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“WALKABOUT ” is a series of 8 compositions of collages that’s comprised of my own hand made paper. I also used fragments from a variety of my Original Intaglio Prints, reproduction prints and photographs along with a few hand painted papers that have been cut, punched and altered to create each composition. The collage is sealed with an acrylic gloss medium and mounted on mat board.

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The subject matter of “WALKABOUT” is represented as a bear.  Over the past two years I’ve been documenting two rescued Kodiak bear cubs living in the JP Adler Kodiak Bear Habitat at Wildwood Zoo in Marshfield.  I am addicted to recording the growth and development of the cubs (Munsey and Boda) through photography as well as tracking their movements and activities throughout their habitat area.

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(above) Creating a collagraph plate:  An original print will begin with a variety of textured materials.  The materials are arranged in a fashion to create a focal point / focal points, and a foreground, mid-ground and background.  The texture of the materials often draws the attention of the viewers eye, inviting them to touch the surface of the artwork!

(below) Once the materials have been glued into place and coated with white semi gloss paint to close the pores which assists with a better transfer of the printing inks. Then the collagraph plate is inked, placed onto the Intaglio printing press , RIVES BFK paper is placed on top of the plate and the plate is pulled through the press to create an original Intaglio print.

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The public is invited to explore my art studio on October 6th,7th and 8th, 2017.  iMAGiNETHAT Art Studio is #12 on the art tour.  To learn more about all the talented artists on the art tour go to http://www.northwoodsarttour.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Welcome to iMAGiNETHAT! Art Studio!  I hope you will come and explore my studio during the North Woods Art Tour on October 6th, 7th and 8th, 2017!  Studio guests will find a wide selection of greeting cards!  From small cards showcasing fall leaves to colorful bears accompanied by dragonflies!

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My art studio is #12 this year on the Northwoods Art Tour guide map located in the brochure.  To learn more about the 2018 Northwoods Art Tours go to http://www.northwoodsarttour.com

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There are also greeting cards that celebrate the art of dance delightful snowflakes that dance through the sky.

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Artwork is a reflection of the artists life experiences and my creations are no exception to this rule.

The  Leap Of Faith series was created because of my daughters devotion to children with autism. artDSC_0080 8x10

Through my own personal experiences, any person and their family members living with a loved one with physical or learning differences has taken a leap of faith in order to achieve their goals. This is the inspiration behind my series titled Leap of Faith!   Leap of Faith is a collection of collages created from a selection of altered original prints and paintings that have been torn, cut and paper punched into a new creation.

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Welcome to iMAGiNETHAT! Art Studio!  I hope you will come and explore my studio during the North Woods Art Tour on October 5th, 6th and 7th, 2017!

My art studio is #12 this year on the Northwoods Art Tour guide map located in the brochure.

To learn more about the 2018 Northwoods Art Tours go to http://www.northwoodsarttour.com

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Welcome to iMAGiNETHAT! Art Studio!  I hope you will come and explore my studio during the North Woods Art Tour on October 5th, 6th and 7th, 2017!

My art studio is #12 this year on the Northwoods Art Tour guide map located in the brochure.

To learn more about the 2018 Northwoods Art Tours go to http://www.northwoodsarttour.com

The studio began taking on a nautical theme once I began wrapping the metal support poles with nautical rope.  From that point on, the nautical and beach like atmosphere seemed to be the perfect theme to showcase my artwork.

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I photographed these paws on 9/28/2017, while Munsey and Boda were napping by the observation window located in the JP Adler Kodiak Bear Exhibit area.  I didn’t think of measuring these powerful paws at the time but in the future I’ll bring along a string to take measurements and document the growth of the paws.

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After six weeks of separation, today is the  fourth day that  Munsey and Boda have been placed together in one habitat area.  The cubs appear to be very happy to be together again once again! DSC_4942

(left to right) Munsey and Boda sitting in the JP Adler Kodiak Bear Exhibit, waiting for breakfast to be delivered by the zoo staff.

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Today (9 /29/ 2017) I found the cubs play wrestling after they had their breakfast and snacks.  The cubs play wrestled for about 30 minutes, afterwards they cooled off in the Bear Pond.

(photo’s below) On the first day together I found the cubs napping in their indoor den area.  Afterwards the cubs swam in the bear pond and explored the swimming pool / bog area while Steve burns the head zookeeper was repairing the pump system.

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Munsey was one joyful bear this morning as he lunged into the pond located at Marshfield Wildwood Zoo’s,  Bear Woods habitat area!  He swam, played with the beer keg and had taken multiple long baths during the three hours I spent documenting the bears this morning!

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Munsey and Boda will remain  separated for a few more weeks to allow Munsey’s stitches to heal.  Since the separation of the Kodiak bear cubs, I’ve observed a great deal of vocalization (best described as huffing) between Munsey and Boda.  If Boda would happen to walk to the far end of the bridge, Munsey will huff loudly in Boda’s direction and Boda will return to Munsey’s location.

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When the two cubs are separated with a road in-between each habitat area the huffing is frequent and projected more loudly.  Munsey in the foreground and Boda is in the background.  While I’ve been observing the cubs behavior, it appears that the brothers  would sit facing towards each other for an hour or more.  Boda would climb to the top of the stairs and try to find a way to get onto the bridge, to get to his brother, while Munsey would begin digging as close to fencing that’s located in the direction of his brother Boda.

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Last night Boda began to dig a trench in the JP Adler Kodiak Bear Exhibit area and this morning Munsey continued to dig in the same area, while Boda was watching him from north side of the Hamus Bear Bridge.  I could hear Boda huffing at Munsey while he was digging a deeper trench. I wondered if Boda was giving Munsey directions from a far.

 

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Normally Boda  has an alpha personality but ever since Munsey has been under the weather and/ or recovering from his procedure,  Boda has been displaying a very maternal and caring behavior towards his little brother.

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When Boda isn’t keeping Munsey company, he’ll spend a little time playing with a small piece of landscaping fabric or messing around with a large stick while cooling off in the pond.

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While observing Boda play in the water September 2nd 2017, this was one of the most lengthily periods of time spent enjoying the water.  The majority of the time, Boda has spent his time being as physically close to his brother Munsey and only leaving his side to get a drink of water and cool down in the pond for about 15 minutes. Normally boda would cool down and return to his brothers side for about an hour to two hours before returning to the pond for another drink.  This routine would repeat it’s self for hours on end throughout the day.

Welcome to iMAGiNETHAT! Art Studio!  I hope you will come and explore my studio during the North Woods Art Tour on October 5th, 6th and 7th, 2017!

My art studio is #12 this year on the Northwoods Art Tour guide map located in the brochure.

To learn more about the 2018 Northwoods Art Tours go to http://www.northwoodsarttour.com

The studio began taking on a nautical theme once I began wrapping the metal support poles with nautical rope.  From that point on, the nautical and beach like atmosphere seemed to be the perfect theme to showcase my artwork.

 

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Catch of the Day

Small original Intaglio etchings are hooked onto fishnets, offering studio guests a selection of original prints to snatch up as the move through out the studio.

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