Reading Journal, November 2, 2018

Reading Nikki Grimes:   The Watcher: Inspired by Psalm 121 Written by Nikki Grimes, illustrated by Bryan Collier Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, Grand Rapids, MI © 2017   48 pages, counting the pasted down side of the end papers The Romare Bearden inspired illustrations were done in paint and collage.   This book is… Read more »

Birds of My World

My husband and I have been doing a lot of traveling since he retired. I love to travel–I’ll go almost anywhere. Chuck does most of the planning and has lists of hundreds of destinations he’d like to see. All this travel does, however, wreak havoc with my work, both writing and art. I gain all… Read more »

What to do when it rains?

I recently was on a Roads Scholar Tour, The Best of Costa Rica. It was a great trip with great people. The weather, however, was not great. Who knew it rained in the rainforest? And by rain, I mean deluge. I never did use the paints I carried with me everywhere. Our clothes wouldn’t dry… Read more »

Learning as I go—new tricks for this Luddite

Learning to post from my phone. I’d rather use paper and pen but we all must embrace the advances of technology. This way I’ll be able to post about our upcoming travels. Costa Rica here I come—always a warrior for my art even when I’m on the road.

“Home School” MFA

I graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with a BFA in Painting and Drawing the same month my older son graduated from high school. I got myself a studio in Oak Park, where I live, and began to explore life after art school. I applied for a fellowship grant based on… Read more »