I’ve been gone for awhile. I have been a foster parent! IT has taken all of my time. We’re talking babies here. I loved all my babies, and they all went back to their families, which is how it is supposed to be, but I miss them.
But now, I AM BACK, collecting beautiful books, learning about illustrators, loving my cats, etc., etc.
To get things rolling, here is a current picture of ChaCha, and a picture that I sold, and custom frame job.
Mike brought back mini-sombreros from a business trip to Mexico, and they fit Cha Cha and Lupe.
Here is picture form the book Robin Hood, 1953 that I had up for sale. The buyer asked if it could be matted and framed, so here is my picture of the mat color options, and the finished piece. I hope they are pleased!
Lupe has been a very good model lately.
Lupe getting a scratch, Cha Cha in background
OK, this is not Cha Cha, it is Lupe, right before she jumps onto bathroom sink, her favorite way to get water.
When I went to China in the fall, I found some interesting books to bring home.
Here is an orange book I know nothing about, except it is stab bound, and in a cardboard sleeve. It has funky orange fabric on it. I bought it an excellent bookstore in Shanghai on a street filled with art stores and some book stores.
I found this book in their upstairs gallery space. It was 150 yuen, which I figured was around $25, which I thought I was a fair price. When I went to purchase it, a man was astounded that I was buying it, claiming, “even Chinese people have trouble reading these books”. I said, “I thought it was a journal”, because I really did, I was too timid to open it up and see what was inside. The sales clerk quickly swiped my credit card and felt like I had just been taken for a ride.
At the hotel room I opened it up and was very pleased what was inside. It is cheap paper, yes, and not a very elegant book, and of course I will never be able to read it, but I like the pictures and I like how it looks which is why I bought it. See for yourself: