Friday, March 02, 2018

Bethlehem Star

Bethlehem Star 1

Bethlehem Star 2

These are two new paintings to add to my Advent work. Bethlehem Star 1 is a commission. Bethlehem Star 2 came along once the paint was flying!

Wednesday, February 14, 2018


This book is available from Schuler Books: click here to order.

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!