During the decades of my working life, art was my hobby. I created many types of art. I am retired and my current work includes digital art and photography. My experience and education in painting, drawing and sculpture influences me, whether I am framing a shot, creating digital art, or using my earlier work in a digital re-working of the original piece to create something entirely new. My technical background supports my camera work, digital editing and my printing. Please feel free to browse the gallery page.
I devote much more time to reading and writing poetry than I did during my working years. If you are interested, follow me on Twitter @muskratchatter and on my blog at www.muskratchatter.me
I enjoy different types of poetry including haiku, an ancient Japanese form, ideally suited for twitter. I have a few examples of that work at the bottom of this page.
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I collect antique photography, scientific instruments, lanterns, paper and modern glass art. From time to time I trade parts of my collections. If you would like to see what is up for auction, just click on the eBay button right below this paragraph. It magically appears when auctions are running. Reload this page each time you come, so you won't miss that button.
Explore this site and come back to visit us again. Material is updated regularly. - Barbara Pease
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Zen and the Artist
I now have time to work full time as a digital artist, and a photographer, as well as a poet. That makes me very happy. When I was working and supporting a family, I told people, "I have some fun hobbies." I secretly longed to work full time as a creative person, but I didn't want to impoverish my family during the time it would take to establish myself. As a retired senior scientist, I can now devote much more time to what grew over the years into an avocation.
I try to weave work and play together and have fun doing my work. I find I must believe in myself and not give myself a hard time, if the fun part is going to happen. I experiment, playing around with many different things to discover and create. I am an artist. My projects are an experiment. I constantly seek new directions in my work. Am I offering something new? Where is my artistic "voice" today? I do plan my designs, yet leave room for serendipidy. I research materials, study books and even price what I will use. I like to have a feel for the medium before I begin. I am also willing to discover as I proceed with a project. Once prepared, I let my work unfold in the moment as some great Zen experiment in mindfulness. It is a joy to watch the process. Later I find hidden treasures I had no idea were there. I find mystery in creativity.