Eye Speak, Youth Interactive and Funk Zone Art Walk March 31st

​​ Shop to support youth made jewelry, bags, postcards, drawing and painting. It’s a preview of the galley teams end of semester show, 👁🗣 (Eye-speak). I’ve been mentoring this semester to highlight each artists unique use of visual language for self expression. Visual language includes the shared experiences techniques involving the manipulation of line, shape,…

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Murals at La Casa de la Raza in Santa Barbara

Tonight I visited LanCasa de la Raza and took some photos of the murals inside. There are more and they are great too. Visit their website: http://www.lacasadelaraza.org/ La Casa de la Raza, César E. Chavez Center, relies on a network of volunteers and donors to keep our doors open and our programs vibrant while serving…

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Collage a beautiful vision for 2017

What would you like to bring into the world? A new year tradition is to collage a board with a beautiful vision. The basic creative process is simple: Collect stuff you like from books and magazines (don’t think too much) Get a surface, write a few words on it to reflect the areas of your…

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Ida Mae and a maternal linage of artists

I study Ida Mae, my maternal great-grandmother, as she paints flowers in her sunroom. The watercolors fascinate as they swirl and run across the paper in an unpredictable way. I said, “What do you think of my art?”. She said, “It’s not classically beautiful but it’s interesting and that is art.” She tells me her eyesight is…

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A kit for body painting in a portable red wagon 

The best work for me at a festival is painting bodies and faces. My kit for body painting outdoors is portable and includes: Painting easel  Red wagon Makeup bag Dazzle Dips Paint Brushes Mirror Water / paper towels  Stencils of leaves Photos of example This setup is portable by one person and that is important…

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Cold Spring Trail Rock Art

I’ve been inspired by ancient symbols. I collected photos of art messages on this hike up cold springs. Working with clay and natural materials – like wood and stone – are very appealing all of a sudden!  Working on a relief miniature of an Inanna image in pastacine. ​​ Inspired by cave painting, below is…

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Masters Presentation: Floating, Falling, Balancing, Flying and Landing

I completed my final 20 min presentation with 3 other amazing women who spent the last two years in the program of Engaged Humanities and the Creative Life at Pacifica Graduate Institute. Here is an audio recording of my presentation and slides as well as a few photos from the weekend and my notes. Copy…

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Announcing Dreams at Underground

Dreams Reception at Underground June 20th FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Santa Barbara, CA – Announcing Dreams, a group show of surreal portraits, by three female artists. The show, Dreams, is on display for the month of June with a reception on June 20th. WHAT:           Dreams Reception with Refreshments & Appetizers WHEN:           June 20th, 5-8:00…

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Chalk Painting with light rain

Thanks to Youth Interactive for inviting me to mentor a spring art project, Santa Barbara Beautiful for the square and the BIG thanks to the talented young artists: Jemre, Kamryn and Karim! This year, I Madonnari had the added challenge of heavy fog and wet mornings! All the work was doubled but the artists were…

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Bike painting studio, road test #2

I made a bike painting studio out of materials I have available. I used my burner bike, a red wagon, cardboard, green duck tape, paint, cardboard tube, bamboo tube, zip ties and wire. It’s the second version and I plan to make some adjustments based on the road test from today. Wind was an unexpected…

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