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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Chalk It Up

Before Thanksgiving, we went to North Carolina for my niece’s wedding. She had asked me if I would do a chalk design for her at the venue. Of course, I said I would. I did some research on Pinterest for wedding chalk boards to see what might be expected. I saw many different designs on sandwich boards and small chalk boards.

When I found out the venue the wedding would be at, I went to the website to see if they had any pictures of what the chalk board looked like. Um, yeah, there was no chalk board. There was

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Playa Residency – Part 2 (Fort Rock)

One of the wonderful things about being at the Playa residency was its location. It was remote, so we were disconnected from internet, phones, TVs, etc. More importantly was that it was in a beautiful natural location. I could walk out my cabin door, follow the trails through some grasses and be on the playa.

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Playa Residency - Part 1

I opened my eyes and looked at the space between the curtain and window. Was the sun up yet? No. Did I want to get up and watch the sun rise? Yes. Getting out of bed, I went to the glass doors and pulled the curtains aside. I could still see the night sky with stars, but on the distance horizon a line of light outlined the hills. The grasses by the pond were silhouetted against the faint reflection on the pond.

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