Sheldon Museum of Art

It wasn’t quite opening time yet. I wandered the grounds, walking in and out of the shade of the large trees, enjoying the greenery and plants so different than our own desert flora. Large metal artworks rose from the earth in various spots. Outdoor sculptures on the campus of University of Nebraska – Lincoln.

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Surel's Place Workshop

The table was set with extra chairs around it. A cloth was laid on top. On one end of the table rested a Lazy Susan that held bowls and cups filled with pins and threads. The guests were workshop participants eager to learn from Surel’s Place artist-in-residence, Marguerite Jay Gignoux.

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Fabric Dyeing

When an artist runs out of a color, what do they do? Painters can buy a new tube of paint or mix up a color and continue on. It is a little bit harder for those of us who work with fabric and hand-dye our own.

I needed a large piece of “mud” colored fabric to work on an idea I had for a piece. But I did not have such a large piece in my stash. Last week, we had one very warm day that was in the 80’s. I jumped on that chance to dye fabric.

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10 Women Artists

Can you name five women artists off the top of your head? I have seen this question before, a few years ago. When I came across it, I did come up with the names of five women artists. But it took me awhile to search my brain to find the answers. For most everyone, even those who are not artists or do not have an art degree, I think it is easy to rattle off five male artists in a very short amount of time. Picasso, Andy Warhol, Leonardo da Vinci, Monet and Matisse and others are prevalent in our

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Single Page Bookbinding

This past weekend I took a bookbinding class with Lisa Cheney. We learned how to bind single sheets into a book. I was very excited to learn this technique because it can be used to bind different kinds of paper, cardboard, mat board, etc, together.

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Field Study Series

Work continues on my Field Study series. In a previous post, I shared Field Study (O1P1) with you. It is the first piece in this series inspired by my artist residency at Playa in Oregon. Having taken lots of photos during my residency, there is still plenty of stimulus to continue to make more work based on that experience. Field Study (O2P2) continues building on that.

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Metamorphosis

I don’t like to apply to exhibitions that have themes, unless I already have artwork that fits that theme. I know some artists that make pieces specifically for these exhibitions and they enjoy doing that. I have found that I struggle when someone else is deciding the parameters for me. I would much rather create what I want and set my own parameters.

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Playa Residency - Part 3 (Crack in the Ground)

I bounced along the gravel road with constant washboards, driving only 5-10 mph in my daughter’s Nissan Versa hatchback. The car was rattling and so were my nerves. Heading to a remote location in the Oregon desert, alone, was probably not one of the wisest decisions I had made. After several miles are bone-jarring road, I thought that maybe I should turn back. But then, I had come this far, I might as well keep on going.

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Portals by Teannalach

Coming in from the cool, cloudy gray afternoon, I entered the warm, glowing gallery and was immediately transported back outside, visually, by the painted Portals of Rachel Teannalach.

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Happy New Year!

It has been almost an entire month since I’ve posted on the blog. What I have been doing during that time? Enjoying being with family and friends, sitting by the fireplace on cold days, reading books, occasionally riding my bike in freezing weather, working on puzzles and not worrying about being “connected” online.

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