From "Horace Makes a Splash" ... "and there were Horace the Hippo Action Figures with Moveable Parts"

First – note that due to lack of bandwidth I missed correcting my website address in the open studios site. This is my blog. Website is


So … this is a departure, huh? At Open Studios this weekend I’ll be showing what I’m currently working on – updating, redoing and finalizing several children’s books I started when daughter Grace Ryan was young. The demos I’m showing were from back in the days of tractor-fed printers. Not slick! Not digital (yet)!

Sometimes when life hands you stinking rotten fuzzy blue lemons and you are caretaking for a beloved person, it becomes life-affirming to find some kind of interruptable art that you can do on the dining room table. And since these have haunted me since they were interrupted almost 3 decades ago by eerily similar life-engulfing circumstance, it seems a positive full circle.

Oh, I’ll have my paintings up, too, to enjoy or purchase. And the amount of artists and varied art in this studio tour is bound to make you happy to experience that art hum that is like nothing else. 64 artists in its second year (the first was during the pandemic).

May 6-7, 10-5pm. I’m at the Bothwell Arts Center, 2466 8th Street Livermore, but the open studios stretch all the way to Danville this year.

I’m happy to see this start to take off!


Alliance for the Visual Arts (AVA)’s Tri Valley Studio Tour website, with bike maps, group sites and artist listings here:…

And, as always, sharing their posts helps to get some legs on this exciting new annual event!