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Archive for 2008

Holly Jean Philipp, June 4,1972 – May 2, 2008

This video was lovingly put together by Holly’s cousin, Stephen Marsh. It was presented during the Philipp/Marsh/Mixter Family Reunion, where it was received with much love, sadness, and more than a few tears.

Holly is survived by her mother Jacquie & stepfather Ray; brothers Jon, Todd, & Scott; her sister-in-laws Kari and me; her all too-young six-year old son Alex; and the rest of the Philipp/Marsh/Mixter clan who are too many to name but who continue to hold her in their hearts.

In memory of Holly, and in honor of a few female family and friends I know who are cancer survivors, please consider sponsoring me for the 2009 Swim a Mile for Women with Cancer.


Please sponsor me for Swim a Mile

In memory of Holly Philipp, and in honor of the female family and friends I know who have survived cancer, I am once again participating in the Swim A Mile for Women with Cancer.

This is an annual event sponsored by the Oakland Women’s Cancer Resource Center, a local non-profit organization whose mission is to:

To empower women with cancer to be active and informed consumers and survivors; to provide community for women with cancer and their supporters; to educate the general community about cancer; and to be actively involved in the struggle for a life-affirming, cancer-free society.

****Please sponsor me by making an online donation here.****


100 Santa Fe Etchers


Once upon a time, I made etchings with the Santa Fe Etching Club. This occurred on a weekly basis when I lived in Santa Fe from 1994-2000. And now, I’ve been included in the recently published book, 100 Santa Fe Etchers.

I received my copy this week and as I flipped through the pages, I became distinctly aware that I am in a book with some of the most amazing artists working in Santa Fe. What an HONOR!! Even Jon proclaimed: “You’re in a book with Bill Mauldin!” Yes, that would be the Pulitzer-Prize winning cartoonist and creator of the characters Willie and Joe, Bill Mauldin.

And as I turned the pages, I began to proclaim, “I’m in a book with —

And then of course, there are the artists who made my life in Santa Fe a lot of fun because of their friendships with me. I am certainly honored to be in a book with my friends. Artists like:

  • Norma Evans, to whom I owe much with my move and transition to the Bay Area; she was my connection;
  • William Gonzales, whose work was recently published in a book of this same series;
  • Brian Bari Long, who introduced me to the Etching Club;
  • Elizabeth Cook, whose framed print is at the center of our living room; I love her work!;
  • Jo Basistse/Eli Levin, who is at the heart of the Etching Club;
  • and of course, Dr. Bob Bell, who has been supporting the club since 1980, and without whom the book would not exist.

And there are other artists in the book who I never met but whose work makes me want to pick up etching again. Wow! I’m almost embarrassed to be in a book with them, they’re so good!

Needless to say, you need to take a look at this book for yourself. You can purchase your own copy by contacting Argos Gallery in Santa Fe. The book is $30 plus shipping.


In Memoriam: Holly Philipp

Holly Philipp
06/04/72 – 05/02/08

Rest in Peace, Light, & Love

Holly Philipp
Holly with her son, Alex, in early April.


This week’s drawings

It’s been a busy week, with some of the activities resulting in excellent news regarding a new web design job!

In the meantime, here are some drawings I managed to do today: (yes, they are of our pets)


Amazingly enough, I find Sammy difficult to draw with a pencil. I think this is the most success I’ve had with capturing his personality using conte pencil. And of course, this would be his sleeping personality.

Sketches of Phobos

Sketches of Phobos

Like Sammy, I also find Phobos difficult to draw. Maybe it’s because he is mostly a black blob, thereby making it more difficult to understand the form beneath all the fur and darkness. Granted, Siwa is also a black blob, but because she is larger, it is easier to see her form and make decisions.

So there you have it. More drawings.