Category Archives: Art Life

The Maker, the Power, and the Planet

I belong to a couple groups where artisans share their experience making contacts prints on cloth or paper with a variety of plant materials. These are commonly referred to as “eco-prints,” using the term India Flint came up with to … Continue reading

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Four Seasons: Random Thoughts on Spring

Hard to find anything original to say about spring. Renewal. Rebirth. Resurrection. My mental model of spring is “when the trees flower” — mid-March this year in my hometown St. Louis. But that doesn’t occur till May in the Rochester … Continue reading

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Fifth Season: the Doldrums

Some landscapes have more than four seasons. South Asia has its Monsoon season. I have my Doldrums, Here in upstate New York, it is tucked between the invigorating drama of winter and the long-awaited fragrance of lilacs in May. [continued … Continue reading

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Four Seasons: Winter

Winter is dark. It seriously gets to some people, either with the depression of Seasonal Affective Disorder or the psychotic craziness of cabin fever. For others, it’s merely the season that must be endured till spring — like Kansas on … Continue reading

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Higher Power: Wind

During the day, I watch the wind, as it creates breakers on the lake, as it makes the bird feeder swing wildly from its hook, as it gives ring-billed gulls lift for their acrobatics, as it blows snow into drifts. … Continue reading

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Dark Night of the Writer’s Soul

Creatives, particularly those who work in their own studios, without contracts, without external deadlines, have our special rituals and incantations to keep the magic bubbling. I keep a notebook that I scribble in on most mornings, to keep the channel … Continue reading

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Sense of Place: North South East West

So… a cosmogram, a symbolic depiction of the universe. I backed off my Earth, Water, Air, Fire layers to consider North, South, East, and West. Who came up with the idea of the “four corners of the earth” anyway? And … Continue reading

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Sense of Place: Earth Water Air Fire

Can’t remember when I first learned of those classical elements Earth, Water, Air, Fire. But I’m pretty sure they were taught as the working of primitive minds minds before the enlightenment of Modern Science. But those early Greeks (and the … Continue reading

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Sense of Place: Scattered Thoughts

“Sense of place.” I’ve been thinking about this concept. I’ve heard the phrase forever, about writers and about some artists, like Georgia O’Keefe. Well, musicians must have a sense of place too, when we think about genres so closely identified … Continue reading

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What Magic Is January

┬áDid I make any art in January? Although I will have a doll to greet February with (more on that later), January was mostly about opening my “maker lab” on the ground floor of our lodge and testing out new … Continue reading

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