Saturday, August 30, 2008


Here's another contribution to the upcoming book, Somewhere in These Days of Morning by Bonny Belgum. Collaborating with Bonny on her book is such a treat, because my peculiar illustrations seem to fit her peculiar style of writing, and when a peculiar visual artist meets a peculiar writer - well, it's MAGIC! And you as a reader don't have to go to all the trouble of being peculiar, we will do it for you. All you have to do is come along for the ride - and it will be an adventure! You will look at your world a little differently - it will be a wider, wilder world , infinitely more interesting for the reading.

The chapter that follows spoke to me of memories that we all carry with us in our ancestral history, in our scrapbooks of our cultural heritage, in our DNA. Our pasts are a jungle filled with improvisations and mistakes and fleeting joys. We can't see the future, and if we are lucky or have lots of therapy, we don't care if we crash, because we know the landing is not that bad and we'll be in the company of so many who have crashed before us. It's a chapter filled with optimism. One of the advantages of a winter in our life is that we can see the world more clearly without those beautiful leaves getting in our way.

The chapter in its entirety:

She hears all the bird's songs, from all over the world, at once.

The voices from the jungle sound the most familiar. She may have lived there from before time. The birds where she stands, the birds she can see with our human eyes, are the most muted in the chorus. The jungle birds, the loudest, like to improvise. This is strange for a bird. You must trust your call as you trust your wings. The jungle birds don't care if no one answers, don't care if they crash down out of the sky. The jungle bed is thick and comfortable and never lonely.

The muted birds seem happiest on bare twigs, where you can see through the tree. They dread the coming of spring and new life. It plunges them into confusion until far away when the leaves fall and they regain control.

-excerpted from Somewhere in These Days of Morning by
Bonny Belgum, copyright 2008

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Creativity expectations

I found this great article on a great website, so here's a link to them both...

First is Penelope Dullaghan's website. Penelope is a fabulous illustrator, the creator of the Illustration Friday phenomenon, and her website in a creative endeavor in itself. Check it out!

Within her posting was a reference to the following article which I identified with, especially lately. Being creative is not easy sometimes, even though it may be your calling. There are many roadblocks and hurdles, and most of them set up by yourself. This article was very insightful: HOW Design - Free Your Creativity: Overcome Unhealthy Expectations

Wednesday, August 27, 2008


Here's another illustration that will appear in the soon to-be-published Somewhere in These Days of Morning by Bonny Belgum. This imaginative collection of thoughts will gently take your mind's hand and lead you down the road into some pretty funny, bizarre and entertaining mental countryside! A modern day Alice in Wonderland for grownups. And I thought this image would satisfy this week's theme of "routine".

Here's the chapter in its entirety:

Cooking takes up most of her time

because she only uses her left hand, and she is right-handed. This handedness does not change after years in the kitchen, because she does everything else right-handed. The food tastes better, though. Considerably so. The left hand has a far greater appetite, inspiring subtle influences of spice and heat for which the right hand has no patience.

- excerpted from Somewhere in These Days of Morning by Bonny Belgum copyright 2008

You can say hi to Bonny on her website: Say hi for me, too, OK?

Saturday, August 23, 2008


I know, I know. It's been a long time since I posted. I'm busy cooking up something for you.

Meanwhile, here's one of my favorite quotes about creativity and initiative, by Goethe:

"Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation) there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, their providence moves, too.

All sorts of things occur that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one's favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no (human) could have dreamed would come his way".

I believe this thought to be true since it has happened in my life so many times.

So if you're attempting to start something new, explore a different path, or jumping off the diving board of certainty into the unknown, take heart!

Saturday, August 16, 2008


Portfolio - Children

"Smell the Flowers"

"Carry Your Heart 2"

"He Rocked The World"

"Lila and Queenie"

"Top of the World"


"Air Show"


"Mushroom Girl"

"Flamingo Girl"

"Rocket Girl"

"Rocket Boy"

"It Could Be Me"

"Bird Songs"

"She Loved to Travel"

"Carry Your Heart"



"Cowgirls on Vacation"

"Driven Mad By Love"

"The Artist"


"The Writer"


"Nice Girls"

"Wilson Quarterly"


"The Cold"

"Holiday Greetings"

"Thought Patterns"

"Out of the Cave"

"Devastating Charm"


MN Medicine Magazine cover - July 2009
Featured articles: Annual Writing contest results

"Hotel Rapid Deterioration"


"The Road To Love"

"Dog Waiting for the Bus in Roswell, New Mexico"

"MN Medicine" Cover - May 2009 Feature Article:
"Integrative Medicine"

MN Medicine Cover - Dec. 2008 Feature Article:
"Burnout and the Bush Medical Fellowship"

MN Medicine Cover - September 2008 Feature Article:
"The Complexities of Getting Rid of Medical Trash"

MN Medicine Cover - July 2008 Feature Article:
"Word Power"

MN Medicine Cover - May 2008

Stanford Social Innovation Review feature article: "Corporate Lobbying for Good"

"The Outing"


"That Hotel of Her Youthful Debaucheries"

"Save Me"


"Pink Slip"




TEXT: Bonny Belgum ©2008

"Never No Thoughts"
TEXT: Bonny Belgum ©2008

"Flags are Flying"
TEXT: Bonny Belgum ©2008

"Prescription Eyeglasses"
TEXT: Bonny Belgum ©2008


"Yesterday's Flower"

"Yesterday's Flower 2"