13 January 2018
Thinking a lot about the ancestors, about how my DNA report reads like a mini United Nations, about the courage and desperation and desire they must have felt, possessed, to leave their homelands, from eleven different regions of the globe, leaving all they knew, for all kinds of reasons, some forced and others willing, escaping starvation, violence, but all without any idea of what lay before them.
Did they all know they would never go home again? What will it must have taken to survive. Do I carry that same strength of will? Do I honor what it took, what they went through. with my own life? A life I owe them?
Make art about who dances in your blood.
11 January 2018
“I have to be alone very often. I’d be quite happy if I spent from Saturday night until Monday morning alone in my apartment. That’s how I refuel.” -Audrey Hepburn
“The more powerful and original a mind, the more it will incline towards the religion of solitude.”-Aldous Huxley
“I find it wholesome to be alone the greater part of the time. To be in company, even with the best, is soon wearisome and dissipating. I love to be alone. I never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude.”-Henry David Thoreau
I have always needed a lot solitude. These days I need even more.
Make art about solitude.
28 December 2017
Make art using bitter cold as a central metaphor.
29 December 2017
Make art about the colors of the body, about the colors you feel inside.
23 December 2017
Make art about the joy of giving.
24 December 2017
Make art about watching a child grow, the day to day changes.
25 December 2017
Make art about interfaith conversation, about building interfaith peace.
26 December 2017
Make art about shady sales practices.
27 December 2017
Make art about something you consider sacred.
16 December 2017
‘The Poet writes the story of his/her own body.” Thoreau
Make art about a story, or stories, held in your own body, perhaps one that’s been hidden, or about where you carry story in your body.
15 December 2017
Make art about discovering hidden strengths within, about discovering you are stronger than you thought, about a specific time you called upon strength you didn’t know you had.
11 December 2017
“Sometimes, your relentless optimism makes me tired.” 🙂 my brother Bill
Make art about why that glass is half full.