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There is always a lesson…

Posted by on October 20, 2017 in Recent Work | 0 comments

There is always a lesson…

At the beginning of the summer, my college friend Jenn handed me a stack of her mother’s sheet music and gave me free license to do what I wanted with it.  Her mom had been the music director at her church well past the age of retirement.  Jenn wanted something special done with the music so that it could be displayed in her room in the nursing home. It took me a long time to get this done.  There were too many possibilities and it took a while to home in on the final concept.  Then there was the “danger factor.”  I saw the...

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Is it Art?

Posted by on October 6, 2017 in Recent Work | 3 comments

Is it Art?

Sometimes I question if what I’m doing is art or craft.  I suppose that with some pieces it may be somewhere in the middle of the two.  I prefer to think of this piece, “Book of Secrets” as pure art, even though it looks like just another DIY project. Here’s why… Last month, I set out thinking about what might make a good piece of art to enter into an exhibition called “Reflections.”  Naturally a mirror became prime element to incorporate.  While killing time at the thrift store with Katie I found a...

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This is your brain…on ART

Posted by on September 29, 2017 in Brain Science, Creativity | 1 comment

This is your brain…on ART

“I work all day at NASA, then I go home and make art.  And while I’m making art, my brain is solving all of my work problems.” That’s an observation by artist, Karen Friedt, about why she makes art.  I had the pleasure of listening to her “Art Talk” last night at the Peninsula Fine Arts Center. And there is oh-so-much truth to what she is saying.  Artists often get in “The Zone” where a lot of magic happens, and only part of that is actually about the artwork.  If you are not “A...

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FAQ: Do you do commissions?

Posted by on June 30, 2017 in Art, Motivation | 1 comment

FAQ: Do you do commissions?

The answer to this question is absolutely YES! In fact, I just recently created a page on my website that shows the range and possibilities of custom-made art.  Check it out and then come back and finish reading. Working on a commission is both frightening and fun.  It’s the ultimate challenge.  In some cases, the client has a complete vision of their own and sometimes I’m given a very basic idea and total free rein.  What ensues is a combination of imagination and ingenuity, two of my favorite things! It’s a risky process...

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Other People’s Problems? Easy!

Posted by on June 23, 2017 in Art, Motivation | 0 comments

Other People’s Problems?  Easy!

Isn’t it easier to solve someone else’s problem? Another artist and I were groaning about writing an artist’s statement for an upcoming show. We both agreed that it would be easier to write each other’s  than to write our own. I actually do believe I could whip one out for Lynne quicker than I could write one for myself. Have you experienced anything like this? If a friend is going through a problem, you can see all kinds of solutions. But if the exact same thing were on your own plate, you’d be stuck. Why is it easier to solve...

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FAQ: How did you make that?

Posted by on June 16, 2017 in Art, Maggie's New Art, Recent Work | 0 comments

FAQ: How did you make that?

I was very honored to find out last week that Starry Night Light won the Award of Merit.  It’s a working lamp made from leftover paper from a few different book art projects of the past.  The big question that night, the question I always get, was “How did you make that?” With today’s FAQ, come on in my studio and see the process of this lamp. The idea started in the aisles of a thrift store.  A torn “Japanese Lantern” style lamp was on the shelf, collapsed, with a $1 price tag.  How could I say no?...

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Lost and Found, then Lost and Found

Posted by on June 9, 2017 in Art, Art Appreciation, Maggie's New Art, Maggie's Studio News | 3 comments

Lost and Found, then Lost and Found

Last week I told you the story about how I became fully involved in making art and painting. If you look at my portfolio of paintings though, you can see that my work is all over the map. For years, I’ve been painting landscapes, house portraits, pet portraits, acrylic, pen and ink, abstracts, realism, and on and on. I could not settle on a genre, a medium or even a cohesive color palette. Though I had found my studio, found my passion, I was still lost. Again, something unexpected happened. This time it was a news story that my cousin Jane...

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A Gripping Tale

Posted by on June 2, 2017 in Art, Art Appreciation, Maggie's New Art, Recent Work | 1 comment

A Gripping Tale

In the class I’m taking right now, we were asked to write our stories—the story of our art. This has been an unusually challenging task for me. But here goes… In the mid-90s, I started dabbling in painting and art. No matter how much I painted, art continued to be a free time activity. It generally took a back seat to whatever else—everything else—that was going on in life. Then in 2011, I received an unexpected email that set a huge chain of events in motion. This unlikely catalyst was an invitation to become a Gallery Teacher at the...

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A Matter of Trust

Posted by on May 26, 2017 in Art, Maggie's New Art, Maggie's Studio News, Motivation | 1 comment

A Matter of Trust

Last week I wrote about being inspired by the challenge of working out a new idea for a piece of art.  Problem solving is one aspect that I truly love about this medium of altered book art.  Good thing I like the challenge! Recently a customer contacted me and asked for a custom piece that would be  a gift for a friend.  He wanted something like a school of fish with the folded book style.  Sure–why not? I started with a line drawing of a school of fish.  It quickly became apparent that without color, the fish parts all become very...

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What inspires you?

Posted by on May 19, 2017 in Art, Maggie's New Art, Maggie's Studio News, Motivation | 2 comments

What inspires you?

People ask me questions about my book art all the time. There is no doubt it’s an unusual medium, and not the kind of art you typically see in someone’s home. When a visitor is in my studio, they always want to know how I get my ideas, how I learned to make the books, what motivates me and more. For a few weeks in my blog, I’ll share some of those questions and my responses. What inspires you? In a nutshell: solving a problem. When I start working on a project, the most exciting part is working out HOW to do it.  Of all the stages of an...

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