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the nature of art 

Man of the Wild

Man of the Wild

If I had to pick an animal that most represented my dad, Curtis Alexander, it would definitely be a bear.

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The Alhambra

The Alhambra

The Alhambra A visit to see exquisite architecture with bored children When I was in art school studying Scene Design for Theatre one of our projects was to create a design for the Marriage of Figaro. Since it takes place outside of Seville, in a palace, I decided to...

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The Abomination – Part 2

The Abomination – Part 2

The Abomination Part 2 Work on the bomb continuesNoticed when I went to post this that I had a bug in my blog and it was showing the same picture for every entry. It's a bitch being your own QA person along with everything else. Anywho, got it fixed so now the correct...

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Stagecoach Beetle

Stagecoach Beetle

Stagecoach Beetle What is a Stagecoach Beetle?When I went home to see my parents for the first time since the start of the pandemic it had been four years since we had last visited. They have gotten on in years and I knew to expect significant change. The delay in...

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The Abomination – Part 1

The Abomination – Part 1

The Abomination Part I It's a strange thing to find yourself in possession of a bomb. It was never something I sought out but it found its way to me.My thoughts and experience around bombs are rather fraught. Having grown up next to the largest military base in the...

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Bones on the Roof

Bones on the Roof

Bones on the Roof It may seem an odd choice for the title of an artwork in the shape of a tree but there is a reason for it.In the middle of the summer over eight years ago, we moved into a house right across the street from an open wild park surrounded by the city....

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Iris

Iris

Iris Looking more deeply at plasticThis is my first mixed media piece in over ten years. The fan cover I found somewhere in the debris of urban life in San Francisco. When I was cleaning my workspace last summer I looked at it and thought it looked like the iris of an...

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Material Concerns – Part 3 – Digital Art

Material Concerns – Part 3 – Digital Art

Sharing art online in some ways is the ultimate in eco-friendly. You can make an image and disseminate it around the world immediately. Wherever you happen to be in the world, someone on the other side can see your work and have a reaction to it.

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Material Concerns – Part 2 – Resin

Material Concerns – Part 2 – Resin

I really enjoyed working with resin. My favorite variety is a two part epoxy that you mix equal measure, adding color, pouring over objects, or casting in molds. It’s so versatile and has a wonderful transparent or translucent quality.

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Plant Based

Plant Based

Plant Based About a month ago my doctor recommended to me that I go on a plant-based diet and remove all animal fat and protein. Essentially, she said, "You must now be a vegan" but without all the dogma and righteousness. I was a little surprised at her suggestion...

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