Day 245

Stubborn Creative Unknown Practice: Inspired by Enrique Martinez Celaya’s Thoughts Graphite on vellum and the digital world The Creative Meanderings #4: A Case for Stubbornness Soon I learned that art needs stubbornness to survive, by survive I mean change and improve, and maybe even last. Since birth, I have been a stubborn person, adhered to…

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Day 243

Woodpecker Jungle Monkeys of My Youth Ink, watercolor, gouache on paper Dryocopus pileatus (pileated woodpeckers) inhabit the woods surrounding my house. When I was small, my mother said the birds’ calls belonged to monkeys. My sister and I knew better, we watched David Attenborough, and more importantly, we had never seen a monkey in our…

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Day 239

Power and a Fox: Inspired by Aminatta Forna’s article “Power Walking” and a Day of Foxes. Watercolor and gouache on paper Aminatta Forna‘s article Power Walking speaks and feels the truth of walking as a woman. A few months ago, this article stood sentinel on the magnet board in my hallway so that each of…

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Day 238

Transmuting: Inspired by Robin Coste Lewis’ poem Navel Ink on paper Robin Coste Lewis’ poem Navel came into my life by chance. By way of Twitter, by way of director Ava DuVernay, by way of Time magazine’s special issue The Art of Optimism. Navel poem opened an inspiration inside me, pulled at something inexplicable as…

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Day 233

Planning is Not Optional: Ice and Wind and Pine Needles Ink on paper Today, I awoke to a world coated in ice. The frozen trees groaned under the new found weight, but the pine needles that once were silent found their voice in the tinkling ice, together with the wind they sang out in the…

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Day Two Hundred Ten

Windows to Humanity: Inspired by the Mother from Kubo and the Two Strings Watercolor and gouache on paper After all this time focusing on eyes and stories, the truth is I still struggle to articulate just how profound I think eyes, and the connections we make with them, are. Perhaps this is because sometimes it…

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Day Two Hundred Four

Lantern Hauntings: Inspired by Katsushika Hokusai’s “Oiwa” Watercolor, ink, gouache on paper From my experience and observation, I think it’s safe to say that Katsushika Hokusai’s Under the Wave off Kanagawa, better known as The Great Wave, is a part of our culture, it’s familiar. I remember it always being at the corners of my…

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