The task of the right eye is to peer into the telescope, while the left eye peers into the microscope.
- Leonora Carrington, Down Below

IMG_7383Yesterday I head downtown to meet with Liz, the Dorrance Planetarium Manager at the AZ Science Center. She is also the Executive Producer of ART360. 

Each First Friday, the Science Center hosts Adults Night Out which offers a variety of events to bring in the 18 year and older crowd (in other words – no children). They tie into the First Friday’s art scene with ART360 where they project an artists work with added effects, onto the planetarium dome. My work is scheduled to go up April 3rd. 

ART360s first showing is at 6 p.m. and the last show will be at 8:30 p.m. Video averages about 10 minutes, I’ll speak to the audience before and after. All guests check in at the ticket desk prior to entering the center and the show.  *Seating is first come – first served.

The evening includes roaming all four levels of the Center’s hands on science galleries ( I want to see all of them), a lecture “Gridiron Genomics: What happens when your brain takes a hit!” will be presented by Translational Genomics Research Institute [TGen] (I am interested in this). Mysteries of the Unseen World will be playing in the IMAX (Yes, I want to see this too) and Gridiron Glory: The Best of the Pro football Hall of Fame (my husband likes) will also be there. The latter 2 events include a fee, the rest is free.

Below are a few shots I was able to capture at yesterday’s meeting. Keep in mind things are moving. My viewing was not accompanied by sound, yours will be.

These 4 images are a kaleidoscope layout of 2 large anatomy studies – one female and one male.  I recognize the parts including, large and small intestine, pelvic bone, and the bright blue lines are the lymphatic system.

In my eyes, microscopic meets macroscopic.  I take away the idea of creating an environment one day. I already am playing with an idea and this experience adds to that picture.

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My work is grounded in medical illustration but moves beyond that. Come and see human and animal anatomy moves across the heavens.

I enjoy a quick walk through the human anatomy area.


the heart

IMG_7380 … Science!

For info and directions visit the website → AZ Science Center


no woman is an island

verticalEarly in the week I receive notice from the gallery that someone is interested in my artwork. Last night I arrive for the 3rd Friday reception to see a red dot on the label indicating the painting sold. This is a nice surprise. Yes, Nicole says, the gentleman came to the gallery several times to see the work. He will take it when the show comes down next week. Congratulations!

I spoke to Judson this morning. He kindly thanked me for creating the art. My painting has a new home – Thank you, Judson.



gallery photo by Nicole Royse


The show will hang one more week at Shade Gallery inside of the monOrchid.  The invitational group exhibition titled Feminism Today began its run for this years Art Detour.  It received a lot of press, including this video below  by Douglas Proce that highlights all the women involved.

The blog posts titled No Woman is an Island acknowledge the people and/or organizations who support me and the work I do.

It’s all Intimate is a casein on canvas study depicting both physical anatomy and the subtle energy between two people. The painting was made for another invitational exhibition titled Sex, A Woman’s Perspective that showed at Frontal Lobe last year.

Here is a video of the painting process.

studying structure and texture


The assignment: to study and identify complex structure and complex texture, create a composition and balance the positive and negative space. The subject-matter for the majority of the student’s are shells. They can make other choices with homework.

IMG_7283I consider this assignment to be a turning point. The commitment is big and the work is intense.  Students must work slow and careful using a magnifying glass to see, and see more.

Take a look at some of the finished drawings.  Note the advanced students work on scratchboard.


detail shot of one of Anne’s shells



Julio’s shells.



Ali’s dry leaf



Trenary’s shell


Cory’s shell’s.


Terry’s hand and seed pod.


Heather’s starfish shell.


Hyeokwoo’s shells


Andrea’s shell’s

Drawing 2 students use scratchboard and work off of photos. Clearly they have more freedom but the assignment requires steady patience.


Charles’ bird on scratch board.


Susan’s work on scratchboard


Cassidy’s Cat


no woman is an island


“Is that ant available for purchase?”
“Yes it is.”
“Awesome! I will take it.”

I tell Anthony I’ll miss the ant.  I haven’t lived with it long.

Anthony lives in Arkansas. Some time ago he emails and asks if I will consider making an ant. One day soon, it’s on the list, I reply. Why? Do you like ants? It’s his nickname. Of course it is!

That’s some determined insect you connect with Anthony. She’s on her way, your bug should arrive Phoenix to Fayetteville, any day now.


Thanks again Anthony!

The blog posts titled No Woman is an Island acknowledge the people and/or organizations who support me and the work I do.

feminism today in shade gallery @ the monorchid

This weekend is Art Detour.


Nicole Royse organized an exhibition titled Feminism Today. It holds to be a powerful exhibit of 13 women artists. And You’re invited!
The exhibition will be displayed in Shade Gallery at the monOrchid. Focusing on the loose theme “Feminism Today,” looking at the many roles woman play including artist, mother, wife, friend , etc. How do these topics affect, play a role, or reflect within artists work?

Kristin Bauer
Christine Cassano
Cherie Buck Hutchinson
Mimi Jardine
Melissa Martinez
Monica Aissa Martinez
Lara Plecas
Mary Shindell
Constance McBride
Irma Sanchez
Beth Ames Swartz
Marilyn Szabo
Denise Yaghmourian


My work in the background and Christine Cassano’s work in the foreground @ MonOrchid (Photo by Nicole Royse)


Feminism Today
Shade Gallery at the monOrchid from March 6th until March 29th, 2015.
Opens: First Friday, March 6th, 6-10pm
Closing: Third Friday, March 20th, 6-10pm.

Art Detour 27: Saturday, March 7th and Sunday, March 8th from 11am-4pm
more info → visit website

no woman is an island

Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

… It MUST be MINE. Let’s talk before you even think of selling it to anybody else… I am calling dibs!

Oh oh.

I tell Dominique the work sells shortly after I post it. This is the truth. I don’t say it was to David, her husband.


I paint the snail for an invitational art exhibit last August (2014). I deliver the small mixed media painting on panel, to the gallery. The next day I post the image into my blog. David contacts me right away.

This has Dominique written all over it! He purchases the work and asks me to hold on to it.

The coming Friday I arrive to the opening with a new artwork in tow. I take this one off the wall and replace it with another small animal study.

Last month David invites a few friends to dinner, including my husband and I. He asks that I wrap the gift in butcher paper and bring it along. I don’t know of his plans to hang it on the wall and tell Dominique it will hang there till her birthday a good month away.

I don’t know Dominique to be patient. She insists she knows what it is. Dave doesn’t react. Me – I think about time crawling at a snail’s pace (wie eine Schnecke kriechen)!


From fib to February – fun. Happy Birthday to you Dominique! David, you’re a good man.



Thank you!
And, I appreciate the drawing on the envelope too.

The blog posts titled No Woman is an Island acknowledge the people and/or organizations who support me and the work I do.

negative space

Ma is a Japanese word which roughly translates to gap, space, pause or the space between two structural parts. 

IMG_7247This assignment asks the student to focus on the negative space, the space that surrounds an object (or the subject), the space in between things. I point out, in the still life, the area which they will be focusing on. It’s sort of the opposite of how we normally see, I explain. In the process, should you find yourself drawing the positive space (the foliage, in this case) simply stop, refocus and continue. We are training the brain to work a little differently.

Once they understand what they are doing, they have so much more to see and respond to. Negative space helps to define the boundaries of positive space and brings balance to a composition.  It also gives the eye a place to rest.

All of the drawings are strong graphic compositions. The contrast allows for a particularly type of delicacy and boldness to take place at the same time. In general the class enjoys the study. In some cases students are so immersed in the work, I have to remind them to take a break.

There is something great about teaching this particular assignment because as soon as the students grasp the concept, they quickly begin to use it and consequently experience things around them very differently.


Anne’s Cactus Skeleton


Trenary’s Weeds and Clover


Terry’s Poinsettia


Adam’s Flowers


Clay’s Leaves and Berries


Heather’s Plants

Drawing 2 students work with color and have a little bit more freedom with how they approach the study.


Susan’s Ironed Weed


Cassidy’s Fall Leaves