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
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
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?
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
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