Visual Inspiration

Diamond Series Stencil Giveaway!

Posted by on Dec 5, 2015 in Giveaway!, Stencils, Tutorial, Visual Inspiration | 103 comments

Diamond Series Stencil Giveaway!

My stencil company, Artistcellar has done it again! This new series of four stencils is called the “Diamond Series” and you can find them on the Artistcellar site. You can also win a set by visiting all the blogs listed below and leaving one comment per blog for eight chances to win. These are the best quality stencils on the market according to me, and since I do not have a delicate touch that matters! I used this new series to make papers on top of road maps. The primary medium I used was Radiant Rain Shimmering Mist and Radiant Rain Daubers by ColourArte. I did add dye inks...

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Wayne Thiebaud, my guy

Posted by on Nov 19, 2014 in Visual Inspiration | 12 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 phase of his work. I discovered his landscapes...

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Grief and Beauty

Posted by on Aug 26, 2014 in Visual Inspiration, Written Inspiration | 6 comments

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

Two weeks ago I had a road adventure, driving from my home in Colorado to Phoenix, Arizona and back. The trip was centered around teaching in Arizona at Art Unraveled, but also an excuse to see some desert wonders along the way. The first part of the trip, the first 6 hours or so, was driving in thunder and rainstorms through the middle of Colorado. The good news about this is that when I finally arrived at Arches National Park, the storm was painting the sky to the east. It was a glorious backdrop. There was lightening, and I caught it in my pictures three times. The sound was so much...

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Love Letters in Tucson

Posted by on Feb 20, 2013 in Visual Inspiration, What I am up to, Workshops and Classes, Written Inspiration | 2 comments

Love Letters in Tucson

Last week I had the pleasure of teaching for Paperworks, in Tucson, Arizona. It was 70°, blue and crisp the entire week. I stayed with Stan and Linda Penny, who are so very good at hosting I considered squatting for a spell. The class met in a building on the agricultural part of the U of A, formerly known as the “Meat Science Lab”. There was some kind of event going on there, so while we were inside writing love letters and poetry, we were serenaded by moos and bleating outside. It is comfy being surrounded by large Angus cattle, maybe for me because that is my family heritage,...

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More Magical Ghost Ranch

Posted by on Jul 11, 2012 in Journaling, Visual Inspiration, Written Inspiration | 6 comments

More Magical Ghost Ranch

Spending a week under the stars in the southwest desert is a gift. The storms rolled in. I appreciated my tent. The flowers bloomed, Janet collected specimens for us to draw. Some of what we saw was moving, in an embrace all of life way. The hills there are layers of history. You can read that history in the colors. We went to Echo Canyon, where there is a natural, painted amphitheater.   I painted some ancient, gnarled roots.   This desert showed itself to us, gloriously. I will return to the desert, over and over.  ...

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