How to Say Goodbye, Again

…is the name of today’s story at Fictive Dream.

Throughout the month of February 2023 I will be showing you illustrations I did for Flash Fiction February 2023 at Fictive Dream, an online magazine devoted to the short story.

Here’s the image editor Laura Black chose for this story, How to Say Goodbye, Again, by Sudha Balagopal.

And here is the artwork with the banner. Take a look at this image. And then…

Read the story at Fictive Dream.

Far From Fine

…is the name of today’s story at Fictive Dream.

Throughout the month of February 2023 I will be showing you illustrations I did for Flash Fiction February 2023 at Fictive Dream, an online magazine devoted to the short story.

Here’s the image editor Laura Black chose for this story, Far From Fine, by Damhnait Monaghan.

And here is the artwork with the banner. Take a look at this image. And then…

Read the story at Fictive Dream.

Small Artist Sketchbook 2022 – Pages 32 and 33

We are on a journey through another one of my small artist sketchbooks. As with all my books of this type, I take a sketchbook and fill it with whatever I feel like doing at the time. No planning, just enjoyment.

This book was done between August 2020 and February 2022, more or less (I date each page as I do it).

I don’t go through the book page by page in order, though in general the earlier images are at the front and the later ones following – but sometimes I skip pages and come back later, or do some other thing. No reason, that is just how I do it.

Let’s take a look.

Here’s today’s page spread. My sewing machine. And a grandmother and her granddaughter outside on a snowy night.

Here are individual views of the pages.

If you have any questions as to the materials or techniques I used, let me know. I love to answer questions!

Solstice Twisting

…is the name of today’s story at Fictive Dream.

Throughout the month of February 2023 I will be showing you illustrations I did for Flash Fiction February 2023 at Fictive Dream, an online magazine devoted to the short story.

Here’s the image editor Laura Black chose for this story, Solstice Twisting, by Len Kuntz.

And here is the artwork with the banner. Take a look at this image. And then…

Read the story at Fictive Dream.

A Way

…is the name of today’s story at Fictive Dream.

Throughout the month of February 2023 I will be showing you illustrations I did for Flash Fiction February 2023 at Fictive Dream, an online magazine devoted to the short story.

Here’s the image editor Laura Black chose for this story, A Way, by Sarah Freligh.

And here is the artwork with the banner. Take a look at this image. And then…

Read the story at Fictive Dream.

2003 Calendar – February

Here’s a project I did in 2001-2002 that I had forgotten about. Now, here in 2022-2023, I will take a trip down memory lane and show it to you, once each month.

Why this schedule? Because it is a calendar. For 2003.

I made three of these – one for my son, one for my parents, and one for my husband. It’s the last one that I am showing to you. They were all alike except for the covers.

I hoped this calendar could be a small record of a certain time in our family. I do not know if my son still has his version, and my parents now are dead and their things scattered and gone, but here is the one we still have at our house, a voice speaking up again from the past.

If you want to know more about this calendar, look here.

Here is the collage image I used for the month of February, 2003. It’s called “February Haven” and was 11″ x 14″. It depicts The Quadrant, a coffee shop/bookstore in Easton, PA, where I spent a lot of time during this time in my past, including having a couple of art exhibits in their upstairs gallery space.

Here is the page in the calendar.

Happy February!

As for the notes, #1, I love Valentine’s Day and making and sending cards. #4. We had large gardens at this house and enjoyed planning and planting. #10. I love playing double (or triple or quadruple) solitaire.

Flash Fiction February 2023 is right around the corner

Where I live, this time of year can often be cold, dark, rainy, snowy. Great for staying inside and reading.

Or maybe where you are, it’s sunny and hot. Great for sitting outside and reading.

Let me suggest an idea: wherever you are, it’s always perfect weather for reading.

So it’s a good thing that Flash Fiction February 2023 at Fictive Dream is coming along soon.

You know what I am talking about. Each February, Fictive Dream, which is an online magazine devoted to the short story, presents one flash fiction story each day of the month. For the past several years I have been doing illustrations for the event.

I’ve done the artwork for this year’s event as well. I created a body of abstract work and editor Laura Black chose individual pieces with one to represent each story. I’ll be showing you the artwork each day and providing a link to the story. I hope you’ll take a look at the art and then click to the story.

I love the connection between words and art that occurs in this event. I am honored to be involved with it. Thank you as always to Fictive Dream and Laura Black, and to all the authors whose stories entertain, provoke thought, and evoke emotion.

See you on February 1st!

Chapter Nine: Abstract to Divergence

In the fall of 2022 I participated in studio painting sessions at Woodmere Museum of Art. The class was called Exploring Abstraction and was led by Val Rossman. If any of this information sounds familiar it is because I have done previous sessions in the studio with this group. And that’s because I like being there!

Here are the three beginnings I made:

One of the beginnings chose to upend itself and try anew from that angle:

And then the beginnings resolved themselves, in very different ways.

Take a look at before and after.

Chapter Eight: Abstract to “We’ve Been Friends for a Long Time”

In the fall of 2022 I participated in studio painting sessions at Woodmere Museum of Art. The class was called Exploring Abstraction and was led by Val Rossman. If any of this information sounds familiar it is because I have done previous sessions in the studio with this group. And that’s because I like being there!

Now there is only one painting left to move on with, in this grouping – the one on the far right.

I had no idea what I wanted to do. So I turned it upside down, like this:

After messing around with it some more, I got an idea in my head of three chairs, and a starry sky. No idea where that came from, but that is what I painted. I made a start on it in class and finished up at home. Here is where it landed.

Truly this sequence of creative events was a more convoluted path than usual in terms of where it started and where it ended up. But I like the way it turned out. Sometimes the painting tells you what it wants to do and refuses to be deterred.

“We’ve Been Friends For a Long Time”, acrylics and acrylic marker, 11/22, 20″ x 16″.

Small Artist Sketchbook 2022 – Pages 30 and 31

We are on a journey through another one of my small artist sketchbooks. As with all my books of this type, I take a sketchbook and fill it with whatever I feel like doing at the time. No planning, just enjoyment.

This book was done between August 2020 and February 2022, more or less (I date each page as I do it).

I don’t go through the book page by page in order, though in general the earlier images are at the front and the later ones following – but sometimes I skip pages and come back later, or do some other thing. No reason, that is just how I do it.

Let’s take a look.

Here’s today’s page spread. A sofa with a dual personality, and next to it some faces.

Here are individual views of the pages.

If you have any questions as to the materials or techniques I used, let me know. I love to answer questions!