Sunday, July 12, 2020

i'm mostly ok

This sweet owl emerged from a writing prompt I did during an Art Spark Texas meeting. The very first layer of this painting is a letter I wrote to young me about how something about me then was going to be a superpower for me during COVID times. So I wrote a letter to young Kali, who loved to hang out on her roof behind the chimney where no one could see her, and how good she was at being in her own company. Back then I'd bring dolls, art supplies, books and more up on the roof and entertain myself in the shadow of the chimney as long as the sun allowed. I was OK then, mostly. And I'm mostly OK, now, too.

"i'm mostly ok"

Mixed Media
Original available for $85.
16"x12" on watercolor paper
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Thursday, July 9, 2020

play with me

As an Early Childhood Special Education teacher, teaching children social skills, how to work, solve problems, and play together are among my primary and favorite objectives. We teach, and children learn, through play. This coming school year instead of teaching my three, four, and five year old students with disabilities how to play and socialize together I will be put in the position of teaching them how to stay apart...distanced. How harmful will it be to the children in our society to be taught to suffocate that internal urge to be with, beside, and among their peers? How harmful will it be to be taught that when they want to empathize with a friend who is sad or hurt that they must stay away? How harmful will it be to be taught that when they want to play that they must sit away from friends and only play with their own set of toys? In person teaching before we can safely be in close proximity has dangers far beyond contracting the virus.


Mixed Media
Original available for $85.
16"x12" on watercolor paper
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Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Even When Broken

Even when broken we appear to bloom...briefly. But at what point do the broken begin to wilt? At what point when the broken are so wilted themselves will they stop being asked to care for those even more broken and wilted? At what point will those fully rooted and rich in resources embrace us and the burden they've created? We will und up in the ground with our roots returned to us or forgotten and entirely covered with the soil that was meant to be our nourishment.


Mixed Media
Original available for $75.
12"x9" on canvas
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Sunday, July 5, 2020

i want to live

i want to live

Please wear a mask, my friends. It's something we can and should do.



This is my 3rd piece inspired by a class I'm taking from Jenny Doh.

Mixed Media
Original available for $85.
12"x16" on watercolor paper
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Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Smile

"Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile,
but sometimes, your smile can be the source of your joy."
-Thich Nhat Hanh

This piece started as a list of gratitudes, then a palette for painting another piece, then a piece that I worked on during a writing workshop. Today a smiling fella appeared. I think it's just what I needed to see today. Perhaps it's what you need to see, too.


"Smile"
Mixed Media
20"x16" on canvas paper

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Monday, June 29, 2020

A Girl Can Dream

This is my second piece from Jenny Doh's class. 

I started looking for a quote to go with this painting but my mind is occupied with thoughts of
wishing we still had Barack Obama as President and Ann Richards as Governor. 

Things would be so different.


"A Girl Can Dream"
Acrylic
20"x16" on canvas paper

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Thursday, June 25, 2020

Happiness

This is a commissioned piece and I'm so grateful that I was able to create what I consider to be happiness in canvas form. And it's three feet by four feet...that's a whole lot of happiness.


Acrylic
SOLD
3'x4'" on canvas
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