Saturday, September 09, 2006

~ Paradise, Found
(click on image for larger view)

This island dream is available at
"Small Works" art shop.


The backstory -

A year or so ago, I found myself impatiently standing in line behind a woman wearing a striped sweater. As usual, expecting the unexpected, I had my camera in hand and was fiddling with it to pass the time. Later that night, while uploading the day's photos, I saw that I'd accidentally snapped a pic of the back of that striped sweater. I thought about deleting it, but saved it to my "Iffy Stuff" folder, instead.

Look closely at the island 'trees' and 'land' in "Paradise, Found", above, and you'll see the striped pattern of the sweater.

Since then, I've done a couple of other pieces from that same "accidental" photo. If I can find a copy of the original shot (which seems to only exist on a CD my computer refuses to read -- AARRGH!!!) I'll post them for you to see.

These days, I never toss out a crappy photo. They're handy for all sorts of things!

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Thanks for all the great comments on my last post, and special thanks to Dr. John, as usual, for sending his "Marathoners" my way!

Speaking of Dr. John, his blog post is so hysterically funny today -- I laughed until I wheezed! Whew! Now, I need a breathing treatment!

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It's cloudy, damp, and cool in San Antonio this fine Saturday morning. This is my favorite type of weather, and I'm crossing my fingers in hope of it sticking around a few days.

Have an amazing weekend!


  1. Very interesting story behind your recent work! I don't keept photographs, but I do keep interesting things that I find, often outside on the ground. I know someday I will do something with these little artifacts.

    I like what you did with the sweater pattern, it has a landscape feel to it.

  2. When I saw this one I just went "ahhhh" it has such a ethereal and magical feeling to it. You know of course I absolutely love this and I'm thinking "only W.J. can take a photo of a womans sweater and turn it into such an awesome gorgeous work of art! Very impressive!

  3. That picture reminds me of the verse " In the beginning God created". It does indeed look like paradise. You are so creative.

  4. Spongebob sings a song about stiped sweaters... us artsy people know to never throw something away. which is why my workroom is a mess...

  5. Hi, Cynthia,

    Unfortunately, I keep all those things, too. They go into my "potential craft supplies". So much stuff -- I wish I could afford to build a seperate studio/workroom in my big, wasted backyard!

  6. Thank you, Lynette! I had a feeling you'd like this. You know what they say, "When God gives you sweater-backs, make art!"

    Oops, maybe that's lemonade . . .

  7. I'm glad you like it, Dr. John. I was a little concerned, what with the dreaded trees and all . . . Hope you're well, today!

  8. Karen, Karen, Karen. When will this unhealthy "Sponge Bob" fixation end? I'm afraid it may take more than "12 Steps" to purge your mind of this level of animated aquatic infection. Maybe I can hire a deprogrammer . . .

  9. A sweater? that is amazing! The image reminds me of the movie Dune for some reason.

  10. Awesome! Really. I love it. You know I love visiting your other worlds.

  11. How clever you are and what a lovely image.Paradise indeed, W.J. :-)
    That's good advice about *iffy* photos.