Monday, March 30, 2009


Thursday, March 26, 2009

texas regionalism

these are details of a couple of alexandre hogue prints i've been working on the past few days. he did a lot of landscapes of new mexico and texas, and i really like his work. hogue was one of the dallas nine, a group of artists whose work exemplified some of the most talented regional art in america. the prints below had several tape attachments (of mulitple types), which i removed before washing and flattening.

surprise backings

these boards, both cut from larger commercial cardboard boxes, were behind an object i unframed this morning. we like them.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

a storm brewing

crazy clouds this afternoon. look close, there is some weird upward suction/swirl action in the middle of the sky...looks like an upside down petunia blossom.

Monday, March 23, 2009

good bugs and bad bugs

we have a serious case of aphids in the garden, so yesterday we released hundreds of ladybugs to help us out. they pretty immediately went to having sex, but they do also consume two to three times their body weight each day, eating aphids and other bugs we don't want. this morning we already noticed a significant decrease in the number of bad bugs. yay. but we aren't sure where most of the ladys went...hopefully they are still in our yard.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Thursday, March 19, 2009

rocketbuster boots

this week we've been in el paso for a conference. it was my first visit, and i was very excited to check out rocketbuster boots in person. i've been a fan for a long time...since i came across a collection of old stickers from rocketbuster years and years ago, the size of trading cards and each with a different pair of boots pictured. i stuck them all on the same board, which still hangs in my house, and have never been able to decide on the pair i'd buy in my dreams. they aren't cheap...and they shouldn't be, because each pair is custom made entirely by hand, by a great group of folks in el probably the neatest looking work environment i've ever seen.

Thursday, March 12, 2009


these are some detail shots from an 1858 certificate of naturalization from the state of ohio. the paper is very thin and pretty and worn. i love all the different fonts and letterforms.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

very dirty indeed

this large print was very degraded and brittle, partly from a previous treatment gone bad. when i washed it, a lot of junk came out...which you can see in the bath water. it's now much improved, but still soft and brittle, and i noticed it smelled like vinegar while drying. i don't know what happened to it exactly, but it was bleached in a bad way years ago.

from the studio window

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

the pearl cup

this place is just a 5 minute walk from our house. they have a very nice selection of sweet treats, a yummy grilled cheese, and a super good secret recipe latte. great looking too... it's like dallas meets austin. on henderson at mcmillan. go visit and support them. hooray for more local coffee shops!

Friday, March 6, 2009

hooray for more tacos

this morning we stopped for tacos at taco joint. we've been searching for a great breakfast taco ever since having to leave austin. today mine had egg, cheese, refried beans, and chorizo...yum. please go here and support a new small/local biz. the tacos are truly good. open for breakfast and lunch, near the corner of peak and gaston.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

a bit of book work

we are doing some repair on a neat publisher's binding that belongs to our talented fabric artist friend judy vetter. the book has over 100 color plates featuring images from a trip around the world. the date of publication is 1888.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

saturday to do:

go see the charley harper opening from 6 to 9 at the public trust. i especially love the posters he did for the national park service.