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Notes I and II on 9. 2014 D

I. Working on 7.2014.C (Guadalupana) today. Another day, blissfully still – weather 60’s/70’s with much rain for the next few days-a rich environment. Thoughts of the Vidyadhara, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and last nights local newscast. The idea of working in Colorado, red, rojo. That the basic goodness of this particular place allows for much manifestation, perhaps one […]

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Wyoming Floats

Wyoming floats and we can float in it when we are there. The land and its history make it so. Those who live there have a different perspective and more importantly a different perception. This is perhaps of the greatest importance for the artists there. In the Buddhist tradition it is our perception which roots […]

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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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document for 2014

A Perpetual Horizon The artist Wolfgang Laib has stated that “repetition is the most beautiful thing in existence”. If one contemplates this thought it can be found in our breathing, the patterns we see in nature, and the horizons that we see continuously in the West. These new paintings embody a union of concepts that […]

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a winter cadence

The muses and ghosts that are the winds of Santa Fe and the land of New Mexico are numerous and undeniable. The manifestation of ego and intense material culture that results can be ignored. Here, now, at the dawn of winter, there is hardly anyone. It is deserted.  And there is a unique cadence. A […]

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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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For the Thought: “All I ever wanted to do was paint”/ “All I want to do is paint”

To follow your heart takes particular stillness. And it takes confidence and some fear as well. It takes willingness to be alone in your decisions. This is because to follow your heart is to be genuine. Many are not willing to be truly genuine, as a result they spend unnecessary time pondering you. The energy […]

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In the Making

I think of Andy Goldsworthy this morning. In the film Rivers and Tides, when he is in the kitchen having breakfast with his family. You know the scene. Every maker who has witnessed that film knows that scene. It betrays Goldsworthy’s (and our) need for the slowness, silence, introspection and magic required to make work […]

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Wyoming Mind

I am up early thinking on an animated dinner conversation with a small, dear, group last night. Ridiculously, perhaps, thoughts of O’Keeffe arise. Her reputation for speaking her mind – even more so as she got older.  Some did not like this, others prized her for it. She did not suffer fools it seems, nor do […]

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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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