Lessons in Light

On the road to a life of artistry and creativity

Why take this course with me?

Because I am living a life full of creative vision. I've figured out obscure, distinct pathways to live my creative life. This grid is my kitchen last Saturday. The colors of Provençe infuse my photography and imagery. Nature's bounty here is impossible to ignore and it informs my...

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In my language, we say payne's grey, aperture, coda

First breath, the big view. The Tanneron forest, Mediterranean sea and a cloud-filled sky melt together, blue into grey into blue. At my feet, the tops of palm trees grow on the hillside, past a hedge, green on green. And between, the perched village I’ve called home for the past three years in...

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Paper dresses at Mandelieu

In a tiny village in the hills without a car, I keep possessions, purchases, materials and supplies to a minimum. Someone gave me a white lace skirt and top too girly for this jeans-wearing mama. And I have paper. So I made hundreds of "petals" for this paper flower belt and used leftover...

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If you're not a great writer, how do you write a successful pitch?

How do you write a successful pitch if you're not a great writer? I got this question last Friday morning from the director of an arts council. She's seen plenty of grant requests where artists whose work was excellent could not express themselves well enough to get funded. Hey, some of us...

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Ask your questions in the comments

Do you have questions about my course or are you working on an artist/creative project proposal right now and running into problems? Ask me your questions in the comments and I'll respond.

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Swept along in a current of light

I go to Nice in any season, any light or weather, for whatever surface reason gets me on the train. Whether its shadowed in blue evening light, vibrant in the golden hour, glaring in the white sunshine of lunchtime, or lit up in rain, I cosy up to a wall with my 50mm macro lens, my breath upon...

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What freebie pitching courses can do for you

Here's how freebies can really beef up your pitching process! They: Give you overviews and introductory info. For example, if you watch a 90-minute webinar like this one, you will get ideas and it will generate questions about three aspects of writing an arts grant including finding funders,...

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3 tips for finding arts grants (ok, 4) and some resources

You want funding for your art project or piece: dance, music, visual arts, film, whatever. Either you’ve tried and failed or you’re new to it. Start here. I’ve been writing grants and project proposals successfully since 1986 so I’ve learned a few things. Write three words that describe the...

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