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Do you ever wonder why you are drawn to certain images? It’s because every painting, photograph or movie uses light to tell a story. And some stories are more beautifully told than others. Is the light source hard or soft? Is the source positioned high or low? (Light positioned at a low level creates upward […]

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Patra 40

Today I am am packing up this beautiful bowl, called Patra 40, to send off to a friend for a temporary visit. The bowl, one of a series of 108 bowls made by artist Lynda Lowe is part of her project called Patra Passage, based on the idea of the bowls that monks use for […]

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spring begins

There is something about spring that steeps my heart in optimism. Somehow, after a record-breaking month of rain, the sunshine seems so special, like the siting of a rare bird. I walked home from Green Lake this morning like a bride along a carpet of petals. Everything is in bloom in a wild chorus of […]

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sadik alfraji, inspiration

    In association with Fotofest in Houston there was a city-wide exhibit of the work of 48 Arab artists. One of my favorite pieces was not actually a photograph but a sort of rough cartoon video. The artist, Sadik Alfraji, created this amazing piece, called The House That My Father Built. Part of it […]

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I just returned from five intense days of fine art portfolio reviews in Houston at the bi-annual Fotofest. Fotofest is the world’s largest portfolio review which hosts approximately 45 reviewers and 130 artists per session (the five-day sessions run from March 15 to April 27). Photographers from around the world, me included, bring their work […]

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a poem for the new year

                    Recently a friend sent me this beautiful poem called One Heart by Li-Young Li. It sees like a perfect way to start a new year, or to start every day. I keep it taped to my computer screen. One Heart Look at the birds. Even […]

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I just returned from a two-week vacation with my husband, Ted McMahon, to celebrate our 25th anniversary. We sailed the Mediterranean from Barcelona to Venice on a Prairie Home Companion cruise with Garrison Keillor. Lots of music, good food and many sights to behold. I got a chance to sit down and read a book […]

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Today is the last day of my exhibit in New York. Time has gone so fast. From Robin Rice Gallery it moves to the wonderful Iris Gallery in Boston and Aspen. My images will hang in the Boston Gallery this summer–perfect for an exhibit with water and sky. As I reflect on the months (and […]

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The opening was fabulous! Wednesday, May 8 came as the hallowed date that had been circled on my calendar for many months. As it came down to the weeks before the exhibit, we were in flat-out mode: printing, framing, shipping. Everything had to work like clockwork. There were anxiety-producing glitches, of course. A call from […]

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Right now (as I type) we are printing for my exhibit at the Robin Rice Gallery in New York City which opens on May 8, 2013 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. This is a dream-based series called Rapture, based on life-long dreams of floating in the air. It’s exciting to explore one’s inner thoughts as […]

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