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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Day 247

Remembering Oscar: Inspired by Oscar Wilde’s Work and Preface to The Picture of Dorian Grey Ink, watercolor, and gouache on paper With all his wit and wisdom, Oscar Wilde accompanied me through my growing up. When I was a child, I remember looking up at our bookshelves and staring down at me with all-knowing eyes,…

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