Studio Update: Making Peace With Failure

I recently came across the title of a book, Women Who Run With the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype, by Clarissa Pinkola Estés. I was intrigued by the title, but after reading the intro and first chapter, as well as a few goodreads reviews, I decided it probably wasn’t for me. It seemed a… Continue reading Studio Update: Making Peace With Failure

What I’m Reading: Intersections of Art and Loneliness in The Lonely City

Artists may experience loneliness more than anyone else. Making art is an inherently lonely endeavor. To succeed, you must spend hours alone in a studio, with just your own thoughts and frustrations. I’m well-acquainted with loneliness. Since childhood, I have never felt I fit in anywhere. I always seem to find myself among people unlike me,… Continue reading What I’m Reading: Intersections of Art and Loneliness in The Lonely City

Am I grown up yet? How about now?

I am currently reading M Train, by Patti Smith. After reading Just Kids, about the extraordinary young life Smith led with Robert Mapplethorpe, living in the Chelsea Hotel, and trailblazing as a musician, it is a relief to know she has days  like the rest of us mortals. Like when you’re walking down the street and yesterday’s dirty sock… Continue reading Am I grown up yet? How about now?

New Paintings: Haruki Murakami, Wind-Up Birds, and Magical Realism

After spending three years blissfully focusing on art full time, I am now working again and it is a challenge striking a balance between work and my studio practice. What I’m not lacking in is ideas, fortunately. I think the time spent focusing on a job (which I absolutely love, by the way), is giving me a… Continue reading New Paintings: Haruki Murakami, Wind-Up Birds, and Magical Realism

(Book Review) Effie: The Passionate Lives of Effie Gray, John Ruskin, and John Everett Millais

Usually, when I view Pre-Raphaelite paintings, it comes at the end of a long museum visit. My feet are aching, my head is full, and all I want is the cafe so I can sit down and gather the strength I need to continue sightseeing. There is no denying the paintings are exquisitely beautiful, but… Continue reading (Book Review) Effie: The Passionate Lives of Effie Gray, John Ruskin, and John Everett Millais