Can Art Warm You Up?

Libby VanderPloeg piles on the sweaters in this illustration which the Northern Hemisphere can relate to. Here's a wonderful VIDEO about her work. Artist Libby VanderPloeg demonstrates just how many layers it takes to get polar vortex-ready. via Bundle up for winter with this adorable GIF — Boing Boing

Movie Legends Ascend to the Firmament

Farewell my Princess I wish this awesome girl hero had come along when I was even younger- but even in college years she was inspiring. When did we ever see such a kick ass heroine in space?  Leia opened the door for Ellen Ripley of Aliens, Captain Janeway, even Buffy. [BREAKING NEWS: DEBBIE REYNOLDS DIES, 1 DAY…

Seriously?

This American Life commissioned some musical theater songs inspired by this unbearable election ordeal, and here's one of three (listen to the other two HERE.) This is the refrain, in the voice of President Obama. Angry? Am I angry? You ask me if I'm angry? And I'm at a loss for words. After all we've done, every battle…

Winning While Not Winning

Back in September I applied for an artist's residency at Big Bend National Park, an opportunity to live and work for a month in one of our largest and most remote wilderness areas, right on the Mexican border (image above.) As I worked on the application, I gained a new understanding of why I paint the way…

Harvest, Gratitude & Balance

We've crossed the Equinox into the autumn season, and Friday last my Circle gathered to celebrate Harvest, Gratitude and Balance. As the day and night became equals we honored the bounty in our lives, the miracle of our journey through time, and the harvest on our tables in the following feast. Fall Equinox or Mabon is one of…

My Heart Flow with the Waters

I live on a lovely little bay off the Potomac River, downstream from Washington, DC. It's alive with turtles and catfish and migrating water birds. Bald eagles nest in the woods nearby, along with osprey, woodpeckers, red-tailed hawks and many other birds. But my bay, and the larger Chesapeake, is choked with foul rotting algae much…

defy reality: be an artist

This recent post from Chuck Wendig's blog Terrible Minds got to me: Nobody wants you to be an artist. It’s for a lot of reasons. Some come from a good place — they think, hey, we want better for you. The life of an artist is hard. Be a bricklayer, a doctor, a ROCKET LAWYER, something, anything.…

Music and the Divine Feminine

In honor of Mother's Day, I want to share the music and work of Jennifer Berezan with you. Berezan is appearing in concert May 27th in Washington DC for the first time, and I am thrilled to get to hear her. Jennifer is a unique blend of singer/songwriter and activist. She has recorded over ten albums,…