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Mark Runge
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  • Saint Petersburg, FL
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My interest is in
Touch Drawing Personal Use, Facilitating Touch Drawing
What brings you to an interest in Touch Drawing or SoulCards?
After I met Deborah in NY in 2005 and she shared with me Touch Drawing, I realized that there was much missing in my own art practice. As I experienced more Touch Drawing and implemented it into the art classes that I teach, I saw the power of its immediate expression. I use just a small part of the potential of Touch Drawing, but that small part has changed my world immensely.
My experience applies to:
Art, Creativity, Education, Spiritual, Intuitive, Meditation
Have you done Touch Drawing?
Have you facilitated Touch Drawing?
In what setting have you facilitated?
I taught TD as a 16 week, college-level art class and as one and two-day workshops with groups as small as four to as big as fifteen. Just as I imagine all who give TD to the world do, I still learn much about TD and myself each time.
I attended the Annual Touch Drawing Gathering on Whidbey Island, Washington
Share a special experience with Touch Drawing or SoulCards.
I was working with a group of teachers and parents from a Waldorf school in FL. I planned for body and movement to be the final part of the Touch Drawing session, and we moved outside to be with the Earth. We sang a song to welcome and acknowledge one another to that space, and then we began to move in a circle. As we moved, I called out the names of different animals, and we moved like that animal. These people let go more than any I'd been with for some time, and the drawings we produced after I invited them back into the room to draw how they moved with the Earth were wonderful. I've not let go like this in a group since the Gathering in 2006.
Do you facilitate SoulCards with others?
Is there anything else you would like us to know about you?
I have a good life.
City, state, zip and/or region and country
Saint Petersburg, FL, USA
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Still working with fire: gunpowder, torch, and wood burner. Maybe if I use all of the destructive materials in the world for art there will be none left for destruction. This is a detail of a lovely girl, Gianna. She is the second head of my version of Kali, the destroyer of evil and sin and ignorance.

The piece is really about me, the sins and evil I've committed and the ignorance that, well, I don't know about. Together the… Continue

Posted on December 5, 2009 at 2:00pm — 2 Comments

Diana and the Hound

I am thrilled with the process of drawing with gun powder. And I've finally realized a way to use the gun powder as if I am doing a TD. The process is different because I throw the gun powder on the paper and light it, and then continue to do that until an image comes to the paper. I lose the continuity of drawing directly onto the paper, so it is still not as free as doing a TD, but I am close to being able to do free play with gun powder and like… Continue

Posted on April 17, 2008 at 5:21pm — 2 Comments

This is the fourth of five drawings with gun powder, torch, and wood burner that I've done. The fifth one isn't done yet, but it is called Diana and Her Hound. It is beautiful, and I hope to finish i…

This is the fourth of five drawings with gun powder, torch, and wood burner that I've done. The fifth one isn't done yet, but it is called Diana and Her Hound. It is beautiful, and I hope to finish it without wrecking it. This drawing, Tankers' Nightmare, has heavy content for me, but I feel safe sharing here--just as I did at the Gathering I attended.

I, and perhaps every person who has sat in a tank, is the guy on the left…


Posted on November 1, 2007 at 5:06am — 1 Comment


I finished the biggest burning yet, and it is gorgeous. The piece measures 60"x40", and I burned the image onto the paper. My idea came from a story, which seems to be historical, that I found concerning Safiya. I took the idea of shame, which she reportedly did to the…


Posted on October 11, 2007 at 6:39am — 1 Comment

Powder and such

So I started using gun powder to burn with. I start by spreading powder all over the paper and lighting it. Then I do it again. Then I let the images ask (or sometimes scream) to be let out. Then I keep working the image like an etching, only in reverse. I love the softness that I can achieve.

And I have to let go. There is little control in the process until the details are put in. This is very similar to TD in that you make the marks the universe guides you to and you dress up what…


Posted on September 25, 2007 at 5:11am — 3 Comments

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At 5:10pm on December 3, 2009, Deborah Koff-Chapin said…
Hey, Mark - I would LOVE to see you again in Florida!
At 2:41pm on December 3, 2009, Kathleen Horne said…
Hi Mark
how are you??? no contact in awhile!!
wanted you to know that Deborah is coming to Sarasota on March 21 (Sunday) for a day long Touch drawing retreat!!! I am excited! It would be great if you, and some of your St. Pete friends could join in! All the info is posted on the Events listing and registration is on the Events page of the main site. I would love it if you could help spread the word! And, of course, it would be GREAT to see you!
At 7:46pm on August 6, 2008, Deborah Koff-Chapin said…
I think it wuld be great to open a discussion on the workshop facilitator forum on photography. I absolutley agree it can be disruptive. i also know there are way to make it much less so. And it's something to do only some of the time, and thre are different approaches to you feel like opening that discussion? this is just the kind of thing the Facilitator group can explore, among many other things. I'm going to try to get as many people as p9ossible to join that group.
At 9:27am on August 4, 2008, Deborah Koff-Chapin said…
Mark, What a great story of working with the Waldorf teachers & parents - and a great idea for a movement/drawing session. Did you by any chance take any pictures of them or of their animal drawings? it could be a great newsletter story -
It's interesting - I just got an email from Dana who wrote to you right below this, saying she had JUST had some kind of breakthrough expereince with doing or facilitating TD - She is going to send more details soon.

it's also really good to hear that a Waldorf school is open to Touch Drawing - if they continue and integrate TD into the classroom, I would REALLY love to have thgat written up, to open the way for other Waldorf Schools. Maybe in one of their publications. Keep me posted on how it goes with them, please.

It's wonderful to feel the thread of connection through this community - Deborah
At 11:54am on February 6, 2008, Dana Wilde said…
hi Mark! i responded to your comment. . . but i'm not sure i did it in the right place -- i think maybe it's on my "wall"...
At 9:28am on October 11, 2007, Deborah Koff-Chapin said…
mark, when you wroite for the newsletter, you can also say something about how Td has affected your other artowrk, and include an example. I'd be fine with the anti-war work....
At 12:25am on September 29, 2007, Amanda Koh said…
Hi, Mark! Great hearing from you....... I love seeing your joyful, exuberant picture. :) Do you have any pictures of what you have created using gun powder? I like the drawings you have shown so far........ keep up the sacred and JOYFUL art production! :)
At 9:39am on September 26, 2007, Deborah Koff-Chapin said…
Dear Mark, I saw the announcement for your show, and went to your webiste to see that you had added even more wonderful, fascinating, rich Touch Drawings. so glad you are keeping the spirit alive and strong. Maybe we can do something on your show in the next enewsletter....with a few images in our 'Touch Drawing Gallery' section....Also, it would be great to see some more of them here on the community site. Love and congrats! Deborah
At 10:19am on July 10, 2007, Deborah Koff-Chapin said…
it is alot bby I DO feel like it is bringing a sense of community to life for ME, too, which feels supportive. Now if several hundred join, it will move to another level. But so far, I am inviting very gradually and can handle it on a personal level. This is where group leaders will come in to keep it all personal when it gets bigger. Its GREAT to be in touch with you! thanks for your energy!
At 4:50pm on June 8, 2007, Amanda Koh said…
You saw right! I'm right across from Whidbey Island!!! I'm moving in about a two months, to a home within walking distance of the Mukilteo ferry......... and that is pure coincidence! Can you believe it!?
Anyway - I'll be sure to contact you when I'm in FL - it will be great to see you! :)





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