Wednesday, April 17, 2013

New work in progress

With spring arriving, I've been working on the latest printing of my cookbook (more on that later!) as well as some new work. Here's a snippet of my project for the Mt. Lebanon Library's CHAIR-ity benefit (I'll post photos of the whole piece later so as not to spoil the surprise):

I'm also making some new small mixed-media pieces. I was lucky enough to choose a present in a white elephant exchange last December that turned out to be a mid-century fancy address book, complete with very old (pre-seven-digit) phone numbers. I've been making small drawings on each page. Here are the first three.

Passenger pigeon

Laysan crake


All three were driven to extinction at various times in human history, either due to overhunting or habitat loss. Not all of the animals in this series will be birds - or extinct - but these are the first three I was inspired to do. They're all a combination of gouache, graphite, and watercolor.


  1. I love this project. For another extinct bird, check out the Carolina Parakeet. It would be a truly beautiful thing to have seen one flying about the treetops in the woods of my childhood.

    1. I appreciate the compliment! Carolina Parakeets are so beautiful - it is terribly sad to me that they shared the same fate as the Passenger Pigeon. Thanks to your insight I've just found the animal for the other side of the "P" page, too. :]