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Love

Love

Love
Mixed media
Trimmed in Copper
12 x 24
sold

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The benefits of not being “fine”

I am fine.

My rational mind is so capable of sliding into the drivers seat. All is well…let me drive. With barely a flicker of awareness of my well worn habit, I take the back seat. I am fine.

While I clean the kitchen and organize the house…a wonderful back seat activity for me..I notice the flicker.

If I am fine what is the tightness I feel. What is this annoyance. Oh I am fine.

Well what about mindfulness of emotion. Are you fine? What if you follow the thread of this…turn towards it…feel it…notice it…unpack  it. Read More

Loss

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Loss is hard.

My family is having a tough year.

It is one of those big times. The winds are blowing hard.

I have been talking to my Dad a lot lately about loss. He is a wise man that reminds me to celebrate the lives we have shared, that life is rich with love, family, art, music, books, nature, laughter and yes loss. His grounding steadies me.

My dad died in 1999. Read More

Form and Function

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Form & Function
beauty in the ordinary
Cocktail napkins
Woodblock print on drop cloth

Form and function draws me in.
Every once in a while something catches my eye and holds it.
I love simple, old style good quality…somehow it speaks to the feeling of taking care of things, people, time, rather than throwing them
away…
I also love the practice of …seeing beauty in the ordinary…things that catch my eye include cheese cloth, wooden clothes pins, mason jars, good rope, hand carved wood blocks, old style cotton drop cloths… oh and just the other day I found some wonderful old style cotton painters cloths at the hardware store that look like beautiful linen napkins…

Dive Under

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Mixed media
12 x 24
$175

I had an experience that encouraged me to dive under and look around. I often seem to relate to water to teach me…the painting feels like a swim under water at the lake. The feeling of the painting for me was to take the time to go inside and enjoy the look around…all is well above the water line… others can stand lookout…dive under and look around.

Summer

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Mixed media
w/Copper
60 x 10
$375

Summer

Summer

I love summer..I love the sea and the beach. I love that sun drenched sandy feeling when you can see the effects of the warmth and relaxed ways show up on buildings, in designs…I love the way my favorite shorts fade but are still my favorites. I was playing with the idea of a well used/loved surfboard. Rough from the sand, wax, salt and sun…because I work in the abstract I am just working with evoking that feeling. This painting needed to be long so I braced two canvasses together..a long board effect 🙂

Dive through

Dive through

Dive through
Mixed media
60 x 36
$425

I spent a lot of time at the beach with my family as a young girl. I loved to swim in the ocean and play in the waves..there would be times though when I would see a big wave building and the returning wave would pull me towards it…it could be scary. Someone wise (probably one of my older brothers) taught me to find the spot to dive through the wave. You could stand there fixated on the coming wave and be tossed and turned or you could be present…find the spot…and dive through…I haven’t lived near the ocean for many years but that advice has helped me many times since.

Letting Go

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Letting Go
Mixed media
trimmed in metal

24 x 24
sold

It has taken me a while to trust the current of my life…I tend to hold on the the long grass at the side of the riverbed at times rather then turning on my back…face to the sun and floating with the wisdom of the current.

Nurture Peace

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Nurture Peace
Sketch printed to canvas
16 x 20
Sold

This is a symbol I started drawing when my children were born about 20 years ago. I really like the idea of distilling things to simple expression. I like glyphs…I like simple lines that express meaning.

I love being a mother. I wanted to create a space of love and peace for my children to grow up in. It is a symbol of peace but also engaged peace. Nurture peace…create the space for peace..it is active.

I like thinking about the micro and the macro. At times over the years the symbol has been about caring for our earth. Sometimes the child looks after the mother..in this case we need to take care of mother earth. I often think of this symbol when tempers flare in world news. How do we nurture peace. Anger is easy…nurturing peace is skillful work. I find that work very interesting.

The work I find the most meaningful is starting with myself. Be the change as it were. I think that is how we nurture peace..we are peace…

Untitled

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Untitled

Untitled
Mixed media
10 x 10
$175

Somewhere along the line I became interested in the idea of pattern expressing history…language…place. The way you may view a pattern of an oriental rug and may know…Oh that came from this time and that area. A history carried in lines and shapes…

Impact

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Impact
Mixed media
Trimmed in Copper
10 x 10
sold

Sometimes change happens to us…or at least that is the way it feels at the time. Sometimes changes in my life have felt really hard..corrosive…and yet when I stand back…the impact it has made on my life is rather beautiful.

Grace

Looking for beauty is kind of like learning a secret language. Once you know the secret everything becomes apparent. Once I begin to look for beauty it is like a veil is lifted. Beauty abounds…and always has. The more I look the more I see. It is rather astounding and awesome. Nature provides stunning beauty every moment, every day. It is almost comical how, head down, I don’t stand in awe every day.

There is so much to see, so much to learn and so much to appreciate. A few years ago I started a habit called “10 things” to take note and photograph beauty…what catches my eye…10 things every month..or so.  I started this with the intention of photographing Grace, acts of kindness. Somehow this idea morphed into beauty. Funny that the more I work with becoming aware of beauty the more Grace I see. I see beauty in each person, in the little spaces and each day, not always but this practice I believe has helped me see Grace in everything. To become aware of how it is all an expression of Grace.

I still have plenty of frustration, fixation and anxiety, I think those are just my travelling companions…for now anyway…but the practice of seeing beauty…being a present audience to this wondrous unfolding makes me feel lucky.

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Life is Good

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Life is Good
Acrylic
with Copper
(3) 6 x 36
sold

Well first of all..life is good 🙂 Yes I realize it is also hard, scary and sad…but it is also good. I painted this in the middle of a summer at the lake. Boating, swimming, reading, meals on the deck with family…the painting is an expression of warm…sunny…happy times on the water.

Joy

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Joy
Acrylic
48 x 48
$650

Pure joy. That is what a day at the beach in the tide pools with my son Jack felt like. I spent many many happy days at the beach as a kid balancing from rock to rock to explore the beautiful tide pools that low tide would reveal. Endless days of exploration and curiosity. To then take my son to share in that experience..well..pure joy.