Notes from the Snug Aerie

Studio Tour II: A wood-burning stove for hobbits

Studio Tour II: A wood-burning stove for hobbits

I don’t like to be cold. And since we heat solely with wood, our home only stays warm by convection currents from the wood stove downstairs. Usually that works beautifully, but once I close the door to the studio, I’m cut off from that source. Space heater? Too pricey. Campfire? Might damage the floor. Wear more layers? I’d become nearly spherical. The only obvious solution? Why, a hobbit wood stove, of course!

When persons of the female persuasion first see my stove, their first reaction (scientifically described) is “Ooooooh!” while putting hands to face. I believe this word is code for...


How to capture wild images

How to capture wild images

The elusive Wild Image is difficult to capture in its native habitat. It requires the proper setting, light, equipment, and mood, with just a dash of Luck.

My studio, part 1: The secret door

I’ll give you occasional glimpses into where I work. It’s somewhat hobbit-like, but that wasn’t my aim. (The Hobbit is actually one of the better children’s books I’ve ever read, but I’m not an ardent fan of LOTR, etc.)

The south wall of our bedroom is an unbroken wall of books, side to side and floor to ceiling—being a cathedral ceiling, that means the topmost point is 13 feet from the floor (yes, we do have a ladder for reaching the upper books). I thought it would be fun to but a hidden doorway through the shelves into my studio, but...


Come see my work in its native habitat!

Come see my work in its native habitat!

Okay, for the last two months-ish, I’ve been hard at work on redesigning the brochure and website for North Idaho’s annual Artists’ Studio Tour. The brochure should go to press early next week, but here’s a sneak peek:

2018 Artist Studio Tour brochure

The tour is a great opportunity to see real working studios of 25 local artists: everything from quilting and jewelry to painting and sculpture—and of course drawing! My studio is the easternmost on the whole circuit, so start here and explore widely.

Stop by the homestead and see what I’m always crowing about. Admire Jessica’s garden,...


6 Big Advantages of Black and White Artwork

6 Big Advantages of Black and White Artwork

1. It matches everything. On Sunday mornings around here, my wife and daughters often change their outfits more than once because the colors don’t match. Because of my background in the fashion industry, they’ll appeal to me: “Should I wear this with that skirt, or that with this top?” Often, my response is “Black goes with everything.” And it does!

When you decorate your walls, a major consideration is how the wall art harmonizes with a favorite rug, sofa, or wall color. And often a special piece of art is foregone because “it doesn’t match.” Or, folks will buy a striking...