Saturday, June 29, 2013

Hot Flash

unexpected sweats in the 
middle of tea with friends
drips and puddles in hidden places
43, 44, 45
acrylic and gold leaf on Fabriano paper
fire shoots through your skin
in the freezer section at the grocery store
46, 47, 48
                                                        p a u s e

*from the biology of womanhood series, 2012 - present

Friday, June 28, 2013

Inner City Pythia

dark alleys beneath broken lights
which way out 
one chance, no mistakes
 night creatures seek food
she heads in their direction
her path out the ghetto

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Taming My Monsters, Part II

*handmade paper with texturized wooden frame

Still working on those boxes.
Not sure how they are going to turn out. . .  

I used the left over wood
to create unique frames for 
handmade papers.  

*This paper was made 
from a discarded dictionary. 

Monday, June 24, 2013

Taming My Monsters: Part I

I had this idea for my new 
Monster Series:
Create large folding boxes 
that would contain
 imagery and text
and tell stories.
Cuadro II, The Red Box
These boxes would also contain my 
handmade papers.

Cuadro II drying 
When unfolded,
 the boxes would form
 complete circles. 

One side a beautiful design.
The other side a story.
Inside my handmade papers.

Learning how to use machines & tools.
Easier to imagine
than actually do.
Making the frames for handmade papers
I am learning so much about 
hard woods,
soft woods, 
drills, tools
 and instruction manuals.
Cutting pine radiata for frames
I have so much respect for
 artists & crafters
who make their final pieces look

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Cerebellum 66

sometimes I have ink
left over after I make a 
series of prints
Cerebellum 66, 2013 (ink, fabric patterns, markers, acrylic)
these days I try to have extra papers
around my printing press 
so that I can make 
marks and 
images with
all my left overs

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Postage Stamps - The Artist's Mark II

Here are a few of my 
postage stamps.

It was hard to photograph the deep purple hue of the stamp.
I tried to mail as many postcards with the 
32 cents rate as possible because
to go up by the time I was 
finished printing all the cards.

My Periwinkle stamps for the international postcards.
These are the postcards that had the 
Periwinkle stamps.
postage stamps and postcards
Linocuts on postcards, Suzanne Coley
I sprayed all the cards with
It is acid free/archival and
protects the handprinted
cards as they go through the
USPS machinery.
Cards drying after being sprayed.  I used 3 bottles for 250 cards (front & back).
I have three postcards left.  
If you are interested in receiving a card, please 
post when was the last time you 
mailed a postcard (or not).
Do you send e-cards?
I will make the final selection on July 15th
and mail the cards on July 19th. 

Friday, June 21, 2013

Postage Stamps - The Artist's Mark

 Until the mid 1900's most of the images on postage stamps were created by engravings.
One of the most famous engravers was Czeslaw Slania.
Swedish Royal Family stamps engraved by Czeslaw Slania, 1995
Czeslaw Slania created over 1000 postage stamps and was the official court engraver for Sweden, Denmark, and Monaco.

The Smithsonian National Postal Museum has a candid photograph of Mr. Slania working in
his studio.  I was so inspired by Mr. Slania that I created postage stamps for each batch of  postcards.
Mailing handmade postcards at the National Postal Museum.  
A few more cards, ready for mailing.
This sign was in the museum.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Sonnet XV

When I consider every thing that growsHolds in perfection but a little moment;

Page from my Journal, 153 over 99
That this huge stage presenteth nought but shows
Whereon the stars in secret influence comment;
When I perceive that men as plants increase,
Cheered and check'd even by the self-same sky,
Vaunt in their youthful sap, at height decrease,
And wear their brave state out of memory:
Then the conceit of this inconstant stay
Sets you most rich in youth before my sight,
Where wasteful Time debateth with Decay
To change your day of youth to sullied night,
And all in war with Time for love of you,
As he takes from you, I ingraft you new.
William Shakespeare

Monday, June 17, 2013

One Million Bones

Early in the morning
on Saturday, June 8, I was
walking down the National Mall
in Washington, DC and noticed
piles and piles and piles 
and piles of bones.

 There were lots of teenagers and
adults dressed in white and I asked
them what was going on.
 They said they were part of the 
art project.
 They were very friendly and
explained that the bones were
going to be spread across
the massive National Mall
of the genocides and atrocities
in the world today.
 They said that the project was
in their schools and 
students helped
make the bones.
 The bones were made from 
paper, plaster, clay and 
cardboard material.
As I was leaving, van loads of people
dressed in white were arriving for the
bone-laying ceremony and events.

Later, I learned that this project is the 
brainchild of artist/activist Naomi Natale.

Photo credit: Suzanne Coley

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Experiments with Green

The creation of lime green
paper took a lot longer than
I imagined.
Linocut on handmade paper, June 2013
The more I experiment 
with recycled
papers, the less I
feel I really know.

A few papers look, feel, and tear 
the same; however, when I break
down their fibers, I discover their
chemistry is different.  (I am keeping
a record of these types of papers and
will post at some point. )
Finding the perfect shade:
Experiment with green paper 
The experiments with creating
green, blue, 
black, and brown papers 
are coming along well.  

I also printed on 
a core log.  My next
task is to integrate 
the handmade sheets with
the core logs.
Notes from the Center of the Earth:
First print on a Core Log

Friday, June 14, 2013

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Living Text: Life

Excerpts from
The Geometry of Chaos
multilayered silkscreened pages on vellum and Rives BFK
world news suffocates citizens
fear seeps into the Dow
a new type of Jones
black and blue with purple bruises

two color silkscreen over silver relief print
streets of forgotten dreams
luxury cars crash into Earth's gut

linocuts on transparent vellum sheets
change permeates the stale air

Garden of Hope

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

On a Poet's Lips

Silver Miasma, acrylic and silver on paper 48" x 36"

On a Poet's lips I slept
Dreaming like a love-adept
In the sound his breathing kept;
Nor seeks nor finds he mortal blisses
But feeds on the aerial kisses
Of shapes that haunt thought's wildernesses.
He will watch from dawn to gloom
The lake-reflected sun illume
The yellow bees i' the ivy-bloom
Nor heed nor see, what things they be;
But from these create he can
Forms more real than living man,
Nurslings of immortality!
One of these awakened me
And I sped to succour thee.
Prometheus Unbound I, Percy Shelley 

Monday, June 10, 2013


embracing the wind
and all it blows your way
the smell of your first orchid
the bite of your first peach
the sounds of your first cello
the sight of your first tangled alphabet
the moment you realize you exist
 reality is no longer a dream

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Star, Moon, Wind

The World's Wanderers
Tell me, thou star whose wings of light
Speed thee in thy fiery flight,
In what cavern of the night
Will thy pinions close now?

Tell me, moon, thou pale and grey
Pilgrim of heaven's homeless way,
In what depth of night or day
Seekest thou repose now?

Weary wind, who wanderest
Like the world's rejected guest,
Hast thou still some secret nest
On the tree or billow?
                        Percy Shelley, 1824

Friday, June 7, 2013

Geometry of Chaos

Grief and Joy 
come circling
linocut and silkscreen pages from artist's book Geometry of Chaos

textured cover and matching box of Geometry of Chaos
Opening pages of book.  Hand printed title and images on vellum.

Printed in a limited edition of 10.

Artist's book is in  front of opened matching box.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Inside the World of Art

The Process
Book Arts Presentation
The Questions
Describing what I do.
Discussing how.
Explaining why.

The Vision
Handmade book: Painting emotions

Tuesday, June 4, 2013


the sun came out and
 I was reminded how
beautiful life is
hand painted negative film,  48"x36"

Sunday, June 2, 2013

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