Tag: colorado

The Map is Not the Territory

We rely on maps to navigate earthly and celestial terrain, and I feel grounded, in control somehow, when I am pulled into a fabulous map. Oh here I am! There I will go!  And then there are maps for our internal landscapes and methods we call on to steer through spiritual terrain. Mine help preserve sanity and joy—and trek through heartbreak and confusion. But they were falling short of guiding me through my own brand of American angst.

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Artist Statement for the Art Base show

My sister Heather was, among many things, a disciplined thinker and a writer.  She was a poet, and a good one, which is no mean feat. Painters can take a few shortcuts every now and then and get away with it. Not so with poets– there is no smudging involved with a good poem. We…

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One Thousand

One could not count the moons that shimmer on her roofs,Or the thousand splendid suns that hide behind her walls.”  Khaled Hosseini  I have broken through to the other side and have a thousand followers on Instagram.  It seems like a pyrrhic achievement. What’s the big deal? It’s not the affirmation that people might think I’m cool,…

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Soul Sister

You will lose someone you can’t live without, and your heart will be badly broken, and the bad news is that you never completely get over the loss of your beloved. But this is also the good news. They live forever in your broken heart that doesn’t seal back up. And you come through. It’s…

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Flower Stalker

Rocky Mountain Penstemon I am a wildflower stalker, albeit a haphazard one.  My dedication falters when learning proper nomenclature.  My mother started me on this path when I was a child. We hiked in the same hills where I now live –the Colorado Rockies —  and before each hike she would load the nylon hunter orange…

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Juan Felipe Herrera

Our son and Juan Felipe Herrera on stage at the Paepke Auditorium on the Aspen Institute campus. photo credit: Will Sardinsky “Not everybody wants to be looked at. Everybody wants to be seen.” Amanda Palmer Last week I took our children to hear our United States poet laureate, Juan Felipe Herrera, who opened the Winter…

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Flower Child

Just living is not enough….one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower. Hans Christian Andersen The gardening catalogues are clogging up our post box and I am daydreaming about my gardening future. I’m beginning to feel the earth move under my feet, even through a foot of snow.  Conservation InternationaI’s “I need nature” campaign…

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November Giveaway:Bringing Potlatch Back

Win this print starting November 16th, 2015! I have been rereading Lewis Hyde’s The Gift: Creativity and the Artist in the Modern World. It is so dense that I have to circle back every few years to refresh my memory. It takes some dedication, but the effort is worth it. In Hyde’s analysis of the…

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Falling Back

Cathedral Lake  Hunter Fryingpan Wilderness Fall brings freedom. School is back in session, and I can return to a more structured schedule in my studio, and hike while the kids are in school before the snow drifts in. This season ushers in the quiet of off season in a tourist town and a welcome, slower pace. Fall…

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A Small Salute to Artist Residencies

Overlooking the Catch and Release residency. I avoid the term “bucket list. ”  It’s just too hackneyed and the word bucket is not visually compelling enough for me.    But I am an inveterate list maker.  I keep To Do lists.  To Be lists.  To Go lists.   To Read lists.  Painting Title lists. Quote lists.  Good Song Title…

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