FEEDING THE SOUL

I have a confession. Tonight I was headed to a meeting of one of the alphabet soup groups of which I am a member. It doesn’t matter which. Halfway there I made a detour to get coffee. For most of the day, I had been answering email, making calls, juggling schedules for a number of […]

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CULTIVATE UPDATE

Time to check in on that plan to cultivate. The third book on my reading list, The Practice and Science of Drawing, has been collecting dust. It keeps putting me to sleep. I should just skip to the next book on the list, Oil Painting Techniques and Materials, and come back to Drawing at another […]

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MUSCLE MEMORY

I was reminded the other day that muscle memory is used in many areas of our lives. I read more books on my iPhone now than I do “real” books. When I picked up a book recently, I found myself tapping the page expecting it to turn. Then I had a rental car for a […]

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BINDING MATTERS

While manning the SAQA table at the Denver National Quilt show, I was asked by a former student my opinion on the finishing of her quilt. We talked about doing a simple “Artist’s” binding or facing. To illustrate what I was talking about, I walked over to a quilt in the show by my friend […]

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UNDER WRAPS

I’ve been working furiously in the studio. Too bad you can’t see what I’ve been doing. I have completed the first, and now I’m working on the second quilt, to submit  to Raining Cats and Dogs in Houston. This is the same show that Drew was in last year with Best Friend. Since the show […]

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BOUNCING AROUND IN MY BRAIN

Tonight as I was returning home from a seminar on mason bees and xeriscaping, my mind started bouncing around. This is not a good thing when you are driving the narrow, winding, and windy Highway 93 between Golden and Boulder. What got it going tonight was the happy convergence of a wonderful speaker painting pictures […]

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WALKING IN THE JURORS’ SHOES

I had the privilege to be part of a panel of jurors for a local venue. The panel of seven jurors was tasked with picking 12 artists who will show in the gallery during the next year.   I have to say that my first reaction upon being asked to do this was fear. Fear […]

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LETTING THE CAT OUT OF THE BAG

One of the many hats I’ve been wearing for the last few years is that of exhibit assistant for three organizations. I donned this hat because I wanted to learn more about how an exhibit comes together and gets hung. I would like to share a little about what I’ve learned so far.   Let’s […]

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LIONS, LEOPARDS, AND BEARS! OH MY!

My Denver Zoo safari began with a chilly but very pleasant dark Sunday morning. Our class from Mike’s Camera gathered at the front gate to get our last instructions about types of lighting and shooting issues we might face and then off to the Tropical Discovery building. We were the first people in the building […]

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FOR THE SHEER FUN OF IT

One of the perks of being a member of Front Range Contemporary Quilters (FRCQ) is access to the inexpensive workshops with an amazing array of FRCQ member teachers. So on a recent cold, snowy, windy morning I carefully made my way to Golden and the Mountaineering Center for a class taught my Melody Randol. I […]

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WITH WHOM DO YOU SHARE A SANDBOX?

For a dedicated lone wolf, I’ve become quite good at sharing the sandbox. There is value in having a community of like-minded peeps. My sandbox is filled to the brim with critique groups, guilds, and artists of all kinds. But it is the critique groups—Boundless, BLT, SDA and the as-yet unnamed group—that keep me grounded […]

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THE EXCITEMENT BUILDS

When there is only one three-day workshop you want at an “Urban Art Retreat,” you double-check everything to ensure that all the “i’s are dotted and the “t”s crossed.  You also get up early the day early-bird registration opens so you can get it done and in the mail with the earliest postmark possible. So, […]

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Up Close and Personal

  Over time I have accumulated many photos that lend themselves to more intimate portraits. It is my intention to complete at least 12 of these up-close headshots in time for a 2015 calendar. Right now, I’m finishing up the fifth one of the series, and Sharif the Camel. So far I have Arturo the […]

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Prepping the Soil

The end of January is creeping up, and it’s time to check in on my first month being guided by my word of the year, Cultivate. I’ve been tilling the soil and getting it prepped to receive some exciting seeds during the coming year. So far I have finished the first two books on my […]

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RINGING IN THE NEW YEAR

Do you make resolutions for the New Year? Do you choose a guiding word? Do you set goals? Or like me are you more concerned about where that bag of black-eyed peas is hiding? A typical New Year’s Day at my house is spent cooking the very important black-eyed peas and ham hocks, a tradition […]

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THE 500 HATS OF BARBARA YATES BEASLEY

Are you familiar with the Dr. Seuss book The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins? It was a childhood favorite of mine. Every time Bartholomew took off his hat another would pop up larger and more extravagant than the one before. Until the 500th hat that so impressed King Derwin that he buys it for 500 […]

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THE EYE OF THE TIGER

Most of my life I have been painfully shy around people I didn’t know, and even people I did know. I was the one hiding behind my mother’s skirt at the birthday party. There was a time when walking into a room of 55 people, only four of whom I had met over dinner the […]

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SECRET LIVES

  I like to listen to audio books while I work. The most recent books have been autobiographical about women who have hidden parts to their lives. Examples include hiding a schizophrenic mother, face blindness, and overcoming visual-spatial learning disabilities. That got me to thinking about what have I kept secret. For the longest time […]

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Little Things Add Up

It started with three gallons of yellow paint, rotting rafters, and a glass of lemonade. Nine years later, I sit in my studio as a full-time artist writing a blog post. I never would have guessed it would turn out this way. Knowing that we needed to paint the trim on our little 1954 brick […]

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Mumblings from the Backroom

Sometimes I’ll make a design decision seemingly without thought, only to realize later there really was a reason for the madness. When designing Tiger Eyes, I had a huge constraint on my method of working. The fusible web I prefer, Lite Steam-a-Seam 2, had been on backorder for months with no ship date in sight. […]

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RUSTY BITS

I have the most popular husband in the world of rust. He came about it quite by accident. I’ve rusted fabric from time to time with limited success. After participating in a critique group that included Regina Benson, I decided I wanted to try again and was mentioning to my hubby that I needed to […]

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