Tag Archives: Beginnings

Musical chairs anyone?

Does anyone else feel like they landed in the middle of a bizarre game of musical chairs, where you had no idea the music was ever going to stop, and then suddenly it did? The dark side of this pandemic … Continue reading

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Rationing everything but joy

In these early days of pandemic response, we need to ground ourselves in a clear sense of “First Things First.” Here are some of my recent thoughts. Food: It is easy to snack/overeat when you are stressed or bored and … Continue reading

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Paper-free Sketching

I went for a walk this morning (despite the wind chill of 18°F), because it was sunny and I am eager. Spring Fever has hit me early this year, and nothing says springtime like getting outside again with my sketchbook … Continue reading

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Let’s sketch together!

Not everyone has that essential itch that leads to compulsively purchasing art supplies and doodling their life away. And even those that have the itch don’t always have it forever; many will be sketchbook artists for a while, then see … Continue reading

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“Onward Through the Fog!”

As I said in my last post, sometimes you have to be willing to close one door before you can open another, even if that means standing in the dark hallway alone for a while. The hallway’s not so bad … Continue reading

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Knowing when to quit

My intention when I wrote that title was to simply talk about watercolor painting: specifically, how do you know when to stop fiddling with your painting and call it good. As soon as I typed the title, though, I realized … Continue reading

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Who Inspires You?

Ah, the best laid plans, even if written with care and a calligraphy pen in a leather-bound journal, are sometimes no match for distractions no bigger than a bug. Sunday afternoon blog posts every single week? Good idea, great intentions, … Continue reading

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Oils in the Cellar—Sawdust in the Attic

   I grew up in a home of polarized artists My father, an executive at the Reader’s Digest from 1956-1967, also had a fully outfitted woodworking shop in the attic of our old colonial house. There he crafted furniture year … Continue reading

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Choose Your Weapons, Ladies!

This cartoon is the story of my life: endless ideas, carousel-like focus. These six tools became my best friends, each one taking a turn comforting me, challenging me, defying me, and assisting me in my exploration of the woman I was to become. They … Continue reading

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My first blog post

  If a blog is published and no one sees it, does it really exist? Zen koan for the night. I sit here in the late evening darkness, three stories up, window open, listening to the faint sound of rain … Continue reading

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