Lunch Table Set

October 30, 2010Randomness, Vintage Stuff

Auctions are a great place to get art supplies, and I especially like industrial auctions. It’s usually dirty, noisy, and sometimes too many smokers show up, but it’s a chance to poke around in factories and other places you wouldn’t ordinarily be allowed. It’s also a  social event, you often see some of the same … Read More

Vintage Friday

June 12, 2009Inspiration, Vintage Stuff

Long ago I told Paper Dolls for Boys that I would post vintage photos on Fridays, but I really haven’t got that many great vintage photos. I do however have a nice collection of mid-century cookbooks — many I found when I bought two big boxes of old papers at an auction. They appear to … Read More

Clay and Hearts

February 17, 2009Mixed Media

Remember last year when I mentioned being struck down by ceramics by Lisa Naples? It was one of the those epiphany moments for me: Whoa — clay being used with texture, color, words, and images! >>>Update: Some how I missed linking to Lisa Naples main website here! Thanks Andy! <<< After that day I talked … Read More

Vintage Christmas

December 25, 2007Holidays, Inspiration, Vintage Stuff

We’ve had housefuls of company this year, so I’ve had little time to make anything myself, but I always enjoy getting little vintage treasures out of their storage boxes. This is a nativity scene made from a coconut and other nuts that I found in a bucket in the basement of an old house during … Read More

Bemis Center Art Auction

December 6, 2007Journeys, Other Artists, Quilts

I’ve been doing some small experiments lately to more closely bridge my drawing and work with cloth. This is a shoe I sat next to at the Bemis Center art auction a few weeks ago, a great place to see and draw lots of characters. Based in Omaha, Nebraska, the Bemis Center is an artist-residency … Read More

Empty Spools

June 27, 2005Process, Vintage Stuff

I was wondering why I was collecting all the old wooden spools that I find at auctions, and now I’ve found one good reason. They are great for winding on this hand-dyed thread I bought from Laura Wasilowski when she was in town. I always wondered what people did with all that thread she sells. … Read More

Chinese Checkers

March 17, 2005Inspiration, Vintage Stuff

Oh my, it was a beautiful day today…I saw a guy and a dog flying a kite in a big grassy field.  Actually I spend the morning inside drawing, not a good use of the fabulous weather, but I did get out in the afternoon to go to an auction, and got this great Chinese … Read More