Category Archives: 3- Magic: Art Epiphanies

Garden photos and how to see even better

I recently returned from visiting two long-time friends whose rustic home and gardens are tucked into a wooded hillside in central New Hampshire. Early Sunday morning, long before I heard my sleepy friends stirring, I tiptoed outside to enjoy my … Continue reading

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How clean are your glasses?

I was prescribed eyeglasses when I was about 10 years old, and for me, wearing glasses is as normal as breathing. My poor mother had three kids who all wore glasses from a young age, and I recall her chiding … Continue reading

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A modern-day sacred scroll: Your CVS receipt!

The café tables are back on the patio at my favorite downtown haunt, and I’m once again luxuriating in a cup of coffee-someone-else-made as well as a uniquely New England hermit bar. My shoulder bag is loaded with all the … Continue reading

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“The chatter is what’s the matter . . .”

Don’t you agree? The chatter in our head is often the only thing holding us back from happily giving sketching a try, or anything else for that matter. That sweet little brain of ours is trying so hard to keep … Continue reading

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Never plagiarize: copy instead!

According to the dictionary, plagiarism is “the practice of taking someone else’s work or ideas and passing them off as one’s own.” We can all agree that plagiarism is a very bad idea; even if you don’t get caught, you’re … Continue reading

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“You never know . . .”

Have I used that as the name of blog post before now? Maybe. It would make sense because it’s one of my favorite expressions when things don’t go to plan. A beautiful cold, sunny Saturday, after doing chores around my … Continue reading

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Short and sweet is never a bad idea, for drawings or blog posts!

Good morning and Merry Christmas! If you’re finding you have a spare bit of time after the morning chaos is finished and while your Christmas dinner is cooking, here’s an idea. Think of an artist whose mark-making you really admire. … Continue reading

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My “Look at That!” book is moving right along!

I must say, if I had known the amount of studying and learning that was ahead of me in order to self-publish a book, I would have hesitated more. No regrets, but can I just say, wow. The book cover … Continue reading

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To Women Artists Everywhere

I stumbled across this while looking for something else in my art archives. Notice it is from twenty-eight years ago. Those shoes still fit.  

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The Cha-Cha of Confidence

You may have noticed I haven’t written much about sketching, or watercolor, or art supplies lately. Instead, I seem to be fixated on writing about how to best use one’s time for the most pleasant result at the end of … Continue reading

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