Welcome to Turtlenosedsnake...

...the website of artist Julie Püttgen. I hope this finds you well, and enjoying your travels through the world of wonder and infinite distraction we call the internet. How long has it been since you took a deep belly breath & checked in with your heart, butt and feet? Now might be a good time? Ah! I feel better, too.

The image above is from a series of scroll paintings I have been developing through many stages: interviews, painting, sewing, implementation.

Invoking the Buddhist tradition of mudras (sacred teaching gestures), the Free/Not-Free Thangkas feature renderings of hands in gestures suggesting various possibilities for an embodied sense of freedom. The paintings are mounted on fabric scrolls sewn from used bedsheets, echoing the form of Tibetan thangka paintings, and embodying wishes of rest, healing, and comfort. These works were first conceived as a response to the space where they will first be shown - the 4th floor hallway gallery, outside some Intensive Care Units at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Hanover, NH. I intend these works, and the texts accompanying them, to act as reminders of our human capacity for freedom in the midst of whatever situation arises.

Here's a well-written, perceptive article about the work appeared recently on the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Memorial Hospital website. And here's a link to the Free/Not-Free Thangkas project page on this site...

And also! Here's a link to a recent newspaper artist profile about me by the delightful Melanie Plenda, of the NH Union Ledger. It's amazing to feel seen in this way...


Books! Books! Books!

Do you know what it's like to have your life saved by making things? That seems to be the order of things for me, this life 'round. And just now, I've finished writing, editing, designing, and illustrating 2 little books I am delighted & a little scary-thrilled to bring into the world. I'm publishing them myself & sewing the bindings using beautiful blue linen thread:

They're memoirish, haibunish, and the little one is the mother of the bigger one. Forty Words & Forty Days is a collection of forty 40-word essays on The Day My Life Changed (aka every day), written over the course of forty days. Ten Thousand Joys & Sorrows takes ten of those pieces & expands them into ten 100-word essays each. For more information about the books - including excerpts & information on how to buy them - please click here.



I'm delighted to offer a wide range of paintings & Inner Beauty Products for sale online, here:

Compact Shrine (make-up free object, a collaboration with Elana Langer)


Little Forest (encaustic on panel)


Upcoming & Ongoing Classes & Workshops:

Class & Event Schedule:

@ Dartmouth Hitchcock Memorial Hospital (Lebanon)
Free/Not-Free Thangkas
Opening Reception January 22nd, 5-6:30PM
An exhibition inspired by my studies of Tibetan painting, and the Free/Not-Free dialogues I have been holding in public space, is currently on the 4th Floor at Dartmouth Hitchcock Memorial Hospital, outside the ICU. The show will be up through March, 2015.

For more information:


@ Just So Space (Lebanon):
Collaborative Meditation Workshop - Sunday afternoons, 4:30-6PM
Suggested donation: $10-20/session

This collaborative group meets for meditation & discussion. Participants take turns leading & shaping practice.
For more information: http://justsospace.com/collaborative_workshop.html


@ Open Door Studio (White River Junction):
Open Door Meditation Group - Sunday mornings, 9-10AM.
Suggested donation $8-16/person
Meditation with discussion afterwards at Tuckerbox cafe. If you’re looking for support in your existing meditation practice, interested but not sure how to begin, or stoked about practice, then pastry, join us for sitting, standing, walking, and dialogue practices. We’ll focus on spacious awareness and coming home to your own good heart.

Meditation and Movement: Co-taught with Kate Gamble. Wednesday mornings, 10-11AM
Price: $15 per class drop in; $130 for 10 classes

This class combines meditative techniques and natural movement patterns to hone our ability to be present and grounded in our body. Work will be done slowly, allowing for internal focus, and expand to include easy movement explorations in relationship with the space and others. Opportunity to discuss and journal about the experience. No experience necessary. For ages 14 and up.

For more information: http://www.opendoorworkshop.com


@ League of NH Craftsmen (Hanover):
Inner Beauty Workshop
Tuesday, February 10th, 6:00-8:30pm
Tuition: $45/$40*. Materials fee: $50

Join us for an evening Inner Beauty workshop, leading up to Valentine’s Day. Julie Püttgen, co-founder of 108 Names of Now & the Inner Beauty Bar, facilitates playful exploration of what exactly we mean by “inner beauty,” and how it applies to our daily lives, in moments of loving calm as well as total panic. Through drawing, writing, meditation, guided dialogue, and good company, participants will experience a full-being massage. No matter how you feel about V-day, you can feel good about loving yourself, and you will go home with your very own, customized Inner Beauty Kit.
For more information: http://www.craftstudies.org/mixed.html#Beauty

Guest Artist Talk
February 27 5:30-7:00pm

JULIE PUTTGEN has roots in Switzerland (where she was born), Buddhist monasteries (where she trained for three years), the South (where she grew up), and various observances for blurring the distinctions between art, craft, and life. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including in the 2011 ritual-themed Art in Odd Places public art festival in NYC. A graduate of Yale and Georgia State, she teaches widely. Julie presently lives in Lebanon, NH, where she is a chaplain-in-training and community artist. Her encaustic paintings are the first to be juried into the League.
For more information: http://www.craftstudies.org/guests.html


@ AVA (Lebanon):
Meditation and Art
March 7 & 8
Saturday & Sunday, 9:30am–4:30pm: Two-day intensive
Tuition: $200 /AVA members; $225 /non-members
$10 materials fee included.

This weekend workshop will explore intuitive connections between contemplative practice (sitting and walking meditation) and creative practice (drawing, sculpting, moving, writing). Throughout the weekend, we will alternate periods of meditation with periods of open-ended creative exploration. Working individually and as a group, we will move towards “finding the deeper grain”—opening to the place of stillness and wild possibility at the heart of being fully alive and creative.
To pre-register:

Basic Drawing
Eight Thursday evenings, 6:30-9PM, beginning January 18th.
This introduction to observational drawing focuses on line, shape, value, and spatial perception, honing our ability to see clearly as we bring the three-dimensional world to the two-dimensional page in satisfying and surprising ways. During the final three classes, we will explore drawing from a live model. Think you can’t draw? Haven’t drawn in years? This is the class for you. Fee: $285 non-members, $260 AVA members. Please click here to go to AVA's online registration page for this class.


@ Osher @ Dartmouth (Hanover):
Collaborative Meditation Workshop - Monday mornings, 9:30-11:30AM, through February 23rd
Course fee: $55, plus Osher membership
For more information: http://osher.dartmouth.edu/courses/


I also offer private lessons for adults, teens, and children on an ongoing basis. Please check venue websites for class details, or contact me for information about private lessons.



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