This blog is about process. In art and maybe thought. The quasi-dictionary definitions are to describe the 'feeling' part of the process because there is always an emotional/passionate component beyond the tools and materials. What is it that got this particular piece off the ground? What was the personal involvement? In reading bios/artist's statements, I sort of get lost in the language, so I decided to make this one served by the K.I.S.S. 'one word' principle for each piece.

As for biography, I have had a great life, great friends and teachers, great parents, great husband, great kids and grandkids. Seattle born and permanently attached to living in California. Great high school art program that directed my path. I do lots of stuff. I love it. It's a journey.

Favorite quotes, both from Emil Zola:

"An artist is nothing without the gift, and the gift is nothing without the work."


"If you ask me what I can be in this world, I, an artist, will answer you. I am here to live out loud."

I think both of those quotes have to do with being unafraid. "Today is the day to do it." —carole dwinell

Friday, September 3, 2010


   — 1. spectacular show, pomp
   — 2. ceremony, display, magnificence, extravagance

Queen Anne's Lace: After the Dance

     Sometimes one is just driving along, trying to get some place and there is a vista that just stops you. Along Highway 1 going north to Portland, Oregon, there were vast populations of Queen Anne's Lace along the highway, dancing in the breezes. 
     Of course, mostly on the other side of the road. It was too much. A quick U turn near a pull-out and it was the perfect chance to try a new lens. I have a Nikon D70 and a new 105 mm macro. While it sounds like I know what I'm doing, I don't. It's just a great camera. 
     I've wanted to try to narrow the depth of field down to almost nothing to pick up some detail that is intriguing. Camera was set at ISO 400, f/5.6, Shutter Speed 1/500 second. Now if I can just repeat that.