" x 18" and printed on 100# glossy cover stock. I framed my set in inexpensive format frames from Joann Fabrics.  The individual posters are $15. each with $5. shipping. The complete set is $100. with $20. shipping. I'm really pleased with the way they have reproduced.

JUSTICE–COMPASSION–STRENGTH–LOVE–COURAGE–PEACE–TRUTH—HOPE


Sunday, October 15, 2017

Studio Sunday-Bringing Autumn In


I prefer to gather bittersweet berries before they open. It's less messy and I get to watch them open. In the house, I've got vines on mirrors and mantles and in vases. In the studio, on my desk, is a little pitcher of bittersweet stems and the ID sign I made for the grilled carrots I brought to last week's Newburyport Horticultural Society meeting. On my tech shelf they are in an old ink bottle.


By my computer are Sheffield Mums in an old bottle. These flowers are a lovely light salmon color, bloom late in the season (there are still buds outside), and last well in the house.


Thursday, October 12, 2017

Words For Our Time at Tiny Gallery Under The Stairs



Tiny Gallery Under The Stairs

First  Religious Society Unitarian Universalist Church
26 Pleasant Street
Newburyport, MA
(Gallery is in the lower level. Entrance is from the Unicorn Street parking lot.)

Gallery Hours: Mon–Fri 10–3
and after Sunday Service

Eight Words For Our Time Posters & Spirit Book #41
on exhibit for the month of October



Monday, October 09, 2017

For John Lennon's Birthday


Said at Press Conference in Montreal with Yoko Ono, 12.16.69
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