There is a note to each of these.
Insomnia was constructed from 2 images made in a class on computer graphics. The figure was drawn with a computer mouse on a mouse pad from a model. That was a lot of fun. The sheep was from a photo I took at my friend Penny’s farm and manipulated with an ancient paint program. I never really understood what I was doing in that class. I put the two images together on a piece of plywood and made a reductive woodcut.
Dear Family was done after the death of my step-mother who was killed in an automobile accident. The car she and my father were driving to take her to a dentist appointment at 1 o’clock in the afternoon was hit by a drunk driver. She was killed instantly. My father was in the hospital and then recovering at my house for 3 months. This is the poem:
Sheep was done from more sheep photos taken at Penny’s farm in southern Virginia. I think I have about a thousand pictures of sheep.
Rabbit and Fox were drawn from images on a tapestry at the Victoria and Albert Museum.
The pony, man, and dog were from a photo I took at a fair, I think in Burton-on-the-Water when my grandchildren were small.
Balboa Park is, obviously, partly from my imagination, and partly from a photo I took in Balboa Park of a musician.
The tropics is to illustrate another poem: