We Can Be Heroes

Farewell to the musician who provided the playlist for my young life, and the artist who gave sound and vision to the androgynous, artistic, alien of my soul. In a world with no road map, as the traditional life of my parents and grandparents became quaint and irrelevant, Bowie blazed across the firmament, operatic troubadour of the next moment. He released…

A New Year Dawns

I've been grumpy about the unseasonably warm weather - over 70° leading up to Christmas just didn't feel right. But heading into the end of the year, Voila! And it's so crispy cold that the bay has frozen. There is a beauty to the frosted morning, a certain chilled pink and blue glaze over lawns…

Holiday Goodies

A Merry Christmas to All Here's a few treats for you to make the Season bright.  Enjoy this beautifully told tale of friendship, gifts and shared holidays: My Christmas message at Clearwell's blog bears repeating here, if you can forgive the pun. Please watch this sweetly beautiful animated tale of Bear & Hare, dear friends who have…

I’m a Winner!!!

Although four days ago I want at all sure it was possible, I just validated this years novel at 50,631 words and got all the fun NaNoWriMo winners goodies: Congratulations video, a purple bar, and badges, banners and a certificate! But the best reward is, of course, having done it. When it got boring, I wrote. When…

Guest Blogger at Cheryl Holloway’s Author blog

I'm honored to be featured today at Cheryl Holloway's blog here: How to Succeed at NaNoWriMo Please go read, and give Cheryl some love. It's the second year I've been invited to do thisand I'm honored. Cheryl interviews indy authors of all types and genres, and I've discovered interesting writers and books. So she is a big…

More Summer Painting

I've been busy, too busy outside slurping up all the delicious low-humidity summertime that August has brought to Southern Maryland to post work I've been doing, so here are a few things I've been working on. click images for larger view      Solstice Sunrise, oil on canvas, 14 x 11"  6am, June 21, 2105 ©Patrise

Summer Painting

You can catch me at the monthly Moyaone Markets, where I often have art for sale and in progress. In good weather I love to set up outside and invite anyone to make art with me, and that's what I did at the August 1 Market, a blissful summer's day. I had a variety of…

Crochet Coral Reef

We've heard about multiple hazards threatening the well-being of our ocean, from a profusion of plastic junk to rising temperatures to excess CO2 - but what have you done about it?  No, this is not your typical tree-hugger guilt trip! I want to amaze you with the creativity and cross-cultural genius of this particular project: The Crochet Coral Reef Margaret Wertheim is…

Strange Magic

Dreaming of spring, the mind turns to flowers, butterflies, fairies and... bugs? Well, yes, if you life in southern Maryland. Although it's been frozen into silence lately, we have a buzzingly diverse ecosystem here in the coastal plains and wetlands, rich in the insect life that supports the abundant bird and fish populations we're known…

“Nothing to Lose”

Choreographer Kate Champion asked the question: what does it mean to put really big bodies on the dance stage? She premiered "Nothing to Lose" at Sydney Festival in January, 2015 Champion was inspired by watching the way larger bodies moved through the world, and dancing in clubs. It led her to ask why she never saw bodies like…