Saturday, October 31, 2009

Second Hand

Hands down, this is one of my most favorite book projects to date...

With each page completed, I have become more and more intrigued with adding objects to book pages. Call it assemblook, perhaps...

With every new object, more and more depth is added...

And with every new page, I am learning new ways to work with and combine wood, metal, fabric and paper...

Handbook. The story continues...

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Mountain Views

Mountain Crossing...
On top of the world
An unending future
A promise unfurled.

Mountain Crossing...
A ladder of clouds
A dream for the taking
Erase all the shrouds.

Mountain Crossing...
Catch that which you seek
Anointed, appointed
You've now reached the peak.

Mountain Crossing. Available for purchase in my Etsy shop until listing expires on November 3.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Calling all Artists

It is once again time to take your pulse! The Pulse is an online and print project that has been part of The Altered Page since January 2008. Its purpose is to "tap into the pulse" of the online, mixed-media arts community. With so many talented and creative artists to follow, I thought it would be fun, informative, and inspiring to bring them together through a series of ongoing projects. The aim: to introduce you to new artists, help you get to know familiar faces even more, and to provide a window into the creative hearts and minds of a talented group of individuals.

Prior editions of The Pulse can be accessed online by clicking the links on the sidebar of my blog. The 3rd edition, an artist survey, is also available in a print zine and can be ordered here.

At this time I am working on the next edition of The Pulse. Over 150 artists have already signed on to participate, making this the largest project to date. But why stop there? I would like to put out an open call to all mixed-media artists with a blog and/or website who would like to participate. Please email me and I will forward all the information you need to join in. Go ahead. Email. You know you want to!!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Hand Made

I continue to work away on Handbook...

adding some rusty found objects...

to give it a little depth...

to tell the story of the page...

to add layers to the book...

to fill the binding...

and to spread the idea...made by hand!

Sunday, October 18, 2009


Recently I have been spending some time "recycling" some of my own artwork, especially pieces that ultimately I feel were not fully satisfying to me. In some cases, the original piece has been painted over, making it virtually unrecognizable. The first artwork has become just one of many layers in a new artwork.

In other cases, I have cut larger work into smaller pieces and then added additional elements. That approach can be seen in the following piece which, along with another new piece made from the same original artwork, is available for purchase in Etsy.

And I am curious how many other people recycle their own art. Feel free to leave a comment sharing your recycling stories.

Earth Works

Ingredients: watercolor paper, book board, acrylic paint, wax pastels, dry transfer, gel marker. approximately 6 1/4" x 6 1/4". click to enlarge.

Available for purchase in The Altered Page on Etsy.

Sold. Thank You!

Friday, October 16, 2009

Contained Continued

I am continuing to collaborate with Viv and Steph on our project Self Contained. And I have to say, working with these two creative individuals has me very, very inspired. We promise there will one day be a big reveal but until then, here are some glimpses of the recent work I have completed on my own part of the project. Click each image to enlarge for detail - it makes a difference!


Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Opening Day

The opening of Below the Surface was held this past Saturday. The show was co-sponsored by The Book Arts Round Table and The Printmaking Council of New Jersey and was held at PCNJ.

I was happy to be there to experience an exhibition from the other side. Thirty seven books created by twenty three artists were on display and so many different styles of book arts were represented. There were books made from paper, metal, felt, wood, mica, and other materials. And every type of binding seemed to be on display.

The opening was well attended and I was lucky to have met many, very welcoming books artists.

I am happy to be able to share with you the fact that my book Undergound sold.

Billboard remains available and is for sale at the price of $210. If anybody out there is interested in purchasing this book, please send me an email. Sold. Thank you!

The exhibition runs through December 5. Stop by if you are in the neighborhood. You can find directions in PCNJ's website.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Underneath it All

The second book that is being shown as part of the exhibition "Below the Surface" may also be familiar to some of you, as it has been previously posted on my blog. It is "Underground" - my hand bound book of altered photographs celebrating the urban beauty of New York City. All the photographs were shot in New York to capture the impact of time, change, and movement.

I am glad that this exhibit has given me an opportunity to once again showcase this book and to unearth the layers that exist in this special city!

Sold. Thank you!

Saturday, October 10, 2009

On Board

Just want to send out a big thank you to everybody who commented and/or emailed after I posted about being accepted into my first juried exhibition. I am quite excited about this and am really pleased that the exhibition is sponsored by The Book Arts Round Table and The Printmaking Council of New Jersey.

PCNJ is an organization that is involved in not only promoting and teaching the art of printmaking but is also becoming very active in using art to highlight and express social and political issues.

The first book of two that were accepted into the show is "Billboard." Some of you may remember the start of this project, which had been previously posted on my blog. Only a few pages were completed when I put the book aside. It remained unfinished until I was inspired by the theme of this exhibition, "Below the Surface."

Now completed, this book is loosely influenced by both the shape and the visuals of old, previously used billboards.

These old billboards become abstract canvases which totally resonate with my love of things with a history, things distressed, things with layers, and things that have been changed by time.

And, in the case of this exhibition, they reveal what is below the surface.

Sold. Thank you!