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Sponges and Stencils

Posted by on Aug 30, 2013 in Creative Exercises, My techniques, My Work | 9 comments

Sponges and Stencils

I have a lot of stuff in my art studio, and I am trying to pare down which means giving away all the things I do not use in my work. Up until now that would have included stencils. As you may know, I designed a set of stencils for Artistcellar last year. That was a challenge for me since I do not, nor have I ever been a stencil user. So I designed stencils that might appeal to someone like me, someone who might want to add texture but not purchased imagery. The stencils that I designed are abstract calligraphy, and they are calls “TEXTures”. I am proud of how they turned out. The...

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Embracing the Tomato

Posted by on Aug 26, 2013 in Being an Artist, My Work | 6 comments

Embracing the Tomato

Last weekend I humbled myself by taking a really, really challenging class for three days. It was Pencil 1 at the Denver Botanical Gardens. They have more than 200 courses in botanical art and illustration that can lead to certification, and all of them must begin with this class. Having used paper and pencil for too many years to count, I thought I had this one wired. Wrong, so wrong. First we did small compositional arrangements of a branch we each had at our tables. You can see the light sketched grid of thirds on the first square. Our eye likes to see things in thirds, and the center...

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Portland Art & Soul Blogroll: Day 5

Posted by on Aug 23, 2013 in Art & Soul Retreats, Giveaway!, Journaling, My techniques, My Work | 32 comments

Portland Art & Soul Blogroll: Day 5

Today is my day to tell you about the classes I am teaching in Portland from Sept. 30-Oct 4th, 2013. I have four classes, and one of them is full, but there is room in the other three. And, I will not be teaching in Portland next year, so if you want to grab a class, now is the time! Monday, September 30 I am teaching a Visual Journaling Class. I journal a lot, and my journaling artwork has been in Journal It (Jenny Doh), The Sketchbook Challenge Book (Sue Bleiweiss), The Complete Decorated Journal (Gwen Diehn), Art Journaling Magazine, Somerset Studio and Cloth, Paper, Scissors. In this...

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California and Haiku

Posted by on Dec 29, 2012 in Haiku My Heart, Journaling, My Work | 4 comments

California and Haiku

It is the week after Christmas and I am in California. This is where I was born and raised, and where my heart is. I love the sea, the salt air, the palm trees with their ridiculous trunks. I have been journaling. I have been crafting it up in my mom’s extraordinary sewing room, making creatures from socks and parts of socks. Even crafted a sea monster. We have been visiting, drinking tea, eating fabulous meals, watching old family movies and running the dogs on the beach. We went whale watching, and saw no whales, but had our faces in the sea air watching dolphins and their babies,...

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Words for the Season

Posted by on Nov 9, 2012 in Book Making, Charity Work, My Work, What I am up to | 1 comment

Words for the Season

I was asked to donate an ornament to Two Hands Paperie, a spectacular paper, book, and art shop in Boulder owned by my friend Mia Semingson, that will be sold as a fundraiser for Meals on Wheels. Because I love Christmas, and all things holiday related at this time of year, I decided to ponder the season and find words to describe all celebrating going on around me. I have friends that celebrate Hanukkah, Kwanza, Solstice, and Diwali, all these can be described with similar words of observance and intention. I made a book to hang on a tree, or any other hanging place. The text paper was...

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Under the Influence

Posted by on Oct 19, 2012 in Map Making, My Work, Uncategorized, Under the Influence, Workshops and Classes | 4 comments

Under the Influence

Two weeks ago I taught an new class, called “Under the Influence”. It was inspired by four (of the many) artists whose work has influenced mine. There has been so much discussion in social media about copying, learning from, and being influenced by recently. It is a confusing topic for artists just starting out, and apparently for some who have been around a long time. There is a very long tradition of artist’s schools, where a “master” will take in apprentices to learn what he/she knows. The apprentices work can eventually be confused for their masters if they...

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