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Creating with Heidi

On Wednesday I had an enjoyable phone call with friend Heidi Kaisand, owner of Hen & Chicks Studio in Conrad, Iowa, for her show “Create With Heidi.” The show is broadcast each week on KFJB radio, AM 1230 in Marshalltown, … Continue reading

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Adaptive cycling

Last summer my family pitched in to help me get a new ride, a yellow trike with two big wheels in back and a basket with plenty of room for art supplies. This summer it’s residing at my daughter’s nearby, … Continue reading

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Safe at home

Marisa is home safely from Muscatine and sheltering in place, where she can watch me paint (and I can talk to her!). She had been part of the “Hard Won, Not Done” exhibit at the Muscatine Art Center, commemorating the … Continue reading

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A sketchy start

By the time a painting is finished, I’ve done a scene three times. I start with a sketch, moving and overlapping shapes using tracing paper to plan the composition. Here I’m experimenting with the arrangement and gestures of a family … Continue reading

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Products with a purpose (sticky post)

See the Creating for a Cause page to find products to benefit: The ALS Association Iowa Chapter (“Family and Friends” set of notecards) Clubfoot Solutions (the book “Lucky’s Feet” featuring my illustrations) Lila Mae’s House (notecards, scarves, and bags) (This … Continue reading

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Christmas glow

Thank you to everyone who came to the Eastside Artists Show and Sale, and to everyone who donated bras to help Free the Girls! I could feel the joy of community as guests enjoyed the show. It began my Christmas … Continue reading

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Video interview

University of Iowa student Grace Wenstrom interviewed me for a project and created the professional-looking video embedded below. Grace is a Pre-Law student in the School of Journalism and Mass Communications. She describes how the video came to be: “I … Continue reading

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South Amana swap meet

Jeanette and I have been to The Great South Amana Swap Meet & Farmer’s Market on a couple of Fridays this summer, selling Creating for a Cause cards and enjoying the atmosphere. There are musicians playing, people selling all kinds … Continue reading

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Remembering Charles Reid

I was saddened to learn of the death of artist Charles Reid, whose painting style I admire and whose teaching has been an inspiration. My sketchbooks tell the stories of his workshops I was fortunate to attend (one in 2010 … Continue reading

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Graduation day

Celebrating my graduation from Progressive Rehab! Physical therapists Lori and Brittany got me back on my feet after two knee surgeries, lower back and hamstring pain. They always made me feel like I could do it — it just hurts … Continue reading

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