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    Welcome to the Land of Woo-Woo or Packing Prayers into your Painting   I have always had the hardest time explaining my process and my work to people who see my work in the secular gallery in which I exhibit. There is so much spiritual and magical context packed into each piece that starting from square one can overwhelm folks who have just a passing curiosity at the opening reception.   Sometimes I ask them if they want the short version or the”woo-woo” version.   The short version is easy: My work is an integral part of my spiritual practice. Each piece is a tangible product of my working with…

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    Stepping Back to Go Forward   August is the worst month in my third floor studio. I rarely wander up the stairs into the suffocating heat, which means I don’t see my paintings-in-process for several weeks. I have to admit that I miss them and begin to look forward to working with them again.   When the temperature breaks in early September, they surprise me greatly. They look very different from how I remember them. This one is much better than I thought it was when I stopped working on it. I can see immediately what my next steps are for another one. I have gained some distance and can…

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    Inspiration in the Badlands “An artist’s duty is rather to stay open-minded and in a state where he can receive information and inspiration. You always have to be ready for that little artistic Epiphany.” —Nick Cave, Australian musician I’ve just spent the week in the badlands of North Dakota on a work trip to collect Late Cretaceous fossils for a new exhibit at the museum. I didn’t expect to be going on a week long artist date. I found myself surrounded by sculpted buttes striped in orange, brown, cream, and purple. There has been a lot of rain this year, so we can add more green to the palette than…

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    What Do You Create? This last weekend I attended an afternoon of esoteric lectures at Light Haven in North Carolina. Early in the afternoon, one of the speakers, Ivo Dominguez Jr., asked us: What do you create? Now, as a visual artist his question at first seemed easy to me. I create art, specifically paintings and mixed media shrines. Your answer may be that you write, sing, play an instrument, act, build houses, cook, garden, dance, arrange flowers, or raise children. There are many ways to create, many things to create in this world. Listen up, you out there who say you are not creative! These are all valuable and,…

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    Invitation to Explore art and Mystery   Cosmic Mother by Angela Raincatcher   “art evokes the mystery without which the world would not exist.” –– Rene Magritte   Hidden at the heart of our dealings with the spirits and our devotions to the gods lies Mystery — that ineffable quality that thrills through our blood and subtle bodies, that races and raises the hair on our skin and our blood. The Mystery of the core experience of the divinity of the universe, the riddle and the meaning behind life. The Mystery that is not an answer but is ever more questions — Why? How? What if?   No one can…