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  • Delight in Details

    LT | May 26, 2018

    I have been wandering through the PMA galleries marveling at the variety of ways that paint can be applied to canvas in order to create diverse effects. The Juried Exhibition from the California Art Club (Decker A & B Galleries) brings in a strong demonstration of the creative diversity that can be found within rather traditional representational painting techniques.

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  • How Does the Flow Go

    LT | Apr 4, 2018

    Watching soaring birds at Bair Island Wildlife Refuge on Sunday had me chasing down techniques for depicting the passage of time in 2D and 3D form. Bair Island has an excellent nature viewing observation deck on the south end of the preserve. Facing north one sees the extensive land that not too many years ago housed a marsh-destroying salt pond business.

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  • Living Life as a Tea Bag

    LT | Mar 17, 2018

    I often wonder how people get through the extremely rough times without cracking, what with the News Reports as it is right now. After doing a little research, I have learned that the folks who navigate well are those who have certain behavioral traits. One of those is acting upon one’s own creative thinking, moving oneself into new areas of expression and experience.

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  • Do You Feel the Buzz?

    LT | Jan 30, 2018

    It’s the end of January, and it’s time to create! …as in let go of what you normally do and find a part of yourself that wants to expand into new territory. All you need is a workspace and the courage to make a mess. From chaos, you will find opportunities to flow into, and ultimately build, a new part of your life history.

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  • Looking from 2017 into 2018

    LT | Dec 20, 2017

    Here we are at the end of an eventful year, full of surprises that reached the length of the spectrum. Being an artist during these intense times often brings up to the surface a depth of perception that cuts through superficiality. The simplest of expressive gestures can become a message of the profound. I have asked a few of PMA’s studio artists to share their recent art explorations.

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  • I'm Thankful for Today's Art Scene

    LT | Nov 22, 2017

    I just finished reading “The Last Paintings of Sara de Vos” by Dominic Smith and man-o-man am I happy. Aside from the fact that this is a very satisfying novel about Dutch painting practices of seventeenth century Amsterdam, I am praising my luck that I was born into the present era.

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  • Spirit Houses and Open Studios

    LT | Oct 13, 2017

    Dorothy Burston Brown, presently exhibiting her metal “Spirit Houses” (image above) in PMA’s East Gallery, will be speaking about her work this coming Sunday at 2 p.m. Brown’s very small sculptures magically pull us inwards towards questions of the inner soul while at the same time expanding us outwards towards world connection and consciousness. The shadow and the light, balanced.

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  • Installation Co-creation

    LT | Sep 7, 2017

    I happened upon the installation-in-process of the group show Not Flat and recognized the signs of a successful installation experience. Installing a show with fellow artists can be a wonderful way to learn valuable skills and create community at the same time. If the artists don’t kill each other during the process, they’ll usually come out deeply bonded. 

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  • The Depth of Mountains

    LT | Aug 16, 2017

    Three museum exhibitions at PMA have me asking the question: What is a mountain and what is a molehill? Granted, human perceptions are the basis for human realities, but how stable are these perceptions? What connotes a living entity and what is stability?

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  • Where the Line Leads

    LT | Jun 23, 2017

    What is a line? From a very early age we learn about the paradox that are lines. While they are the gift-givers that hold up delicious lollypops, they are also the sidewalk cracks that can break our mother’s back.

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