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Annual “Girls Go” Gathering

Every year I get together with my sisters and mom for a long weekend. We hang out, eat chocolate, make art, talk, drink wine talk some more, drink coffee and tea, play games, walk, hike, and cook. Oh, and we eat some other things too. Not just chocolate. ūüėČ Our Girls Go gatherings have been […]

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Kids Creativity Sesh: printmaking

Our kids creativity seshes for the last couple of weeks were¬†about making monoprints with some different techniques and a small tabletop press. The first week, we made monoprint plates with¬†drypoint etching on plexi. After learning how to ink the plates and wipe them (leaving the ink only¬†in the scratched lines) we added other ink colors […]

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Threads of Continuity

Every time I begin working on a new series, I have mixed feelings. Being held by what I’ve already started mixed with being¬†impelled by what I want to do next.¬†Melancholy mixed with excitement. Curiosity mixed with¬†worry. Delight mixed with feeling vulnerable. ¬†Do you ever feel that way when you start something new? I haven’t yet […]

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Our First Snow Changes my Palette

I woke up this morning to a deep quiet outside my window. The window was open a few inches (I like sleeping with cold air on my face.) Most mornings, even as late as yesterday morning, I awake to the chatter of tiny songbirds in the lilacs just outside. This morning all was silent. It was our first snow and I knew my paint palette was going to change with the season.

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Artist Date 9 Make an Idea Line

Weekly artist dates fire up your imagination. Get down and whimsical. Do things totally differently than how you usually do. Let your imagination and your body play. Feed your creative self by filling up the well of ideas. This week, look around your home office, studio or wherever you hang out when you are art-making, and see if there is someplace you can hang a line of ideas. Use anything for the line and clips. Read on for ideas for your idea line.

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Artist Date 8: Color Hunt

For an artist date this week, take yourself on a color-hunt with your camera. At a time of year (In Montana, it’s late winter/almost spring) when we crave color, this is a fun exercise in seeing. Check out the list of ideas for a color hunt, whether you have a camera or not.

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Artist Date 7: Stretch It Out with Yoga

This week’s artist date idea is to do some yoga. Not just any yoga. Do YOUga. Stretch your body, heart, spirit to stimulate the deep creative well inside.

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Artist Date 6: Visit an Art Museum

  Here’s Artist Date Idea #6 I love having a world-class art museum in our small city. Without the Holter Museum of Art, there would be a huge hole in the community. Whenever I can, I make a point of visiting, or drop by for a few minutes on my way to work. It’s the […]