colorado skies 1.11.2018

Today in Madison, Wisconsin, USA, the temperature is expected to drop over 40 degrees – from a high of 51 degrees fahrenheit to a low of 10! Along with rain turning to ice, sleet, and snow, it’s a good day to stay inside. And a good day to reminisce about traveling to other climates. These…

yoga challenge 1.4.2018

I’m participating in an online yoga challenge this month: yoga every day for 30 days. You can join in, too – the challenge started on the on January 2nd, so you’ve only missed two days! You can find more information and sign up here. It’s free! Since the challenge has already started you might not be…

annual donating 12.28.2017

A percentage of all my ceramic sales is donated to charitable organizations. It’s important for me to give back to my community, and I do so by volunteering my time and money in my personal life, and by donating a percentage of all sales in my Rachel as Artist life. 10% of everything I sell…

winter solstice poems 12.21.2017

In the Mid-Midwinter by Liz Lochhead after John Donne’s ‘A Nocturnal on St Lucy’s Day’ At midday on the year’s midnight into my mind came I saw the new moon late yestreen wi the auld moon in her airms though, no, there is no moon of course – there’s nothing very much to speak of anything…

Colorado art redux, 2017, round 2 11.30.2017

This is my second of two posts about art I saw in Denver, Colorado during my visit there last month. For this year’s visit, the only art museum or gallery I went to was the Denver Art Museum. I was lucky to be there for a small contemporary Japanese ceramics exhibit titled “From the Fire.”…

thanksgiving poems 11.23.2017

Thanksgiving Day by Lydia Maria Child Over the river, and through the wood, To grandfather’s house we go; The horse knows the way To carry the sleigh Through the white and drifted snow. Over the river, and through the wood— Oh, how the wind does blow! It stings the toes And bites the nose As…

Colorado art redux, 2017, round 1 11.16.2017

Last month I made my annual trek To Denver, Colorado to visit my daughters Elly and Berit, and as usual, I visited the wonderful Denver Art Museum. These are just a few (I have so many!) of my favorite figurative pieces from the museum. If you ever travel to Denver, I urge you to take…

photography set-up 11.9.2017

I use my iphone 5 for photographing my art pieces. I used a digital camera in the past, but find that my phone takes photos that look just as good for my use, and photographing with my phone is much easier. For the past year or so, this has been my photo setup for taking…

overgrown succulents 11.2.2017

This summer, some of my succulents became so overgrown that they started to make their pots tip over. I decided it was time to re-pot and re-plant. The plant at the lower right was a wedding favor at my daughters wedding in September 2014, so that makes it 3 years old! I imagine the others…