Where We Make Up Our Stories


"Where We Make Up Our Stories"
14.5 x 10.5 inches, carved clapboard, oil-based ink, gold oil paint, permanently attached to a wood frame and wired for hanging.

This artwork began as printing plate: the drawing was carved into clayboard, and the surface rolled with ink. The plate was wiped carefully leaving enough ink in the crevices to print onto paper when run through a press to create an etching. I liked this carved plate enough to embellish the swing with gold paint and frame it as a mixed media piece.

This artwork was inspired by our days in Whitewater, where we would sit in a big swing overlooking the lake and make up stories together. As we watch the watched the water lap at the rocks below us, I would begin a story with something like, "Once upon a time there was a little black dog named Spider. He was lonely so he began to wander down there by the rocks and bark at the fish swimming by..." Then it was one of our grandchildren's turn turn to add what happened next. As we took our turns the story built...usually to something crazy like "Spider paddled frantically out to save the drowning cat..."


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I gladly accept returns and exchanges

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The following items can't be returned or exchanged

Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:

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  • Digital downloads
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Returns and exchange details

If you are not completely satisfied with your purchase you may return it in the same condition it was received for a full refund (minus shipping). You will be responsible for the return shipping costs, and I'll be most grateful for my artwork to be returned within 7 days.


I do my best to use perfect images of my artwork, but colors may vary slightly from your monitor.

If you would like a different size print than what is listed, please contact me. A local company that is very accommodating prints them for me.

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