Destroy a Flower and Draw!

Four Dahlias

Dahlias from Fran (click on image to enlarge)

You don’t need any art supplies to draw. Go on. Try it. smear a little more coffee on that coffee ring stain.  Take your pen and add a few strokes. Coffee is such a beautiful color. It smells good too.

When I was in Egypt I was sketching  and dipped a stick into a small bottle of  brown ink that I had in my backpack.  I got back to the hotel and noticed my sketch book smelled strange. I had mistaken a bottle of Echinacea for walnut ink and made a drawing with it. I brought the herbal remedy along to  boost my immune system and reduce the severity or length of a cold.

The herbal drawing of the Temple of Luxor has kept it’s color. It’s kept its  smell, too!

Dip your finger in that glass of red wine, pat it on a piece of paper. Any curry powder around?



Painting birds originally drawn in 2450 BC – Egypt

For many of my trips I have taken with me a  Canson 8.5×11 sketch book. Made up of acid free paper with a durable black cover and binding, this sketchbook has about 200 pages of a good quality paper. My goal is always to try to fill up the book before I go home. After the trip I paint about the experience and then have an exhibit every few years.The Egypt paintings were shown at Robert Mondavi winery.  The painting above is based upon a sketch I did of some birds that were drawn in 2450 BC. I found the images in the tomb of Teti.

For this body of work my paintings introduce large scale light boxes set within canvas structures. The light boxes highlight artwork inspired by sketches done during my trip to Egypt.  Size: 54″ x 84″ wax and acrylic on canvas, sumi ink, watercolor on two layers of mulberry paper.

Egypt, an Artists’ Book – 2001

Stacked up inside this pyramid are separate books.

Luxor, Egypt ,Karnak and The Nile

Each book is filled with poems, transfers, rubbings, collage,

drawings and paintings. All drawings were made on site.

Polaroid transfers  from slides are included  in the pyramid,

so is an accordion book made out of tickets to the various monuments.

The monument tickets have a photo of that particular monument which gets stamped when you go in.

Egypt   2001

9″ x  9″ x 8″  pyramid base, grid paper, polaroid prints, transfers, rubbings, collage,

drawings, paintings, tickets, poems, one polaroid transfer on papyrus.

Tony Sweet’s Interview by Jim Miotke

After listening to Jim Miotke interview Tony Sweet, I’m thinking of putting away a series of paintings and moving on to something new. Tony talked about when things aren’t going well, let yourself go. Leave and move on. After being away from the studio for a long time I thought I’d change some paintings. They didn’t seem to be working anymore.  When making photographs it’s good to turn around and see what’s behind you. I tried that with this painting. I photographed the back of it. The sun, coming though stained, waxed raw canvas created some powerful images. It looks like a new series of photographs is about to be born. You can hear Tony’s interview on

Beeswax and acrylic on canvas, mixed media on mulberry paper, 54″ x 84″ The crane in flight is taken from a scene in the mastabaof Ptah-Hotep, Saqqara.