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Mindfulness Book Club: Jon Kabat-Zinn PART TWO

Dear Friends, We have discussed Part One of the book  Wherever You Go, There You Are by Jon Kabat- Zinn. Today we will be discussing Part Two: The Heart of Practice, in an…

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Collaborative Art: “The Collective” Hurricane Matthew

This is simply a quick update on how our Collective is growing.  Laura currently has the box of collected art and is responding visually this week while in her studio.…

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Nurture Your Nature: A Wild Love for the World

Dear Tina, How are you my friend? I have been craving some “soulful” listening while I am painting and came across this interview Krista Tippett shared from On Being with…

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Collaborative Art: Vision/ReVision Revisited With Tina’s Exhibition

Dear Laura, I have the honor to exhibit my artwork at Redux Contemporary Art Center in the Conolly Gallery this month through November 19th.  Above is the outside of the…

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Mindfulness Book Club: Jon Kabat-Zinn PART ONE

  Dear Friends, As we mentioned in our previous letter, we have been reading Wherever You Go, There You Are by Jon Kabat Zinn.  We have developed four questions for Part…

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Nurture Your Nature: Edward Burtynsky Corrupted Landscapes

  Dear Laura, We survived our first hurricane evacuation and thankfully had minimal damage to our home.  I am grateful that our neighbors are doing fine as well.  One thing…

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Collaborative Art: “The Collective” Birch Bark & Ikebana

Hello! These are our latest additions to The Collective Project.  These are sent through the mail to one another with little prompting.  It is a pure visual response.  Often we…

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Mindfulness: L2T Book Club

Dear Friends, We have started a two person book club. Jon Kabat-Zinn is an author we have discussed before, but never formally read together. Recognizing our common interest in mindfulness we…

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Nurture Your Nature: What do Artists Do All Day?

Hello Sweet T, How are you? Thank you for sharing Mary Oliver’s poem with me. The graphic you made is so sweet!  The poetry reminded me of the first collaborative piece of art we ever…

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Collaborative Art: Collective August 2016

Dear Friends, Our mail art project is growing!  Below is a picture of the works we have created this summer.  We will be updating the progress of this project monthly.…

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Mindfulness: Making room in your life for adventure & inspired thought

Dear Tina, Thank you for reminding me of Mary Oliver’s poetry in your last letter! I perused  my bookshelves for her book, “House of Light” and found a quiet spot to immerse…

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Nurture Your Nature: Poets Who Take My Breath Away

Dear Laura, I have been thinking about the poets who take my breath away with words.  I will often have to reread those juicy ones over and over again.  The poets…

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Manifesto: Revised

Dear Friends, A few weeks ago, Tina visited Laura in Connecticut for a brief but fruitful time.  One thing that came out of our time is the above manifesto.  While we…

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Charleston Magazine: A Shout Out to L2T

Check it out!  Tina is the featured artist this month in Charleston Magazine.  There is also a shout out to our work here at Laura Two Tina.  You can get…

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Nurture Your Nature: Is a Tree Good For Your Health?

Yes! Dear Laura, I was inspired by your recent post and the THIRST project. It is ironic that this project developed because of the extreme drought and now it is…

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Nurture Your Nature: Artists as Messengers

Dear Tina & friends, It was very serendipitous that I should discover this installation project, Thirst when I did. I had just finished writing, “For the Love of Trees, Painting and the Earth”…

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The Artist Project: Metropolitan Museum of Art

  Hello! We wanted to share this fantastic resource from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.  They have a brilliant idea of asking contemporary artists to speak…

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Collaborative Art: The Beginning “Collective”

Dear Friends, We began our new collaborative project back in January and are now ready to show you what we have collected.  We have decided to call this “Collective” since this…

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I Don’t Have Time To Create Art

Dear Friends, Laura and I have said “I just don’t have time to create art” many times while attending to our various life commitments, whether it has been personal (marriage, raising children) or professional (working…

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Back to the Drawing Board

“I began to see that there is very little handmade stuff around anymore and I do think hand printing and making things is important.” ~ Marthe Armitage Dear Tina, I love…

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An Honest Critique Of Our Work…

Hello Friends, As we mentioned in a recent  letter  we have been a little quiet here on the blog. In addition to taking some time to focus on our individual art practices,…

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Tend to your life: Laura’s word for 2016

“The most spiritual and powerful aspect of human nature is our faculty of attention, Consciousness. Attention is what allows us to see ourselves, and so within others, in order to…

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Tina’s One Little Word 2016: Draw

Dear Laura, I would like to start this letter by giving credit to Ali Edwards for the “One Little Word” tradition (for those that are new to our letters).  Last…

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The Inner Landscape of Beauty: John O’Donohue

“Beauty isn’t all about just nice, loveliness. Beauty is about more rounded substantial becoming. So I think beauty in that sense is about an emerging fullness, a greater sense of…

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A Little Quiet But Still Working

  Dear Friends, You may have noticed it has been a little quiet on the blog.  This has been intentional. After an incredible time of conversation and viewing art in…

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ReVision 120: Magnolia Tree Assemblage

Dear Laura, I have finally finished the ReVision 120 in response to your Vision 120.  I got sidetracked by summer travel and beginning a new teaching year.  However….I have followed…

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ReVision 120: Why did I paint over this 7 times?

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Seeking Voice: Vulnerability

Dear Laura, I found this video and it reminded me of why I am teaching.  I know it is a bit dramatic, however this vulnerability is what drives a lot…

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Ideas Take Time

Dear Laura, Now that my teaching is off to a positive start and my boys are settled into their school routines, I have been reflecting on my full summer of…

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The Buddha walks into a bar…

Hellooooo Sweet T! How are you? What an awesome summer don’t you think? I have so much to write about that I can barely keep my thoughts straight. This summer…

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Incubating ideas and transforming the studio

Dear Tina, I appreciated the video on creativity you shared in your last letter. It reminded me to “trust the process” and allow the uncertainty that comes with the creative process.  I…

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How To Be Creative

Dear Laura & Readers, I thought you would like this video about creativity.  It hits on the central piece of our work together (our essential questions for this website) about trusting,…

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Spiritual & Physical Beauty: ReVision 120 (in progress w/laura)

Dear Tina, The photo of your sago palm releasing it’s new layer of fronds in your Vision 120 was gorgeous! I watched each of the videos you posted and have…

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The Texture Of An Artwork In Process: ReVision 120 w/Tina

Dear Laura, The magnolia tree bloom in your garden (see Vision 120) is different from the one in mine.  Did you know I have a magnolia tree in my garden?…

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How do I Create a Manifesto?

Hello Friends, If you are just joining us, this post is the last of a series of three on manifestos. We have about WHY we believe writing a manifesto is important…

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Our Manifesto!

We believe in artists. We believe that art is passion, ideas, and dedication to craft. We know that art is more than a painting that decorates a house.  We believe that…

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What the heck is a Manifesto?

Hello there! Have you ever taken the time to think about what you are most passionate about and turned it into a declarative statement?  There are things you know for sure…

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Taking a Stand Through Art…From Charleston to Berlin

Dear Laura, In the wake of the recent tragedy here in Charleston, I wanted to turn to how artists have fought back and spoken up against oppression throughout the ages.…

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Vision 120: Magnolia Tree & Spirals

“He who plants a tree Plants a hope.” ~Lucy Larcom Dear Tina, I chose this beautiful magnolia flower for ReVision 120. It’s easy to see from my last Vision how long…

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How can you resist?

Hello Sweet T, How are you? I am doing well. This week at my Art Salon I got a well needed pep talk/reminder about that evil little word called resistance. I realized once…

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Laura’s ReVision 119: The Energy of a Line

Dear Tina, How are you? My garden is in full bloom right now and I am in heaven. It is a far cry from when I posted my snowy Vision…

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Do you need a break from technology?

Hello Sweet T, How are you? It was such a pleasure visiting you in Charleston. We got so much done in such a short time didn’t we? I love our…

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Our NEW Website!

Dear Friends, It’s here!  Our new website!  We have been working on developing this for a month now. We have not just updated the style and functionality,  but also clarifying…

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Shattering the Myth of the School Teacher

Dear Friends, Brace yourself.  This is a manifesto of sorts about what I will be bringing to this blog in the coming years.  This clarity developed after numerous conversations with Laura…

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Creating a Purpose Driven Art Business

Hello Sweet Friends, How are you? I have been in a magical stage of nurturing and transcendence since joining Marie Forleo’s B-School. My mind is overflowing with ideas like a river after a…

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We Want To Help You See It Too….

Dear Friends, You may have noticed that our blog has been a bit quiet lately.  However, our conversations through email and over the phone have been very loud and boisterous.…

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Tina’s ReVision 119 Complete: Quiet Snow Drift

Dear Laura, Spring has finally arrived here, but while I was creating this piece for you it was cold and cloudy.  This helped me feel your Vision inspiration. I wanted…

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Travel, Trust & Intuition: Laura’s ReVision 119

Dear Tina, It was so wonderful to see the bright and cheery camellia flower from your garden! I love that you planted it for Aidan when he was born. I have…

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Why there was No Painting in Paradise

Dear Tina, How are you? I have missed you! I find myself hunkered down at home, catching up, reflecting and finding my rhythm. I just returned from my awesome island adventure…

Tina’s ReVision 119 In Progress with Pastels

Dear Laura, I am enjoying your pictures of snow.  I do miss the sculptural quality to how it falls on tree branches, land, and even cars. It is like a…