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Ghost Ranch

Posted by on Aug 12, 2013 in What I am up to | 2 comments

Ghost Ranch

Two weeks ago I took my daughter and her friend for our girls camping trip to Ghost Ranch. My painting class was canceled, so on a wild whim I switched to pottery. Our teacher was Doug DeLind. His work is primitive, his manner is infinitely patient. We used clay from the river, rich red glossy sludge that was lining the bottom of the bed. The pottery we made was fired in this pit, in layers of sticks, donkey dung and sawdust. Rebecca did some fire dancing to bless our pit. She sang too. I made three houses with peek-a-boo characters. They have two faces; the one on the back side is sly. This...

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Virginia, there is room for you!

Posted by on Apr 21, 2013 in What I am up to, Workshops and Classes | 0 comments

Virginia, there is room for you!

I am teaching next week at Art and Soul in Virginia Beach. Last year was lovely, being right on the sea, making art with friends. This year will be fabulous too.Wednesday and Thursday will be “Under the Influence” which is a painting workshop. It is a brief foray into art school, where you will learn about four artists that have influenced my work. Here is a post about this class. Here is a link to sign up. The other class is called Journal Texting Two, and it is about making letters, inventing alphabets, playing with all kinds and shapes of letters and tools. Chapter two of last...

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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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Holiday Road Trip and Haiku

Posted by on Jan 11, 2013 in Haiku My Heart, What I am up to | 1 comment

Holiday Road Trip and Haiku

I have been traveling since December 21. First, from my home in Colorado to Orange, California in a Prius with the dog, the husband and my two teenagers. True. Once in SoCal, we joined my siblings for a holiday week with my mom. We went to the beach. My dog, who is a poodle, has never liked the water. Until now. I drove to my sister Linden’s house in Watsonville. After looking at her over-sized, monolithic, ice cube of a fireplace, I just got sick of it. We had to fix this thing and make it work with this fab wooden house. I had a vision that involved paint, mosaic and upholstery....

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TEXTures Stencil Launch and Giveaway!

Posted by on Nov 30, 2012 in Giveaway!, My Products, My techniques, What I am up to | 154 comments

TEXTures Stencil Launch and Giveaway!

I have exciting news!   I have been busy, and one of the things I have been doing is designing stencils for Artistcellar. Their stencils are both beautifully made and designed,  and I am excited to be the first of their “Artist Signature Series.” My stencil set is called “TEXTures”. There are four stencils, all made from my calligraphy, which is pretty much letters telling a story that might not be legible. They are meant to add text and texture to your pages or projects that might need some storytelling. The four styles are Runes, Roadmap, Rivermap and Romans....

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