Visual Inspiration

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

A road trip through the Utah desert.

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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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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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