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.
8 May 2019
Make art about what you’re reaching for.
6 March 2019
Make art about the next step.
20 February 2019
“you say love is a burning building: then run in:”–JP Dancing Bear
Make art about that burning building.
19 February 2019
Took me a long time, a lifetime, to learn to do this.
Make art about asking for help.
14 February 2019
Happy Valentine’s Day ❤
The great Zen teacher Thich Nhat Hanh has written beautifully about why learning to love others begins with learning to love ourselves.
Make art about learning to love yourself.
Love After Love
The time will come
when, with elation
you will greet yourself arriving
at your own door, in your own mirror
and each will smile at the other’s welcome,
and say, sit here. Eat.
You will love again the stranger who was your self.
Give wine. Give bread. Give back your heart
to itself, to the stranger who has loved you
all your life, whom you ignored
for another, who knows you by heart.
Take down the love letters from the bookshelf,
the photographs, the desperate notes,
peel your own image from the mirror.
Sit. Feast on your life.
4 February 2019
For a number of reasons, over the last eighteen months, I found myself unable to keep up my daily prompts. But I’m back for another try.
Make art about coming back.