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PJ’s artwork praised by peers

I'm honored to be the featured artist in the recent Paper Connection newsletter. The owner, Lauren, and her staff are committed to preserving traditional hand paper-making and are a vital resource for artists like me. I'm grateful for their support and belief in my artwork. Enjoy...

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Lessons of nature

Last week was an intense time in the studio. I challenged myself by hosting an opening for guests to the Salon at the end of the week. This prompted a flurry of activity, including using a new technique to finish several new artworks that combine...

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The journey of discovery continues

“We just keep moving forward … because we are curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” – Walt Disney   It is a delight for me to read those words from a man who shaped a great part of the imaginary, visual and colorful world...

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Making my mark

Following up on my blog post from earlier this month, I mentioned one of my goals for August is to further my exploration of Asian calligraphy. To that end, I recently returned from three days of intensive study with a master brush painter. The first day...

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August: month of the curious child

After two back-to-back shows earlier this summer, August finds me in a curious mood. I've spent the past several months focused on creating new artwork based on the Joomchi techniques shown on my website and past exhibitions. The confidence I gained producing that volume of...

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The process of creating can be capricious

“When your Daemon is in charge, do not try to think consciously. Drift, wait, and obey.” – Rudyard Kipling   I do not believe in muses. There have been many discussions about this topic among those who create and sell art for a living. I know several...

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Avoiding knee-jerk reactions

“Series 2017-2” – drying and waiting for the next steps towards completion   Late last year I wrote a post suggesting that one of the best ways to take our minds off the current political situation was to visit an art gallery or museum. My belief was...

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Zoom in, zoom out

"Series 2016-11" by PJ Bergin   Last year, when flying into the Denver airport from points east, I became mesmerized by the circles and squares in various shades of green and brown delineated on what must have been the plains of Nebraska below. This wasn't the first...

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Keep it simple

"Resurrection" by Alma Thomas   Before starting a Joomchi piece, I usually spend several days thinking about how I want the artwork to come together. Inspiration can strike when I least expect it, but once a direction catches my attention I am usually very enthusiastic to get...

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Moving your mind in another direction

The political events of the past two weeks may be causing many of us to question what the future holds, not just for our country, but the world at large. Periods of transition are synonymous with stress. In order to keep all of this turmoil...

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