When I try to define, describe, or in any way come to terms with what it means to inhabit the world as a woman, the first thing that comes into my mind is nearly always the sense of mandated silence; of being muzzled; of having, so to speak, no mouth to speak of.
To this day, I think about those children very, very often. The memory of them has kept me time and again from making an enemy of The Other. The memory of them smacks me into the reality that there is no other. There is only us: each one vulnerable, quick to freeze all the way to death if not looked after, and very small.
For me, 2022 has been a year of learning & experimentation. I've been tackling new paint mediums like gouache & acrylic gouache, and playing around with different surfaces, varnishes, & framing options. Here's a list of eight art supply items I've been enjoying this year—along with links so you can try them out yourself!
As the year draws to a close, I’m looking back over these twelve months to make a few notes about the books that have moved, challenged, charmed, or delighted me the most in 2022. Authors include Agatha Christie, Howard Thurman, bell hooks, Iris Murdoch, Dorothy Sayers, and others.
Gouache has been taking the online art world by storm since the pandemic hit, and it's honestly pretty confusing. First of all, how the HECK do you pronounce it? Also, how do you get started? In this article, I'll share some of the tips I wish I'd known when I picked up gouache last year, and let you know about the materials I've especially come to love.
So, you’ve just written a poem. You’ve crammed it with emotion, love, and artistry. You really believe in it. But if you’re being honest, you know it needs some work—maybe even (ouchy-ouch) a LOT of work. And yet you really have no idea where to begin with that dreaded process: revision. Here's a checklist to help!
Inspiration and Time To Write don't always get off at the same station. Do you frequently find yourself all out of ideas the minute you settle down to write—even though you had been looking forward to it all day? For times like that, poetry prompts can be an invaluable addition to a writer's toolkit, and I'd like to share a few of my personal favorites with you.
Okay. So. You've been painting. With watercolor. And if you're being honest, it's not going all that great. Your paintings feel messy and out of control or wooden and scripted in a clumsy sort of way. Let me reassure you: as a mostly self-taught artist, I've been there too, and I want to share some tips to help out!
I certainly wanted the poem to reflect the strong personal attachment I felt to this pair of birds whose ardent connection to one another aroused all my sympathies at a time when global events made connections between living things seem especially frail.
Ah, Lament. How I used to fear you as an ominous precursor to madness and despair. How many years I wasted trying to keep a lid on you, trying to put you back in the cage not knowing that every caged thing tells the world a lie.