Posts Tagged ‘illustration’

Daughter’s Song & Dance–A sample page

August 29, 2014 Leave a comment




RT is feeling good about his progress on publishing his mom’s memoirs, A Daughter’s Song and Dance. Not that the process isn’t a bit humbling. This is a 270-page book we’re talking about, and even discovering how to convert a MS Word file into a JPG can take some time, not to mention learning the basics of book design. Still, book production for ADS&D is going fairly smoothly, and RT is posting a sample page to give folks a feeling for what the finished product will look like. RT is proud of this particular page, and notes that the photo is a Dorothy Lange public domain image available on Wikipedia. Anyway, he hopes the effort satisfies. He’s currently setting chapters 17 and 18 (out of 24 total chapters).



 Book Page Image © 2014, The Rag Tree


Dragon’s Teeth–A Poem

March 5, 2014 2 comments

File:Virgil Solis - Cadmos and the Spartoi.jpg

Last Sunday, after careful deliberation, RT surrendered to his book-buying impulse and brought home the newest member of his literary litter, Karen Armstrong’s The Great Transformation. His short list also included John Dominic Crossan and Marcus Borg’s The First Paul and Oxford University’s New Oxford Book of Romantic Period Verse. RT’s local bookstore has never disappointed him.

Speaking of which, during his deliberations, RT was moved to compose some off-the-cuff verses. He re-positioned the chess set on its side table to safety a few feet away, sprawled out in the generously padded wicker chair, and produced the following:


Dragon’s Teeth

the moon married the alphabet

& founded a city; somewhere in there,

she produced a cow, a cow, take note,


that walked by the waters that stream westward

past the kings, the Queen of Night, a blind man



even to Bharata, Axum, Gades, that cow; the

hundred gates of the world: the fence of humanity

and the hero who stands guard there–


lion pelt on his shoulders,

club in his hand.

He made the mountains, they say,


let loose the winds, that

flock of doves–

the archer chases them.


© copyright 2014, The Rag Tree.


Woodcut: Cadmos and the Spartoi (Engraving by Virgil Solis for Ovid’s Metamorphoses III, 101-130) 1562. WikiCmns; Public Domain.


still life…chairs and table…

February 25, 2014 Leave a comment


a beautiful photograph for the afternoon… RT

(reposted from t smith knowles)


still life…chairs and table….

Two Figures: Something Fun…

November 12, 2013 1 comment

File:Albert Müller Zwei Figuren 474.jpg

something fun…enjoy!   RT

Drawing: Two Figures (by 1926); Albert Muller. Crayon on paper. WikiCmns; Public Domain.

Sarmatia–A Map

September 22, 2013 Leave a comment


Wowzaah…what a map!   RT


RT’s Related Posts: 1) Hereford Mappa Mundi


Image: Sarmatia and Scythia, Russia and Tartaria (17th cent.); User: Nasz. WikiCmns; Public Domain.


It’s only natural.

September 18, 2013 Leave a comment


a bit of whimsy…  RT

(reposted from Foxes and Tea)


It’s only natural..

Sketch for Portrait of Astronomer | Schizzo per Ritratto di Astronomo

September 14, 2013 Leave a comment