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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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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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An alternative studio practice for the 21st Century

I am greatly inspired by the Abstract Manifesto written by Rebecca Morris http://joshuaabelow.blogspot.com/2011/02/rebecca-morris-abstract-manifesto.html. It feels as if it came from a place that all true art thinking comes from. Some deep moment that has been sparked. Chicago Critic Pedro Velez tweeted the manifesto one day – that is how I came upon it. I have thought about the […]

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Body and Place in the West (April 2013)

I live and work on a mountain. My paintings come to me as complete works. Each is a visual flash of thoughts and feelings as I move through, look and feel the place in which I live. My materials include the landscape (earth). Landscape is multidimensional – the paintings are a document of that multidimensionality. […]

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New Mexico – July

People who fear spirit cannot survive in New Mexico –I am called there and also to southern Colorado and Wyoming – because of their vastness and because of what is not said – but is understood in the ground that generations have walked upon. I am not “supposed” to have a current relationship to this […]

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from “The Untroubled Mind” by Agnes Martin

“To a detached person the complication of the involved life is like chaos”

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