The song is a good reminder to let stuff go, Let it pass. Move on.
Here’s a recent piece I completed for the Brooklyn Art Library. It will create a large public display with other artists in NYC this fall. Location to come.
“Restore Democracy.” mixed media. 2018.
I'm living on an island the rest of the summer. Well, sort of. In one sense. Check out my sketchbook "Free Dog" if you're around this part of NYC this summer. Details below. Cheers to the rest of a great summer.
Toronto, ON @ The Distillery Historic District
July 27th - 29th
Historic Distillery District
9 Trinity Street, Suite 200 Toronto ON M5A 3C4
Chicago, IL @ Hyde Park Art Center
August 3rd - 5th
Hyde Park Arts Center
5020 S Cornell Ave Chicago, IL 60615
Atlanta, GA @ Ponce City Market
September 21st - 23rd
Ponce City Market 675 Ponce De Leon Ave NE Atlanta, GA 30308
Check it out in person or online. It was great fun to make. Hope it serves as a little reminder to love those left behind. Thanks for looking...
A sample page from my sketchbook graphic novel. A nonfiction pen-and-ink love affair.
The New York Times Magazine just got better. Again. It appointed Rita Dove as its poetry editor. Love this poet and how she interacts and creates with and in the world...(what a lousy sentence. but you get the idea...)
Writers arrive in Iowa City to be among the best. I was no different. A place can inspire you, but in the end, hard work and lots of failures go into becoming a writer. O my list of rejections. I have learned so much with each one. Keep chugging, keep creating more work, keep revising, never stop. Found my writing haven in the deep forest; creativity requires listening to monastic silence on most days.
What a capture by New York Times photographer, Rebecca Smeyne! Even J.Lo, all dolled up, got phone faced. Exhibit A: take a look.
My family and I count the number of people on dates or get-togethers with "phone face" while in coffee shops, bistros, restaurants. The kids point out the saddest, most obvious ones. They are becoming sociologists without knowing it. O attention span, will you ever come back to the art of conversation?
While I am not the typical metrics geek, I did find this interesting article reported by the Nieman Lab.
Working on a prickly essay this week. Roadblocks, mostly self-induced, helped me find this article too on why writers procrastinate...what whaaaa....?
Sometimes in coffee shops, while research and writing, I create little Zen cinematic moments. Like this one. Stories inside stories.
Two articles caught my attention today. One of nostalgia (R.I.P. Carl Kasell), he carried me to work each day while working the corporate publishing grind; and one of awe (the second place finisher, Sarah Sellers, at Boston Marathon is a full-time working woman, not even a professional athlete. She considered the 6:40 elite pack pace in the beginning miles as "pedestrian." O what a story.)
Find something that inspires you. Carry it further into your life, as your energy will echoooooo.
I'm juggling research and essay writing at the moment. (Good times.) Copywriting as well. Art projects galore. BUT READING always takes a significant portion of my day. Sometimes the road is random, but it all seems to go somewhere, even if I don't know it at the time. Here's a look at some articles I found....
Note: I dislike small talk, especially weather-related nuances and local government idiocy. I teach my kids not to spread gossip. Small character etchings, I guess. When in doubt, doodle.