Scanner Prints

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These limited edition prints were created on an Epson Perfection V300 Photo scanner, using an assortment of found objects.  I like the dream-like quality and spaciousness they create.  I print them on my Epson Stylus Photo R3000 printer, without any … Continue reading

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Wind paintings

The spring winds are here, moving everything in their paths.  It’s the time of year when El Rito rearranges itself and erases the tracks of the winter.  These paintings bear the names of winds from around the world..

“ghibli”, acrylic on Claybord, 8″x8″x2″

“sirocco”, acrylic on Claybord, 8″x8″x2″

“haboob”, acrylic on Claybord, 8″x8″x2″

“susurrus”, acrylic on Claybord, 8″x8″x2″

“khamsin”, acrylic on Claybord, 8″x8″x2″

“foehn”, acrylic on Claybord, 8″x8″x2″

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Paper staining with FW inks

Saturday, I took a workshop with Don Voss at the Fuller Lodge Art Center in Los Alamos, NM.  We learned an assortment of techniques for using FW inks to stain papers, which are admirably suited to use as bases for painting, or for development as book pages. Don shared a lot of technical information about the inks and the ways different papers reacted to them.  It was an inspiring day, with a lot of fun and many ideas for how I can use this method of working with paper and ink.  I have used FW inks to create book covers for many years, but Don had many methods which result in very rich and dense pages.  I am so glad I was able to participate in this afternoon.

Yesterday I took a workshop in staining papers with FW inks from Don Voss at the Fuller Lodge Art Center in Los Alamos.  This is a sample of the pages I made.

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Odes & Offerings

Sticks, paper, ink H. W. L.

This hanging sculpture was exhibited in Odes & Offerings, curated by Joan Logghe as a collaboration between visual artists and poets, at the Santa Fe Community Gallery, from March 23 – June 8, 2012.    I have been interested in hanging boats for a long time and find the following quote from Jeroen van Westen very resonant…”The suspended boat is a symbol of putting your life in the hands of the great unknown, a force that has purpose and meaning beyond our personal understanding.”

The poem I worked with “Our New Life” by Carol Moldaw.

If the field is thick

with horse shit and the garden

unplanted, and the roof

needs repair; if after the next storm

sand from the acequia

overflows and suffocates the marsh,

killing the cattails where redwinged blackbirds nest,

if the neighbors’ horses overgraze our field,

if I am lonely,

if a WIPP truck overturns

going back and forth from Los Alamos

to the shifting salt pits in Carlsbad,

if we go away for a week

and miss the crab apple’s blossoming,

the sheep shearing,

if it turns out I am allergic to Russian olives,

to chamisa, to rabbit grass,

if they pave our dirt road,

if the cat returns to her original owner,

if the walls need remudding after every storm,

if the doctor finds a problem,

if the beer cans and corn chip bags and whiskey bottles

pile up on the road

faster than we can collect them for the dump,

if the doctor doesn’t know what is wrong,

if Los Alamos gets the contract

to manufacture or stockpile or do anything whatever

with nuclear warheads,

if I cut my foot on a rusty washing machine part

while walking down by the river,

if I get lost in the Barrancas,

if my heart keeps shrinking,

if my heart explodes–

will I ever again think to look

for the new moon’s thinnest crescent,

will we ever crane our necks together,

as we used to, name the stars,

turn down the cool sheets,

go to bed not exhausted,

arms linked in one constellation

that turns all night in sync with the sky?

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Now that the El Rito Studio Tour has come and gone, I am having a good time playing in my studio.  These paintings were inspired by a reading of William Blake’s poem, Tyger, Tyger, and use text as a textural … Continue reading

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Six New Notecards

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These six notecards were made from pages of the journal I kept while I was preparing for the trunk show at the Harwood Museum store in Taos.  Some are diagrams of the book structures and images used in the books … Continue reading

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Ragdale Sketchbook Cards

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These cards are pages from a sketchbook I kept during a artist’s residency at the Ragdale Foundation in October 2009.  I spent hours walking on the prairie, drawing the plants, animals and landscape.  I am very grateful to the Ragdale … Continue reading

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Sketchbook Notecards

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I live in an old adobe house in rural northern New Mexico.  I fill my journals with drawings of the plants, animals, insects and landscapes that surround me.  These explorations become the “Sketchbook Journal” cards. All cards are folded, 5″x7″, … Continue reading

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Shop & Learn Trunk Show at the Harwood Museum Store

The opening of the show was May 7, 2011.  It was wonderful to see so many old friends and to meet new ones.   Lots of time spent catching up and swapping ideas.

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riverrun III

One-of-a-kind accordion book.  Ink, watercolor and hand-carved rubber stamps on suminagashi paper.  H. 5″  W. 6″  48″ open.

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