Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Monday, August 30, 2010


a tutorial i hope you'll enjoy :)


 Harvey likes baked goods, 
turtleneck sweaters (even though they are never in season) 
and Tuesdays.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Working Small

Jenny and i have talked about her love of 'working small.'
i've been messing with these small pieces of art paper called
'artist trading cards' they're the size of a baseball card...
jenny likes to work small
i like to work fast
after messing with these 'artist trading cards'
and some other small pieces of thick vellum paper that i cut 'to size'
i realized...
i may be in trouble....

Thursday, August 26, 2010

lil' hugger

he was a hugger and a breather,
he hugg-ed and he nested.
he hugged his peoples,
walked home then rested.
his eyes were wide,
absorbent and swell...
and when he was needy,

if he had to...

he'd just hug himself....

Two Friends

 they were the best of friends
friends o friends!....
friends forever!!!!
together together!
even when the crumbs are gone....
and the dribbles are drunk!

Drawing by Jenny - - - - Words by Todd

Wednesday, August 25, 2010


...there it is...

Cement Bucket/Stuck

most of us know what it feels like to be 'stuck.'
it's okay...ask for help.
 maybe down the road, 
                  you will have moved farther along
than you thought imaginable.
you might not even recognize when it happens.
maybe it's better to accept it and give thanks
thank to try and calculate it and quantify it?
have fun today. :)

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

No Junk

there was this franciscan ministry that i read about
that was run by this big guy that always wore overalls...
he sure loved people.
and he affirmed the needy folks that came in for help,
constantly by reminding them of this:
'God don't make no junk.'

Take what you like...leave the rest...

i'm gonna say a few words to those who are creative and get a sense of
pleasure out of art-ing, making music, writing, etc.
i'm gonna say a few words to those who may even feel like their creativity is part of a
vocational call....
this is meant as an encouragement...take what you like leave what you don't....
it makes no difference to me.
-keep doing your stuff as long as the unction is there.
-do it out of response to that unction first...if others like it...great.
-find ways to give some of your stuff away.
-if you're trying to sell your stuff, for goodness sake, price it to sell....
-consider making/doing stuff that is 'utilitarian' as well as cool or beautiful.
-find places to share your stuff that have 'returns' for you. avoiding 'playing for exposure' and 'displaying art' for disinterested art walkers is OKAY.....
-take an interest in other people's stuff with sincerity.
-it's okay to lie fallow for awhile if you need to.
-you can come back if you've been avoiding your creativity..she's pretty thick skinned
-consider reading "God, help me create" by Claire W. and "Ignore Everyone" by Hugh Mcleod (potty language warning on this one)
-have fun please.....
-please don't take yourself too seriously...serious artists, writers, etc. are boring....(i know, it's a challenge..seriously i know)

Autumn Arriving

She could feel it in the early morning air...
Autumn was slowly coming.
It made her happy!

Monday, August 23, 2010


the opportunities have seemed
scarce lately...


. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
I can. I can...most of the time. :)

Sunday, August 22, 2010

So he did.....

                                               He was fitted with good walking legs.
                                               so lots of walking he did...and did it well....

Hello Cowboy....

i once saw a cowboy wear cut off shorts
with his cowboy boots....
it was good.

Little Bird

Little Bird loved to dream
while wearing her best apron.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Little Sissy Chicken Baby....

little sissy chicken baby
just look at yer shoes
little sissy chicken baby
hear the good news
you got up
today's a new day
it's even the weekend
so get out and play!!!

Polka Dot Cake Stand

JTS - Rubber Stamps and Colored Pencils

And I would bake a chocolate cake with a wee extra frosting...
and I would serve you all slices...with love.

Friday, August 20, 2010

She said i was a renaissance man....

some nice gal at work called me a renaissance man as i
was taking these important notes at an
important staff meeting.......

Just Be Happy

A wise woman once said:

Just Be Happy, Okay?

She made it sounds so easy...so simple!
Maybe it is?

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Like Mel, Life is a Mystery

sometimes...like Mel
life is just a mystery
and it causes me to
wonder a little bit...
not always a bad thing
i certainly don't have all the answers
perhaps i'm not supposed to?

Mr. String Bean

JTS 5x17, Shapie and CRAYONS

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

ha! i'm gonna dance!

look at me,
i'm gonna dance,
gonna wiggle my arms,
gonna shake my pants,
i don't wonder,
if i'm doin' it right,
i'm just gonna dance,
with all of my might!!!
                                               -a.t.b. 8/18/2010

'Cause You Can

JTS 8/18/10