From the Studio: Re-stretching a canvas

March 15th, 2014
From the Studio: Re-stretching a canvas

  Recently I had an fortunate/unfortunate experience in the process of selling a large canvas. (Well, 4′ x 4′- not that large.) Having someone fall in love with the painting and take it to a new, happy home was great. A successful sale was great. But one of the stretcher bars had warped. Not so […]

Where the Wild Birds Fly: the Mystery of Migration

November 16th, 2013
Where the Wild Birds Fly: the Mystery of Migration

LAST WEEK when we were hiking at Tsankawi Ruins in the Jemez Mountains, I heard flocks of cranes flying above us. It’s a very different sound, a chorus of croaking, chortling, rattley, raspy calls…  quite unmistakable.  (The Forest service says that “Both the males and females make a rattling “kar-r-r-r- o-o-o” sound.”) As soon as […]

Studio Secrets: Short and Sweet!

August 9th, 2013
Studio Secrets: Short and Sweet!

Have you ever suddenly discovered a simple act that makes your life immensely easier? A  no-brainer that you should have figured out years ago? For instance, when I finally figured out (after YEARS of working with pen and ink with students  of all ages) that if I used a little masking tape to secure  the […]

Getting the word out!

June 5th, 2013

I have an exhibition opening this Friday night in Brattleboro, Vermont. The Gallery in the Woods is eclectic and lovely. All of the work is top notch. I’m very pleased to have been invited to exhibit there. It isn’t in the woods at all, it’s at 145 Main street, right downtown. This is First Friday […]

Getting the word out!

June 5th, 2013
Getting the word out!

I have an exhibition opening this Friday night in Brattleboro, Vermont. The Gallery in the Woods is eclectic and lovely. All of the work is top notch. I’m very pleased to have been invited to exhibit there. It isn’t in the woods at all, it’s at 145 Main street, right downtown. This is First Friday […]

Maya- the language of Art

April 28th, 2013
Maya- the language of Art

Why does this steamy tropical world thrill me? Perhaps it’s the mystery of a once grand civilization whose history is expressed in enigmatic images… In art. All that remains is their art. Their architecture. Their monuments. The mysterious glyphs. But even that the jungle has claimed. Buried in centuries of layers of leaf litter turned […]

Surprises in Surprising Places

March 23rd, 2013
Surprises in Surprising Places

St. Johnsbury, Vermont is in what Vermonters call the “North East Kingdom.” It’s waaaaaay up in the northeast corner of the state, pretty far from just about anywhere. I was there recently to take down a show of my work in the North East Kingdom Artisan’s Guild that had been up for 6 weeks. On […]

How Moleskins help me stay on track: a somewhat personal guide

August 28th, 2012
How Moleskins help me stay on track: a somewhat personal guide

I LOVE MOLESKINS  I mean the little moleskin notebooks that fit in your pocket or purse or back pack. Not actual rodent mole skins like the ones my eldest brother used to catch when we were kids.  My moleskin organizes my life. Thanks to Alyson Stanfield, whose website and online classes I highly recommend, I […]

How You and Your Work Can Survive Weekend Art Show Chaos

July 1st, 2012
How You and Your Work Can Survive Weekend Art Show Chaos

From Buffalo to Boston; from Maryland to Maine I used to do a lot of weekend and/or outdoor art fairs, all over the eastern part of the US and beyond. I even drove my car and a trailer into a headwind from Vermont to Arizona one windy spring for a show at the Scottsdale Museum […]

No Excuses: Make Art with What We Have

June 9th, 2012
No Excuses: Make Art with What We Have

On my recent trip through South Dakota I was reminded of another journey. A decade or so ago I was invited to present work at a conference on Children and the Environment, in Suzdal, Russia. The participants stayed in an austere 14th century convent. We ate our meals under the arched ceiling in a convent […]