Day 138

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 133

Natural Forms of Time Management: Inspired by a White Oak Gouache, watercolor, and acrylic on paper Today’s piece was inspired by a leafy microcosm. The fall hues of golds, oranges, browns; the shifting light shining through; the intricacy of so much transition. Reminiscent of my childhood I stuffed my pockets with acorn caps and leaves as…

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Day 130

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 125

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 121

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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Day 120

Many Togethers part 1: Inspired by Vermeer’s “Girl With a Pearl Earring” and Illustrator Ana Juan Graphite and gouache on paper Combining the art of two creators never fails to stimulate my creative juices. Actually, I find some of my most inspired and creatively expansive moments while digging into the stories and styles of other artists.…

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