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Wayne Thiebaud, my guy

Posted by on Nov 19, 2014 in Visual Inspiration | 7 comments

Wayne Thiebaud, my guy

Everyone who knows me or has taken my classes knows that my favorite artist in this world is Wayne Thiebaud. Here is an article on the uniqueness of this man. Last year I flew to San Francisco with my friend Mary Ann, just to see his newest show. His art is the kind you have to stand in front of, but since most of you cannot, I am going to legally share his show with you now. The gallery gave me permission to share the photos I took. Thiebaud is known by many as a pop culture artist because in the 70s he painted cakes and pies. I missed that...

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My UK Adventure: Finale

Posted by on Nov 18, 2014 in Uncategorized | 2 comments

My UK Adventure: Finale

After traipsing around the Cotswolds I returned to London for art seeing and adventures in the Ancient Mysteries of Britain. For two days I walked around seeing art, at all the museums I could handle. One of my favorite small galleries is the Courtauld. The first time I went there was just out of college, and I remember the impact this painting had on me. This is by Degas. What struck me the first time I saw this small beauty was how very little he touched the canvas to create this very complete scene. I stood in front of it, 22 years old,...

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My UK Adventure: Chapter 5

Posted by on Nov 17, 2014 in Uncategorized | 5 comments

My UK Adventure: Chapter 5

On my second day in the Cotswolds I had a little car tour with Tim, the farmer. We drove through many small towns and he told me stories. There is nothing like having a local historian guiding your way. I was in heaven. The tiles on the roofs of many of the houses are stone slate. In the winter, they took large blocks of limestone and laid it on its side. The snow and rain would drip between the layers, freeze, and crack the stone apart into tiles by springtime. Mother Nature makes a roof.  Thatched roofs are less common, but there are still...

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My UK Adventure: Chapter 4

Posted by on Nov 12, 2014 in Art Adventures | 2 comments

My UK Adventure: Chapter 4

Outside of Chipping Campden, a town in the Cotswold hills where the Arts and Crafts Movement was born. “Chipping” means “market”, so all towns with this name have or did have a central market area like this one. It also means the streets are wider, to allow for more carts. This is the local bus stop, which is on a block that runs down the middle of the town. The buildings were built from the 14th to the 17th centuries. These are 21st century teenagers. I stayed on a farm that had been in the same family since 1760. The...

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My UK Adventure: Chapter 3

Posted by on Nov 11, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

My UK Adventure: Chapter 3

After my glorious week in London training with Golden Paints, I took the train to Middleton in March, the only train to get close to the Cotswolds, the hilly area in south central England that is a designated Area of Outstanding Beauty and  a great place to walk. I took a train to Moreton-in-Marsh and then a drive to Chipping Campden, outside of which I would stay on a fruit farm b and b. The first thing I did was head up to Hidcote Manor Gardens, and Arts and Crafts Garden of growing outdoor “rooms.” They really did feel like...

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21 Secrets Conversations: MY TURN!

Posted by on Nov 10, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

21 Secrets Conversations: MY TURN!

Today you can hear my interview with darling Connie Hozvicka, the founder of 21 Secrets, a year of online wonderful classes. Join us! You can join us in this journaling adventure by clicking here. Don’t click anywhere else or I don’t get credit! I am teaching a class called “Map to Happy”, and there are 20 other teachers too. A huge amount to keep you busy!...

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My UK Adventure: part 2

Posted by on Nov 7, 2014 in Art Adventures | 0 comments

My UK Adventure: part 2

This last June I made was working on a new mission statement for my artistic future, and the phrase I kept coming back to was “I want to be a small fish in a big pond.” A few weeks later I got an email from Pat at Golden Artist Colors asking if I wanted to attend a training to be a Artist Educator for Golden in London, England. This opportunity exactly fit the bill. The program started on Sunday night and went until Friday. Monday morning we each sat down to this. There was also a big box on the floor for each of us, a file box of...

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Remaking Maps

Posted by on Oct 24, 2014 in Uncategorized | 1 comment

Remaking Maps

remake some maps

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England, Part 1

Posted by on Oct 23, 2014 in Uncategorized | 2 comments

England, Part 1

I recently went to England for business and pleasure. The business side was to attend a training session to become a Golden Artist Educator for my favorite paint company, Golden Paints. The rest was playtime in the English countryside. My blog has been “broken” since then and is just now fixed so I can share with you. I flew into Heathrow and then took a two and a half hour bus ride to Bath. My room was reserved at an airbnb room in a tall row house. My room was at the top, overlooking the city. There was a garden to sit my tired...

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Life Book Sign Up starts TODAY!

Posted by on Oct 6, 2014 in Uncategorized | 6 comments

Life Book Sign Up starts TODAY!

Today is the first day of the rest of your life, and the rest of mine! Sign ups for Life Book 2015 starts today. My offering to you in this year long workshop is two-fold. In February I will lead you through a small book project that is both fun and full of appreciation for your “tribe”, or the people who support you. The second and biggest project in September is layers of collaged “landscapes” made with art skins (you will have to sign up to get the nitty gritty on this one!) and the poetry that I love, in this case...

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