The Collective Review: Summer 2017

Dear Friends! Tina made another video of our most recent artwork added to our mail art project. We hope you enjoy watching it to see our progress. We have been…

What Is A Creative Practice?

Dear Friends, I was reading Laura’s blog post about joy and wanted to direct you to her thoughts (CLICK HERE). She always inspires me with her positivity and ability to…

The Collective: Mushrooms & Beatrix Potter

Dear Laura, When I received your new piece of art for The Collective I had to squint:)  Those colors are certainly energetic and loud.  It’s like a party on paper!…

The Collective: Succulent Sunflowers

Dear Tina, It was a bit of a bummer to see our work damaged from the postal service. I wonder what happened there! WOW! You did a really nice job…

The Collective: Delicate Blueberries

Dear Laura, After receiving your newest piece of the collective in the mail (scroll down to see the damage of the package received in the mail- yikes!), I took a…

L2T Book Club: Talking Circles with Gloria Steinem

Dear Friends, This letter is part two of a series on Gloria Steinem’s new book My Life on the Road.  To catch up on part one click HERE. We both…

The Collective: A Touch of Blue

Dear Tina, How are you my friend? My garden is starting to come to life and I am the happiest girl, flooded with inspiration from all the lush color. Winter is WAY…

Collaboration: The Collective So Far…Spring 2017

More work is accumulating in the correspondence project we have developed called “The Collective”.  Currently, we have about 20 pieces completed.  Each piece is in conversation with all the other…

Inspiration: American Visionary Museum

Dear Friends, As we mentioned in our previous letter, we have been reviewing what is working and not working on our blog.  We are changing our “Mindfulness” category that we typically…

Nurture Your Nature: Tina’s Working Table & The Collective

Dear Friends, Laura and I make the commitment to talk on the phone weekly.  We catch up on one another’s lives, studio practice, and our work together.  A few times…

The Collective: Funky Flamingo

Dear Tina, I SO loved that gold shimmer you added to your last drawing for The Collective!  It reminded me of the sun sparkling on the water here in CT.…

Inspiration: Adventures in Baltimore’s Light City

Dear Friends, We visited Baltimore, Maryland recently to attend the Light City Festival.  Above is a short video of what we saw. We were so impressed by all the friendly people…

Nurture Your Nature: Inspiration from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Dear Tina, I now see why the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is your favorite Museum! I finally went for a visit and was enthralled with Isabella’s intimate and thoughtfully curated collection…

L2T Book Club: The First 100 Pages Gloria Steinem

Dear Friends, We have had some great discussions about the first three chapters of Gloria Steinem’s book My Life on the Road.  See our previous post with some insights on…

Collaborative Art: Lotus & Heron

Here are our newest additions to The Collective this month! ABOUT THIS PROJECT:  We are mailing a box back and forth between the two of us.  In this box, we are…

Nurture Your Nature: Yarn Bombing with London Kaye

Dear Tina, How are you? I have been bundled up indoors, dreaming of spring and filling my well of inspiration. I’ve been binge listening to podcasts in my studio and have really been…

L2T Book Club: Gloria Steinem “My Life on the Road”

Dear Friends, We are excited to announce the book we have selected for our next book club! My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem  We will be reading this over…

Collaborative Art: “The Collective” Lotus Seeds

Dear Laura, For our newest addition to our mail art project “The Collective”, I created this drawing in response to your latest piece of art.  While sometimes I respond to…

Nurture Your Nature: Hundertwasser’s Art

Dear Laura, I wanted to remind you of one of the artists you researched during graduate school. You showed me how Friedensreich Hundertwasser created  paintings and architecture inspired and made…

Collaborative Art: “The Collective” Undercurrent

Dear Tina, Thank you so much for the little brass Ganesh you put in The Collective box. I put him on my desk as a reminder to remove obstacles in…

Mindfulness: Tina’s “One Little Word” 2017

Dear Laura & Friends, It was great to read Laura’s One Little Word.  She is always so good about keeping up with her word throughout the year and reminding me…

Mindfulness: Laura’s “One Little Word” 2017

Dear Friends, In 2011 we started a tradition of picking a word that would guide us through the year.  This idea was inspired by Ali Edwards “One Little Word” project.  For…

Nurture Your Nature: The Power of Positivity & Collaboration

Dear Tina, As we start off the new year I thought I would share this beautiful video and inspiring interview with two delightful souls: Dr. Terry Kennedy, a meditation teacher and…

Collaborative Art: “The Collective” Gold Leaf and Zinnia

Notes by Laura: I was inspired by the color in Tina’s last drawing of the birds.  This zinnia was one of the last flowers in my garden and I wanted to carry over the…

Mindfulness Book Club: Jon Kabat Zinn PART THREE

Dear Friends, We have discussed Part One & Part Two of the book Wherever You Go, There You Are by Jon Kabat-Zinn. Today we will be discussing Part Three: In the Spirit of Mindfulness. Similar…

Nurture Your Nature: Sun Xun at Art Basel

“Painting embodies the warmth of one’s emotions,” says artist Sun Xun, demonstrating his unique painting technique in settings that have personal resonance for him. From his Beijing studio, the artist…

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…

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.…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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.…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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”…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

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…