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  • Writer's pictureRen Burke

ON PROCESS: Architects & Gardeners

“I think there are two types of writers, the Architects and the Gardeners. The Architects plan everything ahead of time, like an architect building a house. They know how many rooms are going to be in the house, what kind of roof they're going to have, where the wires are going to run, what kind of plumbing there's going to be. They have the whole thing designed and blueprinted out before they even nail the first board up.

The Gardeners dig a hole, drop in a seed and water it. They kind of know what seed it is, they know if they planted a fantasy seed or mystery seed or whatever. But as the plant comes up and they water it, they don't know how many branches it's going to have, they find out as it grows. And I'm much more a Gardener than an Architect.”                                                                       ― George R.R. Martin Although George was referring to his fellow writers, this quote really speaks to me as a visual artist. I am definitely a Gardener...and a garden as well. I tend to hibernate through the winter. I lie fallow. I rest and regroup. I gather inspiration, waiting for the rush of spring and summer.   Mark brought this quote to my attention a while ago. He is most definitely an architect...he has to be. Check out his blog for more about his projects & process.



Sometimes the Predator, Sometimes the Prey 2018, linoleum block print, edition of 55

Being stuck inside during the cold and dark winter months, I'm able to work on smaller studio pieces and commissions. This print is the result of a call titled The Soul's Wandering from Denver's Valkarie Gallery. Created as part of Denver's Mo'Print [Month of Printmaking] celebration, this print was designed to be hung on the wall in either orientation...predator or prey side up. For more information and to purchase a framed or unframed print, head over to my store. You can find the prints toward the bottom of the page.

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