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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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The Allure of the Grid

May 16, 2019

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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interlocking 'S' shapes celtic key pattern black and white

How to Make a Circular Grid for Celtic Key Patterns

May 6, 2019

Digging around my Irish roots, I found Celtic Key Patterns. Celtic Key Patterns are described in my little Wooden Book as great space filling devices. Although I aspire to much…

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3 large painting with light purple background and colorful geometric shapes

Hilma af Klint at the Guggenheim

April 22, 2019

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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swirls of blue, a 13-armed fibonacci spiral in phtalo blue tones

A Painter of Spirals

April 8, 2019

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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