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Solar Plexus Changes

Solar Plexus Changes

I love the process of painting. It helps me work through all that runs through my insides and allows me to gain insight from difficult emotions. The images below are three of many layers of paint that brought me to this "final" painting - Solar Plexus.   Solar Plexus, 2022   Solar Plexus (Blood Vessels), 2021   Solar Plexus (In Cement), 2021

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Beginning Drawing with Art Makes Us

Beginning Drawing with Art Makes Us

Hi All, I hope you can join me for Beginning Drawing. To learn more or register for the class, go to Upcoming Classes AMU Live Beginning Drawing.

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Pride Table Talk: Margaret Ann Jones

Pride Table Talk: Margaret Ann Jones

I try and tell [white] folks too, if you're waiting for Black people to come to you, you're going to be waiting. You know what I mean? You have to go into their community, you know. Show courage. Show by coming. Show that you're interested. Show that you're intentional. Margaret Ann Jones Pride Table Talk, Portland, Oregon, 2021 In July 2021, I had the honor of interviewing Margaret Ann Jones. The experience inspired me to paint her portrait titled Solace. To listen to her interview, go to Pride Table Talks: Margaret Ann.  

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Solar Plexus Changes

Solar Plexus Changes

My solar plexus went quiet, so I let the painting rest for several months at least. I felt moved to work on the painting the other day and decided to let go and paint the state of my solar plexus. I am fascinated by the biology of the celiac ganglia (aka solar plexus) and how my experience of the world passes through it. I am working out depth and light. The word primordial has been running through my mind. I just looked it up and here's one of its meanings: BIOLOGY (of a cell, part, or tissue) in the earliest stage of...

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The Celiac Ganglia of the Solar Plexus

The Celiac Ganglia of the Solar Plexus

I am continuing my exploration of my solar plexus with paint and a little anatomy and physiology. The solar plexus is a complex network of blood vessels and nerves, within the network of nerves you will find celiac ganglia, irregular shaped masses of nerve tissue in the upper abdomen. There are two of them and they are the largest ganglia of the Autonomic Nervous System. The celiac ganglia innervate most of the digestive tract, the stomach, liver, gallbladder, spleen, kidney, small intestine, and the ascending and transverse colon. AND, they directly innervate the ovarian theca and secondary interstitial cells involved with...

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