19 March 2020
The jonquils in my yard have emerged, blooming like glory. I was struck while outside this morning, this first day of spring, with a kind of surreal awe at the beautiful constancy of this mother planet.
Even as we’re surrounded with fear or panic, which as a species we’ve seen again and again over millennia–famine, war, plague 😦 — even in the darkest days, there is the arrival of beauty.
Make art about what’s emerging.
17 March 2020
Often we’re too busy to notice the view right in front of us. One of my students, when I asked about what they missed being away from home, softly described the view of the city at night from his bedroom window in what he called ‘the projects where I live.’
“At night,” he said, “the lights go on forever, and every light, I think, is a soul.”
Make art about seeing the world through your window.
16 September 2019
“It is only with the heart that one can see rightly.”–The Little Prince
Make art about what the heart sees.
12 September 2019
Make art about what’s revealed, what you see, in the patterns.
7 September 2019
Make art about having visions, about what came to you in a vision.
31 August 2019
“The apparition of these faces in the crowd; petals on a wet black bough”–Ezra Pound
Make art about an apparition.
24 August 2019
“My alone feels so good, I’ll only have you if you’re sweeter than my solitude.”–Warsan Shire
Make art about being alone, about the difference between being alone and being lonely, about the beauty to be found in solitude.
23 August 2019
Make art about the power of story, of how story can change lives.