I usually start with a rough idea for the canvas size I'm using. I don't really know how to stretch canvas by myself, so I do buy
them pre-stretched even though that's less efficient than doing it yourself. This canvas was a bigger size, and I wanted to not only do a long time-commitment painting, but also one that came from the same principles as Stars and Clouds, which has been really successful. But the size was intimidating, since I had no idea where to start. Finally, I set a deadline to begin painting. The night that I was supposed to paint, I drew this after an inkling of an idea:
It doesn't look like much, but I knew I wanted circl
I'm a member (going on one year now) of the BeadforLife YP program, and I've been on the Advisory Board for about one month. BeadforLife is an organization that empowers women by teaching them vocational skills and business skills in exchange for eighteen months in the beading program. After the program, the women have enough money to start a business of their own so that they can sustain a lifestyle with an increased income that allows them to improve life for themselves and their families. In return, BeadforLife sells the products that the women make by hand out of recycled paper beads in order to reinvest money in the program and develop t
Thanks to Starry Night Retreat, I completed a writing and art residency in Truth or Consequences, NM, in spring 2014. I completed a set of brush paintings and experiments, took photographs in town, and wrote and revised part of my thesis novel for my MFA program.
I drove to the nearby Elephant Butte Dam and Park, the site of a butte that looks like an elephant on its side and a dam that creates a reservoir from the Rio Grande. The weather was perfect for a fantastic sunset.
I managed to take some of my favorite photographs here, with great color interplay and landscape detail.
Looking at these reminds me of what a fantastic and productive
Hey, welcome back! I'm sorry to hear that. I myself have been a wreck since returning from Uganda, which is sad because I have a lot of great photos to process and share! Please let me know if I can do anything for you.