Saturday, January 16, 2021

They Dance in the Air continues . . .


The first image shows stitching pattern on the haiku book in my last posting and the open wrap-around case.



They Dance in the Air

This edge sewn book of haiku and the accompanying wrap
-around case were made in celebration of my father's 80th birthday. The pages are rendered in ink, transparent watercolor and gouache. 

The text is haiku by Basho, Buson, Chiyo, Issa, Kikaku, Onitsura, Sampu, Shiki, Sokan and Soseki. Several of the opening pages are shown below.

Instructions for making the book and wrap-around case can be found in Books, Boxes & Wraps: Binding & Building Step-by-Step. 

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Wednesday, January 13, 2021

In Celebration

In celebration of the New Year I will be posting several works from the past—handmade books and cases. Instructions for making these can be found in my book Books, Boxes & Wraps: Binding and Building Step-by-Step. 

Below are several pages from an edge sewn book, In Celebration: Our 50th Anniversary. The book created for my parents and used in their Anniversary Mass. The calligraphy and illustrations are in transparent watercolor, gouache and gold leaf.


Saturday, March 7, 2020

Riding the 522

Went into town on Tuesday to visit the Columbia Tower Gallery. Had the best seat for sketching! People were so busy mostly with books, and phones, it was as though I was in a privet studio.

If you are in the area, stop by the gallery. I have three paintings in the show this month.
Columbia Center Building   |   701 Fifth Avenue, Suite 310
Seattle WA   206-624-0543   |   Monday-Friday  11am -4pm

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Mostly Moving

 Day 30 #stradaeasel
Sketching people again today.

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Outside Yi Fang Tea Shop

Day 28 #stradaeasel
Went to the mall today. This Taiwan tea shop has so many choices! Salt cream teas, fruit teas and more. My Green Tea Macchiato was so good! Same for my husband's the Black Tea Macchiato.

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Hair Cut

 Day 28 #stradaeasel
Got a hair cut today. Such great "models" and they mostly stay put, not moving out of sight.

Monday, January 27, 2020

Evening Sketching TV

Day 27 #stradaeasel
Sitting in the living room this evening sketching people on evening tv and husband, who was writing. He moved so I sketched my paint box.

Sunday, January 26, 2020

Flowers for a rainy day . . .

Day 26 #stradaeasel
They were a sweet gift from a friend so I sketched them today.

Saturday, January 25, 2020

Waiting . . .

Day 12 #stradaeasel
The first person left almost as soon as I started to sketch her. The others didn't last very long either.

Friday, January 24, 2020

Goin' Down

Day 24 #stradaeasel
 Found some people not using cellphones! They are going down the escalator. The folks on the left are going down too, but the paper wasn't.

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Bus Line II

Day 23 #stradaeasel
When the bus actually arrives, the people and the space between between them is not so relaxed.

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Bus Line

Day 22 #stradaeasel
My new sketchbook does not like watercolor. It beads up, rolls around and goes through the paper.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Taking the 312 into Town

Day 21 #stradaeasel
On the bus with new small sketchbook. 

Monday, January 20, 2020

Daily News

Day 20 #stradaeasel
A little news and a comfy chair today.