Hatching The Illustrated Egg

I recently stumbled across this old, blurry Instamatic photo taken of the first four pysanky (Ukrainian batik dyed eggs) I ever made.  I originally learned how to do this in Philadelphia in the summer of 1984, and my education continued after I moved to Chicago where there was a neighborhood near mine called Ukrainian Village…

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The Princesses And The Pleasures Of Peacock

When I was in middle school (then called “intermediate” school) in Hawai’i, on some celebration days, such as May Day/Lei Day, a woman would attend who threw the school into a frenzy of preparation and activity related to her visit.  She always appeared with an entourage, an imperious presence, was led by a parade of…

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A Daily Habit Of Illustrating Life

In December I sent each of a couple of old friends whom I knew to be more gifted than me at drawing a handmade blank journal filled with sheets of drawing paper.  I was later stunned to learn that neither jumped into filling the pages with their drawings.  One said hers was “too nice,” which…

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Access A Great Featherwork Collection, In PDF Format

In the throes of my enthusiasm for hulu (Hawaiian feather) work, a few years ago I stumbled across a collection in the archives of The Kamehameha Schools, of feather artist Johanna Drew Cluney.  The collection included featherwork she had made, as well as her personal collection of Hawaiian shell lei, seed jewelry, and lauhala pāpale (hats…

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Dismantle And Begin Again

This week, Facebook fed me a photograph of some featherwork-in-progress I had posted some time ago: I was pleased that all of the pieces in it have sold, or been repurposed (dismantled, with the feathers put to use in a different piece).  For example, the yellow hat band in the photo above was completely taken…

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Going With The Feather Flow

An artist whom I’ve been following, Connie Solera from dirtyfootprints-studio.com, talked about “the four seasons of the creative process” in a Facebook Live date she streamed recently.  She explained this as an analogy she made a few years ago, after observing that her creativity ebbed and flowed with almost a seasonal energy shift throughout the…

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Reboot

This week marks two full years I’ve had my art business up and running, an online presence, and inventory for sale.  I’ve come a way since opening the online store, and this year I am renewing vows, re-examining goals, and am determined to implement growth now that the edge is off the initial terror of…

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Ending With A Story Of Al

As the calendar year draws to a close, I’ve found myself falling into contemplation and a shortage of meaningful words following a ridiculous presidential election, the deaths of idols of my youth, ongoing health issues among members of family, and all the emotional contradictions that arise during the winter holiday season.  Over these past weeks,…

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Seeds Of Intention

I jumped into some creativity prompt work this week, and did not expect I would have so much difficulty with Lesson 1/visualizing and releasing the Inner Critic and giving a face and voice to my Muse. I modified the prescribed exercises slightly, and just kind of went with it. I set an intention of describing facial…

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