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Cloud Studies: Drawing On Nature for Balance


Written on September 5, 2016 at 5:00 am, by

I have been painting clouds lately.   I have been looking at beautiful August and September clouds, trying to capture the awesome power and uplift of  spirit I experience simply for observing the sky vistas afforded to me living in Wisconsin.  Whether driving or riding in a car, or walking my dog or simply stopping to  Continue Reading »

Categories: Art Techniques, Biographical, Creaivity Coaching, Promotional Materials, Social networking, Teaching Art and Creativity, This and That, Watercolor, Watercolor techniques, Wisconsin Arts, Workshops and Classes

Spring Art Classes Follow April Flowers


Written on April 4, 2016 at 11:47 pm, by

Open Studio Time ! If you are in Madison on May 1, please plan to stop by my studio at 2017 Jenifer Street between 11:00 -5:00 and see what I am up to.  I will be participating in the 6th Annual Marquette-Atwood Neighborhood Art Walk. It is an annual self-guided art walk through our wonderful  Continue Reading »

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Colors of Light and Light by artist Ann Schaffer


Written on September 23, 2015 at 10:20 am, by

“My paintings are about beauty and the power of beauty to resist all that is soul stifling in this world.” ~ artist Ann Schaffer If you have followed my blog for a while you may recall that I have written about the watercolors of Madison artist Ann Schaffer before in posting called, A Beauty Manifesto:  Continue Reading »

Categories: Art Techniques, Beauty, Fabulous Artists, Gesture painting, Watercolor, Wisconsin Arts, Women Artists

Art-Science Collaboration: My Artist-in-Residency at the Trout Lake Research Station


Written on July 6, 2014 at 7:41 pm, by

I have just returned from a splendid ten days of non-stop plein air painting (and skitter swatting) in the lake country around Boulder Junction, Wisconsin.  It was my extreme pleasure to bring my art research through observation to the University of Wisconsin Trout Lake Station as a part of a new artist residency program.  I  Continue Reading »

Categories: A Painting A day, Activist Art, art and technology, art collaboration, Art Residencies, Art Techniques, art-science collaboration, Artist Resources, environmental art, Plein air Painting, Watercolor

Artists! An Opportunity to Exhibit and Share Your Tiny Treasures


Written on May 23, 2014 at 12:21 pm, by

Create, Compete, and Participate with Your Tiny Art One of the real pleasures I receive as a part of my day job as Director of the Wisconsin Regional Art Program (WRAP) with the UW-Madison Division of Continuing Studies, is working with the Wisconsin Regional Artist Association (WRAA) in supporting the creative work of other artists.   Continue Reading »

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The Memory Cloth Collective: Stitches in Time – “Meant to Be”, April 15- May 11, 2014


Written on April 19, 2014 at 10:43 pm, by

  An exhibition The Memory Cloth Collective: Stitches in Time – “Meant to Be” is currently on display at the Lakeside Coffee House at 402 W Lakeside Street in Madison, WI until May 11, 2014.  This is a wonderful exhibition of non-traditional fiber works that have grown out of  weekly sewing sessions  session focused on  Continue Reading »

Categories: Ability, art collaboration, Art Techniques, Biographical, Creative Play, Fabulous Artists, Fiber arts. Fabric design, This and That, Wisconsin Arts, Women Artists

Memory Cloths: Leslee Nelson


Written on February 3, 2014 at 12:28 am, by

Artist Leslee Nelson creates Memory Cloths using the creative process to reflect on her life and makes art from her memories. In December 2005 Leslee Nelson  saw an exhibit, The Art of War, which included Memory Cloths from South Africa. These brightly colored fabrics had embroidered images from the maker’s memory. Accompanying them were narrative  Continue Reading »

Categories: art collaboration, Art Techniques, arts leadership, Beauty, Biographical, Fabulous Artists, Feminist art, Fiber arts. Fabric design, Wisconsin Arts, Women Artists

Artsy Shark Interview and chance to join the Exquisite Uterus Project


Written on August 24, 2013 at 12:04 pm, by

I am honored to be the featured artist on the Artsy Shark blog this week.  Please check it out here or read the same below. Also, by way of an update on the Exquisite Uterus Project that Alison Gates and I are co-facilitating, the second call for participation is still out and artists planning on  Continue Reading »

Categories: Ability, Activist Art, art and technology, art collaboration, Art Techniques, Beauty, Career Development, environmental art, Feminist art, Fiber arts. Fabric design, Political Art, Spoonflower, This and That, Uncategorized, Watercolor

Second Nature: New Watercolors by Helen Klebesadel


Written on October 28, 2012 at 4:09 am, by

  My visual concerns run the gamut from careful study to poetic, symbolic and sometimes political representations of nature. You are all invited to my exhibition ‘Second Nature:  New Paintings at the Grace Chosy Gallery, November 2-24, 2012.   The Grace Chosy Gallery is at 1825 Monroe Street, (Across from Trader Joe’s) in Madison, WI. I  Continue Reading »

Categories: Activist Art, Art Techniques, Beauty, environmental art, Feminist art, Inspiration, Political Art, Watercolor, Wisconsin Arts

Hungry for Art: The Process of Turning the Negative to Positive


Written on July 22, 2012 at 5:32 pm, by

  I just spent a blissful week of teaching, learning, and expanding my circle of inspiration sources with eleven other wonderful women artists who participated in my ‘Watercolor From The Center’ workshop at the Wyoming Valley School Cultural Art Center near Spring Green Wisconsin. Some participants were first-time painters, others were experienced artists and teachers  Continue Reading »

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