Hi. The December
Sketchbook was a fun issue to do. I love the way the issues
form themselves with your work and art. I begin an idea, and
then let it happen on its own with each person's poetry and art.
For example, with Trish Shields' swans last month, I had a
flicker of an idea and un-known to me Kevin Ryan had lost his
photos of the swans in a computer crash. He had sent them all to
me a couple of years ago and I was not even sure I had them, but
accidentally I ran across them. So that was the inspiration
after reading all of Trish's poems. Kevin was thrilled with the
work and glad I had the photos as they are really stunning pictures.
Although the computer does not have them in the highest quality
in which they were originally in, they still are quite nice.
This month I began a tribute to Betty Kaplan. Betty and I have
been talking on the phone for about four years now and she has
told me the most fascinating stories of different times in her
life. So, I really wanted to get them all together. It took us
both down an interesting road, filled with discovery. Betty at
first was quite sentimental about all of the poems she had
written and tracing her family through a poetry time tunnel.
I think Betty had fun after all and it was a great pleasure
working with her. She also stated she had done some watercolors
but did not know how to put them on the computer. So a new
adventure began with the help of her grandson, Zack, sending the
Lion and the Cat artwork from his digital camera. Then a friend
of Betty's, Paul Greco—a professional photographer Adventura,
Flordia, who lives in the
building that Betty resides in—came and took the pictures for
her and put them on a disc and sent them to me. What a pleasant
surprise they were! What an adventure that was and we hope you
like the presentation.
I have to say I am fascinated by the variety of media submitted.
Ed Baker has another wonderful exhibition of artwork that tells
its own story as does Fred N. Wright, a beat poet who has joined
our group TheOutlawPoetsll along with Betty's sensual pastels;
Gerry Bravi's poems compliment my own sort of beat collage
We have our haiga section which have a variety of haiga
from Shanna and Gillena.
Our beautiful Lioness leads us through the issue /cover picture
by Helen Bar-Lev along with the sketch work on her pages..
This is truly becoming a wonderful Sketchbook of art and poetry
Vaughn Seward and I did a fun collaborative Christmas tanka
series. I enjoyed that very much. He is a pleasure to work with.
Thanks to Linda Papalinacolau, for the inspiration and fun
exercise from the WHChaikumultimedia group for the Collage
Here is the link—try some !
TheOutlawPoetsII site has been opened for the beat poets
whose work is also featured in the Sketchbook. Shanna
Baldwin Moore, former Art Director of the Gas House at Venice
Beach, has been appointed moderator of that group.
I thank you all for making this so much fun for me!
Here is a link to
my New Year's greeting for
all of you.
God Bless You All,