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Returning to Oil: On Beyond Zebra

by Brenda W. Clough If there’s anything I’ve learned from being creative, it’s that you don’t just stay here. Like in the song, you move on — beyond the photo, beyond the plot, through to something new.Something of your own! … Continue reading

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Mr. Pocock Rides Again (Sort of)

It’s amazing what you can find when you clean out a bookcase. Recently my mother was doing just that, and found an old issue of Heritage, the British history magazine, from February/March 1990. Naturally she saved it for me so … Continue reading

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The Reluctant Traveler: from Tendonitis to Typewriters

Politics? Sexual harassment? The lovely movie I watched this morning? Dogs running circles around the yard in the cold bright light? Chronic left elbow tendonitis? OK, I’ll talk about that for a while, and maybe we’ll get somewhere today with … Continue reading

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Returning to Oil: A First Stab

by Brenda W. Clough Here is the studio in the underground S. Dillon Ripley Center at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. An, oh dear, now I remember. There’s a reason why I shifted to water color, to acrylic, to … Continue reading

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Returning to Oil: The Inspiration

by Brenda W. Clough As I recall, I received a set of oil paints for my birthday. They came in this exact wooden Grumbacher box, which has an address label on it with an APO New York address. Which allows … Continue reading

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Ho Ho Ho and all that – Merry Christmas and Happy Reading

I have a friend who BUGS me. He comes up with – or finds – these wonderful ideas and then parks them in front of me and says disingenuously, “Wouldn’t that make a good story?” followed by repeated pokes of, … Continue reading

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The Man Who Invented Christmas: A Very Short Review

by Brenda W. Clough  I’ve been fascinated for a long time by movies and books that depict the creative process. Most depictions of writers, especially on TV are utterly unrealistic. All those impoverished novelists mysteriously living in penthouses in New … Continue reading

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Phantastes’ Dreamer

An artist called Tony Phantastes created a rather amazing sculpture in a tiny country town in New South Wales. I visit every now and again, for it changes. For years it was decaying and now someone is changing it. Today … Continue reading

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Within My Teaching Box (the Stroumph! edition)

How do we bring our readers into a new world with us? How do we make them accept that this world is real? I have many tools for this in my teaching box. Most of my tools for this are … Continue reading

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Rocks rock

One morning several weeks ago, as I walked my dog down one of the state park trails, I noticed something atop one of the trail signs. So, I went over to check it out. Thus was I introduced to the … Continue reading

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