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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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Greenhouse watering can (colored pencil & graphite) We've lived in our home for 40 years, but it is only now, during this mellow August of 2019 that I find myself taking up a studio spot in our greenhouse, feeling reflective as I listen to the birds in the quiet hours... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2019 at curry powder
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Dumas Bay Centre in Federal Way was the first-time, urban location for The Art of Drawing Maps by Hand in 2019. The long, Pacific NW daylight hours provided our classroom with ample natural light for the hardworking 13 who took... Continue reading
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In spite of all appearances (here, anyway) the intrepid Drawing Group has continued to meet when the three of us are all able to set aside the same Tuesday mornings. Through all of life's events, whether planned or unplanned in our three lives, we prioritize where necessary so that we... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2019 at curry powder
One thing leads to another. I love old fashioned ink and paint, and I also love delving into technology. So here's the new hybrid in my world of cartology just in time for a New Year. My daughter and her... Continue reading
I took the plunge yesterday and started learning to do animation--applied to a map. Why? My daughter and her business partner are offering a musicians' showcase concert in Manhattan on January 7. This is for the benefit of attendees of the international APAP conference who are looking for talented bands... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2018 at curry powder
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With personal information removed, here is the finished map. At 20"x26", the map is large enough to allow a greatly reduced image of it to be folded and used as a pocket map while family members and private visitors navigate... Continue reading
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The Drawing Group always looks forward to the warming days of summer when we meet up on a driftwood log or picnic table near the beach in Edmonds, WA. This year we perched along the walkway by the marina there, our thermoses and treats spread out within reach as we... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2018 at curry powder
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Diablo Lake appeared cold and colorless compared to the vivid aqua water and verdant trees we are accustomed to seeing during my usual June workshops. Late winter snow and cold did not deter 11 participants from heading up the North... Continue reading
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Many years had gone by since I had taken a weekend workshop offered by a regional calligraphy guild. But when I saw the work a friend had done in a class taught by Rebecca Wild of Port Townsend, I eagerly... Continue reading
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During the past couple of weeks I have been doing a lot of experimenting with different pens and writing fluids. FYI, this is part of a big map project I'm working on. Jet black India ink tends to get everywhere when one is dipping into little containers of it...some of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2018 at curry powder
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As a logo designer I expect my designs to come and go as the marketing world ebbs, flows, and changes. Therefore I am especially happy about the endurance of the Seattle Public Library globe (which I drew) that appears as... Continue reading
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Over the years, I've done a lot of artwork for my daughter's bands. When the gifted trumpet and cornet player Mike Davis from her current band (Emily Asher's Garden Party) decided to lead a traditional jazz band of his own,... Continue reading
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(Please note: the most recent post is below.Scroll down for earlier posts in descending order. Thank you.) A few months ago I heard by email from a former neighbor of my grandparents. He offered to send me a photo of a drawing done by Wylie in honor of his birthday.... Continue reading
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My summer began early: in May. Off to Europe I went to make a 50-year anniversary visit to Germany where I lived during my senior year of high school. To make the trip an adventure, a friend I had made... Continue reading
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Many of my sketching time-outs are taken with my little drawing group. These are always held to two hours, and always include baked goods and coffee, as regular readers may know. Every fourth gettogether is an outing, either spent in a café or on a trail or at the beach.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2017 at curry powder
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Every gardener I know has talked about the abundant growth that has beset all of our gardens this past spring. Along with the expanding shrubbery is the happier phenomenon of our exuberantly blooming roses. I'm not a serious rose gardener,... Continue reading
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