Art of Earth

Making Paint From the Rocks

IFThe textures and colors of desert shales tell a story of chemistry, weathering and erosion, and end up in my pottery and glazes. And paint…..<continue reading>

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Painting with Clay

 

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What else can I say? Inspired by rocks, enchanted by Earth’s landscape…<Desert Paintings>

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The Temple of My Imperfection

DesertSpringSeize the Wabi-sabi!

—that moment when you finally realize that all your efforts toward achieving perfection will never be enough.

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Pick up a pen. Just do it.

Zentangle1Zentangle, a technique of doodling that requires a steady hand more than anything. And concentration— which somehow makes it relaxing. Really.
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Art of the Pufferfish

A Guineafowl Pufferfish, Hawaii

I am gobsmacked and comforted by my kinship with the little pufferfish who did this…
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Science Meets Art: Intelligent Design

magnetic-loopBlessed by the exquisite anatomy of our hands and the infinite crossing points between the so-called right and left brain,  we blend the vision of the imagination with logical know-how. We are the God Kings and Queens of Tool-Makers, and with these tools we make everything…<more>

Better Painting Through Chemistry

419px-Johannes_Vermeer_(1632-1675)_-_The_Girl_With_The_Pearl_Earring_(1665)Alchemy reigned at the time Johannes Vermeer painted Girl with a Pearl Earring in 1665.
Modern painters can thank French artist, Yves Klein and a few French chemists, who created a rich luscious blue paint….International Klein Blue. 
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Bones of Earth, Bones of Clay

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I’m fascinated by bones…all bones, especially the white bleached remains of the wild creatures picked clean of all flesh, marking the place where they lay down on the Earth and died.

I am not alone….
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My Mother, My Art

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Thanks to my very creative mother, Rita M. Simmons (1921-2004), my childhood was steeped in a variety of creative enterprises and the permission to make messes. She faced it, way back in the 1950’s: creativity is untidy.
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