Month: October 2015

Sunday thoughts

Once a summer I head out to South Dakota to paint with a group of artists who live and work in the upper midwest. We have a super week and lots of laughter and painting. Our community is re-established after a year long absence.

Two summers ago Jerry Brommer led a workshop on watercolor painting. It was probably one of the best workshops I had ever attended. Yes, it was about painting but even more so it was about the power of story.

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Why Keep a Sketchbook?

In a couple of weeks we are leaving on a trip and I have spent most of the weekend preparing the sketchbook I want to take with me as we travel from Budapest to Prague. I am committed to try and to use it daily! A place to gather ideas for paintings from the trip, a place to collage ticket stubs, collections of maps, receipts or other kinds of papers that I become curious about.

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Can You Imagine?

There is an eternal landscape, a geography of the soul; we search for its outlines all our lives. -Josephine Hart

I spent part of this weekend with a group of colleagues that I grew to know and deeply respect from “Courage to Teach.”  This series of retreats is a partnership between Hamline University in St. Paul, MN and The Center for Courage and Renewal. After the series ended many of us meet on our own a couple of times a year.

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John Singer Sargent

The Sargent exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art was an amazing collection of society portraits that captured the friends and fellow artists of Sargent’s time. As I walked around the Met I felt like I was flipping through the pages of People magazine, only from the late 1880s. The exhibition was the “Who’s Who” of Sargent’s world.

It was an amazing retrospect of Sargent’s portraits. I was very touched by Sargent’s sharing something of his sitter’s personality.

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