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Site Overhaul… Back to Basics!

Site Overhaul… Back to Basics!

For a week or two, this site is going to look odd. I’m experimenting with different website designs & layouts. Some are better than others. Even if a layout looks ugly at first, I might keep tweaking it (giving it a second chance, because I’m like that) before moving on to a better option. Here’s(…)

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Creative Inspirations – Quotations

Quotations inspire me.  They always have.  When a quotation sparks my creativity or makes me smile, it’s like the person is at my side saying, “You can do it! Go for it!” So, as I’m taking a course in online videos, I created this video with some of my favorite quotations as well as some(…)

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The Art of Making Art

Recently, someone asked if the art of making art is putting it together. That’s a good question… with two different answers. Oh, I could say, “Art is what you make it,” or “Art is where you find it.”  That’d be the flippant reply. However, the genus — the germ of the inspiration — of the(…)

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Art as emotional education

This morning, I read an interesting quote from David Brooks, “While our scholastic education is formal and supervised, our emotional education, the one we glean on our own from artists and musicians, is more important to our long-term happiness.” I had never thought about art (and music, which I include in “the arts”) as emotional(…)

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Freebies – zine, posters

Did you get your free issue of Astarte’s Mega-Zine? It’s a $9.95 value and it really is free… you don’t have to buy anything. Learn more about this free, full-size art zine at my webpage with links. Also, I’ve updated the dada page so that you can download my favorite posters from unamerican.com.  (I’m not(…)

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Musing Over Chicken Bones

I just learned that, if you soak chicken bones in vinegar for three days, they become flexible. [use #10, here] Now, I’m wondering if you rinse and dry them, do they become rigid again? Would baking them help? Hmm… If that works, can you bend the bones into weird and wonderful shapes, and let them(…)

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Focus, professionalism and clutter

Last night, I made a list of what I want to do in the life I’d like to lead. In order of importance: painting, travel, fabric art, and writing. Then, I listed what I’d need for each. Okay, travel involves a ticket and throwing stuff into a suitcase. But everything else… I was astonished to(…)

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More De-Clutter Inspiration

Part of making more time (and space) for art involves being absolutely ferocious about decluttering. I like this article by Merlin at 43 Folders, in which he says, “If the stuff that you accumulate doesn’t help get you closer to the life you want to have, it’s simply not worth keeping. Period.” I look at(…)

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Sunrise and Faerie Rings

This is a time of year when I see so much beauty around me. I can only capture it in photos, because it’s too hot outside–even in the early morning–to paint en plein air. But, I’m taking a bazillion photos to use for work in my studio. I take most of my photos in Bush(…)

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