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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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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…

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Tina’s Take on Banksy

Dear Laura, I think Banksy is one of the most brilliant artists of our time.  He points to the absurdity of the art world (its excesses and inflation of art…

Do you need a little LOVe?

Hello Sweet T & friends, How are you? I am doing okay. I spent yesterday afternoon in the studio working on a series of cards. I painted old book pages to…

Working Table (laura): Awakening to Winter’s Rhythm

Dear Tina, Everything is covered in sparkly white up here. We had a big snowstorm which made everything magical. I am learning to welcome winter’s rhythm although I would take…

Working Table: Tina’s Series on Women

Dear Laura, This drawing will become the fourth in a series of assemblage mixed media works I started last summer, two of which are on exhibition at the Foundry Art Centre starting February 20. Here…

Vision 119: Camellia & Winter Peace

Dear Laura, I know you would love this flower blooming in my garden right now.  It is a camellia. We planted this for our son since his birthday falls in…

Mind Mapping on the “Working Table”

Dear Laura, I haven’t written a ‘working table’ post in awhile, but that is a part of what I will be doing more of this year.  I have spent the…

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Laura’s ReVision 118: positive poppy painting

Dear Tina, I had to go back and revisit your Vision 118 as I had been away from it so long. It is interesting to read what you wrote: “The metaphor of…

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Laura’s one little word 2015

Dear Tina, I was glad you wanted to continue the one little word project and appreciate your honesty with last years word (you totally cracked me up in your last letter by the way).…

Tina’s One Little Word

  Dear Laura, Yes, I will be participating in the “one little word” project inspired by Ali Edwards.  How many years have we been doing this ritual?  Well, I wasn’t sure…

Happy NEW Year!

“Blessed is the Season which engages the Whole World in a conspiracy of LOVE” ~ Hamilton Wright Mabie Dear Tina, I feel like I have been in a bit of…

Open Studio 2014: behind the scenes sneak peek

Hello Sweet T, How are you? I started to write you a whole slew of times but when I finally sat down to finish my thoughts, they were a jumble,…

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ReVision 118: Tina’s Completion Round Two

Dear Laura, Several weeks back I began my ReVision by using printmaking as my answer to your Vision. However, once I printed it I didn’t like it.  It seemed too simple…

Essential Question?

Hi Laura! Are you back yet?  Did you have a good trip? This letter actually started out as an email to you, but I have switched it to this public…

Giving Thanks…

Hello Sweet T, The past few months have been some of the most challenging of my life. It seems just when I am able to pick myself up and find my…

Life is better when shared

Dear Tina, I wrote in my last letter my belief that life is better when shared. This is something I wholeheartedly believe in and have been thinking about a lot lately. I know…

Laura’s Personal Legend: What lights you up?

Dear Tina, As you know I am always doing a lot of soul searching. One of the lessons I am taking from my brothers passing is that now is the…