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Sacred Hearts Winner

Posted by on Apr 7, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

is Becky Massa! Congratulations Becky!

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Young Minds and Maps

Posted by on Apr 6, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Young Minds and Maps

Recently I got an email from a teacher at Logan School in Denver. She had a student who was doing a map project, and would I mind a live interview with said student? In fact I would love to do that I told her. We set a date for her to bring up Portia for the interview. A few days before they were to arrive, I heard from the teacher again. Could she bring a couple more students and another teacher? They all had different projects, running the gamut from traditional cartography to how an artist gets inspired. Bring ‘em on, I said. When we were small we used to write to famous people to...

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Sacred Hearts, Fiery Love

Posted by on Mar 30, 2014 in Uncategorized | 79 comments

Sacred Hearts, Fiery Love

Sacred Hearts winner is Becky Massa! Congratulations Becky!   It is my turn to use the Sacred Hearts Stencils from Artistcellar in our little blog hop. My friend Kerry came over and we went to town using these stencils with paint and a Gelli PlateĀ on fabric. I wanted the hearts to look rustic. I cut out one of them and tried it out on a collaged journal page. This is the Divine stencil. The wistful young man at the bottom of the page was thinking of a Latina who had recently stolen his heart. I drew her in. Her dancing heart too was on fire with love. I used the Immaculate stencil...

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New Face on a Fireplace

Posted by on Mar 24, 2014 in Collaboration, Uncategorized | 8 comments

New Face on a Fireplace

Last winter I went to visit my sister Linden. Her house has this monolithic fireplace that was as ugly as a fireplace gets. It was a giant chunk of white concrete. And it is two sided, so this side faces the kitchen. Ugly, and right in the middle of the house. I felt almost and urgent need to never look at this again. We made a fast plan. We went to a high end tile store and got boxes of leftover tiles for practically nothing, and bought some other filler tiles at Home Depot. We matched the background paint to the grout color. The mantel we painted in a brown color for contrast. The concrete...

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Cartographic Poetry

Posted by on Feb 17, 2014 in Uncategorized | 1 comment

Cartographic Poetry

I am lost, and I am found here on this map. It is a place I will go to, in a year or so. Maybe you have been there, and know the way. Sometimes I make maps of things and places I long for. Sometimes I map my dreams, both the waking and sleeping kind. This map is both: a place I am so happy to be going to, and some reminders of how I came to have the opportunity to go there. Maps are about stories for me, as is poetry. This poem is by a Scottish writer, a person sharing my heritage and sharing my sentinments today. “The Constant North,” J. F. Hendry Encompass me, my lover, With...

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Mapping a Memory

Posted by on Feb 10, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Mapping a Memory

This weekend I taught lots of mapmaking at Two Hands Paperie in Boulder, Colorado. The classes are small (6) and intimate. I want to share the one map each person made that was based on a memory. Each one is beautiful. Each one is personal. Each one is a story. Each one is entirely unique to the mapmaker. Each one is compelling. I am grateful for each of you that shows up, and especially with this cold challenging weather. Thank you arty cartographers. Thank...

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