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Inspiration is free

 

Project 30"x20"

 

 

I think this year for christmas I am getting inspiration.

*I asked for a flat file, dreamed of a cashmere hoody, and truly need new tires for my bike (the go everywhere, carry everything,one less minivan, crucial-for-life item).

All this month, like my own advent calendar (and better  than cheap chocolates that you open a new door to every day) things have been coming my way.  Inspiring people and places, in all types of media are streaming in.  At the same time the light is shining on my own web of  connections within the work that is already started……A strong breath blowing under the fledgling fire and giving it oxygen to burn  bright.

At the top of my inspiring list is a Biology professor at the University of Washington, who is trying to revitalize the study of Natural History with the help of new technology and his own web of creative folks from all different disciplines.  Check out The Natural Histories Project, and an upcoming article in “Science” journal  by J.Tewksbury and collaborators that will have some of my art tucked into the background.

 

by commission 16"x11"

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“Shared is the Sea”

There are many ways to know the water.  Through lines in your hands and icy water around your boots, on sunny days spent chasing zephyrs, or even from another’s words and pictures a world and years away. To the sailor, the seiner, or yachtsman, or scull, the simple curve of a wave can bring out the same sorrows and joys.  All share pieces of the puzzle that is a place, just seen from different vantage points.

The images in this exhibit are taken from my own study of the sea. I want to show a glimpse of the shared experiences that are life on the water.   Coming in to anchor at a quiet little cove, or the starry nights spent offshore with the wind blowing free.  Despite all the reasons we have for letting go of the land, the sea is shared by us and breeds a kinship that is undeniable. The lull of the waves soothes all our hearts the same.

the art that goes with these ramblings will be on display at the Northwest Maritime Center starting this Thursday Oct 13th, see EVENTS page for details.

Make your own fun

“Make your own fun” means you dont need endless tubs of plastic toys

or swing and slide parks

or scheduled, organized, excessively structured play times.

Fun is anywhere you are, with whatever you have,

costs nothing and requires nothing but an open heart.

It is a great  co-op preschool in the depths of a funky church basement.

These shirts and totes I designed for a fundraising project at Broadview.