This is my son’s new cat, Jeff.  He was rescued from the Humane Society in June.   While all the other cats purred and rubbed up against their cages, Jeff hid under his blanket.

Alex pointed to what looked to be an empty cage and said, “I want him.”

Jeff continued his antisocial behaviour by growling and hissing at us as we attempted to get to know him in the meet and greet room.

Still, Alex held firm.   “Jeff needs me and I need him.”

And he was right.  He saw something in this angry cat that we didn’t see.  Jeff, who he calls cat-bird because he makes bird noises, is the sweetest cat and has won us over.

(I added colored layering to the photograph to give it an artsy look.)

A Big Spoon and Blue Rooster


This image features the newly designed Walker outdoor gallery in Minneapolis.   I framed the shot to include the ‘Spoonbridge and Cherry’  by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen and the ‘Cock’ by Katharina Fritsch.   The painterly look was created with the help of Topaz’s Impressionism filters.

This is my first image with this painting filter.   It’s a lot of fun to use and offer a lot of variety with paint brushes, stroke lengths and textures.

From The List


Life and summer left me with no time to ponder words.  I miss stringing them together.   I miss searching my image base for a fitting visual.  A few months back I took an online poetry class through the Loft Literary center.  I came away with a brain filled with places to find my string of words.   This poem comes from words off of my daily list of to do’s.  The art comes from my basement studio.   This mixed media piece was painted over several times till it seems Humpty Dumpty fell  from the canvas and tripped over the candle stick.


two hours

to go for a walk

shocking new work


dirty laundry.