post 50

in a few days my daughter will turn 50 years old, and she is my “baby”. coincidently, my post today on wordpress, is my 50th post. and so i am going to take care of odds and ends that have been left dangling and then say goodbye to blogging. “post 50” will be my final post which began in a cemetery and will end in our plans and hopes for the future. a heartfelt thank you to those who have spent time reading what i have written, and especially to friends who have taken the time to leave comments. here goes….


where was i (hallie ford)

 “where was i when we voted for life and death”

a sculpturally framed art piece from found wood by nic, writing by sloy, now hanging in the northwest artist’s room at the Hallie Ford Museum.


ephemera. places dave’s mother visited when she was young. she is no longer with us and so part of the process we are now involved in includes culling ephemera (and soon our art) and making choices about what to go on with and what to let go.


downtown casper, wyoming, “gateway to the frontier”.  hotels, old timey cars, ballroom, dining room, lobby, bar.


for jan, our neighbor, who asked if i would please take a closer picture of some earrings i was wearing in one photo on facebook. this is one of many pairs of cardboard earrings nic has made for me through the years. although they appear heavy, they are in fact, much lighter than most commercial earrings.


the other side of the same earring as above.

earring 2 back

this is the earring that “matches” the one above. they are meant to be worn as a pair, though i tend to wear either one or the other as they are a strong enough statement singly.

earring 2

and this is the other side of the one above. sorry to have taken so long to respond to your request, jan.

our little sitting room

and here, dear readers, is where our attention will be directed for some time now. this is a small room in our house meant to be a second bedroom, but we use it for our “parlor”, our living room, a place to seat guests who visit in some comfort. we have a wall unit holding a tv, stereo, bar (open) and other civilized paraphernalia as well as the furniture you see. our intentions are to clear out this room so that we can bring our art home out of storage. a huge job as there is nowhere else for all this stuff to go. most will have to go away, somehow, and it is difficult to let go. this is as much as we know right now, and so it is all i will say about it, excepting that it is exciting to think about change, about having our art here with us.

camano deck

i say goodbye with this lovely picture of the deck off the cabin on camano island where we spent many, many years with great joy in a paradise-like setting, the saratoga passage seen here barely through the trees in the upper left, with its ferries, ships, boats and wildlife and sunsets, the beach below. my father and his wife, my stepmother, hosted many a family get-together here, and we filled the deck with conversation and laughter and children and grandchildren. kay thompson took this picture and posted it on facebook, and we are immensely grateful to her for it, as this photo represents time past. my father no longer reclines in a lounge chair in that far left corner by the white table, and the gatherings are no more. we must move on.


tooth & gun (a work in progress)

1,top: outside layer (unpainted

a work in progress. nic considers this construction a painting as well as an object of art.

2. tooth & gun

inside the outer lid is nestled another box.

3.inner box lid removed

the inner box with lid removed

4. closeup of top:or bottom lid to outer box & inner box

a close up of the underside of the lid

5.tooth & gun

tooth & gun in their painted cardboard holder

6. encircling box around tooth & gun removed

the green cardboard form removed to reveal the bottom of the box inside a box

7. viewed on 'bottom' of inner box

tooth & gun

8. opened from the bottom of the outer box

the outer box opened from the bottom

9. gun & tooth with top of box removed

gun & tooth with holding ‘form’ painted black

10. gun & tooth

gun & tooth

nic’s box

live in nicholsloy studio tonite we have nic in his own keystrokes. what are we looking at in this photo, nic?

art box

turns out it’s the unstacking of the box i made to hold my ‘somewhat’ flat cardboard stuff.

vintage art postcards upright in box

your grandma pigler’s (mary goebel’s) piano stool in the upper right with a mooneyes stool. your hotrod postcards in the lower right & still in the box cardboard customs & hotrods.

pulp fiction collaged mail art postcards

digging turthur i knp i do. the next to be removed is a series of ‘part’s boxes’ from a weyerhaeuser pulp mill inlaid into pieces of cardboard boxes. notice EAK appears.

cardboard hotrod under 'rifle scope', inlayed circles.

TA, BUENO KEEP UNDER Northwest Pears, reading the lettering on the box.

looking in as the box empties

the cardboard for the ‘part’s box’ pieces i got from my beatific niece lexie (rip). in the back a portrait by kent barton (rip).

final compartment

so nic, what’s on the clipboard & what’s in the boden glass mug?

cardboard constructions from parts boxes

on the clipboard a time log of a painting, offscreen upper right, & a poem. in the glass whisky water ice.

emptied interior


view, with cardboard art, from the back

ya need a cardboard art box to put the art ya make out of cardboard boxes into.

cool valentines

my name is sloy. this is my blog. just so you know, nic is my mate of 31 years. we are the two main characters you will read about here.

tomorrow being valentine’s day  i burrowed into my mother’s cedar chest, which i inherited, and pulled out 2 of my favorite valentines, both from nic.

baby don't cry

‘baby don’t cry’ is a cardboard valentine nic made for me  in 1991. it is nearly 1 inch thick, and thus difficult to scan, but here is the best our scanner can do. front of card.

now and forever

and here is a photo of the back from my iphone. not much better than the scanner pic, but you get the point. nic’s sweet inscription on the lower right hand corner reads, ” sandra, now & forever. love, dave”  but of course, without the punctuation.

sandra is my given name. dave is nic’s. confuses some, but we’ve got it straight in our minds. sloy & nic are artists. sandra & dave make beds and vacuum floors and interact with family and friends. the date inscribed is 2.14.91.


when the arrow through the heart is pulled, LOVE appears in the center.

san sun SAN

and this sweet handmade valentine nic sent me through the mail. here you see the front with a copper heart inserted into the heart shaped center.

i really don’t go through life as a sandra. i go as san. wherever he found this cardboard that says SAN remains a mystery to this day.


and here you see the back of the valentine. the dove stamp is a “G Rate” make-up stamp, i suppose to supplement the 75 cent wendell willkie. wendell’s stamp tells us he was a statesman, and that his years were 1892-1944. very romantic.

the sloy lettering nic inlaid from fonts found on various pieces of cardboard originally advertising products on the boxes they were shipped in. notice the brown tape on the right. nic’s directions for a valentine surprise.

i love you

back to the scanner for this one. the copper heart is replaced with more inlaid cardboard lettering. an exquisite little collection of tiny colored fonts it says, “i love you.” ingeniously, the v of ‘love’ and the period after ‘you’ are cut in one slim piece from the same source.

so these are 2 of my favorite valentines. easter i’ll post my favorite easter egg.

for now, i’m off to make nic a double bloody mary. CHEERS!!

peace & love,