Friends with Talent

Wonderful Women Week

Posted by on Sep 27, 2013 in Collaboration, Friends with Talent, Workshops and Classes | 2 comments

Wonderful Women Week

This week I taught at Denver University, a group of wonderful women who painted fabulous papers for two days. We had a BLAST! That is after the security snafoo of being locked out of the building was sorted out… We cut and used stencils in many layers, tried about fifteen surface techniques and even played with sumi and walnut ink. We talked about how to reel in chaos, and this is my demo from that discussion. My muse showed up on the left, and my hand on the right, with all the ideas seeping into the fingers. There are layers of paint, marker and stencils over the top of a demo on...

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Wabi-Sabi Wonderland Bloghop and Giveaway!

Posted by on Jun 3, 2013 in Friends with Talent, Giveaway! | 88 comments

Wabi-Sabi Wonderland Bloghop and Giveaway!

My new friend Serena Barton has written a wonderful book, Wabi-Sabi Art Workshop. Wabi-Sabi is a Japanese term that refers to that which is “imperfect, impermanent, aged, humble and authentic.” The book focuses on intuitive painting and mixed media techniques of all kinds, to create layered and textured pieces full of intrigue and beauty. I decided to try one of these projects on a surface I learned to make a few years ago while studying with Brody Neuenschwander in Bruges, Belgium. I mixed up rice starch the consistency of thick cream and painted it on a board. Then I took...

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Gratitude from my studio

Posted by on May 23, 2013 in Friends with Talent, Gratitude from my studio | 4 comments

Gratitude from my studio

These days I am working on art for my book, which I cannot publish. So, for long hours each day I am in my studio making stuff and writing about it. Even though I am most often alone here, I am surrounded by evidence of talented and generous men and women that I am so fortunate to know. Sanna, or Susan Burgess, sent me this fabulous little book, a turn-of-the-century travel journal that is left for me to fill out. It has a huge fold out map in the back of it that was crispy and torn, but I repaired it and folded it back in. The book smells like my Aunt Mary’s house, which brought...

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