Category Archives: My Art

Weaving the Ties that Bind

The Ties that Bind

A visual exploration of living in community.

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the soil of appreciation

“The roots of all goodness lie in the soil of appreciation for goodness.”

Dalai Lama

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the power of listening

Simply put, there is nothing, nothing in the world, that can take the place of one person intentionally listening or speaking to another. —Jacob Needleman

Opening our Hearts to One Another

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There’s This Tree

"There's this Tree" by Megan Basford and Candee Basford. 15 x 17 inches. Acrylic on canvas sheet.

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Sisterhood of the Traveling Journal


I wrote about the April 2011 collage workshop in my previous post.  What I didn’t say was what else happened during that workshop. Besides making creative collages and new friends, something else happened. A serindipidous self-organizing community grew from one artist frustration with shared journals. Once her story was told, several women in the room shouted out their commitment to shared journaling with “count me in!” That gave birth to  “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Journal.” *

Here’s my first entry.

Want to join the sisterhood?

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New Collage “Claudia Smiles” (I hope)

Claudia Smiles

From the April 17th collage workshop I presented in collaboration with Skip Werline in beautiful Washington, Kentucky. The event was hosted by Ohio River Valley Art Guild. The guild’s director, Claudia Moose is an incredible artist but when a watercolor painting doesn’t turn out as intended she takes a paper cutter to it. She cuts these long, triangle shaped strips, places the strips in a cardboard box and offers up the watercolor remains to whoever comes along and notices. I did. Claudia said it would make her happy if I could find some use for them.

After working on this collage for a while, I invited three other artists in the room to take turns adding, creating, enhancing the work. It turned out to be a remarkably joyful feeling to watch each artist add her personal touch to the piece I had started. Well technically,  Claudia started it all. Thanks Claudia.

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You’ve Got a Hand in It

You've Got a Hand in It. cc* 17.5 x 19 inches. Masonite board, encaustics, acrylic paint, acrylic medium, scanned images, oil pastels, watercolors, vintage papers, packing paper; sanded, glued, layered, drawn, sealed.

You've Got a Hand in It (close up) cc*

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