Visual Inspiration

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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The Magic of Ghost Ranch

Posted by on Jul 10, 2012 in Journaling, My Work, Visual Inspiration | 2 comments

The Magic of Ghost Ranch

Last week I was entirely surrounded by beauty. Ghost Ranch is a magical, wonderful place that I love in the north eastern part of New Mexico. I took a field sketching class with Helen Byers and Janet Darrow. They were wonderful teachers, and the other class members were inspiring.           It was a wonderful, colorful, delightful week. Taos is nearby. I will be taking a group there to paint in October. More Ghost Ranch goodness tomorrow!    ...

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Left Boy Haiku

Posted by on Jan 27, 2012 in Visual Inspiration, Written Inspiration | 14 comments

Left Boy Haiku

This fall I was in Venice, Italy with two girlfriends. We saw this scene next to a canal as we were walking to the Peggy Guggenheim Museum. It was ironic on so many levels, one being it was carved into the concrete in English. And how did this dog know to lay there? Was this a regular gig for him, an attention seeking pooch? Whatever the story, it was danged funny, and it still makes me laugh. We found this Left Boy Still wonder at his story Might he be Right Girl?   It is Friday, and I try to write Haiku on Friday for my friend Rebecca, who started Haiku My Heart. There are more haiku...

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Two Portraits of Brava

Posted by on Nov 9, 2011 in Adventures in Italy, Visual Inspiration | 1 comment

Two Portraits of Brava

While in Italy in September, I was thinking about mythology, the gods and goddesses who were fodder for fanciful and elaborate stories. There was a goddess missing, and she needed to be invented. Her name is Brava. Brava is brave under fire. She is sturdy, and feminine. It is not that she is never scared, she often is, but she does not allow fear to dictate her life. Here are two portraits of Brava. I am going to be working with her for a while, honing in on her stories. Any ideas? Her Motto: Courage Takes Practice. Begin...

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The Rockies

Posted by on Sep 7, 2011 in Adventures in Italy, Orvieto Workshop, Real Life, Visual Inspiration | 9 comments

The Rockies

The other day I woke up grumpy. When that happens I try to pin point the exact solution to my issue. In this case it was a hike with my dog. Look at this day! I marched along with my big curly dog, enjoying the 20° drop in temperature. We marched past lots of wildflowers and these cool red bugs. They might be hideous consumers of all Colorado finery, I don’t know, but they sure dress nicely. Next week I leave for my class in Italy (there is still room!) Yesterday I made the portfolios for the class members at the studio of my friend David Ashley. He helps me do all the fancy stuff...

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