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North and South and East and West

Up until November 8th, I was preparing a historical piece on Sarah Josepha Hale -- my latest historical figure crush, the woman who canvassed for years to secure the Thanksgiving holiday in our national pantheon. To my (albeit limited) knowledge, she was not an advocate of the Henry Wordsworth Longfellow rubbish about Pilgrims and "Indians" [...]

Slip Slidin’ Away

"...Cry. Swear. Laugh. Cry more. We are making a river with our tears and rivers quench the thirsty..." I had a massive headache for the past two days -- the sort that makes you not even want your morning coffee and leaves you feeling nauseous. I worked through it the first day and made it [...]

Draw-journaling and the “m” word.

One of the biggest shifts that happened during the Travis Thing was that I found myself being extra aware. Extra attentive to the present. I was snowed under by DETAILS -- some mundane, some very grim indeed. And I was startled to find those two things, the grim and the mundane, so close together like that. [...]

Solo Art Show: Tiny’s Coffee SE

For those of you in Portland, listen up: for the whole month of August I will have pictures up on the walls at Tiny's Coffee SE. I was trying to remember if I've ever had a show of JUST my illustrations. I've shown my canvas work here and there, and illustrations have popped up in [...]

Private battles

The other day I was at Lauralhurst park on my lunch hour, sketching for this picture -- one of two for my friend-who-died's daughter, so she'll be able to see what his fatherhood was like. These have been very satisfying pictures to work on, though of course they are intense to work on as well. Two [...]

Monster Drawing Rally 2016

All photos in this entry were taken for the Portland Art Museum by Cody Maxwell, and are used here with permission. There are many more pictures to admire here. I read on someone's Facebook page that "MDR" is the French version of "LOL" (mort de rire: dying of laughter), which is a great way to [...]

Just another path

My friend died. He has been dead almost three…four weeks now, as I write this. I have been writing about it, writing a whole lot, but whenever I sit down to write to a person (or in this case: people) I tend to clam up. It's so much easier to write to no one, somehow, [...]

Greetings from the trenches

We're six weeks into knowing about my friend with cancer, (see previous entry) and about five weeks into his 6-8 weeks prognosis. There isn't much to say about it. Most of the time, because I am not living with this friend nor am I that intimate with his family, life is normal -- transcendent and [...]

The courage of our hearts

On March 9th my husband's friend/boss was killed by a tree. About three weeks later, a woman I know -- a cleaning client -- died after a long, arduous battle with Parkinson's. I have written a LOT about that one, but haven't yet had the heart to post anything about it. So I was [...]

Spotted towhee

Let's start with this bird. The spotted towhee. We've always pronounced it as though it rhymes with "dewy" but it turns out that it is probably rhymes with "doughy" instead. Just like I often pronounce the paint I work with "gohssh" instead of "gwash". (Tomato, Tomahto.) To add to my bewilderment, the Spotted Towhee was [...]