Monday, November 29, 2010


Sometimes we get a glimpse of what is beneath the surface, behind the ordinary, to a deeper truth. Maybe we're surprised by the brightness, perhaps we knew it all along. These moments of spiritual light give us hope.
This weekend I cut through the top layer of my handmade papers to something special. I'll have to photograph and finish setting up all the connections on my computer to show these.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Art at McCord Gallery

Here's a great place to look at art and shop for Christmas gifts and decorations: Holiday Shoppe at McCord Gallery, 9602 W. Creek Rd., Palos Park, IL 60464. It runs from November 26 - December 22, 2010. Check hours at
One of my pulp paintings, Hand with Spiral that you see in the art gallery on this page, is an illustration on page 39 of Presence: An International Journal of Spiritual Direction, vol. 16, no. 4 - the December 2010 issue. The reflection it illustrates is "Spiritual Direction and Standing in the Tragic Gap: From Aging Parents to the Battle over God."

Tuesday, November 23, 2010


What a long time since I last posted. Our old computer became quite fussy, so I did as little as possible on it. Now we have a new computer and need to set things up as we go along. I'll get there.

I woke up this morning with two awarenesses:
1. I have a house of chaos that needs cleaning and straightening, and
2. I have an inspired idea for a new art project.

So glad to be able to claim a year wiser: I spent the morning making paper. The house is waiting. I hope to get things up and running in the next weeks to show my new projects.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Remembering Rich's birthday/retrospective art show/party

What a time this was – so many people celebrating all of Rich’s artistic gifts. People who didn’t know him “back when” had no idea that he was a talented, prolific artist. His work filled two rooms and several halls. Great art, great food, great friends – a great night.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Solution du jour

Somewhere between Yankee ingenuity strikes again and necessity is the mother of invention, self-preservation kicked in and I put cork on my work surface. No more worries about my cards being haz-mat. My fingers are happy and healing.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Suffering for My Art

So far today I've stuck the needle through the ends of two fingers in the process of sewing the buttons onto my hand-made papers and cards. I have to stop and apply bandages so I don't bleed on the cards. But the response to these is so positive I have to keep trying more. The good news is I'm getting better aim.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Simple Designs Are Not Easy Tasks

My heart notes have been selling very well, and I wanted to make a variation on the theme. I liked the idea of layering hearts and attaching them to the card with a button. The idea seemed simple enough. But I needed contrast, so I had to make a background paper in a different color. Sewing a button onto card stock is a lot trickier than it sounds, and that nylon thread wants to disappear. But here are my first four attempts. Can’t wait to see where I go from here.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Japanese Paper

Paper-making is my passion, and I have been making hand-made paper for many years.
But I've always made my papers in the Western tradition. This month I had the opportunity to go to an all-day workshop on Japanese paper-making.

The instructor brought buckets of gampi, kozo and mitsumata fibers that we beat with sticks on wooden boards. The rest of the day we made paper with sukettas (the Japanese mould and deckle). At the end of the day we used cotton linter for cast paper and a nod to Western papermaking. I took home 34 pieces of various sized papers and 7 castings. Exhausted beyond words, but not too tired to smile. What a wonderful experience. Thanks, JoAnne!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Summer Flowers & New Heart-notes

This very rainy spring and beginning of summer has brought a garden full of flowers. I'm enjoying the picking and the pressing.

I made a new heart-note template that I like better than the old one. Since I embed my flowers in recycled pulp instead of gluing them to the surface of the paper, I sometimes lose the visual effect of the stems. I now hand-paint the stems to restore the visual balance of the designs.

Thursday, March 18, 2010


I pressed nails into clay to make a mould for this cast paper cross medallion. After it dried, I painted it with water colors. I hope this symbol of sacrifice inspires thoughts of faith and hope.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Winter Walk

This is a pulp painting of what I saw on a walk in my neighborhood one sunny winter day:
When I looked up I saw a cardinal on a branch in a tree.
When I looked down I saw the red berries on a holly bush in my neighbors' yard.