Day One Hundred Forty-Five

Amytess: The Infinite Within Us: Inspired by infinity and Nayyirah Waheed’s poem* Watercolor on paper This summer I met Amytess. We were both at a political rally: she was working, I was absorbing. In my view, politics aren’t about candidates, but about the people–like Amytess– who work, who dream, who listen, who connect. And these people help…

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Day One Hundred Forty

 Eye in the Sky Found in Darkness: Inspired by Van Gogh’s “The Starry Night” Acrylic on canvas From a life of observation, I’ve noticed that much of life is rooted in polarizations: woman/man, right/wrong, us/them, on/off, you/ me, night/day. And we, as people, get so caught up in one side or an other, we lose sight…

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Day One Hundred Thirty-Eight

Tahlia: What it Takes to be the Future: Inspired by Kate DiCamillo and Chiaroscuro Graphite, watercolor, gouache on paper Thanks to Tahlia, I got to revisit one of my favorite authors. Kate DiCamillo‘s stories infuse themselves into you. Her name whisks me to the far-off afternoons of childhood, listening to my mother read aloud. DiCamillo’s books…

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Day One Hundred Thirty

Recipe for Conscious Existence: Inspired by Naomi Shihab Nye and “yutori” Ink on paper The familiarity of Naomi Shihab Nye‘s poetry often spread from my family’s poetry shelf into my life. Shihab Nye’s collection of poems A Maze Me: Poems for Girls sat at an eye-level vantage point, beckoning me to unfold the dog-eared pages and enter…

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Day One Hundred Twenty-Five

Protect and Border and Greet: Inspired by Solitude and Rilke’s “Letters to a young poet” Gouache and ink on paper Poetry can transport us to moments, feelings, and human experience. Poetry can condense great vastnesses into something palatable and perhaps, even relatable. Poet Rainer Maria Rilke‘s Letters to a Young Poet have continuously nurtured my inspiration. When…

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Day One Hundred Twenty-One

As Simple as This: “Your Silence Will Not Protect You”–Audre Lorde Watercolor, ink, gouache on paper This piece was inspired by a guiding light, one who’s helped me through creativity, through the world, and through being a woman, a human being. This guiding light is Audre Lorde. Today, while observing the current that brought my life…

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