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Slam Poetry Workshop and Ideas about Art

Not the kind of place you’d expect to attend a Slam Poetry workshop – a little historic Baptist church with vintage neon sign. But the Missouri Literary Festival hosted many events over three days, in a variety of places, and this little church on…

Vintage Photo Friday – Capri motel sign

This has to be the best motel sign that I’ve seen in the midwest. During the week of installing Russ’s neon show in Joplin and this week of de-installation, I’ve unintentionally explored many routes in and out of town. By far, my favorite route…

Who do you owe?

Sure, becoming an artist is a long rough path with lots of hard knocks. We all know that. But who do you owe — for tiny little favors or inspirations along the way? Although we often hear about mentors and role models, sometimes it’s…

Vintage Friday

Long ago I told Paper Dolls for Boys that I would post vintage photos on Fridays, but I really haven’t got that many great vintage photos. I do however have a nice collection of mid-century cookbooks — many I found when I bought two…

Cover for a Gratitude Journal

Here’s a quickie project that was fun to make. I had a small quilt that I liked, but never finished. So I cut my favorite part out  — the swoopy loop stitching — backed it with two pieces of fabric and zig-zagged around the…

Creativity as a new focus

< portfolio cover – back > If only in my own mind, I’ve decided to reframe the focus of my blog. Originally I called it my Art Adventure Blog and decided to post mainly art-related articles, projects, and photos. That was four years and…

What is humor?

What is humor? I been thinking about this question since I was asked to juror the show for SAQA called “Sense of Humor” (see last post for more details.) I’m not going look in some dictionary and give you the definition, I don’t even…

Vintage postcards for inspiration

Lately I’ve been busy with some projects that I’ve had no extra energy to blog… but tonight am writing several entries that I will post over the next few days. Earlier this summer I was working on a series called “Wish You Were Hair,”…

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Wired at Sunrise

Lately more often than not, I wake up really early. When that happens, I workout and do some yoga, get breakfast and coffee, and head to the studio. I actually enjoy the quiet time before sunrise. This is the sun rising on the edge…

Visiting Calder and other inspirations

Yesterday we went to visit this sculpture by one of my very favorite artists Calder, the master of cool shapes. I read somewhere he said, “My fan mail is enormous. Everyone is under six.” Unfortunately we missed the big Obama rally that was held…