Category Archives: sketchbook

On Seeing, Writing & Painting

“Stories are for joining the past to the future. Stories are for those late hours in the night when you can’t remember how you got from where you were to where you are. Stories are for eternity, when memory is erased, … Continue reading

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Playing Around

“I don’t go into the studio with the idea of saying something. What I do is face the blank canvas and put a few arbitrary marks on it that start me on some sort of dialogue.” -Richard Diebenkorn I’ve just recently … Continue reading

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New Artwork Headed to A New Gallery

“I love the process of making an image inspired by story, feeling, imagination and dream. Pictures are a form of communication and even though I’m fairly competent with words, images speak a mysterious language that doesn’t leave a single thing out … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas!

“Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmas time.” Laura Ingalls Wilder Hope your hearts are full as Christmas waves its … Continue reading

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Surrender – a poem

“Magic becomes art when it has nothing to hide.” -Ben Okri SURRENDER She stepped out beyond her comfort He stripped away all her masks All her secret places exposed At once, resisting and craving She showed him her soul Her last … Continue reading

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Acrylic Class

“Contrast is everything. Color doesn’t read until you put another color next to it. For example, when you place what you think is true red on a neutral background, the red looks warmer when you put crimson next to it. … Continue reading

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Making Books

“You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.”  -C.S. Lewis Here’s my first book from the Julie Pritchard Workshop, Art Journaling. The workshop book called for different supplies, but I used what I … Continue reading

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Welcoming 2012

I just finished the above journal, Sing. It is a coptic stitched journal with about 25 pages and a soft cover. I need to make many more of these to get better at the coptic stitch. This stitch allows the … Continue reading

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“The truth you believe and cling to makes you unavailable to hear anything new.” –Pema Chodron I don’t know about you, but when the holidays start I find it very difficult to work in my studio at the same level … Continue reading

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Hot Wax

“Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love. It will not lead you astray.” -Rumi I’m taking a month long online encaustic workshop with Judy Wise, an Oregon encaustic artist. It started Monday and our … Continue reading

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