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The  August 2013 issue of my Imagine With Art Newsletter is hot off the digital press.  Get your free copy here.  In it you’ll find art play advise for making embossed and debossed textures, Richard Diebenkorn’s “Notes to myself on beginning a painting”, new art to view, and invites to events and workshops.  Check it out!


nestingacrylic on gesso/stencil/scraped texture surface (embossed and debossed) on w/c paper, 10 X 11″

climb the tree and make a nest

not well ordered nor solidly built

but piece by fragmented piece

sticks and bits of flower fluff and lichen


lose yourself then

get tangled up and taken down

by too much green

into the web of all 


time for a nap in your ancient roost

fly away later

be a fledgling

take your maiden flight

. . .if you dare

Those nights sleeping under the redwoods are still with me.  We’re all genetically programmed from our ancient forebears to relax in cozy spaces up high and looking at trees above.  It was not hard to pretend this when sleeping in a tent with only thin netting to keep the ‘squiters out and those mother trees soaring protectively above.  Got me thinking about nests for humans.  My son Andrew, who’s an architecture student now, says he’ll build me one. . .some day.  Won’t that be amazing?!

[This piece was also a demo for debossing/embossing.  Can you tell which is which? The center swirls were embossed, and the side swirls were debossed.  I used the same stencil in two ways to create the pattern in opposite ways – that, and a lot of scraping and glazing.]

Golden Girl


acrylic, collage, PhotoBooth image, stamping, etc on w/c paper

The Golden Girl Needs Me

such a golden girl

knows how to be siren cool

all gold lame, silver, and diamonds

such an effort to be she


but what’s under that platinum hair

appears absent. . .

looks like she’s gonna need some help 

where she’s going

Looks like more clown folly here.  A second week of playing with PhotoBooth (comic strip) pictures to make self portraits.  Yeah, that’s my  face under the nose, but not my bod!  I was never a siren of the screen except in my dreams perhaps.

I’m off for some camping in the redwoods this week.  Back for a mini-Muse workshop July 14.  We’ll be doing debossing and embossing textures.  There’s still space if you can join us! Visit my workshops page for more info.