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Idle Stones


I don’t imagine that stones are idle. They’re always in motion like rivers and mountains. But these six stones have been shelved all too long under a cloud of depression and loss. The four light colored16 by 20 inch lithograph limestones are from the famous German quarry of Solnhofen. I have a small piece of lithographic quality limestone from the old quarry in north central Iowa, Lithographic City near the town of Orchard. Look closely and you can see a dark gray smaller stone likely from Germany as well and a larger white marble stone mounted on slate. The four stones are named “Forty, MW, OZ and UK.” I took 40 out today and started work on it.


The working image on the stone looks good, a 12 by 12 inch tusche wash intended for the ONE Pixel edition. I washed it out with lithotine and then rubbed it up in asphultum. I’m not sure yet if I’ll print it or levigate it off and start over. Moving the stone was not so easy. Last worked in 2007 for edition #74 it now seems considerably heavier! But stones should move and today they did. I no longer hold Hope that my maps and prints will find acceptance and be purchased in this mapping world of commerce and digital high-definition realism. I’ve more or less given up. The part of me that has yet to give up is Depressed about this and the loss I experience of having no standing or presence; the unwanted and invisible nature of my work. RESOLVE to act lifts the stone from the shelf and sets it in motion. All things are in motion. Always.


My Unpopular Maps

“Unpopular ideas can be silenced, and inconvenient facts kept dark, without the need for any official ban. Anyone who has lived long in a foreign country will know of instances of sensational items of news — things which on their own merits would get the big headlines — being kept right out of the … press, not because the Government intervened but because of a general tacit agreement that ‘it wouldn’t do’ to mention that particular fact. So far as the daily newspapers go, this is easy to understand. The … press is extremely centralized, and most of it is owned by wealthy men who have every motive to be dishonest on certain important topics. But the same kind of veiled censorship also operates in books and periodicals, as well as in plays, films and radio. At any given moment there is an orthodoxy, a body of ideas which it is assumed that all right-thinking people will accept without question. It is not exactly forbidden to say this, that or the other, but it is ‘not done’ to say it …. Anyone who challenges the prevailing orthodoxy finds himself silenced with surprising effectiveness. A genuinely unfashionable opinion is almost never given a fair hearing, either in the popular press or in the highbrow periodicals.” :: George Orwell Animal Farm

Section Without Water : Stone Lithograph on Sakamoto Kozo, Edition of 20 E/V

Flowering Time

Sunrise run in the north hills.
Lupine flowering :: Pursh's Silky Lupine
and flowering Arrowleaf :: Arrowleaf Balsamroot
the backyard garden in progressIMG_4393

My Desire toMake Beautiful Things

“If you want a golden rule that will fit everything, this is it: Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.”
“Apart from the desire to produce beautiful things, the leading passion of my life has been and is hatred of modern civilization.”

William Morris :: English architect, artist, writer, and socialist with the English Arts and Crafts Movement. He wrote and published poetry, fiction, and translations. Morris devoted much of his life to the Kelmscott Press. His 1896 edition of the Works of Geoffrey Chaucer is considered a masterpiece.

Found & washed stone, carefully painted and wrapped . . . door stop.


RESOLVE is a 6 by 9 in. letterpress card on heavy Flurry card stock. The two colour transparent base used BLOX modular type. In three matrices and a small edition of just 20. Available in the toMake™ store.


While Your Attention Was Elsewhere

We The People Means All of Us and that Includes . . . the Water People, the Sky People, the Fire People . . . All of Us Together
Opps . . . wrong Aisle, No People Here
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Between Hope & Despair

Between Hope and Despair . . . RESOLVE

Back to What I Can Do

The Buddha in the Backyard
Watches the Dance of Spring
Looking Down I Keep on Walking
Remembering . . . Back to What I Can Do


Green Green Green

Ink on the Press :: a Transparent Green on Flurry Cover Stock
Feet Touching Feet Dancing Feet_SkoraBlurr
The Flowering Apple Tree
My sister Ann would have been 68 today
Ann Holloway

Saturday Life

The Apple Tree Lives Again
We Pick Up Our Spring CSA Market Share
Laundry Day


RESOLVE :: A Work in Progress

Remembering :: May 4th 1970 Kent State Massacre

This day, back then, set in motion my adult life, separate from what my parents and society had imagined and planned for me. And the Kent State Massacre wasn’t alone, wasn’t the only one either; South Carolina and Mississippi and more. The president called us bums and lied (sound familiar).

“Fifty years ago today, 28 soldiers opened fire on anti-Vietnam war demonstrators, letting loose 67 bullets in just 13 seconds. Four students were killed, nine wounded, and a fissure exposed in American society that shaped politics into the Trump era.”

Hard Working Climate Activist

We’ve been in the news and on the streets the past few weeks. IMG_4139
The ever newsworthy bulletin board in the alleyway at toMake™


. . . and making national headlines :: ‘A Bomb in the Center of the Climate Movement
Bill McKibben quoting from an email Judith wrote to him and appearing as headline and within the article in Rolling Stone

“I don’t think most people are that mean-spirited (or maybe I just hope not) and of course dozens of friends within the climate movement wrote to express their solidarity and love. But I have no doubt that many of the people who’ve seen the film are, at the least, disheartened. Here’s what one hard-working climate activist wrote me from Montana: “The problem is, this movie is all over the place and is already causing divisions and conflicts in climate action groups that I’m involved in — it’s like they detonated a bomb in the center of the climate action movement.” Which I’m sure is true (and I’m sure it’s why the film has been so well-received at Breitbart and every other climate-denier operation on the planet).”
Ink draws for an edition