I have reacted to finding myself living through a global pandemic by trying to use social media to build an online community devoted to encourage the use creativity and art processes to channel the emotions we are all grappling with. Creatives at all levels are invited to share their art and creative work for the benefit of Continue Reading »
Category Archives: Artist Resources
Written on May 21, 2020 at 2:15 pm, by helen
Written on June 17, 2017 at 4:27 pm, by helen
I just finished a wonderful four-day watercolor intensive. It was preceded by a month-long once a week nature journaling class offered at the University of Wisconsin Arboretum. Both were wonderful experiences for me as the guide and facilitator. I argue that its always better to learn from someone who loves what they are teaching, especially Continue Reading »
Categories: Ability, art and technology, art collaboration, Art Techniques, Artist Resources, Beauty, Biographical, Career Development, Creaivity Coaching, Creative Play, Creativity, Exhibition, Fabulous Artists, Teaching Art and Creativity, Uncategorized, Watercolor, Watercolor techniques, Workshops and Classes
Written on April 4, 2016 at 11:47 pm, by helen
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 »
Categories: art based activism, art collaboration, Art Techniques, art-science collaboration, Artist Resources, arts based environmentalism, Biographical, Career Development, climate change, Creaivity Coaching, Creative Play, Creativity, Creativity Coaching, environmental art, Exhibition, Inspiration, Teaching Art and Creativity, Uncategorized, Watercolor, Watercolor activism, Workshops and Classes
Written on July 6, 2014 at 7:41 pm, by Helen
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
Written on May 23, 2014 at 12:21 pm, by Helen
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 »
Categories: A Painting A day, art collaboration, Art Techniques, Artist Resources, arts leadership, Charity, Creative Play, donating art, Fundraising, Inspiration, On-Line sales, Plein air Painting, This and That
Written on July 4, 2011 at 4:25 am, by Helen
I love nothing better than working in my art studio alone. I hunger for it. I work hard to protect my art time from other obligations. I can spend endless hours painting, creating, and seeking that place of flow that is timeless and thrilling. It is my favorite thing to do right up until it becomes lonely, oppressive, and isolating.
Categories: art and technology, art collaboration, Artist Resources, Beauty, Biographical, Fablous Artists, Feminist art, Fiber arts. Fabric design, Inspiration, Spoonflower, Teaching Art and Creativity, Watercolor, Women Artists, Workshops and Classes
Written on June 9, 2011 at 11:46 pm, by Helen
Written on May 2, 2011 at 2:50 am, by Helen
Activist art is, by definition, historically specific. It aims to address particular cultural, political and social concerns with a view to producing concrete social change. It is interesting to me as an artist and an educator how seldom we find an analysis of what makes effective activist art a part of what we teach and learn, especially since we need it now more than ever.
Categories: Activist Art, Artist Resources, Diversity, Fablous Artists, Feminist art, Fiber arts. Fabric design, Inspiration, Political Art, Teaching Art and Creativity, This and That, Wisconsin Arts, Women Artists
Written on April 17, 2011 at 2:56 am, by Helen
Accepting my limitations takes on a enjoyable sense of victory when I remember to treat those limitations as intellectual challenges that require me to find creative alternatives.
Written on October 24, 2010 at 5:53 pm, by Helen
I spent a rousing evening with the Arts Matters folks discussing the difference between using social media for ‘marketing’ your art and using it to build creative community (I’m an advocate for the latter).