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5 Posts from the Archive to Last All Week

Hello everybody!  I'm taking this week off.  But I wanted to leave you with something to think about this week!  Here are five posts from the archives that I think are worth re-visiting for a variety of reasons.

Twenty Questions: September 2009

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Go ahead and check out what I was thinking and what I was making eleven years ago.  Reading the text, I'm still the same person with the same likes and dislikes, but looking at the photos...time and thoughtful practice make a big difference!  (And it's worth clicking through to read the post I wrote about teaching the next day!)

Canvas Name Tags: May 2011

I *hand stitched* 50 name tags for my students and you know what?  Nobody cared.  It was one of the most disappointing projects I've ever worked on, but I blogged about it and it made me feel better!  Plus it taught me not to spend time on that kind of thing.  (And sort of related is this 2018 post about what 2 hours of stitching looks like.)

Five Lessons from the Crow Barn: June 2018

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These are lessons that I need to learn and re-learn over and over again.  And probably you do too.  The fact is, learning is hard.  But it is so worthwhile. So take the shortcut and learn from my mistakes!

Abstract Expressionism Studio Class at MoMA: Part One: June 2014

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I have hundreds and hundreds of photos from museum visits and classes I've taken all over the world in the archives of my blog.  But this post is a fave because this class blew my mind and changed the direction of my artwork.  There's also a part two.

15 Things You Should Give Up To Be Happy: Art Version: September 2014

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Read this and then read this again.  It's a 2022 mantra for me.

I hope that I've given you enough reading and inspiration for the week.  In case you're looking for more:

Talk to you again in 2022!