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Grief and Beauty

Posted by on Aug 26, 2014 in Visual Inspiration, Written Inspiration | 1 comment

Grief and Beauty

I have lots of work to do. And I have two friends who are suffering enormously with health issues. These two situations do not work really well for me, I have trouble sometimes moving through grief and creating beauty at the same time. As an artist, this is my job, to feel, interpret, explore, illustrate, experience and sometimes, deliver the goods wrapped up and ready. This time it is harder to do that for me, because my talented and beautiful friend is dying. She is a calligrapher and an activist, a real thinker and hoper and believer. In thinking about her I found a book I painted years...

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The Colors of the Desert

Posted by on Aug 21, 2014 in Visual Inspiration | 3 comments

The Colors of the Desert

A road trip through the Utah desert.

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Collage with Skins

Posted by on Aug 8, 2014 in Golden Paints | 7 comments

Collage with Skins

Earlier this week I took a class with Chris Cozen, a working artist for Golden Paints. The class was on making “skins” with the various mediums that Golden makes, and running them through an inkjet printer, adding photos and textures to create collage materials. Chris made many, many of these skins on foil, digital grounds, fiber paste and likely most of the other mediums that Golden makes. She gave us each three blanks to print at home, and three more to use in our collages. Some of the skins were clear with bits of paint in them, some were gorgeous seascapes printed on foil,...

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Pastel Panoramas

Posted by on Aug 7, 2014 in PanPastel | 3 comments

Pastel Panoramas

I just got back last night from a long round trip drive to Phoenix. Part adventure, part teaching at Art Unraveled and that part I am going to brag about right now. One class was “Panoramas Patterns Pastels,”  which was a class on using PanPastels. The students worked from a Google Earth image or a aerial photo to paint a landscape of a favorite place. My photos do not do them justice, but I hope you can appreciate their colorful wonder.   This one shows where the “life” is in this neighborhood.   Most of them are depicting family places.   This one is...

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Denver Art Museum: Uncharted

Posted by on Jul 30, 2014 in Map Making | 11 comments

Denver Art Museum: Uncharted

A few months ago I was invited to participate in an event at the Denver Art Museum. My job was to find a piece in the museum that would inspire me to make my own artwork, with the theme “Uncharted” and then present it to an audience with a 20 minute talk. This is a huge honor for me, and a bar that is set a bit higher than other art challenges I have had. They told me many hundreds of people attend this event, and any of you who have done a thing like this know the two big fears 1. I will forget all my words and choke on stage 2. I will reveal my “baby” and no one...

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