Monday, February 20, 2017

Storyteller Series | Warsan Shire

You may know Warsan Shire as the woman who gave poetry to Beyonce's "Lemonade".  Or maybe you know her poem, "Home". It went viral during Trump's Muslim Ban roll out. She is an incredible storyteller - a force of nature, really. And everyone should read and know her work.

And here is Warsan reading "Home":

A little more about Warsan Shire in:

Friday, February 17, 2017


Last night I attended another live drawing session with my studio mate, Jay Bailey. I cannot express how much I love drawing from a live model. It's really a beautiful and rare experience. When I started, a few months back, I had absolutely no training with the human form. But I'm starting to get a handle on it - mostly by watching the other artists in the room render the same model in such different and effective ways. Here are my best three from last night's gathering:

You can see the progression of my work HERE.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Guard Your Perceptions

"Keep constant guard over your perceptions, for it is no small thing you are protecting, but your respect, trustworthiness and steadiness, peace of mind, freedom from pain and fear, in a word your freedom. For what would you sell these things?"   ~ Epictetus, Discourses 

This quote from Epictetus, one of the great stoic philosophers, has been on my mind lately. He seems to be pointing at more than the old adage "Think before your speak". How you see the world informs every ounce of your being. If you allow your perceptions to be co-opted, infiltrated, or swayed by an external force, then you are releasing your ability to be authentically YOU.

In a time when lies are gushing out of the white house and the country seems ever more divided, I am taking special care to guard my perceptions. We are all in this together and I need to remember that none of us lives in a vacuum. This week, I'm focusing on recognizing divinity in others. I am raising up the good and clear and true in my own community. And I'm also focusing on protecting my peace of mind.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

New Work | In the Studio

Hello dear readers. I've been busy painting and have three new completed pieces to share with you today. These past few weeks have been a strange and dark time for the United States. My response to the chaos and uncertainty coming from the white house has been to make art. The pieces below are all a kind of protest, I suppose. But the core theme is, as always, human interconnectedness.

I hope you all have a beautiful Valentine's Day. 

Las Hermanas   |   36 x 36 inch acrylic on canvas

Joan  |  24 x 24 inch acrylic on canvas

Seraphim   |   30 x 30 inch acrylic on canvas

Friday, February 10, 2017

Black Female Power

Hello friends! It's black history month and today I want to celebrate the black female leaders, organizers, and artists (past and present), that have shaped my world. Sound off!

Fannie Lou Hamer

bell hooks

Lorraine Hansberry

Nikki Giovanni

Angela Davis

Alice Walker

Maya Angelou

Coretta Scott King

Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, and Opal Tometi

Ida B. Wells

Althea Gibson

Nina Simone

Sojourner Truth

Michelle Obama

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Silent Retreat

I've had a hard time coming up with something to post here on my blog. All of my thoughts are bending towards my beloved country - watching this rain of executive orders dissolve the fabric of our democracy. And then today, DeVos was confirmed as Secretary of Education. What a mess. 

See? This is not what I want to be writing about. I want to write about beauty and nature. I want to write about spiritual awakening and art. Perhaps the silence here on the blog is good. Perhaps something powerful and impactful will spring forth from this quiet space. All makers and seekers and activists need a moment of contemplation to grieve their losses before re-emerging. This silent retreat is probably good for me. But don't worry... I'm still here. I'm just waiting for... what, I don't know. 

On a separate note: After reading Sara Maitland's book, A Book of Silence, I got curious about the homes and spaces she writes about in the book. I was so pleased to find that Sara's Scottish cottage is actually available to guests! This beautiful hermitage is off the grid and perfect for a silent get away. What a dreamy spot.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Run Away

I'm experiencing a large fight or flight response to the first week of Trump's presidency. Maybe an internet-free camping trip is in order. Or maybe just a drive to clear my head. I keep fighting the impulse to spew my fear and rage all over the interwebs. Instead, I've been calling my senators and representatives. I've been researching and planning my next social justice action. And most of all I've been listening. But still... I feel like running away.