19 June 2019
When I was twelve or thirteen, a friend’s father, a somewhat pompous college professor, the kind who insisted on being addressed as Doctor…. told me I would never amount to anything.
As I say my gratitude prayers for today, I include him, that adult who was obviously so damaged or insecure that he felt compelled to strike out at a child. I took what he said as a challenge, a dare, a call to my Aries spirit to not only succeed, but to also surpass not only his poor expectations, but the much greater ones I already had for myself then.
Make art about success being the best revenge.
30 December 2017
“He judged the instant and let go; he flung himself loose into the stars.”-Annie Dillard
Make art about release, about releasing something painful, or something beautiful.
31 December 2017
Make art inspired by an interesting New Year’s tradition.
25 Strangest New Year’s Traditions From Around The World by David Pegg
In Denmark they save all of their unused dishes and plates until the 31st of December when they affectionately shatter them against the doors of all their friends and family.
In Ecuador they celebrate the New Year by burning paper filled scarecrows at midnight. They also burn photographs from the last year. All in the name of good fortune.
In Romania they throw their spare coins into the river to get good luck.
In Scotland the first person to cross the threshold of a home in the new year should carry a gift for good luck, perhaps a coin, bread, salt, coal, evergreen, and/or a drink (usually whiskey).
2 October 2017
Make art about the fear behind hate.
3 October 2017
Make art about the soundtrack of your life.
4 October 2017
Make art about losing your grasp.
5 October 2017
Make art about being let down.
6 October 2017
Make art about what’s out of place.
7 October 20017
Make art about coming together.
8 October 2017
Make art about remembering what you need.
11 April 2017
One of the greatest gifts I’ve received in this life was a single statement. A wise and caring man said to me, “You know, you have a right to peace of mind.”
The simplicity of what he said stunned me in that moment. It also revealed to me how I, for too many reasons to list, more often than not, stood in my own way toward achieving that peace.
Had a wonderful and heartbreaking conversation with my students last night about just this thing, about what keeps them from ‘peace of mind.’ Worries and expectations, the fears they hold for the future, their own and the future of our planet. We talked about articulating these barriers, and about releasing them.
Make art about peace of mind.
“…darkness is but a ghost of an idea, the least
remembered, most estranged prayer, and your fear
but a lingering, limbic fear torn from shreds of forgotten years.”
–Alice B. Fogel
Make art about forgiving the darkness.