Archive for the ‘Altered Books’ Category


March 26, 2014



I think her name is Blueberry. Anyway, that’s the name that just came to me as I was cropping the photo.



A Good Day, A Magical Day

January 16, 2013

A Good Day, A Magical Day

A good day for me would be a plein air day, a sunny day, a good subject to paint. A magical day would be that same day, but something oddly interesting and magical happened while I was painting. I didn’t paint this outdoors, but I can see the influence of all those good days. Especially on a cold damp January Wednesday.

Book of Days -Terrebonne

December 5, 2012


A new bookart on the way… from an old day book which I never filled in past January. I don’t recall which year. On January 19th, I wrote “Power Failure”. Right, like this is Canada. I don’t recall a year in January where we didn’t have a power failure. But I do remember one day in Terrebonne, the first time I went there, taking my mother out for a country drive and a lunch in a little outdoor bistro. There’s a beautiful park, and this heritage home is an art museum now. We promised ourselves we’d take my father there, he’d love it. But he never made it. He died a few weeks later. Yet I remember that day as a good day, not a sad day. That one came later. SO I think this book is going to be about those odd little cherished days. Not the Big Days.

Penny, a bookart, pages 9-14

March 7, 2012

The following 3 spreads will bring us to page 14, about half way through.

This time I did use a few images from the story. That fish looked so wise. Penny’s transformations into other beings recalls the archetype of Taliesen the bard, which I later found was inspired by ancient tales from early Celtic lore.

These are my favourite colour palettes, the cooler blues and mauves.

These 2 pages are somewhat unfinished. But I never intended to show or publish the book, and so I simply stopped when I felt like it.

Penny, a bookart, pages 5 to 8

March 4, 2012

The Next Installment

Penny, pages 5 and 6. During the process of creating Penny, I tried to notice how I looked at picture books. Sometimes I only wanted to look at interesting pictures, and other times I wanted to read the story and not get too distracted by the visual images. I tried to get that here too, balancing the texts and the images.

Penny, pages 7 and 8.

Penny, A Bookart

February 29, 2012

Some years ago, a friend of mine gave me two very grungy antique photo albums, saying “Maybe you’ll have some use some them”. Hum…

I kept this one on a shelf in my studio and thought some time about what I could use it for. I knew I had to leave the cover alone. So beautiful. She reminded me of a short story I’d been working on, a kind of grungy “coming-of-age” story. The penny dropped…

Penny. It took over a year to finish. But it all came together, faster and faster and finally, I had a decorated story. My new term for a not-quite-an-illustrated story. 28 pages, which I’ll post over time. I’ve opened a Category called Penny, and sorted all my other posts in their own titles.

The pages were very brittle and stained with age, and the photos had been ripped out, with no thought to saving the frames. I refurbished them using methyl cellulose glue and collage. I found some good buff-coloured paper to print the story on, and had to fuss a lot with making them fit the square. To be con’t…

February 10, 2012

Pages 30 and 31. I love the way altered books develop as a poetic rendering of a story. I suppose I could try to make it more linear, but it’s like a collage image, it takes on new meaning each time I look at it.

What’s The Matter, bookart

February 10, 2012

Pages 8,9

The Grove – more pics

January 25, 2012

This little book sits spread open on its’ own shelf, which allowed me to add many dimensional inclusions. A real twig, for example, beads and a metal clasp. Sorry for the poor photos, I will be buying a better camera soon, and a tripod.

The Grove, an Altered Book

January 22, 2012

The Grove, a small book I made over from a found book, originally called the World’s 100 best detective stories. Very little of the original text remains, though the essence of Mystery remains.