It’s Been a While

It’s been a while. I continue to pursue my “Home-School MFA,” meaning that I continue to make art, read about art, discuss art, view art. I do, however, find the digital world to be a distraction for the most part, and with the exception of being able to snap pictures on my smart phone for… Read more »

Road Warrior on a Road Scholar Trip Through Slovenia and Croatia

Since my husband has retired we are traveling at an amazing pace, attempting to see the whole of the world in as little time as possible. I love travel and it’s really fun and an amazing opportunity. We are extremely lucky to be able to do this. And it is very disruptive to my studio… Read more »

Blog or Journal

At a recent writing workshop the presenter made the distinction between public writing and private writing. Thinking about this distinction is helping me to think about writing a blog versus keeping a journal. I have been writing journals for years and have over 250 volumes, mostly labeled, and shelved in my front sunporch. All my… Read more »

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 »