Wednesday, February 14, 2018


This is a children's book I wrote and illustrated. I am self-publishing it through Schuler Books, Chapbook Press. This book is similar to a fabric book I made for my grandson Max. For that book, I cut out butterflies and flowers that were printed on fabrics designed by other artists. I arranged them to create the pages and then machine stitched around them.  (If you want to see that book, go to  and find the 2017 post titled “Max’s CASEY book.”)

For this book, I wanted to use my own original designs. It was fun to make this book and all its butterflies, flowers, and, of course, Casey.
I didn’t look at real butterflies very much. These are mostly from my imagination. To create the pages, I used painted tissue paper, markers, paint, and Photoshop. Casey’s story changed a little too.

Two children’s books I enjoyed while working on this project are Ten Little Caterpillars, written by Bill Martin Jr. and   illustrated by Lois Ehlert, and Waiting for Wings , written and illustrated by Lois Ehlert. She is one of my favorite authors and illustrators.

Monday, January 29, 2018

Lizz's book

And this is a book written and illustrated by my daughter Lizz when she was 4 or 5. The rhythm of the sentences always interests me. 

Angie's book

My daughter Angie made this book with me when she was 4 and a half. we assembled her drawings and she told me what to write on each page. It still cracks me up!

Saturday, January 06, 2018

Three Kings day or dia de los tres Reyes

detail from Advent Starry Night 4 by Virginia Wieringa
This is a detail from my painting Advent Starry Night 4. See my website to see the larger version.  Today is the day of Epiphany when the Wise Men traditionally visited the Holy Family. In our church we celebrate a season of Epiphany, when we see Jesus and our lives with new eyes.

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Max's CASEY book

This is a book I wrote and illustrated for my grandson Max. It was made with fabric and marker. It's copyrighted December 17, 2017.