New Beginnings

When I first started painting my JAO style figures in the late 1980’s I wanted to make art that was simple, bold and had an immediate emotional impact. Painting live…

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In the Open Air

En Plein Air is French for in the open air. We use the expression for painting outdoors. I like to hike. I like to paint. It’s not surprising that this…

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Drawn from Life

Fall 2019, I did something I thought I’d never do, I took up landscape painting. I guess it was doubt that drove me to it. With the words of Leah…

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Live Painting New Years Eve

There’s an interesting back-story to how I ended up painting at the New Year’s Eve Party. When Ryan of the Brass Messengers asked me to paint I initially said no.…

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The Dreaded Artist’s Statement

I don’t know any artist who likes to write an artist statement, but it is something we must do. I tackled the task last weekend starting with a brainstorm of…

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Real Life Spooky Thing

Last Summer at Art Camp in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan a group of us intrepid artists headed out one evening to see the infamous Paulding Light. The Paulding light…

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Keeping Up with the Present

I haven’t had time to blog lately so I got to thinking ‘bout time. I spend a lot of time trying to be present. The mystics tell us there is…

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Transformation Spiral

We did it! Thanks to the Visitor Center Art Camp (VCAC) and Team Spiral we made a giant walking spiral in Ewen, Michigan. The Transformation Spiral, an interconnected double-spiral measuring…

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Earth Spiral – Land Art

White Rock Spiral, 60″ x 55″ by Julie JAO, 2019 I am about to set sail so to speak on an artist residency in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The…

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My Life is a Spiral

My Life is a Spiral. It will turn, turn, turn. My Day is a Circle. I will learn, learn, learn. And so it is. I did a few speed paintings…

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“Spider’s Web Diatom”

Spider’s Web Diatom, 16″ x 16″ Egg Tempera Searching for geometric patterns in nature, I found diatoms. This painting based on a “spiders-web” diatom is made with homemade egg tempera…

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The Allure of the Grid

The Allure of the Grid The arcs are drawn. The grid develops. The first crossings of lines come as a surprise. The gentle sweeps of the compass rock back and…

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Hilma af Klint at the Guggenheim

The Most Visited Exhibition in Guggenheim’s History. I saw it. I flew to NYC to see “Paintings for the Future by Hilma af Klint” at the Guggenheim. On Saturday, April…

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A Painter of Spirals

Back in February I posted a sketch of a 13-armed Fibonacci Spiral. That sketch was executed on canvas. That canvas hung around the studio for a few weeks before I…

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A Visit to Altavista Petroglyphs

Last week I was blessed with the opportunity to visit the Altavista Petroglyph Site in Nayarit, Mexico. Also known locally as “La Pila del Rey,” which could be translated as…

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Harmonic Ratios

A basic theory behind sacred geometry is that there are certain ratios that struck us sentient beings as harmonic. Musicians know these harmonic ratios and even if you don’t play…

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How to Draw Opposing Fibonacci Spirals

As you already know I have been exploring geometric drawing with the ultimate goal of using these images in finished paintings. l plan on combining the geometry with my figures…

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How to Draw the Minor Sixth

My interest in geometric drawing has led me to harmonographic patterns. My attempt to draw the minor sixth ratio, seen in the book Quadrivium, is documented in the drawings below. Draw…

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Concerning the Spiritual in Art

On Paintings for the Future by Hilma af Klint.

As an artist I like commissions. Executing a work for an excited client brings me joy. Knowing I’ll be paid gives me a sense of security. Installing the painting in their home saves me the storage problem. But what about commissions from another world? Spirits don’t pay, not in earthly currency anyway.

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Spirit Animal – An Artist’s Dream

As an artist in my daily practice I am committed to paying attention to metaphysical background of the so-called real world.

One way that I do this is by keeping a dream journal. Recently I sent a message to the universe asking for help in finding my spirit animal.

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