Monthly Archives: April 2018

X is for Xylography


Word for the day: xylography—the art of making engravings on wood especially for printing.

In other words, a woodcut.

The master of woodcuts was Albrecht Dürer (1472-1528), a German painter and printmaker during the Renaissance.

Here are some examples I saw at a special exhibit at the Phoenix Art Museum last year:


The Adoration of the Magi


Detail of The Adoration of the Magi


The Annunciation


Detail of The Annunciation

The complexity in Dürer’s work is amazing, especially when you consider that he carved away everything except what you see–thin lines, dashes, intricate folds and feathers…

You can see his initials (the stylized A surrounding the D) in the details.



Guest Post: The Watcher by Donna from My OBT


Many thanks for this article to Donna, who posts one beautiful thing on her blog every day.


Maxwell Whitmore

Maxwell “Coby” Whitmore was a commercial artist from Dayton, Ohio, who enjoyed a long and productive career as an illustrator and painter. His illustrations appeared on the covers of publications including The Saturday Evening Post, Good Housekeeping, Ladies Home Journal, Cosmopolitan, Esquire, and Sports Illustrated. He contributed illustrations to many national and international ad campaigns as well.

Read the rest of this article here.

Video of the Week #147: W is for Wooden Face



Wordless Wednesday: V is for Vines






U is for Unicorn Quilt Patterns


What could be better than a unicorn quilt? Two of my favorite things combined. A search on Etsy yielded these patterns. Most of these are for paper piecing. Make a single block for a wall hanging or pillow cover, or make several and add borders for a larger quilt. Click the link under each illustration for more information.

Lisa uni

Lisa the Unicorn

geometric uni

Unicorn with geometric background

advanced uni

Small unicorn head–this is a more ambitious project; you should be an accomplished paper piecer before you attempt this one.

Rainbow mane

Unicorn with rainbow tail

pink uni

Unicorn with pink mane

Unicorn Scrappuccino

Unicorn Scrappuccino

uni pillowcase

Unicorn pillowcase pattern

Which is your favorite? Mine is the small unicorn head, but I’m not skilled enough to make that one. I’m tempted to try the pillowcase, though I’d make the mane in gray and cream rather than purples for a more realistic effect. I prefer real unicorns, with split hooves and goatees, rather than the fake ones that look like horses with a horn stuck on their foreheads.


Monday Morning Wisdom #151: T is for Tchaikovsky

Monday Morning Wisdom #151: T is for Tchaikovsky


“Inspiration is a guest that does not willingly visit the lazy.”
― Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky


NaPoWriMo Day 22


Today’s prompt is to choose an impossible statement to compose a poem about.

sad girl nguyen-nguyen-564338-unsplash


a circle can’t have corners
by ARHuelsenbeck

in a forgotten corner she sits invisible
observing the popular girls
talking laughing
their circle an impenetrable wall
keeping her out uninvited

in first grade they were all friends
in seventh they are not
she is excluded
whispered about