After more than four years, I have finally finished my seventh book, Beginning Again: Reflections on Art as Spiritual Practice. While the production of the book will begin during the first week of April, the book will not be available until Fall 2018.
Between mid-August and the end of October, Everything I Know #3 was exhibited at the University of Colorado Art Museum, along with more than 50 of my Tsakli cards.
On January 1, 2017 I began a second 100-day meditation retreat in my Longmont studio. With additional support for my husband who has dementia, I was able to establish a schedule in the studio from approximately 5am-5pm each day. I continued to manage our household and the care team, yet was also able to conclude a particular meditation practice called Rigdzin Dupa. This practice involved 2,600,000 mantra recitations, and it is difficult to describe its profound effects. I made numerous attempts to give visual form to the practice, with images such as those included here.
During Fall 2016 museums and galleries throughout Boulder County featured the art of local artists. My work appeared in the Dairy Center for the Arts and at Mercury Framing.
Meditations on Impermanence, 2006, 38" x 69", watercolor on paper
Canto 16 of 108, 11" x 15", gouache on paper
I gave two talks at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. Here are links to both my keynote presentation and the text of my talk.
This is a podcast where I explore the three wisdoms, as they are defined within Buddhist practice. Hearing wisdom, contemplative wisdom, and meditation wisdom are the categories I use for describing my Buddhist experience and dharma art. A transcription of the podcast is available on the Mangala Shri Bhuti LINK page. The full written text is available here.
Practice Map at Firehouse Gallery, Longmont, Colorado
I worked on this 35-foot long drawing over 20 months. It details my contemplative and meditative practices of that period, including sitting meditation, walking, recitation of prayers, prostrations, and more.
The Museum of Art at Washington State University hosts Legacy, an exhibition of former Fine Arts faculty. Thirty-three of my drawings completed between 2006 and 2014 are included in this exhibition, including the first rendition of "Everything I Know." A second version of "Everything I Know" is nearly complete, with two others at various early stages. Giving form to what I sense, think, and feel, to that immense spectrum of experiences in this precious life, inspires my work on this series. This version of the drawing is 39" x 68".
I will soon post photographs of the many changes to the landscape at Ivydell, our Jamestown home from 1999-2013.
It is a great privilege for an artist to create a new studio, and I am grateful.
[b]A New House[/b]
On February 10, 2014 we moved from a rental house to a small bungalow--a transitional place to live while Jamestown is being rebuilt.
Exhibition The Stupa: Sacred Architecture
Opening July 13, 2013 Mercury Framing, Boulder, Colorado
May 20, 2013
Poster session, “The Blue Pearl: A Research Report on Teaching Mindfulness Practices to College Students,” President’s Teaching and Learning Collaborative, University of Colorado