Dec 2020 – linoprint by julia Cuyler

My friend David passed away and I did not know it. I found out recently that he had crossed over three years ago. He loved dodos. Then, as synchronicity would have it, I saw a documentary about dodos in the same week I discovered the news of my friend.

I made this after I saw a documentary on the Dodo(s). I always thought I would emphasize the beak as the stand out feature of the dodo. But, as it turns out, the truly significant element is the bottom. Nevertheless, the pronounced beak and the tiny wings are remarkable, as well.

Now, my first dodo complete, I found it really expressing a singular personality. I hope to meet another dodo along the art path. I wonder what it will be like?


Nov. 2020 — study for a Twitter header for Dor Atkinson.

Such a pleasure to work with this appreciative author creating a piece that harmonizes with her writing.

crow print

crow and moon – oct 2020

trying out some color behind the black with this print

I might have to carve it again. I think it’s looking the wrong way. The again, maybe not. It’s interesting being a self- taught beginner. Hmmm…would wearing a blindfold to get around the house for an or so would give insight into the experience.

Jellyfish prints

jellyfish JCuyler 2-2-20

This printing was done with the assistance of my 5 year son. Really, I piggybacked on his project. It looks okay to me. I’m excited to makes some more prints with a thicker layer of ink. Overall the project is pleasing.

JCuyler – January 2020

Also, the tiny, baby elephant found itself in a frame.

His and hers gifts. Him being an elephant lover and her being a collector of miniatures.

Jellyfish carving

The carving is complete.

BRC says this one is really good and the octopus. The octopus is good. The other jellyfish not good. [I think he means it’s not easy to read – it’s hard to tell what it is.] The elephant also thumbs down. The reason this one and the octopus are good is because of the detail. The elephant doesn’t have enough elephant details and it has stripes. Stripes like a zebra or tiger.

I thanked him for his opinion and his honesty.

So excited to try the “dry run” – tomorrow, perhaps. For now, goodnight. May your dreams be happy when next you sleep.

Jellyfish no.2

j.cuyler 1-20-20

This photo is one stage in the process I am using to create a lino print.

I made one jellyfish linocut and it’s been pretty well received in my private circle of friends and family. However, I had really hoped for something that I could like a little better.

So, I sketched a quick jellyfish on some lined paper that I found to be very likable. But, I wanted to do more with it.

I got a light tablet that I can use on my lap in the living room and it just tucks easily away when I’m not using it. After making a couple of tracings and adding details, I’m liking this piece pretty well, so far.

Looking forward to sharing my progress.

Photo learning

forced Canon M50 to take this…my first reasonable shot of the moon.
j.cuyler 1-5-2020

I have loved playing with cameras since – well – Polaroid. I never ended up finishing a photography class to learn how to really use my film camera. But, that didn’t stop me from taking some fun shots. For a while I had a Canon PowerShot. I loved that little camera. I tried a Canon Rebel EOS. It is very heavy and they came out with a version with video the next year. No big deal, except I wanted to take videos, too.

Soon, I got a phone with a pretty good camera for taking snap shots – my first smart phone was a Samsung. There were some pretty cool features for playing with photos on that phone. I’ve had several iPhones and pretty much switched over to taking photos primarily with my phone.

Then, I started using the Canon M50. I have barely any idea what I am doing. But, I love it so much. Taking photos is just so fun for me. If you would like to see what I’m up to now, click here to see some of my favorites from the 300+ images I shot today.

keeper of chronicles

elephant lino print- j.cuyler
December 2019

Even when I really want to, I don’t always make the time to have even a single creative experiment that I feel like sharing. It feels like I haven’t been creative at all.

I had a great day with my kid. And that means a lot. I took some selfies of us. We played a little.

Luckily, I have some fun projects to share from the past. Enjoy this little cutie linocut from this past holiday season. I’m loving the dollar store shadow box style frames.

Playing – snap shots

Phone photos

Yesterday, played with settings I’ve never tried while making phone photos.

Today, I played with a Canon M50 camera, just for 10 minutes. In the house, trying out manual settings. Digital photography is still a mystery to me.

Everyday, a little creative treat to keep me going. Sometimes, I even get an hour or more to play and have fun.