Karen Totten

Karen has worked professionally as an artist and designer for over 30 years in a variety of creative disciplines: architectural design, illustration, art direction, mixed media art, interaction design. She currently works full time as a User Experience (UX) Design Principal for an international consultancy. When not flying to work every week, her other passions are ceramic art, sketching, and occasionally, jewelry design. “For me, the creative life, from UX to fine art, has always been one of exploration and adventure. As the daughter of an air force navigator, I grew up a traveler. To this day I am intrigued by stories and motifs that transcend time, culture, and geography.“

Weekly Keep-Our-Sanity Challenge: Monochrome

For this installment of our weekly Keep-Our-Sanity challenge, we chose the theme of the Monochrome color.   Monochrome[1] describes paintings, drawings, design, or photographs in one color or values of one color.[2] A monochromatic object or image reflects colors in shades of limited colors or hues. Images using…
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Weekly Keep-Our-Sanity Challenge: Spiral

Carl Jung: The unconscious process moves spiral-wise around a center, gradually getting closer, while the characteristics of the center grow more and more distinct. For this installment of our weekly Keep-Our-Sanity challenge, we chose the theme of the Spiral.   The…
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Weekly Keep-Our-Sanity Challenge: Beetle

For this installment of our weekly Keep-Our-Sanity challenge, we chose the theme of Beetle.   Let's talk about the significance of Beetle in human history. It's symbolic presence in myth and culture around the earth is prolific. Here is a sampling (from Beetles as Religious…
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Weekly Keep-Our-Sanity Challenge: Serenity

A new installment in our weekly Keep-Our-Sanity challenge. Our theme is Serenity.  I want first to share with you this beautiful poem which I find both inspiring and calming. Serenity by Edward Rowland Sill Brook, Be still,—be still! Midnight’s arch is broken In thy…
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