Seeing Patterns, From China and Japan

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Long ago those calligraphic leaf shapes made with single strokes lured me to look at Chinese porcelain bowls and plates. They were so old and yet so vivid and so lively.  From them I turned to examining 1000 year old … Continued

Abstracting With Nature

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In printmaking studios we find artists layering their works through different states. Each new layer can be referred as the next “drop”. This process drops a sequence of layers over the previous image.  The imagery conflates. Spacial effects deepen. The … Continued

Interlocking and Interweaving

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From hair braids to baskets to checkerboards we use designs that interlock and interweave. The basket weave unifies not only the materials but also the basket’s design. There are many interweaving patterns. But, they begin simply with an over-under, in-and-out … Continued

Seasonal Transitions

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As a landscape painter I feel colors and textures rotate through the seasons.  My own appetite for silver, blue and lavender spikes as winter approaches.  My desire for pink and green jumps with the approach of spring. Tracking  the seasons … Continued

Intimate to Infinite

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Over a thousand years ago Chinese painting scholars advised artists to follow some basic principles. They included presenting a landscape with an experience of the near, middle and far distance. Vertical arrangements should consider the earthly or worldly lower domain … Continued

Building Translucence

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The dazzling spectacle of translucent water revealing two different palettes within the same visual field always seduces my eye.  The palette below the water is more subdued, often occluded by surface motion, shadows, reflections and floating material. The palette of … Continued