undulating cobalt blue ripples

Staying Home

April 2, 2020

Undulations (work in progress) oil on board, 20″ x 20″ Emergency response mechanisms in our bodies increase our metabolism, heart rate and cellular respiration. We get ready for action, prepare to give it our all. Yet, in our current worldwide emergency situation most of us just stay home anxiously prepared for. . . .staying at…

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modular math circle with red lines, colored with pencil, mottled black oil backgroundd

Modular Math Circles

February 13, 2020

Lately, I have been exploring Modular Math Circles, inspired by this video by The Mathologer. Also big thanks to nektro.net for posting modular multiplication app.

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Live Painting New Years Eve

January 2, 2020

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. I am working on Live Geometric Abstraction but I’m not ready to perform it. Then I had this dream: I am doing a residency on…

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The Dreaded Artist’s Statement

December 11, 2019

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 thoughts on a giant sheet of paper. After a painstaking and emotionally grueling 6 hours my spirit guides and I were able to wrestle out…

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Real Life Spooky Thing

October 24, 2019

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 mysteriously appears and disappears at the end of a seven-mile path. You can drive to the beginning of the path but a barricade prevents you…

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Keeping Up with the Present

October 2, 2019

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 no past and there is no future. There is only the present. However physicists say the present is a psychological illusion. All moments in time…

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Transformation Spiral

August 14, 2019

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 75 feet by 75 feet, is designed for contemplation and guidance. Walking in, let go of anxieties, confusion and fear. Reaching the center ask questions…

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double spiral make with white rocks places on green grass

Earth Spiral – Land Art

July 24, 2019

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 Visitor Center Artist Camp will be hosting me and eleven other artists for two weeks. I will be working on building tools to assist me…

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My Life is a Spiral

July 2, 2019

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 last week. I challenged myself to do them on a smaller scale so that people can buy them and actually fit them in their house.…

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spider's web diatom painting in yellowish green and blue

“Spider’s Web Diatom”

June 5, 2019

Spider’s Web Diatom, 16″ x 16″ Egg Tempera on Board by Julie JAO Searching for geometric patterns in nature, I found diatoms. This painting based on a “spiders-web” diatom is made with homemade egg tempera paint. Approximately twenty-five percent of earth’s oxygen comes from diatoms. So take four deeps breaths and thank diatoms for one…

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