crossword puzzle books in art

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Here’s a new painting in my “reading and books in art” series.  I confess that I love printed dictionaries, thesaurus’s and puzzle/game related books. In my art studio resource shelves I have 8 dictionaries, 3 thesaurus’s and 5 puzzle/game related books. Art idea gold-mines in my opinion. Naturally a Boston Terrier would consult one of these books…


“The Arf Thesaurus” by Clancy – 16 x 20 inches – acrylic and gouache on board —- image copyright 2019

The puzzle in the painting is actually work-able – at least somewhat – if you could get the Boston Terrier to move his arm.  It was fun to imagine a puzzle related to sounds (words?) a dog makes.

If you look in the upper corner of this painting you’ll see that I’ve spoofed another painting that I did earlier.


“Good Morning” – by Clancy – 11 x 17 inches – acrylic and gouache on board – image copyright 2019

As I’ve worked toward this exhibit theme of reading and books in art I’ve become aware again of my love of words so I’ve also been experimenting with abecedarian poems, nonsense poems and made up words. This is in conjunction with thinking about constructing some artist books related to my upcoming reading and books themed art exhibit.

Still noodling about this concept of nesting-ideas-within-nested-ideas I’d mentioned in my last post. We’ll see where it goes.

And yes, I love it when I take the time to sit and work a crossword puzzle. I’m not up to The New York Times puzzle level yet. Someday perhaps. I’ve known two people who could do the Sunday NYT puzzle in ink. They impressed me enough with their level of education/smarts that I started on the bunny-slope level of crosswords. They inspired me reading more widely too. I like to think I’ve gotten a little better at puzzling since then.

Do you like crossword puzzles?

Alphabeasts advancing

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Been working on my “Alphabeast” series.  These cut paper mixed media artworks each feature one letter of the alphabet. Hopefully someday they’ll become a picture-puzzle-book… in the meantime they’re fine art pieces currently at Caplan Art Designs. Perhaps one will be placed in a child’s room – a child with a name that begins with the featured letter. Or perhaps a pediatricians office will get a few of them for their exam rooms… or a hospital will get a few for their halls…. Hey, an artist can dream right?

Here are a few of the pieces from my “Alphabeast series”.  Each one contains 15 to 20 items that start with the featured letter.  My titles give you a clue…

Anteater Artist Abstracting Ants

Anteater Artist Abstracting Ants

Bookish Bear Bathing

Bookish Bear Bathing

Capped Cat Counting Collectables

Capped Cat Counting Collectables

Dapper Dog Dining

Dapper Dog Dining

And yes, this series is going to take me quite a while to finish. Each one is lots and lots of cut pieces of handmade paper…designing them is such fun!

By the way, if you are able to go see the original artworks at the gallery ( there are some “bonus” items on the edges of the artwork that aren’t pictured here.