Visual Inspiration

The Magic of Ghost Ranch

Posted by on Jul 10, 2012 in Journaling, My Work, Visual Inspiration | 2 comments

The Magic of Ghost Ranch

Last week I was entirely surrounded by beauty. Ghost Ranch is a magical, wonderful place that I love in the north eastern part of New Mexico. I took a field sketching class with Helen Byers and Janet Darrow. They were wonderful teachers, and the other class members were inspiring.           It was a wonderful, colorful, delightful week. Taos is nearby. I will be taking a group there to paint in October. More Ghost Ranch goodness tomorrow!    ...

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Left Boy Haiku

Posted by on Jan 27, 2012 in Visual Inspiration, Written Inspiration | 14 comments

Left Boy Haiku

This fall I was in Venice, Italy with two girlfriends. We saw this scene next to a canal as we were walking to the Peggy Guggenheim Museum. It was ironic on so many levels, one being it was carved into the concrete in English. And how did this dog know to lay there? Was this a regular gig for him, an attention seeking pooch? Whatever the story, it was danged funny, and it still makes me laugh. We found this Left Boy Still wonder at his story Might he be Right Girl?   It is Friday, and I try to write Haiku on Friday for my friend Rebecca, who started Haiku My Heart. There are more haiku...

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Two Portraits of Brava

Posted by on Nov 9, 2011 in Visual Inspiration | 1 comment

Two Portraits of Brava

While in Italy in September, I was thinking about mythology, the gods and goddesses who were fodder for fanciful and elaborate stories. There was a goddess missing, and she needed to be invented. Her name is Brava. Brava is brave under fire. She is sturdy, and feminine. It is not that she is never scared, she often is, but she does not allow fear to dictate her life. Here are two portraits of Brava. I am going to be working with her for a while, honing in on her stories. Any ideas? Her Motto: Courage Takes Practice. Begin...

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The Rockies

Posted by on Sep 7, 2011 in Orvieto Workshop, Visual Inspiration | 9 comments

The Rockies

The other day I woke up grumpy. When that happens I try to pin point the exact solution to my issue. In this case it was a hike with my dog. Look at this day! I marched along with my big curly dog, enjoying the 20° drop in temperature. We marched past lots of wildflowers and these cool red bugs. They might be hideous consumers of all Colorado finery, I don’t know, but they sure dress nicely. Next week I leave for my class in Italy (there is still room!) Yesterday I made the portfolios for the class members at the studio of my friend David Ashley. He helps me do all the fancy stuff...

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Italy in September

Posted by on Mar 3, 2011 in Visual Inspiration | 5 comments

Italy in September

I am going to be teaching in Orvieto, Italy in September this year, the month of colors, wine festivals and a crisp, fresh breeze. Orvieto is a hilltop town in Umbria, and Umbria is full of wonder and shadows. The class will be sketching, collaging, mythology, painting and ephemera gathering all week, then assembling “story” panels of all that we do and collect. The class is called “Uncovering Umbria: A Portfolio of Visual Stories.” I am making the leather portfolios for each attendee. The week will cover some simple watercolor techniques, like you see here, some...

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Mary Beth and Maps

Posted by on Jan 31, 2011 in About me, Visual Inspiration, What I am up to | 4 comments

Mary Beth and Maps

My gal pal, Mary Beth Shaw, has a new book out about cooking and art, two subjects dear to my heart. Check that out here. She also has created some stencils that I used this weekend to make my line of Geo Papers for my book. I love how they look like downtown New York from the birds-eye point of view. This one is black Arches cover with metallic ink. The second one is also done on black, but with PanPastel. I am experimenting with these. The colors are edgy, at least the ones I have, and mix up beautifully. I felt like the Tijuana artists painting Velvet Elvis, which I confess to like, a...

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