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Freedom (not a post about politics)

5am, tea-water boiling, cats up. I am on sesshin time. As the water boils, I think about our need to make decisions about how we will live our lives. Some people never do make those decisions. Others are deliberate. My guess is that many – most- are not deliberate. They move through life – no […]

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The trade-off

A quiet morning at the house. A small storm over Storm (the name of the mountain) across the valley. Cats munching breakfast, tea cooling. The wind blows in small, spring, storm gusts. I ponder, again, the trade-off. The trade-off of not having a college administrator’s life and instead having the life of an adjunct who […]

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An unconditional acceptance of life

This time of year my mind turns, intensely, to my students. They are on my mind the entire semester. However, at this time their fruition is immense. Though they do not necessarily feel it – it is very powerful to witness.  These are the moments that make every minute of teaching the greatest joy. Some […]

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Orphaned

  Talking is highly overrated; at times, even unnatural. Many people fill the space they are frightened by with their own words. Interjecting themselves into places in which they do not belong. Other sentients go about their days in relative quietude. There are moments of exchange – even chatter for some, but we as human, […]

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New Work

It is about that time. A new statement about the work. I don’t know exactly what it will look like. So i start here. Parts of this will make its way to my website where i write about my philosophy and process. -Less this time – there is less to say. Interested in simplifying further. […]

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…and all of it – a privilege

Notes for and to my students…. I often talk with you about your studio practice. No Pictures is dedicated, in part, to you because you ask how I do what I do. My hope is that this curiosity extends itself to the study and understanding of how others do what they do in this field. […]

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gunpowder green

Sun, pink, illuminates mountains outside the studio window. Pink, then changing to orange. Me in silence, Serendipity sits in the window.  New paintings for the new year – i clear a space off the studio table so she can sit. At 7:30am, continuing to squeeze the last absolute breaths of this immensely creative time away […]

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the end

2014, on the cusp – always excited by this time of year. Missed about 11 days in my written journal while life came into view sharply; teaching, students, and home routine back to its particular rhythm after much travel on my husband’s part. New work in the studio. Completed a painting that hit its mark. […]

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A teaching from the work of Clyfford Still

It is 1977, summer, we are all standing in front of Clyfford Still’s, 1951-52, (sometimes referred to as “his black painting”) at the Art Institute of Chicago. One of the students in the group, looking at this magnificent work says in response to it “I think the artist was saying that even in darkness there is light”. […]

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Notes for another generation of cultural workers

In 1996 I left a full time career at the School of the Art institute of Chicago. I was 34. I had started attending classes there when I was 16. At 18 I was working in the department of art education and on my BFA. The rest of the years were spent making my work, […]

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