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"That thing the nature of which is totally unknown to you is usually what you need to find..." Rebecca Solnit Seeking is in my bones, like making things. I can’t be sure if it’s a native restlessness (I’ve been called “hyper” more than once.) or my inner maker yearning for expression. But whether I’m digging up the weeds with a vision of fresh tomatoes, rooting for abandoned treasure in tall grass or exploring a word that leaps from the written page, I follow that question through that rabbit hole of discovery. I can't help myself. My love of the undiscovered propels me to search the internet, read the dictionary and my 1947 World Atlas for some proximity of place. I walk the well-tread gr

What would you call it?

Artists have an interim space in the continuum of practice when they improvise as an exercise in discovery. I’ve always been opposed to using the word "play" to describe a mental space that is much more serious and essential to creativity and is misconstrued by outsiders as a sort-of down time. I even challenged my students recently to find a new way to express this inner space more accurately by describing what happens when an artist leaves the exit door open with possibility, when the proverbial box has no lid, when the tangle of ideas knits together. The last two weeks I've been outside the studio, spending precious time with my son-in-laws, daughters and grandchildren. While I relish th

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