Day 276

A Time for Story: Inspired by Shakespeare and Hamlet Illustrated by John Austen Ink and India ink on paper As children we soak up the culture and world around us, both instinctually and knowingly. In the first few years of our lives we learn what is essential to human interaction, we learn to communicate, to…

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Day 272

Universal Minds: Inspired by Panpsychism and Siri Hustvedt Watercolor, ink, and India ink on paper As children, many of us play with stuffed animals, filling them with our imaginations until the cloth and stuffing come alive. At times when I was little, I convinced myself that my stuffed animals, those creatures who gave me comfort…

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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 253

Quentin Crisp: Morning Talking, Step Sitting Graphite and watercolor on paper Begin with the purple hat: a wide brim, tilted at a rakish angle. After the hat, turn to the face, a face removed from culture’s unaware noise, culture’s incessant noise. A face of elegance, poised in a moment of peace, a face rising itself…

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Day 251

Inter-Planetary part 2* Acrylic on canvas “The cure for loneliness is solitude.” –Marianne Moore My influence for Inter-Planetary series comes from the increasing complexity of our internal lives. Perhaps these lives could be called solitude or loneliness or maybe richness. As I painted today, picking up where I left off, I began listening to Helen Macdonald’s…

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