Crafterall Cover Art

This is so cool. I was recently approached about contributing a photo for the cover of a new book, and I jumped at the chance to do this. It's paper art meets literary art. This book is being re-released, and to give it a fresh, new look, the publisher chose my slanty, macro photo of the eastern Great Lakes piece to entice folks to give it a read. It's wonderfully fitting since the book is about a journey around each of the three eastern lakes -- Huron, Erie and Ontario. And I think it looks awesome! Check it out!

New Art: Forest Lake

Here's another new, local Minnesota piece: the lovely Forest Lake. This lake sits above the northeastern corner of the Twin Cities metro area, and is included in the top 100 largest lakes in the state. In my research of the lake, I learned that it is the source of the wee, Sunrise River, and is home to Minnesota's biggest black ash tree. Neat-o! To see more about the new Forest Lake piece, just visit my Etsy shop.

New Art: Puget Sound

I've recently extolled the beauty and magic of the San Juan Islands here for you. Just south from there is the magnificent Puget Sound -- once a deceptive maze for explorers to find a way inland from the Pacific Ocean, and now a spectacular jumble of bays, fjords, and valleys. The Puget Sound design is now available in the shop in two sizes (8 x 10" and 12 x 12"), and you can click the photos below to take you to their respective listing. The design includes the Seattle and Lake Washington area on the east, to the Port Angeles area on the west on the Olympic Peninsula. And it stretches from the Strait of Juan de Fuca on the north to the state capital, Olympia in the south. In between, it catches most of the major islands in the sound, and the other port cities that call the area their home.

New Art: Prior Lakes

Another of the largest bodies of water in the greater Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area is the lovely set of Prior Lakes. Most folks probably just refer to the entire body of water as Prior Lake, but there really are two lakes: the Upper Lake to the southwest that flows northward into the Lower Lake. Lake chains and rivers that flow northward can throw you for a loop, until you remember that it's all about gravity and topography, and that sometimes, you have to go "up" to go downhill. Maybe it's a metaphor for life's challenges... or maybe it's just the lay of the land. Either way, this lovely, curvy body of water is now available in the shop for you! Click on the photo below to go directly to the listing.

New Dogs: Nova & Kylie!

Quick change of topic from my recent artful additions, to bring you a story about our recent canine additions.

If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram, you know that the only thing I share more about than my artwork is my dogs. However, the last time I blogged here about my dog, was three years ago, in a post about Jack. Our dear Jackie-Boy, our first retired-racing greyhound, our black and white cow-dog, our heart dog, passed away in November of 2012 at the ripe age of 14.