Category Archives: Inspirations

Newsletter Feature of the Month: Optical Illusions

Newsletter Feature of the Month: Optical Illusions

I copied and pasted this segment from the November newsletter I sent out yesterday.  Lots of fun links!  You can sign up for the newsletter on the right. Here’s a link to the November newsletter: Newsletter #2.

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Color Scales for Artists – November 21st at OSA

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With the help of generous support from Muse Art and Design, our local independently owned art supply store, I’ve spent the last year exploring color in traditional media – acrylic, oil, watercolor and gouache paint,  ink, colored pencil and pastel. As a result, I am now offering a workshop on making color scales in all media. The first of these … more→

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Treasure in North Carolina

Treasure in North Carolina

I just got back to Portland after teaching three workshops in North Carolina and now have a Munsell Color Tree in the teaching studio at VIA Artistica! The east coast of NC is famous as the haunt of Blackbeard the pirate. The history is fascinating. Many believe his buried treasure is still out there somewhere along the Outer Banks. I had … more→

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Highlights from Racine

Highlights from Racine

I am still recovering from last weekend in Racine. I was so intent on seeing and doing everything that I did not get many good photos. Bummer! I can’t possibly do justice to the whole weekend so I will just share my personal highlights. 

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Racine Art Museum Symposium

Racine Art Museum Symposium

I leave on Thursday for Racine Art Museum’s second Polymer Symposium at the Johnson Foundation at Wingspread in Racine, Wisconsin. It’s an honor to have a number of pieces in both the RAM (in)Organic show and the A Revisioning: New Works in Polymer show at the H.F. Johnson Gallery at Carthage College. I’m looking forward to seeing the RAM show at a … more→

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Serpentine Gothic

Serpentine Gothic

Last week I mailed off four pieces for the upcoming “(in) Organic” show at the Racine Art Museum. Here’s one of the pieces along with a short story describing how it came to be. I was planning on making a loop on loop collar. I had it all sketched out at full scale. I made an 8′ long pinched snake … more→

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40 Years of Color Mixing

40 Years of Color Mixing

Forty years ago today, I finished my first color mixing collection. Home for three weeks between the end of my summer job and the beginning of my sophomore year of college, I decided to mix 300 colors using only three colors of RIT dye. Why dyes? Because my favorite art form at the time was making batiks. I started with … more→

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The Winner’s Are . . . Ice-Cream Cones!

The Winner’s Are . . . Ice-Cream Cones!

The winners of this year’s Alan Alda Flame Challenge “What is Color?” are Melanie Golub in the written category and Dianna Cowen, in the visual category. Both mention ice-cream cones when describing the cones of the eyes – a brilliant way to reach the 5th grade audience.  I’m now on the look-out for red, green and blue ice-cream cones. Its the … more→

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Cutting into Color: Matisse at the Tate

Cutting into Color: Matisse at the Tate

One of the highlights of my short stay in London was visiting the Matisse show at Tate Modern on Easter Sunday. Now that I think about it, Easter was the perfect day to see the exhibit. Matisse almost died following colon surgery at the age of 71. He called the period after his near-death experience his “second life” and the … more→

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New Inner Life of Cells

Another digitally animated film showing the inner life of a cell just came out from Xvivo in collaboration with Harvard’s BioVisions program. The first film from 2006 shows an immune cell responding to an infection. It’s a beautful short film. The colors are soft and subdued and the movement slow and graceful. The latest video in the Inner Life series portrays the … more→

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