Category Archives: art

In praise of chaos, naturally: Marla Spivak and Kevin Cox

When you see a house with a wide bright green lawn, maybe a white picket fence, and some kind of roundish tree plopped down in the middle, you are seeing an elegant expression of managerial control.  Little upkeep, chemically enhanced, … Continue reading

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A blog by any other name….

Today’s post covers a lot of ground. First, I’m renaming my blog because, well, the other day as I was heading into the house to make our bountiful garden dinner, I turned the doorknob and thought: uh-oh, my hands are … Continue reading

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The fine art of building a home…from a bee’s perspective

A top bar hive is a sort of ark or small coffin shaped structure with bars across the top and nothing inside…for a little while.  A very little while.  Because once you pour a hive of bees inside, watch out: … Continue reading

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OMG: bees. (my fab studio life continues)

I gave my studio a name about three years ago: Rancho Bee Haven.  We were consciously growing bee friendly gardens and of course, our early attempts at veggie cultivation, so: the name. But behind that, I longed to be a … Continue reading

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My fab studio life: two studios

Right now, I’m obsessed.  I haven’t been in the studio for days and I miss it, a lot, but right now, my energy is in the other studio: the garden. A long, long time ago, when I was in grad … Continue reading

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my fab studio life: busy bee!

So, really, bees are astonishingly busy.  Short lives, just six weeks, packed with construction, cleaning, tending, disinfecting, processing, yadda yadda.  Life in the hive. They only actually do the thing we see, flowers and foraging, in the last few days … Continue reading

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My fab studio life: chip, chip, chip

Remember the SNL skits with Belushi as the greek short order cook with attitude: cheeburger, cheeburger, chip, no coke, pepsi.  I’ve been thinking about that a lot the past week cuz I’ve been chip, chip, chipping away at my schedule…as … Continue reading

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My fabulous studio life: first coupla weeks 2014

Kill your email. Put a muzzle on your Facebook. Twitter? forget about it. How I decided to totally change my studio practice and what I’m learning about focus. Continue reading

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Ex-Libris: the blue of distance

Siolo Thompson is curating a show entitled Ex-Libris: 100 artists, 100 books for the Association of Writers & Publishers conference to be held in Seattle in February.  Needless to say, I love the idea for this show. Each of the … Continue reading

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Reception that blew my mind

Why did it blow my mind? After all, it was a cold, rainy First Thursday, the sort of chilly gray that doesn’t get people heading downtown in droves. But the turn-out was pretty healthy anyway, and here’s what made the … Continue reading

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