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‘Neon Power’: The Journals of Lili Morgan #13 (Emerging Abstract Neon Artist)

5 Dec

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A good while has passed since Lili left her Visitor Peep/’Artist In Residence’ position. Since then she has taken us a long with her via her regular monthly journal-spot. However today, regrettably, is Lili’s last journal entry for us. She’s all set to start off a website of her own as she mentions below. I’d like to say a HUGE thank you to Lili for all her spirited and lively journal entries over the past months. And I look forward, Lili, to working with you in the new year on ‘Transformations’ which will be another journey with your neons! Thank you for your contribution.  

Now Here’s Lili:

Sadly this is my last journal entry via ArtiPeeps so before I write anything I would like to say a very big , “Thank you” to Nicky for everything she has done. We will still be working together and we have the exciting “Transformation project” next year, so I will hopefully get to meet Nicky then as well (along with everyone else involved).
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As I mentioned in my last journal, at some point in the new year I will be setting up my new blog. I plan to meet (if possible) artists and do a very personal interview with them. I want the interviews to be relaxed and fun and positive, maybe promoting projects or exhibitions that they are doing. The level of experience won’t matter to me as long as I find their art interesting. The plan is to connect, and promote, in a very positive and fun way!
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And what about me and what I have been doing? Well, I have decided to invest in a trestle table for my art. I want to paint a couple of quite large pictures and I have a couple of different styles in mind. The neons will make an appearance in them, as well as some very bright “normal” acrylics. I will just have to make sure I don’t get paint everywhere as I don’t have a studio and my poor house ends up paint splodged!!
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I am looking forward to doing some painting again. However, it will be after the Christmas period. But it will be soon!
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So that is it from me for now. I hope that you have a wonderful Christmas and a very happy New Year. Thank you for reading my journals and I hope you will also read my interviews etc in the New Year.
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Bye, bye,
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Take care,
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Love,
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Lili X

 

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You can follow Lili and her neons on Twitter here:

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Why not also …
  •  catch up with our ‘Writer In Residence’ for October -poet  Lydia Allison and her collaborative project on notions of deformity here.
  • catch up with our last ‘Artist In Residence’ Project ‘Interactions and Intersections’ with artist Kelly Occhiuzzo, You can find out more here, here, here, here and here.
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Weekend Showcase: Anulade Creations (Artist)

29 Nov

Spotlight

Every Friday, 1 artist/poet/writer, letting 1 piece of their work speak for itself.

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Featuring

Anulade Creations

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Damaged Mind

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Biography

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I am a singer, artist and writer.

I paint with oils, acrylics, watercolours, produce digital art, sing, play the guitar and write original songs and books.

All my work is motivated by my desire to tell stories. I am fascinated by transformation. My digital art is produced through different phases, with images changing and evolving, allowing the viewer to find where there is a hidden image within.

Many of my paintings are produced firstly on Canvas using oil or acrylic paints and then evolve into a piece of digital art, others are produced entirely digitally.

I also produce bespoke ‘Rotational’ art for clients which involve personal meetings.  I spend time getting to know my client, in order to produce art that tells their story – in their words.  ‘Rotational’ art can be hung in four different ways, depending upon how the client wishes to see it.

My art is available as original canvases, or in extremely high quality limited edition prints. I am currently working on a series of ‘Rotational’ works to be reproduced on fabric.

I am also writing a series of story-telling songs which will be released in due course.

You can contact me on my website www.anuladecreations.co.uk

or through Twitter and Facebook.

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Do get in touch via the Comment box or @ArtiPeep if you would like to be showcased. You’d be more than welcome!

 

‘Neon Power’: The Journals of Lili Morgan #12 (Emerging Abstract Neon Artist)

7 Nov

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A good while has passed since Lili left her Visitor Peep/Artist In Residence position but she has now returned once again for a regular monthly journal-spot until the end of 2014. As usual Lili will be taking us along with her on her painterly journey and the development of her work with her ‘neons’.  

Here’s Lili:

Well how the time does fly. I am back once again for another instalment of my journal. I haven’t really been focusing on my painting as much as I would like. Being generally busy,  life takes over, and it takes a very organised person to be able to fit everything in. Unfortunately, I am not very organised and my poor little neons have been in the cupboard more than out lately.
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I did do a little picture which I put in picture frame that doesn’t hang on the wall. I like the simplicity of it. You can see it below. I am definitely going to be going for a more minimal vibe with my painting and I am also going to be experimenting with other mediums as well as the U.V. paints. 
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Little Pic by Lili Morgan

Little Pic by Lili Morgan

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In the new year I am planning to expand on my writing and perhaps find some interesting artists to interview. My little chat with @Alex Chinneck outside his sliding house installation in Cliftonville was so enjoyable, that I would like to do it again. I am thinking of not just doing write ups on established artists, but also on emerging artists as well. As long as they do something that I like, and that I think others will be interested in, then their status won’t be that important to me. I will be on the prowl soon to find some lovely people to hopefully meet and interview.
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Talking of lovely people, myself and Nat Hall have now finished our collaborations with the theme of music. I would like to thank Nat for her very beautiful poetry. It was an awesome project 🙂 Just in case you missed them the first time round here are the links to all our collaborations:  here, here and here.
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Hopefully I will be able to meet Nat next September, as we will both be participating in ArtiPeeps’  multi-form poetry/art exhibition in King’s Lynn Norfolk called “Transformations”. All the poetry and paintings will all be inspired by Ovid’s Metamorphoses. I will be doing a painting about book 2 and I am really looking forward to it. All the artists and poets work will be in an exhibition book as well. Whoo hoo! I really can’t wait for that! I am really excited about meeting and connecting with everyone else who will be there! It will be fab!
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 So on that very excited note, I will bid you goodbye. Hopefully, you’ll be overwhelmed with the volume of new pictures I have painted in my next journal!….Ok, well there may be one or two….maybe!
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 Take care until next time, 
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 Lili x
 

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You can follow Lili and her neons on Twitter here:

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Why not also …
  •  catch up with our ‘Writer In Residence’ for October -poet  Lydia Allison and her collaborative project on notions of deformity here.
  • catch up with our last ‘Artist In Residence’ Project ‘Interactions and Intersections’ with artist Kelly Occhiuzzo, You can find out more here, here, here, here and here.
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Weekend Showcase: Deborah Sheehy (Artist)

1 Nov

Spotlight

Every Friday, 1 artist/poet/writer, letting 1 piece of their work speak for itself.

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Featuring

Deborah Sheehy

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Artist’s Biography: 

In the times in between life and a day job Deborah is an artist, writer and occasional photographer. Scottish by birth, she currently resides in the hills, paths, and narrow streets of a South Wales valley. Home is shared with her Irish husband – a maker of marvellous meals – and a hound called Henry whose days are spent in a happy amble of walks, sleeps and rubs. 


Inspiration comes primarily in the form of nature, especially the wild and deserted places and the creatures who reside there, as well as the stories, myths and happenings of times gone by.

http://www.thehoneybeeandthehare.com/

https://twitter.com/honeybeeandhare

 

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Do get in touch via the Comment box or @ArtiPeep if you would like to be showcased. You’d be more than welcome!

 

‘Neon Power’: The Journals of Lili Morgan #11 (Emerging Abstract Neon Artist)

3 Oct

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Eight months have gone by since Lili left her Visitor Peep/Artist In Residence position but now she has returned once again for a regular monthly journal-spot until the end of 2014. As usual Lili will be taking us along with her on her painterly journey and the development of her work with ‘neons’.  

This week Lili has been visiting another artist….

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Well it’s journal time again, and it has been a little while since my last instalment. The time certainly does fly when you are having fun!

At the moment, I am doing my collaboration with the lovely poet Nat Hall. The theme for the collaboration is music. This time I have chosen the song, and I will be doing my picture first. Then Nat will put her magic pen to paper, to produce a wonderful poem. I have chosen, ‘Nessun Dorma’ by Pavarotti. It is a very powerful and highly dramatic piece of music, which I personally love. My daughter, however, disagrees and told me it was giving her a headache whilst I was listening to it recently!… Ohh the cheek! I will be finishing my picture sometime this week, as poor Nat has been waiting patiently for it! Sorry Nat I haven’t forgotten!

In my last journal, I mentioned that I was going to be visiting Margate, and that I did last weekend. I had the most fabulous time there! I went there to visit my lovely friend, Michelle, who owns @Deli-o-licious in Cliftonville. She sells the best baguettes, and hot food, in the whole of Margate!…Oh, and the best fish as well! 😉

So, on Saturday evening we decided to do a bit of sight- seeing. This consisted of watching the sea from the terrace of The Rickus bar. It was a lovely sight to see indeed, was the sea! Oh, and they just happened, by chance, to be selling cocktails there as well 😉

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I also mentioned that I was hoping to connect with other Artists during my visit to Margate, and on the Sunday whilst I was there, I was certainly not disappointed. My visit also coincided with the unveiling of the latest project by Alex Chinneck  (@Alex Chinneck), called ‘From the knees of my nose to the belly of my toes. Alex has obtained permission from Thanet District Council to use a previously empty house at 1, Godwin Road, Cliftonville for this project. He has literally transformed the front of the house to make it appear as if it has slipped down into the garden. The room at the top is exposed, and the rest curves down with the front door in the front garden. Goodness, my description is pretty rubbish, and you are certainly not going to get any idea of this brilliant installation by my words alone. Here are a couple of pictures that I took of the house.

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That is so much better now that you can actually see it! There is a bit of a story behind the second picture. In my endeavour to get a picture of the house, I went to the side of it. There was a man and a woman standing on the corner slightly blocking my shot. So, being my usual cheeky self I asked them to move. It turned out they were Councillor Iris Johnston (sorry I called you Eileen!), and Councillor Doug Clark (sorry I made you move when you have a walking stick, and you were leaning on the wall for support. I still feel bad about that!) They were both really nice and moved for me. Here is a picture of them, along with Councillor Clive Hart, who luckily, I do not need to apologise to for anything!

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Well, even after I had called Iris by the wrong name, she offered to introduce me to Alex Chinneck himself! Of course I agreed, as meeting Alex was the icing on the cake, and I had not expected to get the opportunity to meet him. Well, Alex was lovely! He was very humble about the project, and took his time to have a chat with me. He even agreed for me to take a picture. Here he is in front of the house looking very dapper indeed!

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Now as I said Alex was very humble. However, I had a little sneaky little look on his website which shows the plans to this project and they are very, very detailed. If you go to www.alexchinneck.com then you can see how much hard work has gone into this project for yourself. It is also worth taking a look at his past and future projects on there as well.

So finally, if you are heading down to Margate, Cliftonville is now the place to go. You can visit 1, Godwin Road to see this amazing piece of art by Alex Chinneck, whilst munching on a baguette from @Deli-o-licious. Now that sounds like an excellent plan to me! 🙂

Bye for now,

Take care,

Lili X

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You can follow Lili and her neons on Twitter here:

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Why not also …
  •  catch up with our present ‘Writer In Residence’ for October poet  Lydia Allison and her collaborative project on notions of deformity here.
  • catch up with our last ‘Artist In Residence’ Project ‘Interactions and Intersections’ with artist Kelly Occhiuzzo, You can find out more here, here, here, here and here.
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Weekend Showcase: Artist, Danny C

5 Jul

Spotlight

Every Friday, 1 artist/painter/poet/writer, letting their work speak for itself.

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Danny C

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Danny C

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Artist’s Biography:

My name is Danny and I live in California, USA. I have a variety of interests such as psychology, philosophy, fitness and art. Since my early childhood, art has been one of my passions… And although I majored in psychology, I took a few art classes in college and continued to draw/paint in my spare time. Whenever I’m painting, drawing, or writing… I feel a sense of tranquility and joy. As my high school art teacher used to say, you get lost in “the zone”. It is as if time disappeared and nothing else mattered at the moment; pure bliss. I have recently started to draw with charcoal (vine charcoal and charcoal pencils) and I’m loving it! Both of my featured drawings on the right side of the photo have been done with charcoal. As an artist, I will continue to strive for improvement and am excited for the future artworks to come!

If you’re interested, you can check my work on Instagram.
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‘Ask An Artist’- featuring fine artist Diana Probst

8 May

Q & A

DIANA PROBST

‘Someone looked at a work of mine and said ‘That is just like real life But! Better!’.  That’s exactly what I want people to think, and to have someone say so spontaneously was a joy.’ 

Diana is a young artist in Cambridge, who is continually surprised that people will pay her to do what she loves.  She likes beer and being paid on time.  She has illustrated two books and a lot of bits of paper.  She wants to paint portraits, takes commissions, and drinks tea like it is water.

 

Octopus by Diana Probst

 

Diana, Pick at least 20 From the following:

Answer in one -two sentences

1. Which living artist do you most admire?

Gosh, a tricky one.  I prefer dead people so I do not have to compete with them.  I think I most admire Howard Tayler, creator, writer, and main artist of Schlock Mercenary.  His life is centred around his professionalism; he has an unbroken run of twelve years of daily posts.  That makes me want to work more.  His art is not what I would draw or paint (although I have one of his hand drawn character sketches) so if I have to think of a living artist whose work inspires me?  No, it’s Howard Tayler.  @HowardTayler on twitter.

2. What is your first creative memory?

Drawing a person with proper shoulders in primary school and comparing it to the stick figures.  Really bad shoulders, I should add, but I was always trying for realism.  Nobody seemed to think it was all that special, though.

3. Which one of your paintings are you most happy with to-date, and why?

My self portrait.  It has twenty one days of work in it.  I want to make pieces as skillfully as possible, and the work I put in on that one makes it better than any other I have done.  The biggish version is at http://dianaprobst.com/2011/07/17/self-portrait-in-oils-day-21/img_1632 .

4. If you could be any other artist who would you be and why?

Why would I want to be anyone else?  There are seven billion people on this world.  I am one of them.  Go away, read Grey’s ‘Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard’ and then think about the question.  But if you insist, someone well off and happy.

5. What single thing would improve the quality of your artistic life?

Having my own studio set up as I want it.

6. What is the best piece of advice you have ever been given about being an artist?

It was the best bit of advice I have been given to date.  “Pull yourself together.”  It encompasses all the other bits.  But ‘work when you do not feel like it’ and ‘do that again, it’s not good enough’ are pretty close.  If I had to narrow it down, then it is to sit down and damned well work even though the thought of putting a mark on paper makes you sick.  Even when you dread it and self-doubt is strangling your love of what you do, do it.  That feeling passes.

7. What does it feel like when you’re painting?

Cold.  My bladder is often full.  My studio is unheated, and I drink a lot of tea.  A lot of people have tried to draw out some notion that it is a very spiritual thing.  I have no idea what they are talking about.  I can be satisfied with my work, but most of it is calculation.  If I am mentally masturbating over how lovely it is to be arting, I am not doing the job of making /this work/ as good as it could be.  I’m failing if I rub my feelings all over the canvas.

8. What do you think art is?

Hrrm.  I know what /fine/ art is.  It’s what I do.  I produce things where the only value is in their beauty.  I do not seek to make you question anything other than what an item might mean in context, or how I managed an effect.  In a wider definition, art alters your emotions, in a direction planned by the artist but along a route you take yourself.  You might totally ignore her direction, in fact.

9. What would you do if you weren’t a painter?

Hmm.  Another toughie.  I think I would have learned some computer language or another and be trying to make a living at that.  I like puzzles, and things that do exactly what you tell them to do, but with interesting combinations.  I could be fooling myself, though.  I might be on the dole telling people I could have been a contender.  I might be an astronaut.

10. Which other art form do you admire and why?

Poetry.  It is a compression algorithm for emotion.  You can tell people how a feeling is, in a way they understand.  ‘Love holds me captive again, and I tremble with bitter-sweet longing’.  That’s Sappho, who was very good at writing down feelings.  I admire poets who can stir a feeling in me.  It’s a real skill.

11. What has been your biggest artistic disappointment?

Another tough one.  I have failures, but I do not think any of them stand up.  Ask me again the first time I let down a client.  That will be a big one.  Until then, I just have things I have learned from.

12. Where do you work?

The Cambridge Art Salon, which is in Romsey, next to Mill Road.  For non-locals, that means the food is good.  We are off the main road, though, so the gallery part has little passing trade.  There is a stein of studios at the back. The building used to be a motorcycle shop.  I work in the MOT bay.

13. Do you work from life, from photos or from your imagination?

Yes, yes, and yes but with help.  I can do all three, and all three are different.  When working on a particular effect from imagination, I can go furthest wrong, but I like to keep trying.

 14. Where do you get your inspiration from?

Grrr.  This question always annoys me.  Inspiration is not the important part.  The important part is that after having an idea an artist puts in a brickton of work.  So if I decide to do (heavens help me) another still life in glass, I will set it up and draw it and tweak it.  I have far more ideas than I ever have finished works.  Everyone has ideas.  Whiskey costs money.  So here is something far more useful.  How do I /filter/ ideas?  I look at whether I can do it.  I look at whether it is likely to sell.  I look at whether I have all the right tools.  I sketch it a bit.  If I still have enthusiasm and can see it working, I put it into the easel or the painting table.  Ffeh, inspiration!

15. What moves you in life, what irks you?

Big question.  People treating each other badly irks me.  I admire a calm understatement more than a scream of joy.  I like good food, being warm enough, and remembering how bloody lucky I am.

16. Where do you feel art is going?

I have no idea.  I am out of touch with most modern art, and that is the sort of art that goes.  Apparently the style I work in is getting more popular again as people find bankruptcy in modernity, but I do not think that is the case.  Styles always eventually rebel against teaching, and even when teaching says ‘everything is art’ it can still move in unexpected directions.  All I know is what I do.

17. What do you think the role of an artist is?

I am going to answer this as a fine artist.  It is to get the result that represents the highest amount of skill I can put into making something look good.  I want to make it look better than anyone else.

18. What do you think your work contributes?

Skill.  In a direction.  I make work that looks better than a photo, if I can, or I might as well be a photographer.

19. What techniques do you use?

I am primarily an oil painter, so colour selection is…  Look, can you ask me this as a whole totally different question?  I have whole blog posts on this.  I can make a good picture in ink, pencil, oil, watercolour, or charcoal.  So far I have only made one work in clay.

20. Are you self taught or trained?

I had a tutor for a bit over a year.  That gave me enough information about what I wanted to and should learn, and I went off on my own.

21. What is most important to you the subject of your painting or how it is executed?

The two are usually linked, but the execution is always the thing that makes a painting.  That includes arrangement of the subject, though.  Still life or portrait or whatever, you have to make choices as part of the execution about what the subjects should be or do.

22. What aspects of your work do you think you could improve?

Most of them.  I have been a pro for two years.  Marketing is a problem for me, and that is part of the job if not part of the artistic work.  If there is one thing, it is my mastery of shape and outline in tonal painting.  If I could paint with better accuracy that would make the works faster.  I have to check and re-check a lot.  A millimetre can be a big distance.

23. What’s the biggest compliment that’s ever been made about your work?

Someone looked at a work of mine and said ‘That is just like real life But! Better!’.  That’s exactly what I want people to think, and to have someone say so spontaneously was a joy.

 24. What’s the biggest criticism of your work that’s been made?

Usually, I get criticism I ask for.  ‘needs more shadow there’ or ‘warmer onthe central part’.  I guess the mass criticism of sending off a lot of pictures to people who did not bother to write back saying ‘thank you but no’.  That annoyed me for a few days.  Far worse is people who applaud everything I do, when I think some is crap.  If they applaud the bits I think lack skill, that means it is harder to feel good when they like other things.

25. What’s your favourite period in art history and why?

French Academy.  Because Bouguereau’s Nymphs and Satyr.

26. What’s your favourite colour and why?

Favourite colour?  Not sure.  Favourite oil paint?  Ultramarine.  It goes on in layers and builds up to richness and depth.

27. What are you reading at the moment?

This eMail.  But I seldom pick up a book without finishing it.  I just re-read The War of Don Emmanuel’s Nether Parts.  I have a couple of watercolour and art books on the go, but I dip into those for help rather than reading.  Can I wave a flag here for Saladin Ahmed’s Throne of the Crescent Moon?  It might just win a Hugo award, and if not it is still worth reading.

28. Who is your favourite poet?

Ezra Pound.

29. What works of art would you own if space and cost were no object? 

Most of Bouguereau’s works.  The Peplos Kore.  A Klein blue canvas.  The Tate Modern once had a great big machine that was just a machine.  I’d like that, and The Artist’s Breath from the room it was next door to.  Venus Surprised Bathing.  That was worth a city state’s national debt, and they refused to sell.  I’d want the original, though.  Richelieu at the siege of Rochelle.  One of my friend Susan’s works, A Windy Day in Cambridge.  All of the art.  I want all of it!  And a hangar to keep it in.

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To see more of Diana’s work or follow him try these:

http://dianaprobst.com/

https://twitter.com/DianaProbst

Diana’s latest collaboration with poet/writer James Knight is available here

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