Books are one of the great loves of my life. There was a time when I would have thought that “altering” a book would be the same as desecrating it. No longer. Creating a new work of art with an abandoned book as its skeleton seems to me to be a loving and creative way to give new life to a book destined for the shredder. I made my first altered book for SparepARTS, a silent auction hosted by the Fort Worth Avenue Development Group to raise money for public art installations in West Dallas. (Picture above is a double-spread in progress). FWADG was my West Dallas community partner for the Parade of Giants earlier this year in March. Without their help, I wouldn’t have been able to create the fabulous giant puppet of Bonnie Parker, so I was happy to contribute to their cause. Bonus: I got to make this pretty awesome artwork. Making an altered book is great fun. Do it!
Douglas has a Dilemma, my illustrated love story for adults, has grown since its inception in the summer of 2009. Two years ago I was fortunate to be signed by a great lit agent. Since then, with her guidance, I’ve been rewriting, editing and sketching to prepare my small book for submission to publishing houses. This illo is one of the final (I hope!) steps.
You may also be interested in my blog, Half Agony, Half Hope, an illustrated memoir of thwarted love.
I am a serious book-loving artist and a proud library freak. Art and books are two of my biggest passions. When I can combine my love of both, as in this bookmark, it makes me very happy.
I’m also a bit of a Luddite when it comes to books: I like to read them printed on paper. I love the feel of a book in my hands, its heft or lightness. As precious as they are to me, I don’t treat my books very well. Dog-eared pages abound in my favorite ones even though I am a collector and committed user of bookmarks. Sometimes you’ve just got to turn down the corner of a page. I do try to resist that impulse with library books, although I’m not always successful.
Books are badass. Go read one. And if you’d like a library freak bookmark of your own, you can buy some here: Library Freak bookmark. Or stop by my place this Saturday during the Oak Cliff Studio Tour and pick some up then.
Update: Scareletts Read bookmarks are now available in the DMA’s museum store and in my Etsy shop.
Piece created for the upcoming BooksmART festival at the Dallas Museum of Art. It will be reproduced as bookmarks – come visit me at the festival and buy one for yourself! Inspired by “Scareletts”, little plush creatures invented by my niece Scarlett Deering. See more on my Scareletts page.
I’ve been invited to participate as an artist at the Dallas Museum of Art’s first annual BooksmART festival, an all-day celebration of literacy and the arts on June 11. I am delighted as books and art are easily two of my very favorite things – and an event that combines the two? Fantastic! Some of my reading-related artworks caught the eye of the DMA’s director of programming and thus the invitation. I’ll post more details as I know them.
Read a book and feed your imagination.
My second bookish illustration in as many weeks – I’ve books on the brain, as I often do! This one evolved from a quick sketch I did some time ago. I love iconography, symbols and pictographs so I created some of my own to symbolize the reader’s imagination alight with imagery and ideas she gleaned from books. Some of them do represent actual stories, books, characters or myths and some are just figments of my own over-active imagination!
Watercolor and ink on hot press Arches watercolor paper. Want one for yourself? Prints may be purchased here.
This is how I spend an inordinate amount of my time. I love books – the feel of the paper, the promise of the covers, the stories that unfold inside. I am a bit of a book snob – I require them to be good – but not an elitist. Good comes in many forms. Thick, thin, mysteries, picture books, short story anthologies, contemporary fiction, classic literature: I love them all. Books make me happy. About the art: watercolor and ink on hot press Arches paper.
As I wrote parts 2 and 3 of the Douglas & Annie trilogy, it became clear to me that two pages in part 1, “Douglas has a Dilemma”, needed to be changed. I liked the words and images, but they did not really tell anything about Annie that wasn’t already obvious. Click here to read the story with new images. And please do leave a comment if you are so inclined. I enjoy the feedback. I hope to have part 2, Douglas has a Dream, illustrated in the next month. There now, I’ve said it in print.
Another mixed media work. I suffered some minor consternation about desecrating a book to use for the background, but I got over it. ; -) It was an old paperback that had been sitting on a dusty shelf in a thrift store for what I imagined was a very long time and destined never to be read again. So I used the pages and the words in a work of art and that seems like a fine and fitting finale. And the cat is so enjoying the book.