Thursday, January 23, 2014

Willy Wonka

*here, I knocked the saturation down and added a few elements, inspired by Cleveland's steelyards and warehouses. 

I've been in a world of Pure Imagination this past week developing these for Caryl Crane Youth Theatre's latest production, Willy Wonka. It's been a fun rediscovery of this classic story. ...and really, what's not to like?  Yummy, imaginative treats, catchy songs, and a poor kid, with heart, winning the day! I'm thrilled for the talented CCYT cast and crew and can't wait to see the show.

Pure Imagination
by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley

Come with me
and you'll be
in a world of
Pure Imagination
take a look
and you'll see
into your imagination

We'll begin
with a spin
traveling in
the world of my creation
what we'll see
will defy

If you want to view paradise
simply look around and view it
anything you want to, do it
wanta change the world?
there's nothing
to it

There is no
life I know
to compare with
Pure Imagination
living there
you'll be free
if you truly 
wish to be.

Monday, January 20, 2014


"Life's most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others?"
-Martin Luther King

*linework version, drawn with a stick (a twig really) and brown ink. It was fun experimenting.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Spotted: NYC Travel Journal

My NYC journal was spotted twice recently.  First in Where Magazine (pictured above) Thanks Christopher for finding this one!

And then this past weekend, in the gift shop of the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. (above) It makes me happy to see these out there! If you'd like to get your own, you can find them here.

*cover design

*back cover design

Friday, January 17, 2014

Old Cards

Came across this pair of cards a while back on the rack at Target.  I designed them long ago, but I liked seeing them side by side, and still in print. Together, they seem to tell a story and make me want to hum The Only Living Boy in New York or Bleecker Street ; )

Tuesday, January 14, 2014


She was our little butterfly
bringing sunshine and joy, 
on even the cloudy days.
Had we only known, 
how fleeting the time,
so delicate in the storm that took her away.

Where do butterflies go in the winter,
when life in this meadow adjourns?
My heart doesn't know,
but yearns for that glow,
of Springtime and our butterfly's return.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

some good Texan wisdom...

Civil War Monument - Madison, Ohio

Let me tell you what is coming. After the sacrifice of countless millions of treasure and hundreds of thousands of lives, you may win southern independence, but I doubt it. The North is determined to preserve this Union. They are not a fiery, impulsive people as you are, for they live in colder climates. But when they begin to move in a given direction, they move with the steady momentum and perseverance of a mighty avalanche.
-Sam Houston