Written Inspiration

Grief and Beauty

Posted by on Aug 26, 2014 in Visual Inspiration, Written Inspiration | 1 comment

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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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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Romance and the Snow

Posted by on Feb 9, 2013 in What I am up to, Workshops and Classes, Written Inspiration | 3 comments

Romance and the Snow

We have been waiting for snow here in Colorado. It is here, now, softly falling out my window, just past where my big poodle is napping. He looks like a stuffed toy. He is kind of a stuffed toy. My family is all out and about, skiing, snowboarding, hanging with the cute German boyfriend.   This is a blissful time for me, the pureness of the quiet, the long awaited arrival of snow, a fire, a dog and a cup of tea. The view of winter out my window. My day has been filled with poetry too, getting ready for a class I will teach in Tucson next week. The class is about Love Letters. I have...

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Pulse Points with Seth Apter

Posted by on Nov 27, 2012 in Creative Exercises, My Blog List, Written Inspiration | 1 comment

Pulse Points with Seth Apter

Today I will be featured on Seth Apter’s blog in a feature he calls “Pulse Points”. This is a feature also of CreateMixedMedia.com, where you can read other artists’ answers to questions he posed to us about being/living/art-making and balance. It is easy to think my experience as a mixed media artist and author would be comparable to those around me. We work in the same places, often with the same people. We make art when not teaching or writing. Beauty is a thread that binds us, but from there it varies as to what our experiences, goals and intentions are as...

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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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Headed to Clear Skies

Posted by on Jul 1, 2012 in Real Life, Written Inspiration | 0 comments

Headed to Clear Skies

My girl and I are headed to Ghost Ranch in New Mexico tomorrow. We will be gone about 8 days, and I will not have access to a computer. I will however, have access to the red desert and its inky black skies. The sky down there has no smoke, amazingly enough, I checked. That in itself will be amazing, after weeks of fires here in Colorado. I leave you with these words from Edward Abbey, a desert lover, writer and environmentalist. “…When the first rays of the sun strike the cliffs I fill a mug with steaming coffee and sit in the doorway facing the sunrise, hungry for the warmth....

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