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Sticky Post February 29, 2020

Artwork appears as if by magic to the onlooker, but inside the studio it’s not magic at all. Through this blog, you…

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130 – The Devil is in the Details

October 5, 2021

I’ve made graffiti artists in my fabric collage art quilt who were going to be spray painting on a mural, but now…

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129 – Struggles With The Man

September 21, 2021

I’ve been hard at work, and near the give-it-up point. But I achieved what I wanted despite the struggle. I won’t needlessly…

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128 – A Dog Comes To Life!

September 4, 2021

A dog came to life! It will be snapping at a child’s cotton candy, so it had to be menacing. I cut…

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127 – Suggest Motion

August 17, 2021

A gesture, a head turned in a certain direction, or the suggestion of movement can “activate” a scene. When adding a person,…

plan, progress and finish of air-brushed fabric collage quilt
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126 – Stepping Off The Path

August 4, 2021

Now that I’ve created some people for my amusement park scene, I returned to work on the buildings. I had been thinking…

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125 – Two Bad Boys

July 20, 2021
Two bad boys are about to come to life. This should be fun! First, a hunt through Google images to find two...
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oops!

July 13, 2021
I just sent out a post that wasn't ready for prime time! No worries, that post will be sent out in the...
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124 – She’s A Character!

July 11, 2021

I do love when my fabric characters come to life! This sassy lady is someone I could easily envision on the Seaside…

art quilt in progress
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123- Not Dead Yet

June 28, 2021

Amusement parks have some fantastic signage, especially lit up at night! My scene is viewed during daylight, so no glowing neon here,…

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122 – Here’s What I’ve Got

June 21, 2021

You’ve seen many posts with unconnected sections, so thought you might enjoy seeing what I’ve got so far for the amusement style…

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121- Proportional Scale

June 13, 2021

Please excuse me if you are seeing a second copy of this post. I’ve been doing some website revisions, so this post…

Comparison of fabric collage template to original photo
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120 – Passive Observer

June 8, 2021

The amusement park dark ride that I’ve been working on has a large open front where people can get into the vehicles…

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119 – Tiny Pieces

May 26, 2021

A wheelchair is a complicated form. There won’t be an easy way to represent one in fabric. I’ll make my best go…

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118 – Fabric Palette

May 16, 2021

Even though I buy fabric in the smallest possible amount, usually ¼ of a yard, I still manage to support the local…

A doll's wheelchair is a model for a drawing
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117 – For Position Only!

May 1, 2021

What do you do when faced with a difficult step of a project? Get right in there? Or waffle around a little,…

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116- Step Up, Look Lively!

April 20, 2021

Art mannequins – we’ve all seen them, and you’ve got to admit, they look a bit wooden. I’ve never thought they were…

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115 – Please Wait…

April 13, 2021

…ase wait for assistance…please wait for assistance…please wa An endless digital sign implores you to wait for assistance – important signage for…

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114 – Taking Shape

April 7, 2021

The “dark ride” building is a large structure and I need to take care that the architecture doesn’t overwhelm the purpose of…

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113 – Big Blocks of Color

April 1, 2021

Big blocks of color are a fun change of pace from the tiny details I’ve been focusing on. As a painter might…

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112 – Tickets, Please

March 28, 2021

I’m liking this group of people! I know my fabric collage people are working well when I think of them as characters…

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111 – Templates and Logical Layering

March 24, 2021

Freezer paper templates serve as a way of getting the shapes and sizes mostly correct, although sometimes I vary from them as…

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110 – Digging Into The Dark

March 18, 2021

I began my fabric collage quilt in a random spot as I was too intimidated to begin with a featured area. After…

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109 – Ta-Dah!

March 7, 2021

Bet you’ve been curious as to how the separate elements of my amusement park scene will look together. Pinning the pieces to…

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108 – From The Mouth Of A Snake

March 3, 2021

A smaller snake slide is a fine idea, but now to make it real. Usually, I don’t number my templates, but it…

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107 – Drawing Too Many Snakes!

February 27, 2021

I spent quite a bit of time drawing and revising the idea of a snake slide as a feature in my amusement…

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106 – Steps of Instruction

February 21, 2021

My imagery of a funhouse with a rolling barrel entrance perfectly represents the inviting rabbit hole of the internet, but this amusement…

fabric collage of roof with photo references and original drawing
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105 – Nailing the Roof

February 15, 2021

Does the house top seem familiar? I modeled it after “American Gothic,” an iconic painting by Grant Wood that has often been…

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104 – Eyes Above

February 11, 2021

Above the swirling vortex/black hole/rolling barrel entrance to the funhouse of my quilt, I would like to have some eyes. This part…

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103 – Vortex People

February 6, 2021

Excited to make my first people for this quilt. Upon starting this project, I challenged myself to improve both drawing skills and…

Handi-Quilter Sweet 16, swirl stitched design
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102 – Going in Circles

February 2, 2021

A swirling vortex will be inside the rolling barrel entrance to a funhouse in my quilt. At first, I thought to use…

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101 – Imaginative Play

January 28, 2021

I love how the trap came out so far. I’ll eventually talk about the collage process in more detail, but there’s plenty…

Fabric collection, paper template and Mousetrap Game reference
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100 – How Good is Your Color Memory?

January 25, 2021

My color memory is such that I can go to a fabric store and quite accurately remember the colors and patterns that…

Susan Polansky, drawing, full and detail, reference images
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99 – Putting Reference Images into Place

January 21, 2021

Now I put my collection of reference images to work. Using the magic of Photoshop Elements, I make a quick photo collage…

illustration detail by Susan Polansky, with related reference images
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98 – Reference Images for Translation

January 17, 2021

Reference images are crucial for translating a line drawing into a realistic art quilt. With my intended plan for a 3’ high…

quilt studio design wall with drawing traced onto fabric
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97 – Rolling Along

January 16, 2021

I have three remaining feet of drawing to trace onto muslin. I taped foam core board to the wall as a temporary…

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96 – The Tracing Begins

January 15, 2021

A little struggle ensued between me and the 11’ long drawing, but we finally came to an agreement. The horizon line needed…

Artist Susan Polansky using a laser level in the art studio
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95 – Let Me Get This Straight…

January 12, 2021

This design wall is made of two 4’ x 8’ Styrofoam panels covered with flannel. I won’t be able to work on…

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94 – I Spy a Camera in the Window

January 7, 2021

My studio overhead camera set-up is not set back far enough to capture the width of quilt area that I’ll be working…

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93 – Moving Along

January 4, 2021

My thoughtful husband put an overhead camera set-up on my studio ceiling. My work takes a long time to go together, so…

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92 – The Next Stage Begins!

January 2, 2021

I ordered a full-size enlargement from Staples Copy department and had it shipped to me as I’m not going anywhere to avoid…

Fun Fear drawing with photo of Susan Polansky for size reference
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91 – Going Big!

December 30, 2020

My next quilt will be 3’ high x 11’ length. Truly a commitment, especially with the level of detail that is typical…

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90 – Quilting Fear

December 12, 2020

Intimidation by size of project and social media hesitation will not stop the forward progress of Susan Polansky’s art quilt.

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89 – Big Bang

December 6, 2020

Impact! Oversized “Flying Pins” by Claes Oldenburg  and Coosje van Bruggen yell out and demand a look.  This site sculpture wouldn’t be…

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88 – Giving thanks

December 6, 2020

I depart from my usual arty posts to wish a Happy Thanksgiving to all! I cooked up a feast for my social-bubble…

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87 – Primary focus

December 6, 2020

If I were looking straight ahead, my primary field of vision would be the blue area. I colored these areas to remind…

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86 – Coloring fun

December 6, 2020

Just for the fun of it, I colored in a bit of a drawing. I really don’t know how to “paint” on…

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85 – I want it all

December 6, 2020

I’m working on the center section, what will be behind the girl with the balloon, trying to figure out how to get…

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84 – Ditch the Snake?

December 6, 2020

I spent oodles of time on drawing a snake slide, but in this version, I’ve ditched it completely, and, well, I like…

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83 – Spot the difference

December 6, 2020

These two drawings remind me of spot-the-difference cartoons that always captivated me! There are many of the elements that I have shown…

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82 – How’s it looking?

December 6, 2020

I’ve got a lot packed into this, but I can’t say that I’m happy with it. There is no flow in the…

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81 – Kneading it to go away

December 6, 2020

You might be wondering what the silver thing is that is often on my drawings. It’s one of my favorite drawing, or…

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80 – Barrel of fun

December 6, 2020

Back to using the background grid and drawing boxes to figure out how a barrel would look lying on it’s side. Because…

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79 – Ruinous ruffians ruin ruins

December 6, 2020

Versions of what will be to the left of the girl with(out) the balloon. I liked the idea of a dog pulling…

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78 – Beginning to see everything clearly

December 6, 2020

My balloon people will be in the front of my story, so they will be a bit larger than some of the…

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77 – Of course you can have cotton candy

December 6, 2020

Here is another opportunity to have everything count – I could have both child and adult reaching up to the escaping balloon,…

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76 – I’ll never get it back

December 6, 2020

The loss of a balloon is another idea that has been floating around my imagination. Child loses cheerful balloon, adult reaching but…

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75 – Gotta get my hands on some fabric!

December 6, 2020

The amusement park is taking shape! I can start seeing colors in my head. After so much drawing I am really itching…

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74 – Cap / guns

December 6, 2020

I’ve drawn a shooting gallery in my amusement park and now I’m working on characters that are passing by, a man with…

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73 – Will they make the cut?

December 6, 2020

I like the idea of two people pointing and laughing at the bottom of the slide. I think it’s clearer that they…

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72 – Sizing up a bully

December 6, 2020

How do I know how large to draw a figure? It’s back to boxes and the perspective grid. At the start of…

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71 – Look hard enough and it will be found

December 6, 2020

Different versions of the same idea. Haven’t settled on the size or placement of the snake slide, but I’m figuring that if…

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70 – Re-appearing images

December 5, 2020

Colors! Paint! Creative Play! Oh the fun of being in my studio! My artistic life allows escape from current events, but I…

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69 – It’s not funny

December 5, 2020

I’ve got some idea of my snake slide drawn, so now what happens?  I recall being slightly dizzy at the exit of…

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68 – The muscle memory of drawing

December 5, 2020

My husband will repeat a tennis shot over and over to get the correct form into his muscle memory. While I wouldn’t…

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67 – Bottled up meaning

December 5, 2020

I’m still on the subject of drinking and playing with how it will fit into my grand scheme of a plan for…

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66 – Fangs and functionality

December 5, 2020

This slide functionally works. It’s size or something isn’t quite right, but good enough for now.  I am pleased with the person…

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65 – Ouch!

December 5, 2020

2 AM: Startled awake with a WTF moment! Last post I claimed to be getting better at recognizing errors with perspective. Yeah,…

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64 – Playing with boxes

December 5, 2020

WHEN DRAWING IS DIFFICULT, GO BACK TO BOXES! The snake slide that I envision is a tough thing to draw. Not only…

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63 – Making my recycle bin overflow

December 5, 2020

Man, I can really relate to this quote from Chuck Dixon, “Every artist has thousands of bad drawings in them and the…

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62 – Re-thinking snake oil

December 5, 2020

Bottle…drinking…downward slide – connects in my mind to: insidious poison, sneaking, slithering, evil snake oil. But, snakes and alcohol are not all…

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61 – Sitting ducks

December 5, 2020

I don’t want to say directly “shooting at people” but I do want to make this suggestion with a shooting gallery. I’ve…

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60 – Same, but different

December 5, 2020

I continue to work out how my theme park will look by sketching out slightly different versions. One of my earliest sketches…

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59 – Something more to add

October 15, 2020

I think I will add some giant murals to the sides of the funhouse/amusement buildings. They have to be done in a…

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58 – Promise of fun

July 30, 2020

Frantic, flashing lights, colorful neon, bold graphics!, A promise of fun and excitement, luring people to spend money and wait on lines….

stitched artwork by Susan Polansky
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57 – It will be a quilt!

July 27, 2020

You’ve seen a lot of drawing, but have I mentioned that I intend to make the final piece of this project out…

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56 – Wandering through the funhouse

July 23, 2020

A tighter sketch with some different additions – a menacing animal beyond the mouse hole reaching out its paw. Maybe a jail-like…

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55 – Did you ever play Mousetrap?

July 20, 2020

Background ideas are formulating. I like the Mousetrap game’s ladder and basket and the diving board person. They kind of just found…

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54 – Beware the whirlpool

July 17, 2020

The rolling barrel entrance to a funhouse began with my thoughts on getting sucked into the internet, how I’m drawn into a…

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53 – What’s your position on this?

July 14, 2020

Position alters perspective, even more so when the type of perspective is distorted. Re-locating where an “attraction” is in my theme park…

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52 – Finding your center

July 6, 2020

A lot of geometry going on here. it will be no easy thing to draw a funhouse entrance barrel convincingly. It is…

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51 – Thoughts on fire

July 3, 2020

Detail added to the gingerbread house, adding some people and the Food Court signage. One of my biggest fears is fire, so…

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50 – backdrop? More like gumdrop

July 1, 2020

Planning stage for some other buildings has started. A gingerbread house would be tasty – not only for its colorful appeal, but…

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49 – Taking the paper training wheels off

June 29, 2020

I’m using a grid behind tracing paper for my drawings now. Newsprint was for quick sketches. Now I want to have a…

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48 – Eye see!

June 26, 2020

Here’s some crucial info that completely escaped me until lately: People of similar heights standing on flat ground, arranged from closest to…

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47 – 7.5 heads are better than one

June 23, 2020

The size of a human figure is often shown in “heads”. Height: 7 ½ heads, Width: 2 heads, Arm length: 3 ¾…

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46 – Go figure: figure drawing recommendation

June 19, 2020

This is my go-to for figure drawing reference. The simplified human anatomy, along with details of expression, age, clothing, gender differences are…

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45 – Maybe my biology degree has helped

June 16, 2020

As I plan the positions and appearances of the structures in my landscape, I need to think about people in the same…

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44 – Please wait for assistance

June 13, 2020

I’ll keep some of the details that appeared in the sketching stage and include them later. I really like the “Not Dead…

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43 – Where will everything go?

June 10, 2020

Now that I’ve decided to do a landscape view, and have more of an amusement park look rather than a solitary funhouse,…

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42 – Stranger in a strange land

June 7, 2020

“Grok” is one of my favorite words. Thanks to Robert A. Heinlein for coining it in his 1961 science fiction novel, “Stranger…

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41 – Using a perspective grid

June 4, 2020

This perspective grid is what I’ll use for my drawing. There are many kinds of simple grids available for free on the…

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40 – The amazing art of Kim Jung Gi

June 1, 2020

The South Korean artist named Kim Jung Gi creates absolutely amazing drawings using unusual perspectives. Here’s his website: https://www.kimjunggius.com/pages/about-artist There’s links to videos…

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39 – Panoramic drawing example

May 29, 2020

The artist John Lee granted permission for me to use his drawing in this post as a good example of the type…

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38 – Perspective beyond the normal range of vision

May 25, 2020

You can get lost in all the information about perspective drawing that is available on Google. I had never used a perspective…

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37 – Beauty in a mathematical grid

May 22, 2020

My previous thoughts on Perspective Drawing Art Instruction = math, angles, geometry = let’s not go there: Yes, classic math avoidance syndrome!…

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36 – What you see is just an illusion!

May 19, 2020

How do you become a better artist, a better anything? Identify what needs improvement, then learn and practice.I need to study up…

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35 – Facing invisible barriers

May 16, 2020

What do you do when you come up to a barrier? Do you shirk away from things that scare you, or do…

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34 – Perspective is all about relationships

May 14, 2020

An imaginative world requires convincing size, shape and space in order to be believable. Photographs can give me the basics of how…

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33 – Self-portrait perspective

May 12, 2020

Yes, this is a self-portrait – from 1979! (Don’t ya just love those big eyeglasses?) It’s a first attempt at etching. We…

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32 – Quicksand of my own making

May 10, 2020

Somedays, everything feels like too much. I go into my studio to escape from complications of the day, and find myself mired…