Marc Chagall Exhibit in Montreal

Seeing it once was magic, twice was pure bliss… During my recent trip to Montreal, I was lucky enough to see “Chagall: Colour and Music” at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. It wasn’t my first time getting to see this fantastic artist’s work on display, that would be four years ago with a friend at …

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Altering reality!

While in Morocco I did a lot of research… discovering new patterns, colors, textures and any visual inspiration I could find. These discoveries came wrapped in a whole new light as I explored them as an artist. During my stay, spending time with fellow art residents and being introduced to local artisans, artists, designers and crafts people… well let’s …

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Working with a Local Craftsman

Layachi has been working with leather since he was a child. He started at around 9-years-old. He was probably fetching pelts and tea at that age, his hands too small to hold the tools, but no matter he is a MASTER craftsman now, and an amazingly nice guy. While in Tetouan, Morocco in February-March 2016 …

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Intro to Art Journaling Class!

JOIN US!!! Introducing: Creative Exploration through Art Journaling Sunday, April 17, 2016 10AM-2PM This includes a 30-minute break, so please bring a snack/lunch. Plan to arrive 10-25 minutes early, we’ll begin on time Cost: $65, includes some supplies. RSVP by April 10, 2016: artloungeon101@gmail.com use “Art Journaling” as subject line. Art Journaling is a fun, intuitive art making …

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Summer “Art Camp” for Grown-ups

“Art Groove 2016” Adult Summer Workshops Friday August 19 – Wednesday August 24, 2016 Artists of all skill levels will enjoy this exceptional experience Enjoy a week of artistic enrichment at Art Groove 2016. Join us for the 10th annual de Benneville Pines’ summer art camp! Five tracks are offered: life drawing, watercolor painting, photography, …

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Everything reveals itself, in due time…

Patience is the most important thing when dealing with anything “new.” And being patient is especially important when art journaling. I say this because the final image slowly reveals itself… first going one way, then another… sometimes resting with nowhere to go for a while… then finding a new path. For those of you unfamiliar with the …

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Peter Bolland Inspires at Encinitas Library!

The other night, I went to hear Peter Bolland at the Encinitas Branch of the San Diego Public Library. It was a free concert in a beautiful room, overlooking the Pacific Ocean, in what some say is the nicest library in the county. Peter is a wonderful songwriter. His words are inspiring, deep and bring emotions to …

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Music for Airports

When I first moved to New York city back in the early 80’s I roomed with a friend who introduced me to Brian Eno’s Brian Eno—Music for Airports. I was instantly hooked. This was way before “ambient” music, when all the sounds were created, no doubt, on some electronic device… and hence labeled “electronic music.” …

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Finding Your Own Voice

Things take time. As an artist the most important thing, is practice. Actually, practice is probably the most important thing in ANY discipline. If you practice anything regularly it begins to somehow feel effortless. It starts to give energy rather than take it. I recently saw a documentary on Richard Pryor, who is probably one …

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Getting “Grungy” with Seth Apter

The San Diego Book Arts (SDBA) recently welcomed back Seth Apter for two two-day workshops in San Diego. I attended the first workshop, “Cover to Cover,” which was held September 16 & 17, 2015. This workshop was about using mixed-media techniques to create a one-of-a-kind, unconventional artist’s book. Using vintage book covers as the base, and making a series of double-sided “pages” filled edge …

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What are Book Arts?

As a member of the San Diego Book Arts this is a question I hear often and the answer is quite broad. Most folks think of book arts as hand made book structures, with front and back covers and interior pages, made much like the books we read or journal in. But book arts is …

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Expressive Painting with Jesse Reno

Keep it simple: Start with a large sheet of Bristol board. Basic primary color acrylic paints, no bushes choosing to mix and apply paint with your hands. Paint a ground. (background) Notice if anything is calling for your attention. Grab a section. (outline area) Look at the whole and remove what you don’t like. Paint …

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Jesse Reno Rocks

Raw, open and expressive are the qualities that both describe the artist and his art. Intuitive painting, using the most basic essential tools which include red, blue, yellow, black and white acrylic paint, four brushes, four pastel sticks and a pencil, oh and Bristol board.

It’s what’s inside that matters not the materials. Jesse Reno teaches us to see in a new way…

Sign up for his next workshop. Better be quick He’s a rising star.

One Step at a time!

Progress takes time. Whether you are coming up with new ideas or figuring out what comes next—time for quiet and contemplation are required. Over the last several months, I’ve been busy working on new designs and products. This endeavor has been exhausting and revealing, not to mention FUN! But now it’s time to put my energy in …

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Experiment to keep it fresh

According to Pema Chödrön, “To be fully alive, fully human, and completely awake is to be continually thrown out of the nest.” This speaks to me deeply. Learning new techniques, new processes and new materials keeps my creative engine sharp…  constantly thinking up new things to make or how to adapt. I love “LEARNING“. Pictured …

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Sunday Blues

Friends complain that I am never available, always busy doing or learning something new. This weekend was no exception. I  spend the whole day Sunday learning “Dyeing Silk Shibori Style with Indigo”, in San Diego with Ruth Eileen Dorn. What can I say… I love learning new tricks. I will photograph my scarfs (and t-shirts) …

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Art as a spiritual process.

From a very young age, spiritual and intuitive matters have intrigued me and held my interest. I come from a family of “sensitive” women who were always telling fortunes and reading cards. My mom was extremely intuitive, read cards, and always had an uncanny way of “knowing” things.  She passed this “sensitivity” down to me. …

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Milton Glaser changed the course of my life, and continues to.

The following quote was offered to me by a fellow graphic designer/artist (Janice McDonald) to assist me in cultivating patience when being an “artist” is a struggle for me. “…it is reasonable to imagine that there are many artists living under cover, in a kind of witness protection program, in the realm of design. I’ve …

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Mixed Bag Coming Soon

The life of a “visual creative” seems expected to me, having always lived my life this way. We creatives, have certain tendencies which make us comfortable with one another. We feel at home in each other’s living space, generally filled with hand-made things, walls covered in art and bric-a-brac collected from our travels. We love …

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