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Monday, March 27, 2023

Poems: One. At. A. Time.

I can fly through a 400-page novel in a matter of a few days.

Poems, on the other hand, need to be surrounded by time. They need to be framed with long, slow, deep breaths. Absorbed and received in an entirely different and more spacious way than story.*

So it is with visual poems as well.

I present you with the first in a series.

An Invitation to Walk Through Some of Your Doors
1.5 x 6" bookmark; acrylic, ink, and Stabilo pencil
on watercolor paper


*And, yes, since you ask, it might take me over a year to read 400 poems!

Sunday, March 26, 2023

Joke's on Me!

When I last posted this piece, it was still a work in progress and I ended by saying, I don't think I'm done yet.

I was not.

I had the feeling of wanting a surprise, of wanting to do something more, something bold.

Well, the surprise was that no matter what my thinks-with-words brain was saying about bold, my art heart evidently had the final say, with subtle I-spy-with-my-little-eye eye-openers.


Let's Twist Nervous Systems Around One Another
And Construct a Place That Wasn't There Before
5 x 5.5"; acrylic, ink, and collage on card stock
abstract seascape

Wednesday, March 22, 2023

Bo's Arts!

My friend Bo, who had to drive out of her neck of the woods past my neck of the woods for an appointment in yet another neck of the woods today, suggested that on her way back home maybe we could hang out together for lunch and then play with art in some way.

Yup, we could.

And did.

I am totally lifted up by what I'm going to refer to as our afternoon of Bo's Arts!

We stepped out of head space and into creative energy—out of chronos into kairos—to make some starts. Oh, the places we've yet to go—can't wait to see what emerges.

Sneak preview of things to come …

Monday, March 20, 2023

Poking and Playing

More poking around and playing with what I posted yesterday.

Limited palette: turquoise green, oxide black, white gesso.

Limited tools: silicone shower scraper, fine line applicator.

I don't think I'm done yet.

more layers on 5.25 x 5.5" paper;
further exploring and learning

Sunday, March 19, 2023

Poking Around With Paint

Limited palette: turquoise green, quinacridone rose, quinacridone nickel azo gold, oxide black, white gesso.

Limited tools: palette knife, fine line applicator, nylon screen as stencil.

This little exploration came about mostly as an outgrowth of offloading unused bits of paint while creating other work.

It is now only visible as a photograph since I went on to paint over it completely later.

exploration; putting layers on 5.25 x 5.5" paper

Monday, March 13, 2023

Upstanding Art

I set out last week to poke around my studio in search of a found composition that could become a birthday card. I sorted through existing paintings on paper but what eventually caught my eye were scraps from practice brushstrokes done in service of my recent series of eight abstract-scribble-inquiry paintings. 

One thing led to another, and my paper card idea evolved into a multi-layered composition mounted on wood—an upstanding piece of art, if I do say so myself. 

And, not only is it upstanding, but it can stand up by itself!

Simply Pay Attention to What Comes Along
3.75 x 4.75"; acrylic on paper, mounted on wood

upstanding art standing up on display

Thursday, March 9, 2023

Leaning Into Limits

My Dutch artist friend Simone Nijboer recently wrote an art newsletter about her love of color and the palette that has become her personal color signature. 

The sparks of her thoughts landed in my thoughts and lit me up with inspiration. My own recent experience of working with a limited palette over a series of eight paintings shook hands with Simone's color signature, and off I went to my studio! 

I have fiddled with grand contentment and engagement over the past few days in a creative inquiry, using a close approximation of Simone's signature palette as my base colors. I explored and experimented, fascinated by the color mixing I could do with Amsterdam turquoise green, Amsterdam quinacridone rose, Golden quinacridone nickel azo gold, and Amsterdam oxide black and Liquitex white gesso as sidekicks.

Way fun.

Painting, created by Dotty, using Simone's signature colors.

There Is No Cure for Curiosity
5.5 x 5.5"; acrylic, ink, and collage on card stock


Painting, created by Simone, using Simone's signature colors!