With Flying Colors

Watercolor pigment tubes Each individual color is a universe in itself. Johannes Itten When I look around, I register color first. Before form, before faces, really. Like most artists, I formally studied color theory, read Josef Albers and Johannes Itten and played with paint chips, but the natural world has always been my best teacher,…

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Paper Pusher

“I write entirely to find out what I’m thinking, what I’m looking at, what I see and what it means.”  – JOAN DIDION Paper Product Highlight Each new year brings a round of navel gazing and new resolve. 2023 is no different, and I need to toss out some old patterns. Over the past few…

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Letter from Peru

Andean Motmot “Conservation is sometimes perceived as stopping everything cold, as holding whooping cranes in higher esteem than people. It is up to science to spread the understanding that the choice is not between wild places or people; it is between a rich or an impoverished existence for Man.” – DR. THOMAS LOVEJOY The view…

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Life on Earth

“The whole of life is coming to terms with yourself and the natural world. Why are you here? How do you fit in? What’s it all about?”David Attenborough When I was seven, I released a candy wrapper out of an open car window to see it take flight. My father caught me in the act…

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Free Bird – Design Story: Appreciating the Overhead

The birds still remember what we have forgotten, that the world is meant to be celebrated.” –Terry Tempest Williams https://isacatto.com/product-tag/plover/piping plover A small animation of our piping plover doing what it does best: running across the sands of the Great Lakes. I was an avid bird watcher as a child. I spent hours with the Audubon…

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The Release: The Story Behind the Painting

The Release Singer Editions Print A rabbit image for the beginning of February. And the story to go with it. When I was pregnant with our oldest, I wanted to take a class before motherhood became all-consuming, so I signed up for an introduction to mixed media workshop with the sublime artist Roy Dowell at…

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Elk Dreams

Elk above my home. There is no succinct beginning or end to a garden season. Rather, the seasons are on a constant loop with variations in tempo. Winter is when I regroup and lean into the next pattern, the next beat. A Colorado winter always induces a big sleep. I see my flowers and vegetable gardens disappear layer…

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