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    Winter Branches

    iPhone photography has changed my life—I shoot everything, everywhere, then tweak things. ”Winter Branches.” Double exposure iPhone shot using Hipstamatic’s Helsinki Pak and double exposure kit.

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    Grape Leaf

    My sweetie gave me a Wacom drawing tablet for Yule. This is my first attempt at creating art with it. “Grape Leaf”. 8″x6.5″. Wacom drawing tablet. ©Adrienne Asher

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    Photographic Portraits of Famous Artist’s Paint Palettes by Matthias Schaller

    Since 2007, photographer Matthias Schaller has photographed raw, abstract paintings. The paintings, however, are not found on canvas, but rather smeared onto the tools used to craft each work of art—the palettes. His series, Das Meisterstück (The Masterpiece), claims these behind-the-scene objects as portraits of the artist, while also giving a direct insight into the detailed techniques performed by each painter. See more, here…    

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    Ashes and Snow: Gregory Colbert’s Dreamlike Photographs

    “Gregory Colbert believes that there is a shared desire for all species to participate in one universal conversation. He sees nature as the greatest storyteller of all and himself as an apprentice to nature. His works are collaborations between humans and other animals that express the shared poetic sensibilities of all species. “Colbert’s Ashes and Snow is an ongoing project comprised of photographic artworks, a one-hour film and two short film “haikus,” and a novel in letters all presented in a purpose-built temporary structure called the Nomadic Museum. “Colbert’s images, visceral yet dreamlike, return us to a place we long for but cannot name. His photographs and films reawaken an ancient…

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    Shipping Art Internationally

    I recently returned from a trip to Ireland and have been doing the preliminary sketches for a series of paintings based on the photography I shot while traveling. At least three paintings will be going back to Ireland as thank-you gifts and so, never having shipped a painting internationally, I googled around and found a brilliant video on how to build a veritable tank around one’s art to protect it from the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune. Postal services, as we all know to our grief, are less than gentle when handling packages. I think these instructions will benefit anyone wanting rugged packing for their art, even if only shipping art across…

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    New Year’s Mandalas 2014

    I created twelve different mandalas as part of a project with an artist’s group to produce twelve monthly mandalas for the coming year. Each one was an example of what we wanted to bring into our lives. If you are unfamiliar with the historical background of mandalas, Wikipedia has a good overview. As I noodled around the Internet, looking for inspiration, I became intrigued with the concept of combining the radial balance of traditional mandalas with the ancient practice of using words as forms of magic in mantras, incantations, prayers, and spells. In other words, to create ”a sacred utterance…or a group of words [with] psychological and spiritual power.” I began by choosing twelve words and twelve corresponding…

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    Doctors Without Borders Art Benefit

    I was recently selected to exhibit in this year’s 7th Annual Doctors Without Borders Art Benefit in Half Moon Bay. I’m told it was a difficult jurying process, so I’m very grateful to have been chosen. After being accepted, I went into the conceptual phase of choosing images, thinking about the show’s theme, “Connections”, and sketching out some ideas. Then I ordered canvas and the real work began. Painting is a journey. I begin with an idea of where I want to go, but sometimes the painting has a mind of its own and just takes off in its own direction. That’s what happened with this piece. Originally, it was meant…

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    Zentangle

    Here’s a rainy day zentangle doodle. New to the concept of zentangles? Google has a bazillion examples, and here’s an explanation. Join the fun!

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    In my Studio

    #ThrowbackThursday When I was working on an oil painting in my studio in the Napa Valley, sometime in the late 1990s.  The painting, which you can find over on my “paintings” page, is named “Bromeliad.”