fine art prints
I started this blog after moving to northern New Mexico from coastal North Carolina. Feeling the loss of my creative community, I started posting works in progress as a way to push myself forward and connect with other writers and painters.
For the first eight months or so I offered original narrative images as weekly image prompt for writers. The Storybook Collaborative pages document the collaborations.
Sadly - for I have enjoyed the adventure, and meeting so many interesting, creative souls - keeping the blog has has taken a back seat to sleep, family, work obligations and the birth of our Mountain daughters. I'd like to get back to it and still hope to one day. Until such time I am delighted by your visit and hope you will leave a comment and come back for more.
Category Archives: collaborative storybook
Creation Myth # 12
Two for Damyanti Ghosh, who requested image prompts. Survey her work at http://damyantiwrites.wordpress.com/ This drawing is of my niece, McKenzie Jones, when she was a teen-ager. Not so long ago… At one time I was putting up new images every thursday … Continue reading
How Many Stories Can A Picture Tell?
Catherine Nesbitt called the other day to buy a painting. It was her husband’s birthday and the painting gave Jim pleasure so she wanted him to have it. If the truth be told it wasn’t her favorite. The other painting … Continue reading
War Games; and Bravo’s UNTITLED ART PROJECT
We played paintball in the mountains here, with friends from work. I sprained my ankle and broke a rib and had quarter sized bruises all over my body. I limped for a week and still hold my side when I … Continue reading
ada and the man
Ada will be 6 months old tomorrow. She is watching me now from her nest by my side. Here she is. She’s picked up a new interest. And this blog will be a year old.
Praise, pepek the assassin
hmmm… can’t seem to let this one go. Joyce (pepek) has changed a line in her poem, Praise, written to accompany the image below. I am posting both versions below. Would love to hear your response to the change… . … Continue reading
this is the post that opened the storybook
I am catching up here, having been distracted by some 8 weeks on a film crew, and having a baby (well, Naomi had the baby. At home! Welcome, Ada Corinna Meridian Swinton!), followed by driving a moving truck 2000 miles … Continue reading
new writing / catching up!
. Here is Grand Canyon, a poem from Tiel Aisha Ansari, creator of the blog, knocking from inside. The poem is from her 3 trips to the Grand Canyon and accompanies this week’s image. . And flesh and rock, from … Continue reading
image post 8/22/08
Hello everyone, Broadus and I are just returned from from our 8 day AzRa rafting trip down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. Some rafting groups are put together by AzRa and people get to know each another over … Continue reading
early image prompt
I am once again on the road. This time with my 8 year old son, Broadus. Today we drove to Flagstaff, Arizona. Tomorrow we leave on an 8 day rafting trip through the Grand Canyon, a trip that fell out … Continue reading
pepek the assassin
I haven’t singled out a poet’s work and talked about it specifically, but Praise, by Joyce Ellen Davis struck me powerfully and I wanted to bring it up and see what feedback came in. I love the painting but it … Continue reading
8/7/08 image prompt
the summer is flying by. Hope it is a good one for you. Here is a summertime prompt I hope will elicit a story or two… …and they have. Here are some… .thresholds, from lirone (words that sing) . sisters, from … Continue reading
back in new mexico…
i’m sitting here with a babe in arms. hence the lack of caps. she’s a month old and i’m pulling at her toes as she watches the screen. amazing little thing, making charming little sounds – grunts and chirps, little … Continue reading
7/31/08 image prompt
Hello from the road. Tomorrow we’ll start burning it up. Here is a prompt that reflects the chaos of the moment. Actually it was a fun collaboration with my son, Broadus, but when I look at it now it seems … Continue reading
7/24/08 image prompt
It’s the dog days of summer, inviting musings on loyalty, long walks and rolls in the grass, unspoken friendship and the simple satisfactions and creature comforts that make up some of the good things in life. Next week I’ll be … Continue reading
and still more to post… I is for Bugs . I is for… by Lirone, author of the blog Words that Sing. (Lirone means “song is mine, joy is mine”…) . Tiel Aisha Ansari, author of the blog, knocking from … Continue reading
something new from the art predator, and more…
Lunch-break. The show is winding down and I’m working myself out of a job. That’s the way it works and we are usually ready to be done with the movie at this point, anyway. It never was a calling, just … Continue reading
a note of thanks
to cristine, for her mention on readwritepoem.org
the (friday) thursday image prompt’
We are a little scrambled here, with days and nights, hearts and minds full with work and children – so I am a little late with this one. But with kids in mind, here is a prompt to make up … Continue reading
7/10/08 image prompt
Good morning! Time for work, gotta go. Here’s a picture. Backstory, and more about Ada, later! . praise, by joyce davis (pepek the assassin) . The Condor Soars, by Lirone, on Words that sing . Bystander, by one more believer, … Continue reading
7/3/08 image prompt – harbor lights
Hello everyone. Those of you who frequent here know we have been expecting a baby to arrive any day for the last 11 or 12 days now. Maybe it will be tonight, maybe tomorrow. Who knows? In the meantime it … Continue reading
6/26/08 image prompt – soup kitchen witch
Hello everyone. Since we never really know what the day will bring (or when we will knock off and go home), I am putting this Thursday image prompt up early and offering both the original and a later (scribble witch) … Continue reading
6/18/08 image prompt
Here is this week’s Thursday image prompt. Take in whatever direction you wish, and enjoy. Follow this link to the storybook collaborative for an easy to follow guide to images and writing thus far. This is open to everyone. The … Continue reading
big, big raindrops starting to fall. movie okay so far. I am getting more paint on the set walls than on myself, making an old hotel in Las Vegas NM look like one in Juarez, Mexico, with color references from … Continue reading
movie start date pushed
update…. it looks like my start date on the movie is pushed to Monday, which is fine with me. We are still doing the last minute ordering and nesting which we hope will make life in the coming weeks easier. … Continue reading
starting a show
I start Wednesday on a movie in pre-production in Santa Fe. It will be my first show since moving to NM. I’ll be helping to make Las Vegas, New Mexico look like Jaurez, Mexico. Not too big a stretch, actually. … Continue reading
new arrivals… and new arrangements
if you have contributed a piece of writing and do not see it here please let me know (firstname.lastname@example.org). I am sorting writing with images in preparation for compiling a real storybook collaborative site elsewhere. I want to make sure … Continue reading
5/29/08 image prompt –
Here is this week’s Thursday image prompt. The painting below was done in oils, on masonite, approximately 7’x3′. The picture is of the Island of San Giorgio Maggiore as seen from San Marco Square, Venice, just across the channel. and … Continue reading
5/22/06 image post
Hello everyone, greetings from North Carolina. I’ll be here a few more days and then head back to New Mexico. The countdown begins. We are four weeks to Naomi’s due date (6/21). Don’t know whether to expect a boy or … Continue reading
5/16/08 the day late image prompt
Hello everyone. I’m posting this from D.C. It’s gray and overcast here but great to be with family and friends. Here is something for this gray day. Sorry the prompt is a little late. More later. Be well! p.s. mariacristina … Continue reading
5/9/08 image prompt
something for your kids, or for the kid in you… from joyce (my uncle pepek’s journal), we have what they said to him . cristine, author of mariacristina, wrote and produced a video (!), cheetah dreams of barefoot boy for … Continue reading
5/1/08 image prompt
Here is this week’s image. This is a free for all. Children’s efforts welcomed here. . . Greybeard, the author of crackedheadblog, wrote Dark Matter the junkie’s wife wrote, accountable, damn it arkay, of the pessimistic idealist, wrote art thursda … Continue reading
4/23/08 stupid war (broadus mobbs)
It’s a family affair here. My son, Broadus, explained this picture, Stupid War, to me last year when he was 7. (* hmmm… i must have lost his explanation. must look for it.) We worked on the painting together. The … Continue reading
4/23/08 sun and moon
paisley, author of whypaisley, wrote bird of happiness.
4/23/08 Darfur Fridge (ozymandiaz)
just in from the incomparable oz, creator of the blog Ocellus, a poem about more than the darfur fridge
#22 earth day – seeing eve (pepektheassassin)
seeing eve, for earth day from pepektheassassin, author of the blog, myunclepepeksjournal. (Definitely go over and check out the blog!) .
Darfur Fridge – thursday image prompt
(updated contributions to the collective storybook are found on the Storybook pages.) . …..…..….. . Hiking in the woods I found this rusting refrigerator that hunters had been using for target practice. I retrieved the door and it sat in … Continue reading
Whoooeeeeee!!! Guess what came in the mail today?
A poem from Lakota, author of the handsome blog, naughtylakota (be warned!). She’s been promising one, and wrote the ailing child to tell the story of the painting below. I believe she has tapped into her softer side… .
4/10/08 image prompt
That week rolled by quickly! Welcome to the collaborative storybook. The image above is the Thursday prompt. Jump right in! Your ideas are welcome here. Colors aren’t quite as true but for higher resolution pic click on image below.