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

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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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