To fill in striking, somewhat iconic, silhouette figures with extremely small handwritten text that comes to mind as I'm writing. While I have done specific commissions of these in which the figures and the text were chosen by the client, I feel that my own words make for a more personal and obviously subjective experience.

Hopefully this comes off as more objectively interesting to the viewer! The silhouettes are striking and clear, embedded in the white background. The massive rambling of so many words in a small space is an intense experience but the overall feeling is rather gentle. From a distance they appear light grey. Close up, they invite the viewer to read. With so many words packed in, my intention is for them to actually be somewhat difficult and tedious to read. Not because the handwriting is sloppy, which it isn't, but because I'd like the pieces to be read not as a complete story but rather for the viewer to find something new to read at each viewing.

While the words aren't random and do "make sense" if read in a continuous line, reading different parts of the piece at different times makes for a bunch of non-sequeters and keeps the piece interesting, somewhat surreal and fun for a long time!


11.5" x 15.25" (Sizes May Vary)


Permanent, waterproof, archival ink on acid free, heavy weight, two-ply, smooth Bristol paper

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

H. C. Andersen & Raven

This Wordbird is a manifestation of my love for crows and Hans Christian Andersen!
The text is from two of his tales, "The Tallow Candle" and "The Ugly Duckling". The "Tallow Candle" is one of his earliest stories, written when he was about 20, and was just recently discovered in 2012!  I found it on a homemade, stapled, 2-page "fanzine" type publication for $1.50 at the H.C. Andersen Museum.
English translation here.  

As I was writing the "Ugly Duckling" portion of this Wordbird,  I stumbled upon this line in the story (somewhere around his shoulder!) "... and the raven who perched on the fence kept squawking 'Ow! Ow!'"  I hadn't seen that before I decided to put a squawking raven in the piece so I thought that was a nice bit of synchronicity!  Thanks H. C. !

Anne Of Green Gables


This piece was commissioned for a serious "Anne Of Green Gables" fan!
The text is from the 1908 book by L. M. Montgomery.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Lark On A Line!


Is it good luck to be shat upon by a bird?  Perhaps!  But oh the despair when the turd hits the hair!  Remember... Before the splat hit your hat, it was a beautiful glop of a drop, falling warm, wet and free on it's way down to thee!

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Pregnant Rooster!


Crow & Diver!


Literature Owl!


My pal Steve Bannatyne at Lucky Hat Entertainment commissioned this piece.  He asked for the text to be a Hunter S. Thompson short story from 1964 called, "What Lured Hemingway to Ketchum?" about Ernest Hemingway's fascination with Ketchum, Idaho, where he died and is buried.  I think Steve likes owls, as that was his bird request!

Macaw & Sparrow In The Studio!


Worm Bird!


I recently heard "The first bird gets the worm but the second mouse the cheese..." or something like that...

A Bitten Boy!


This kid was always chuckin' rocks,  tossin' firecrackers and shootin' BB's at all the animals in his yard.  Each animal group he tortured (Fish, Reptile, Insect, Bird) sent a representative to gently give him a warning bite to knock it off!  Don't worry, he's fine.  Just a little shaken up....

Heron With Catch!


Word Birds can either be representations of actual bird species such as this heron. Or abstract, bird-like representations are also welcome!  Speaking of herons, my cousin Ralph Mossman and his wife Mary Mullaney are magical glass blowers/sculptors.  They are Heron Glass!

Upwards Words!


The First Word Birds!


From June of 2007.  Originally posted as part of The Doodledorks  which was a collaborative drawing blog with David Fremont and Bob Boyle.  We took turns giving ourselves assignment subjects or themes to draw a doodle for and then posted our 3 entries together.  A poem usually accompanied each drawing.   This assignment was "WORDS."  Here's what the other chaps came up with!