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Create Abstraction with Representational Layers

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A technique familiar to printmakers involves adding layers to a print, like an etching. The artist begins by checking their progress in printing a 1st state. Then the plate is reworked or additional plates are added. The image proceeds through … Continued

Seashells and The Seashore

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Among our first primordial human passions was collecting sea shells for aesthetic, utilitarian and commercial purposes.  Across time and cultures seashells have played a role in art, commerce, religion, and our technology.  Let’s consider the aesthetics of seashells in painting … Continued

Ancient Sacred Spaces

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One of the most intriguing spaces of my childhood was the interior of the First Presbyterian Church in St. Louis. It was standard gothic, soaring arches, a long narrow nave with tall stained glass windows anchored above the altar. It … Continued

Luring Fish

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The sharp tug of small bluegill as it dramatically bent my young fiberglass pole brought me to look into the water. I was 10. I had to see the mighty fish who tugged so hard.  As I looked I caught … Continued

Reflecting Electricity

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As a teenager driving home from downtown St. Louis I let the web of the city’s lights free my imagination. So many stories lived behind so many lights. So much electricity spread modernity through the night.  The experience was memorable … Continued