Day 265

The Beginning/Finishing Map India ink, ink, watercolor, and gouache on paper As I sat down to draw today, I felt the brevity today’s piece carries with it: I have been waiting for the number 265 to appear, because that meant 100 days remained. And I used to think 100 to be a large number, I…

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Day 264

Kennedy Augusto Beer: Across the Sky, Connected by the Little Things Ink on paper My sister and I only knew Augusto from my mother’s memories and stories. We learned that he was from a country across the Atlantic Ocean, a country nestled in Africa, Guinea-Bissau. We learned that Augusto Beer lived with my mom’s family…

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Day 263

Sibling Visión: Nadia: Part 3 Digital Photograph As siblings, my sister and I are the only people in the world who have both observed and experienced our growing up process. Close enough, yet utterly different, the two of us began orbiting each other. Our opposing forces, our gravities, stabilizing and balancing, one moment, one hour,…

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Day 262

Humany-Animaly culture: Inspired by Ed Youg’s article “Chimpanzees Are Going Through a Tragic Loss” India ink on paper The genetic connections between humans and chimpanzees, whether they be our approximately 99% shared DNA or through our culture, remind me that some of the most human traits we possess are also some of our most animalistic.…

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Day 257

The Experiencer: Inspired by Sylvia Plath’s Poem “Black Rook in Rainy Weather” India ink, watercolor, and gouache on paper From my experience, Poetry exists in the spaces between the mind of the poet and the experiencer of the poem. Poetry is not just assonance or cadence or rhyme. Poetry is the translation of a moment,…

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Day 254

Asking for Presence Watercolor and graphite on paper This week, inspiration led me to Maria Popova twice. Her work on Brain Pickings has nourished me, intellectually and creatively, for many years. While I was reviewing articles and inspirations from years past, I came across the Brain Pickings article “9 Learnings from 9 Years of Brain…

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