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Moving indoors

Well, what can I say? This summer in Seattle, brilliant sunny day after day after day, often left me recalling summer in my hometown in SoCal–get your outdoor work done early, chill in the shade later on.  Life in the … Continue reading

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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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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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Slow Art & Alchemy

I was talking to a friend earlier this summer about how much I love the Slow Food movement, how important it is, a huge shift in consciousness to slow down and eat good, clean, small farm if possible, food. (The movement … Continue reading

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The Nature of Change, Part 6: The pigments

These are narratives accompanying the 10 map series, Nature of Change, now hanging at the Carco Theatre in Renton.  If you are in the area, there will be an artist reception, Saturday, April 23, 5-7pm–come on down! The Pigments I … Continue reading

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The Nature of Change, post #5: The Birds

C.D. Hillman made a mint selling clear-cut land to immigrants. What looked like a ravaged moonscape to us was a clear opportunity to others, and so it goes…. Continue reading

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The Nature of Change, cont

A story about the WPA: The Work Projects Administration or the WPA, came about in response to the financial disaster of 1929 that led to the Great Depression. The WPA was then what we call now a “stimulus package” and a big one at that: when it ended in 1943, it was the nation’s number one employer. Continue reading

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New work: Scout/don’t take no shortcuts

Part of a larger series: rethinking my California roots. Natural pigments and encaustic medium: Scout/don’t take no shortcuts Continue reading

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