Monday, December 31, 2012

new years eve

My friends from Japan - Brandon and Brandi are staying with me on an off over the holiday -they are goof balls.  Brandon really really likes motorcycles - his blog is awesome - you can check it out here

I've been busy working on a second content book - drawing and collaging like a storm - will post pictures in 2013. 
love to all.

Monday, November 26, 2012

two studios

today I went through both studios looking for things you had touched - I wanted to find them -
to touch the ghost of your hand

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Hatch Show Print and Craig Pettman w/Louise Cecil

had a great road trip to take Craig back to finish his work at Hatch Show Print in Nashville - he is printing the poster now for the upcoming national tour of his band "Indian Wars" - they will be playing dates all over - so if interested holler at me - I basically had to drag Lou out of Hatch - she is poster crazy!  Here are some pix - I love the old one shot cans and all the "rubble" of years of business - let alone all that wood gothic type and hand cut images etc!

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Delivered work to the Alabama Power Gallery today for a show that opens next thursday - Michael Glaser's band will be playing - there should be some great art to see and a good party.  I think the show it called High Voltage, High Art - a celebration of Alabama Artists.  Friday I drive down to Ocean Springs to do a workshop - building the victorian album book - and how to make transfer/paper/spine
decorative pieces etc.  Should be fun - will make Pinky go with me.  It takes place during
the Mac Anderson Art Fair.

Monday, October 29, 2012

craig, louise and I went to Nashville - craig is printing posters and working at Hatch Show Prints for two months - he is about to start printing his work - for the American Tour of his band Indian Wars.  We talked through lots of ideas for compositions - he is an awesome artist and we are both really into Typography, signs, hand painted anything.  Lou really loved the posters and all that wood type.  They really love their Gothic type at Hatch Show Print!

Had a great time and took Mayo.  Took down the Dia de los Muertos show and at at Rib it Up after with Craig.  We also found a great new thrift stores when I was showing him some of my favorite old lettering around Birmingham.  He got an awesome vintage western winter coat.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Next class at The Mary C Okeefe Arts Center

Victorian Album Book Arts with Image Transfer, Collage and Watercolor
Multiple techniques will be explored to create pieces which will be handbound into a Victorian Album book arts project. Image transfer, a highly used mixed media technique, will be demystified as we learn to use different mediums and surfaces, including watercolor paper, vintage papers, fabric and even metal. Learn processes to simplify your approach to more complex subjects in watercolor to maximize your expertise as you learn to bring a personal narrative thrust to your art and book making. Doug will share technical information that can be used in your art in ways beyond this workshop!

Monday, October 8, 2012

had a great time with craig pettman (  )this installation we collaborated on is up at artfolk through the 27th of the month - had a great
time bartending and keeping the dia de los muertos faith.

Friday, September 28, 2012


had a great studio open in house and thanks to all my peeps for coming out - Anyone that wants to do a studio visit or work on projects just holler.

Here is the panoramic photo Rebecca Barton took - its a new feature on the new iPhone - pretty awesome right?

Monday, September 24, 2012

had a great class at the Mary C Ohr in Ocean Springs Mississippi - we made a devotional historical combination binding - did some decorative paper things - great show by Joey in the gallery and hung out with LL, Joey, Billy, Peg and Nick the night before, early brunch etc.  Everyone at the Mary C was super nice - talked about doing the Victorian Album binding there in late November - early December....then drove over to New Orleans and hung out with my friend Chris and John - made by New Orleans pilgrimage to st. roch and went junkie - got a huge stack of watercolor block at a junk store (you just never ever know what you will find at thrift and junk stores!)

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

details from pushing flowers book

I've got to finish this book - I just keeping adding more collage and thread drawings and can't quite decide how to bind it - have made the covers though and so far I'm liking it - when you illustrate an entire book your interest level sometimes varies but the core of the emotion of the book seems right so far.  Pages are roughly 19x27"

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

An artist lecture by Doug Pierre Baulos will be held at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 30 at Miami University Middletown. A reception will follow immediately after the lecture. Baulos is currently an assistant professor of art in drawing and bookmaking at the University of Alabama in Birmingham. He received his BFA from the University of Alabama in Birmingham in 1990 and his MFA from the University of New Orleans in 1993. Baulos’ work includes painting, videos and poems that have been exhibited or published both nationally and internationally. His current books are explorations (visual) and meditations (poetry) on his ideas of spirituality, love, death, shelter and hope. Baulos work will be displayed in the Miriam G. Knoll Campus and Community Center at Miami University Middletown from July 26 through August 31. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call (513) 727-3200.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

piano hinge spine sculpture - book art book sculpture

Woven piano hinge book woven back upon itself to form "bone segment" I will make an embroidered/teneriffe type hoop to put into top so it looks or reference a medical specimen. More pix later. Hope everyone is having a great summer and sewing up a storm! making stuff!

new birds porcelain hands for nest wreath project

Porcelain objects to be used in large wreath - walnut hull dye ink with rust ink made with steel/water.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

The Mary C O'Keefe Cultural Center Class Sept. 22

The Artfully Hand Sewn Book Learn to sew multiple types of historically important bindings to create a guided devotional stylebook in the style of 17th and 18th century Psalm books. French herringbone tape structures will be combined with Coptic binding styles to create a unique journal, and students will learn to make custom clasps for their books. All artistic levels are welcome. Advanced students will create a dos a dos. Instructor will provide pre-cut book boards and most other materials. Students may wish to bring heavy decorated papers, paints, Xerox images for transfers, gel medium, X-acto knife, ruler and a cutting mat. A bone folder, awl, circular sewing needles, bone clasps and other threads or objects you like are also suggested but not required. Instructor: Douglas Pierre Baulos Date: September 22 Day & Time: Saturday, 10:00am – 4:00pm Member Fee: $85 per person Non-Member Fee: $95 per person Class limited to 12 students

Friday, July 20, 2012

Randy Arnold - Book Arts Tool Maker Finesse!

working in the studio trying to finish body pushing flowers book and the spiderweb sample book - I have a great new press to play with made by the amazing Randy Arnold to use! For more about Randy and his amazing book arts tools and other woodworking finesse check out his site or find him on facebook or etsy.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

ashville bookworks

had a wonderful visit with lou cecil and the folks at ashville book works - they do lots of awesome stuff there and I think everyone should go right now and visit. Great paper making facility and we saw a cool wood engraving show -

Thursday, April 12, 2012

alabama medical museum

starting work on the the alabama medical museum show - researching toothed birds and quack bottles etc.
moving into new studio - its shaping up - call me for a visit.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

tim ely a la henry james

The artist tim ely just sent me a message with this quote - love it.

We work in the dark - we do what we can - we give what we have. Our doubt is our passion and our passion is our task. The rest is the madness of art.

Henry James

Sunday, February 26, 2012


They say you can jinx a poem
if you talk about it before it is done.
If you let it out too early, they warn,
your poem will fly away,
and this time they are absolutely right.

Take the night I mentioned to you
I wanted to write about the madmen,
as the newspapers so blithely call them,
who attack art, not in reviews,
but with breadknives and hammers
in the quiet museums of Prague and Amsterdam.

Actually, they are the real artists,
you said, spinning the ice in your glass.
The screwdriver is their brush.
The real vandals are the restorers,
you went on, slowly turning me upside-down,
the ones in the white doctor's smocks
who close the wound in the landscape,
and thus ruin the true art of the mad.

I watched my poem fly down to the front
of the bar and hover there
until the next customer walked in--
then I watched it fly out the open door into the night
and sail away, I could only imagine,
over the dark tenements of the city.

All I had wished to say
was that art was also short,
as a razor can teach with a slash or two,
that it only seems long compared to life,
but that night, I drove home alone
with nothing swinging in the cage of my heart
except the faint hope that I might
catch a glimpse of the thing
in the fan of my headlights,
maybe perched on a road sign or a street lamp,
poor unwritten bird, its wings folded,
staring down at me with tiny illuminated eyes.

Billy Collins