50th Year as an Artist, 2003-2006

50th Year as an Artist, 2003-2006

Celebrating my 50th year as an artist, I left out a big series that I started in 2002; Book of Light, pages has more than 200 mixed media collages.Book of Light, page 24 is one of my favorites, composed on paper I made. (more…)

50th Year as an Artist, 2000-2002

50th Year as an Artist, 2000-2002

Celebrating my 50th year as an artist brings me to this century. As we were building our home I painted my last oil painting of Cosmic Nest series. The scene depicts a cosmic celebration of the millennium for my ancestors. The Grail featured in the painting is a wedding glass of my parent’s seated on a bardic table of remembrance that overlooks fireworks and galaxies. (more…)

Jennifer Gleason’s Sunflower Sundries

Jennifer Gleason’s Sunflower Sundries

Jennifer Gleason is the farmer and creator of Sunflower Sundries and the passion behind the products produced on her small farm. Her whole life has been dedicated to learning about homestead arts and loves making things by hand from local ingredients. We are so proud to know her and her husband, poet Jim Lally. Recently we visited their inspiring enterprise. (more…)

50th Year as an Artist, 1998-1999

50th Year as an Artist, 1998-1999

I’m celebrating my 50th year as an artist now looking at 1998-1999, a big turning point time. It was a time of experiencing the empty nest as my kids fledged and simultaneously engaging with a large body of oil paintings that Greg titled “Cosmic Nest.” This period culminated with designing our home, moving to Kentucky and building our new nest. (more…)

Guest Post by Frank LaRue Owen, 50th Year as an Artist, 1997

Guest Post by Frank LaRue Owen, 50th Year as an Artist, 1997

Where Three Rivers Meet: An Eyewitness Retrospective

by Frank LaRue Owen

The past is never dead. It’s not even past.

–William Faulkner (more…)

Sherry Hart Rocks

Sherry Hart Rocks

Sherry Hart is one of the most inspirational artists I have had the honor to know since the mid 1980s, through the Boulder Artist Gallery. Sherry Hart rocks! On a recent visit she shared her latest project 108 Prayers. It is a labor intensive project of not 108, but 1008 rocks painted with the labyrinth, by hand, no template! Anyone who has attempted to draw the labyrinth knows what a challenge it is. Sherry devotes painting as a meditaiton. A selection of 108 rocks was installed for an exhibit, Imaginary Maps, at McMane Gallery, First Congregation Church, 1129 Pine Street, Boulder, showing through September. (more…)

Mid-Summer Studio Update

Mid-Summer Studio Update

Atlas of the Year continues to be my central focus. I am thrilled to announce next spring’s online class – read all the details on this page. Much is involved with creating all the components, I work steadily on producing the content and extras, ideas that will bring more meaning and celebration into your daily life. (more…)

50th Year as an Artist, 1993-1996

50th Year as an Artist, 1993-1996

Celebrating my 50th year as an artist from the 1993-1996 perspective continues to be perplexing, because it was such a difficult period in my life, and I don’t have much art to show for it. My records show that I participated in several exhibits; Day of the Dead Zodiac, Memory Theater, Boulder Artist Gallery, Craft Design ’90, Colorado Artist Craftsman, both in Boulder, CO and Shamanic Search for Soul, University of Massachusetts. I was studying with some esteemed shamanic elders. During The Next 500 Years festival I hosted several members of the Northern Arapahoe tribe. It was an honor to receive my drum made by Eagle Robe. (more…)

50th Year as an Artist, 1991-1992

50th Year as an Artist, 1991-1992

Celelbrating my 50th year as an artist from the 1991-1992 perspective is perplexing, because it was such a diffictult period in my life, and I don’t have much art to show for it. I am very proud of Eagle Feather, and wish I still had it, but it is being lovingly cared for by a dear friend. It is painted from a photograph I took at the Birds of Prey Rehabilitation Foundation, Broomfield, Colorado, where I was volunteering. (more…)

50th Year as an Artist, 1989-1990

50th Year as an Artist, 1989-1990

The Bridge, from 1989, has come to symbolize for me crossing into a whole new phase into a realm of clouds, soon I was to find myself painting cloudscapes. (more…)

50th Year as an Artist, 1987-1988

50th Year as an Artist, 1987-1988

This post celebrating my 50th year as an artist, brings me to almost half way through my career and up to my 40th birthday. These were big years because of my studies in shamanic and transformational healing, and as the one being healed. How it manifested artistically was varied and prolific. (more…)

50th Year as an Artist, 1984-1986

50th Year as an Artist, 1984-1986

In an earlier post I talked about meeting Sun Bear, Rolling Thunder and my spiritual teacher, Wallace Black Elk, a Lakota Medicine Man. From him, I had the honor of learning about the traditons of the pipe, Chanupa, for several years. In the Stone People Lodge, his word for the Inipi Ceremony, one of the Seven Sacred Pipe ceremonies, he taught me how to pray and my heart opened. (more…)

50th Year as an Artist, 1983

50th Year as an Artist, 1983

These artworks are from 1983, sharing some thoughts as I continue to celebrate my 50th year as an artist. It is clear to me how influenced I was by Henry Miller, not only as a writer but also unbeknownst to me, an artist. (more…)

50th Year as an Artist, 1981-1982

50th Year as an Artist, 1981-1982

I’m still celebrating my 50th year as an artist, and remembering 1981-1982. Here’s a poor drawing that I love anyway, of a rare moment, because it shines with domestic pleasure and irony. (more…)

50th Year as an Artist, 1977-1980

50th Year as an Artist, 1977-1980

1977 and 1980 were landmark years in my life when I gave birth to my two children. Of course this enhanced my experience as an artist. This post is timed to celebrate Mothers Day today. (more…)

50th Year as an Artist, 1974-1976

50th Year as an Artist, 1974-1976

As previously mentioned, synchronicity was ever-present on my mind, due in large part to the tremendous inspiration I derived from learning about symbols and dream study from Carl Jung. If I have any regrets about parting with an art work (more…)

50th Year as an Artist, 1971-1973

50th Year as an Artist, 1971-1973

This post covers 50th Year as an Artist, 1971-1973. The first image is my first stab at a logo: Boulder Arts and Crafts Co-Op. It began as an official Co-Op, I was the first treasurer. About a dozen avant guard artisans banded together to begin a wonderful business that is still thriving today. It was a vibrant tribe of artisans determined to succeed at their art. (more…)

Celebrating Mid-Spring Studio Update

Celebrating Mid-Spring Studio Update

It’s been a time of quiet progress since the last studio update, when I was focused on writing. That brought me to the finish line for Atlas of the Year, at least the writing and artwork. Next, it will take on several forms. For starters, the first installment of a print version is Atlas of the Year, Spring, East, Journal which I’m excited to premier at Spring Into Art, the next open studio April 28. In the works: a class, Atlas of the Year: mapping the path of our true being. (more…)

Some things you’ll see at Spring into Art

Some things you’ll see at Spring into Art

I’m not telling all, but just some things you’ll see at Spring into Art. Having my studio open four times a year motivates me to come up with surprises, new art, new projects, new products, new landscape vistas. It is a peek experience to greet and show you around, I would never want to hear that you have been here before and therefore, seen it all. (more…)

50th Year as an Artist, 1968…1970

50th Year as an Artist, 1968…1970

Reading yet another inspiring piece by Henry Miller the other night, I was pierced with the arrow of the muse as to how to celebrate my 50th year as an artist. (more…)

New Mothers Day Cards

New Mothers Day Cards

I am pleased to announce there are eight new Mothers Day cards that will be available at the Spring into Art open studio (more…)

Home of Ancestors, spring and east

Home of Ancestors, spring and east

Home of Ancestors is a series of oil paintings that express the energies of the four seasons – four directions inspired by a Celtic perspective. These are a few paintings from the spring and east section, 1996. I’m only now realizing how Atlas of the Year evolved from (more…)

How Atlas of the Year Evolved

How Atlas of the Year Evolved

Through the years my creative expression in response to the “here and now” has taken different formats. This post is about how Atlas of the Year evolved. In the 1980’s, (more…)

Division of Time

Division of Time

In the Atlas of the Year I write about the division of time as it relates to the medicine wheel of the year. In this art project the year begins with the Vernal Equinox, (more…)

Spring, East and Atlas of the Year

Spring, East and Atlas of the Year

To celebrate Equinox tomorrow (12:15 EDT) I’m announcing that Atlas of the Year is complete, I’ve met my goal. I offer you a glimpse of the first few pages. (more…)

50th Year as an Artist

50th Year as an Artist

In 2018 I’m celebrating my 50th year as an artist. In 1968 I set up my first show on – gasp – pegboard- at the Allentown Art Festival. Someone from across the street noticed my oil painting of Beethoven, came over and bought it. They commented that they wanted it because they could feel the Celtic spirit in it. My first thought was, “what does Celtic mean?”. My second thought was, “OK, I’m a professional artist now.” (more…)

Right Place, Right Time for the Big Fig Dig

Right Place, Right Time for the Big Fig Dig

All year I’ve been in a writing mode. Much of the topic has been about being in the right place in the right time, the central theme of Atlas of the Year. Awakening slowly to in increasing sunlight, we noticed that the perfect time, according to the bio-dynamic calendar for transplanting trees was March 3. After days and days of rain and gloom, Saturday arrived full of sun and cool air on the face. It was perfect time to have the first Big Fig Dig, at the perfect place, Sunwise Farm and Sanctuary. (more…)

Big Fig Dig

Big Fig Dig

Quickly upon us…The Big Fig Dig at Sunwise Farm, Saturday, March 3rd 2018 from 10 A.M. till noon. Approximately 40 U-Dig Fig Trees will be at their peak transplanting time, according to the BioDynamic Gardening guide, which we use. Bring shovels and large containers. (more…)

Perfect Valentine Gifts

Perfect Valentine Gifts

Perfect Valentine Gifts await you at this Saturday’s Winter Salon Open Studio Celebration. And feel welcome to create some paper Valentines to take home. I made some special necklaces, Talismans for Abundance, Passion, Affection and Love for the occasion. (more…)

Celebrating Mid-Winter, Studio Update

Celebrating Mid-Winter, Studio Update

Celebrating Mid-Winter, Studio Update, 2018 is the year I am celebrating my 50th year as an artist. I am grateful for the creativity still bubbling up from mystery. The snow days have provided long quiet days to proceed with the creative tasks at hand. I’d like to share what’s going on. This is another favorite time of year,  when we see the first signs of spring, Imbolc, Candlemas, Ground Hog Day!

The biggest focus as I write is preparing for the next Sunwise Open Studios Celebrations on February 10, I look forward to seeing you here. (more…)

Let’s Make It

Let’s Make It

Let’s Make It is the theme of my next series of classes. It’s going to be so much fun for me, oh yeah, for you too. A certain youngster who lives inside is the leader in this project. The idea came to me a couple of weeks ago in smatterings, (more…)

Mandala, More Beads, 2018 Year of Coffee

Mandala, More Beads, 2018 Year of Coffee

Mandala, More Beads, 2018 Year of Coffee

2018 is starting off really busy, with the completion of this year’s Mandala from “Lotus and Lily” writing in December, fashioning new and old necklaces from “Christmas Beads” and other newly acquired antique beads, and the ever important element, coffee. (more…)

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