Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Me...ish

Since summer began I've started each day with eyes closed and thoughts of gratitudes and intentions. I've done five sun salutations every single day upon rising. I've gathered my hair up in asymmetrical clumps on each side of my head and worn the same three outfits (except for that one day I got all fancy and put on overalls). I've worked on writing five days a week and played the piano every single day. And I have been painting again.

I'm not quite like the me I knew before all of this, but I'm me...ish, and being me-ish is a good thing.

"Me...ish"

I'm taking an online portrait class and this is my first piece.

Acrylic
Not For Sale
12"x9"" on canvas.

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Monday, July 13, 2020

hold me

In my sixteen years of teaching I have never had a first day of school (or any day, really) when every student just walked right in, happy to say "good bye" to their parents, and smoothly joined their peers in learning and play. Very few of my students do this. Many of my students need (and deserve) to be hugged and held through this transition that is such a leap into the great unknown for them. I've hugged and held students at drop off for days, weeks, and sometimes months until they adjusted, hugging and holding three, four, and five year old children who do not fully comprehend this transition or just simply want their mom and dad. And while hugging one child others invariably come over to join the hug. I've had parents have to enter my classroom while still holding their children and in a tangle of arms, mine, the parent's, and the child's, I take over the comforting of these children as their parents make an exit and I give them a friendly look over their child's shoulder or wave, reassuring them that their child will be OK. This is something I've embraced as part of my job.

This school year my students will be being dropped off with a shielded and masked teacher that they may or may not recognize (even though I will be doing a Zoom meetings with them before school starts showing myself putting all of my PPE on). They will have just been through whatever screening protocols the district decides upon and gone through some process of getting to my room. Being upset by this transition is to be expected and understandable. In the current crisis requiring distance, how can I comfort my students and keep them and myself safe. How can I lean in and be part of a tangle of arms? How can I reassure parents that it's going to be OK?  It's possible that some of my students may be able to wear a mask, but it will likely be beyond many of their comprehension, tolerance, and ability to do so for an entire school day, and probably won't be required by the district anyway.

So much to think about and this is just the first five or so minutes of each school day.


"hold me"

Mixed Media
Original available for $85.
16"x12" on watercolor paper
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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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Friday, June 19, 2020

Recommit to the Work that Remains Undone

With respect and celebration I'd like to pair this quote with a painting I completed today.


"Juneteenth is a time to recommit ourselves to the work that remains undone. 
We remember that even in the darkest hours, there is cause to hope for tomorrow's light."



-President Barack Obama


Mixed Media
Original available for $85.
16"x12" on paper
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Wednesday, June 17, 2020

All Things Change

I'm taking an art class from Jenny Doh, whom I've long admired. This is my first piece from her class.

And I read a quote today in a book I'm reading for a book study that I'd like to share. 

"In a true dialogue, both sides are willing to change. We have to appreciate that truth can be received from outside of - not only within - our own group...We have to believe that by engaging in dialogue with another person, we have the possibility of making a change within ourselves, that we can become deeper."
-Thich Nhat Hanh

The author, bell hooks, used the quote in the preface to her book "Teaching Community, A Pedagogy of Hope".

"All Things Change"
Acrylic
12"x9" on canvas

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Monday, June 15, 2020

PRIDE

Love is love.



Mixed Media
Original available for $45.
12"x16" on paper
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Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Wisdom

"The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom."
-Isaac Asimov

"Wisdom"

Mixed Media
Original available for $45.
10"x10.5" on wood
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Sunday, March 15, 2020

Hope Still Lives

"The work goes on, the cause endures, hope still lives and the dreams shall never die."
-Ted Kennedy

"Hope Still Lives"
Mixed Media
$195
30"x40" on canvas

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Saturday, February 29, 2020

Sparkle

Just a reminder to all of my friends...you sparkle so.


Acrylic
Original available for $75.
12"x11" on cardboard
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Sunday, February 23, 2020

All Flowers Keep their Light

"Deep in their roots,
all flowers keep their light."
-Theodore Roethke

"All Flowers Keep their Light"
Mixed Media
Original available for $75.
12.5"x14" on wood
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Monday, January 6, 2020

True Happiness

"True happiness is the absence of the search for happiness."
- Peter Crone

I heard this quote a couple of weeks ago and truly resonated with me and my own challenges and it gave me such peace. This is the 6th and final (for now) piece that I'm putting on my meditation wall.


Acrylic
5.75"x11" on wood
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Sunday, January 5, 2020

Embrace this Moment

Embrace this moment.
I think "embrace" will be my focus this year.
Embrace life, embrace love, embrace creativity, embrace it all.


Acrylic
5"x5" on wood
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Friday, January 3, 2020

Be at Peace with What Is

Be at peace with what is.


Acrylic
15"x13" on wood
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Thursday, January 2, 2020

Breathe

I've been working on a series of paintings to hang on my wall as a focus point for mindful meditation.


Acrylic
8"x7" on wood
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Wednesday, January 1, 2020

My Girl, Phyllis

Happy New Year from Phyllis! She's always got her party hat on!



Acrylic
Original not available...I'm keeping this one.

13"x10" on wood
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