The Gratitude Project

The Gratitude Project

It’s so exciting to announce that The Gratitude Project is now officially for sale at amazon.com and at The Artists Gallery. What is this? The Gratitude Project is a 3-month journaling commitment with a focus on gratitude each and every day. Unlike most gratitude exercises and challenges, this one keeps you going for the three months because the gratitude prompts are personal and relevant to YOU. How can a published journal be so personal?...

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There is always a lesson…

There is always a lesson…

At the beginning of the summer, my college friend Jenn handed me a stack of her mother’s sheet music and gave me free license to do what I wanted with it.  Her mom had been the music director at her church well past the age of retirement.  Jenn wanted something special done with the music so that it could be displayed in her room in the nursing home. It took me a long time to get this done.  There were too many possibilities and it took a...

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Is it Art?

Is it Art?

Sometimes I question if what I’m doing is art or craft.  I suppose that with some pieces it may be somewhere in the middle of the two.  I prefer to think of this piece, “Book of Secrets” as pure art, even though it looks like just another DIY project. Here’s why… Last month, I set out thinking about what might make a good piece of art to enter into an exhibition called “Reflections.”  Naturally a mirror...

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FAQ: How did you make that?

FAQ: How did you make that?

I was very honored to find out last week that Starry Night Light won the Award of Merit.  It’s a working lamp made from leftover paper from a few different book art projects of the past.  The big question that night, the question I always get, was “How did you make that?” With today’s FAQ, come on in my studio and see the process of this lamp. The idea started in the aisles of a thrift store.  A torn “Japanese...

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A Gripping Tale

A Gripping Tale

In the class I’m taking right now, we were asked to write our stories—the story of our art. This has been an unusually challenging task for me. But here goes… In the mid-90s, I started dabbling in painting and art. No matter how much I painted, art continued to be a free time activity. It generally took a back seat to whatever else—everything else—that was going on in life. Then in 2011, I received an unexpected email that set a huge chain of...

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Class: How to Make Folded Book Art

Class: How to Make Folded Book Art

Make the most unique gift ever!  Join my online class on how to make your own folded book art.   I give you all the secrets for making your own heart book.  This self-paced course is available on my website and you can revise and review the videos any time.  After completing the hour of instruction you’ll be on your way to completing your own book.  Want to expand your creativity?  Other designs are available after you’ve taken the...

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Copying van Gogh

Copying van Gogh

The 2017 Fabulous Forgeries challenge was to find a painting by one of the Masters, and either copy it, re-create it with a “twist” or paint my own original composition using the style of the master. I was determined to find a master’s work that had a book in it—you know, being a book artist and all.   The best masterwork I found was Vincent van Gogh’s Still Life with Bible. Like Vincent, I painted it in one day. Also like Vincent, the...

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Books on Exhibit

Books on Exhibit

My books just went on exhibit at the Oceanfront Library in Virginia Beach.  They will be there until Oct. 1, 2016 and then will move to the Slover Library in Norfolk after the first of the year.  If you know of a library that would like to have an exhibit, please contact...

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The Making of “Original Sin” (a carved book)

The Making of “Original Sin” (a carved book)

The Challenge: Create a second work of art in response to the current exhibition, “Turn the Page: The First 10 Years of Hi-Fructose” at The Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA). Caveat–make this piece in 5 days! The Opportunity: From the moment I found the second copy of The Book of Virtues I was excited about the idea of carving it.  (I almost abandoned my other concept because this book was begging to be carved.)  So imagine my...

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