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Jocelyn Curry
Shoreline, Washington
I am an artist, teacher, writer, mom, gardener, traveler and chickenkeeper.
Interests: Integrating art with everyday life. Researching the artists in my family. Taking good care of relationships with family, friends and clients alike. Travel. Organic food and organic gardening. Well-being.
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Claire! Beautiful and endearing sketch of sights, and mouth-watering photos of that dinner which I think doesn't go along with your telling me you were in 2-star accommodations. Maybe a 3 star or 4 star snuck in? Fabulous. :-) jocelyn
Jocelyn Curry is now following Claire Russell
May 19, 2017
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When a close friend wistfully recounted a rural walk taken in the Yorkshire Dales by her and her husband, I felt compelled to offer to draw a map of the area and trail. One year later (yes, even I am... Continue reading
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A handful of brushes and some miscellaneous calligraphic writing tools stuck in a mug provided the perfect subject for a drawing group sketch. In this case, the three of us sat around my dining room table, our drawings revealing our varying perspectives depending on where we sat. The forms and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2017 at curry powder
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A fact: I had never designed anything for a country music group. As the wife of a classical musician and composer, and the mother of a jazz trombonist, both of whom have needed lots of graphic design over the years,... Continue reading
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In spite of the holiday to-do lists we all entertained at the time, the drawing group came together in my sunny dining room for drawing practice just a few days before Christmas. And, who should be on hand to join us but my beautiful, New York City-dwelling daughter Emily who... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2017 at curry powder
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Coll Thrush, a Washington state native and author of Native Seattle: Histories of the Crossing-Over Place, has written a new book published by Yale University Press: Indigenous London: Native Travelers at the Heart of Empire. The Seattle Times has just... Continue reading
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I'd like to share some of the beautiful block prints created by the participants in last weekend's blockprinting class sponsored by the North Cascades Institute. Some of the students had done block printing in previous art classes, but for others... Continue reading
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A very few toys from my childhood have survived the 6+ decades of my life. One of these is the Raggedy Ann made for me and my sister by our loving and skilled seamstress mother in the early 1950's. Yes, there was also a Raggedy Andy but none of us... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2016 at curry powder
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Noble was a prolific artist starting when he was a documentary platoon artist in WWI. Here are more photos taken by me in June, 2016 during my visit with Noble's grandchildren in Pennsylvania. A bonafide painting? Or a brush-cleaning palette? Family members are unsure! Regardless, there is a dynamism that... Continue reading
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June found me traveling to Cleveland to meet up with my cousins who are the younger daughter of, and the grandchildren of Noble Curry. During one day trip out of Cleveland to SW Pennsylvania, I met 6 of the 7 children of Noble's older, deceased daughter. We gathered at one... Continue reading
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There's a first time for everything, and this first-time project was fun. Here's my blouse and this is how this project got started: I wore this to go visit my sister-in-law at her new home in Fircrest, WA. She loved... Continue reading
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Before meeting a new group of map drawing students, I spend several days preparing teaching materials for them. There are no prerequisites for the class. Therefore, basic instruction in many different drafting and drawing skills related to drawing maps is... Continue reading
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On Tuesday morning, our little drawing group settled in the garden of one of our members. It's spectacular there what with the many verdant areas featuring a wide variety of plants, trees, water features and clipped lawn paths. We picked our chosen spots in this wonderland, and met up 40... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2016 at curry powder
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In my recent life, much of 2016 has been focused on family activities and caretaking, and teaching. Aside from a little sketching and a little map drawing, doing personal artwork hasn't played a part in the past few months. One... Continue reading
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Hand drawn maps have the potential for telling colorful stories. The participants in my classes bring personal histories to their work stations and proceed to illustrate these in marvelous ways. Often surprising themselves with their newfound ability to draw personal... Continue reading
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Later in her life, my maternal grandmother collected antique china and lace, some of which she gave to me when I was a young woman. Authentic keepsakes from her own childhood were few due to multiple moves she had made leading up to her permanent move to California in the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2016 at curry powder
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Soon to appear on a Mack truck doing short to medium hauling in Washington and Oregon is this logo I designed for a long-time client. He is a unique man, and the only person I've ever known to have simultaneous... Continue reading
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I recently completed a logo for a new and unique business. After years of designing imaginative, elegant or whimsical hats for special theme parties, artist Marilyn McGuire of Lake Forest Park, WA, is launching a design business featuring her Frivolous... Continue reading
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We are soggy up here in the NW corner. That's nothing new but we are especially saturated. So for a wine tasting party I decided to design an escapist's invitation to taste wines from Down Under. For this piece I... Continue reading
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For our first architecture project ever, the Drawing Group enjoyed embellishing flat, white cut-outs (precisely pre-done by hand using Arches 90lb hot press paper) that once folded and secured with tape turned into little luminarias. One Tuesday morning in November, one of our members surprised us with this drawing and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2016 at curry powder
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Offering new techniques and approaches to making maps by hand is an important part of my teaching workshops on this subject. For example, when the springtime wildflowers started blooming in my yard last year, I decided to try a mixed... Continue reading
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The morning was nippy but the three intrepid Drawing Group members perched in the shade of Old Mill Town in downtown Edmonds, WA a year after our first foray to draw there en plein air. This time, we selected one plant instead of the entire facade of the buildings! (Getting... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2015 at curry powder
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A whole sweetmeat squash propped up smaller subjects so two friends and I could draw them. Starting in pencil, I then drew over the pencil lines in ink. Next step: on a light table I put a tissue photo copy... Continue reading
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Original artwork for letterheads Ask any calligrapher if they own a Speedball Textbook and I'm quite sure they will say "yes." My first calligraphy instruction book was a Speedball Textbook published in Spanish. It was free due to the oddity that it had been shipped in error to my employer... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2015 at curry powder