Category Archive: little wooden people

The simple job

The new people have arrived! This group of new laser cut silhouettes includes my father, my daughter, one of my nieces, Lincoln, Syrian refugees, Hitler, and orthodox Jewish boys in NY in the 1920s, etc. Besides wood, I also got two different types of paper, vellum, and this white panel cut into silhouettes. If those… read more

The instrument

Did you feel like your connections with others were heightened this week? Amidst the chaos and concern over changes in our government and their effects, I kept having these great and powerful meetings with people. I’m not sure yet where it’s going but…it’s going. I also feel hopeful, but not in a light way. It’s… read more

I bet you can

I bet you can guess who this is. Yup, it’s Harriet Tubman. I’ve been doing a lot of taking this… And making it this. Along the way, it’s been hard not to get distracted by all the photos. Like this one of Harriet Quimby, the first licensed female pilot in the US and the first… read more


I bit the bullet and dove into my computer-based work this week, sourcing public domain images from the Library of Congress and starting to process them in Photoshop and Illustrator so I can use their silhouettes. To keep myself from falling asleep, I’m keeping Mozart in the Jungle or Hamilton’s America going in the background…. read more

No other

”An optimist isn’t necessarily a blithe, slightly sappy whistler in the dark of our time. To be hopeful in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness. What we choose to emphasize in… read more

Easy chairs

This past Monday I finally got the last of the furniture I was selling out of my studio. The last items were two arm chairs that had been blocking that big doorway there in my painting area for over three weeks. Once they were gone, I was surprised to find that I missed them. I… read more

The single candle

Are you in search of a sonically damaging drawing experience? I have the perfect materials for you! This week I embarked on testing surfaces for my new Cultivate pieces. They’re currently on paper, and I’d like to get them on something more like a panel in future. Besides eliminating the need for costly framing, I’m… read more

Not fast

Restriction. Pressure. Those words sound so negative. But if you’re pushing against something and suddenly take that thing away…well, we all know what happens. I didn’t fall on my face, but a release of life pressures recently, combined with other transitions, left me in a bit of a free fall. Disoriented. I was questioning what… read more

Where was I?

After taking an accidental blog vacation for two weeks, thanks to both positive (familial) and negative (server fail) situations, this week I conducted an extensive experiment into what you can screw up when you’re too distracted to really have all your fine motor skills at your disposal. Whoops, smudge (with archival, waterproof ink no less)…. read more

The delicious burdens

Phew. My new series is done, and I even found a title for it: Fathom. Have I mentioned how much I haaaate creating arty talk to go with my work, i.e., an artist statement? Oh, yes, I have. But it is a necessary evil, so here for your amusement (and hopefully a little insight into… read more