End of Month Art Post!

I started this as an ongoing regular series of images posted the end of each month, specifically involving images in my journal.

As of this month and for the new year, I’ve decided to change the focus to posting pictures of my art at the end of every month and reflecting on my goals, objectives and accomplishments. So this month I picked my series entitled (for now) Expansion. All work is made with pens on paper. I’m considering adding pencil into the mix.

These four are older ones I started in mid May 2015, about 6 and a half months ago. 
This one, begun in May, I have been working on for two days. My current new goal after restarting this series in the fall is to focus more on finishing the drawings I’ve started.

It’s nice to have a goal that is doable and what I enjoy about this series is that my goal for each drawing is to cover the whole paper with marks, so it’s easier to be able to know when I’ve finished one. 
This one is a large one started recently. 

This one is an example of a finished drawing.  It’s the biggest I’ve completed: 15 x 18 inches.

Here below is a picture of that one with other finished ones on my studio wall: I will end the post with it. So by next month I hope to have finished at least 5-7 more of already started ones!  

Poem: I Will Not Be Reasonable

I don’t like

When people say,

“Everything happens for a reason.”

I will not be reasonable. Yes, I won’t.

I don’t want to miss

the seven impossible things before breakfast.

Or the disappearance of the missing socks

that will not stay with their twins.

Those socks are not reasonable. Yes, I won’t be too.

I will put on my shirt backwards inside out

And wear a gold fancy dress to coffee.

Yes, I will disturb

The state of Things.

I will eat cupcakes for breakfast.

I will not be reasonable. Yes, I won’t

I will put my elbows on the table

And eat my fork, knife and spoon.

I will drop stitches, forget to cross my t’s

I will forget my pleases.

I will stand on my head and walk on my nose,

And start my sentences with and.

I will ride my purple unicorn

All over your reasonable explanations.

I will mess up your reasons one by one

And give them back to you glued to the

Outside of your Box so you have to peek out and take them back;

I don’t care if they shrank and turned pink in the wash.

Now we can both say seven impossible things

to each other

Before every meal.

What does not kill you makes you stronger? True or False

Did this one in way fewer sentences:

I have a bigger problem with this one as Nietzche said it, so for a long time I thought it was great; now I prefer, “Finishing requires a heart of steel.” from Delacroix, which could be applied to the first one, that what does not kill you does NOT make you stronger; what does not kill you, you obviously survive, and sometimes it requires a heart of steel, whatever that is, to keep on surviving. Well no actually. What does not kill you does not shape who you are; what does not kill you does not kill you, meaning you survived and now are faced with PTSD and healing from it, as being almost killed, whether emotionally or physically or mentally or all of them, is a traumatic event. Because it was what it was and you now are still you but what it was almost killed you which is what it is and so, how do you go on anyway, feeling weaker in body, mind and spirit…

20 Creative Quotes on Giving & Gratitude

Originally posted on creativity in motion:

20 Creative Quotes on Giving and Gratitude | creativity in motion

The Thanksgiving holiday will soon be here, which encourages me to reflect on & share this collection of new quotes I’ve gathered that embody the act of giving, creating, and gratitude.  These musings of thankfulness, graciousness & the power of art are wonderful to remember no matter the time of year!  I believe this lens can also help offer some creative counteraction to fear, judgement, and shame during times of distress, suffering, and sorrow.

What creative quotes or practices help ground you in gratefulness & generosity?

  • The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude.  ~Friedrich Nietzsche
  • All art arises out of gratitude, a deep pervasive feeling that you are glad something exists outside yourself, that something can complete you.  ~Dorothy Koppelman
  • I have walked this earth for 30 years, and, out of gratitude, want to leave some souvenir.  ~Vincent van Gogh
  • Artists are among the most generous…

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Poetry Day 8: Flavor Elegy Enumaratio


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Hope used to taste like the cinnamon sugar mix on cinnamon sugar toast, The crumbly pastry on the edge of lemon meringue pie, the piece of lobster and butter coming out of the shell you bit into,

Hope used to taste like your fingers when you sucked on them, syrup you licked off the plate after the pancakes, the chocolate left on the candy wrapper, the bubbles in your ginger ale.

Now Hope has no taste. It’s a tiny wind that comes out of a little hole somewhere and you feel the invisible breath of it on your cheek for only a half second

before it has flown away. Sometimes you feel it coming from behind, like snow when it is falling diagonal. You turn around and it’s melted.

It’s like a hummingbird, light and fast and almost invisible, hovering near a flower, then not there as clearly as when it was there.

You can’t wait for it, you can’t ask for it, you can’t beg for it, you can’t cry for it, you can’t sigh for it, you can’t scream for it.

It’s in the moment your heart skipped a beat. it’s in the space between words. It’s the mistake in the painting, it’s the cookie you burned, the fall you had that skinned your knee.

Hope has no flavor no more. It lives still, in a quiet silent tiny invisible thread holding on to the air you breathe.

Mental disorder identity comic

Natasha Shapiro, ATR-BC, LCAT:

This is so important! Many people find their diagnosis to have really helped them to understand their illness and respect themselves and also not feel alone in their struggles with mental illnesses. It can be very empowering. Of course there are others who want to identify in a different way which is also fine. The first choice of saying “I am” gets criticized more by others and really needs to be as respected as any other choice including the choice to just identify as a person, not a person with a mental illness. There is room for all! Great comic

Originally posted on Pride in Madness:

Check out this great comic from Everyday Feminism by ChristineDeneweth about identifying as your disorder! Many of us use person first language which would have us saying, “I am a person with Borderline Personality Disorder.” That is 100% ok! Others, like myself, do identify with our disorder and will say, “I am Borderline.” This is also 100% ok! How you identify is your business and no one can tell you that you are wrong!

Here is the link to the comic: http://everydayfeminism.com/2015/11/telling-people-how-to-identify/

The comic link also includes a transcript.

language 3 Image from Everyday Feminist comic: First Panel reads, ‘Hold up! Pause!” Second Panel, “I just told Mike that I was schizophrenic. That was my truth! While there’s nothing wrong with identifying as a person with schizophrenia, that’s not my word choice.” Third Panel, “When you correct a person with a mental disorder you take away their identity and silence them. You…

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Being a Person is….

 Getting too complicated. Yes indeed. I made my own photo collage for my Facebook profile.

It’s not the problem of Facebook to tell you what or how to make a profile photo. Learn something by looking stuff up. 

The weird think about this photo collage I made is that in the background of my photo of myself is a framed drawing made by a boy who died from accidental gun killing him, so this is for that too.

I did not remember how the Frencg flag was – the order of the colors. I’m not even sure if the stripes in the US flag start with red or white. Of course being an ignorant American I barely know any flags so the Ones for Kenya, Lebanon and Iraq were new to me. 

I partly don’t know flags because I have a strange aversion to them so when I see flags, mostly American, I get a sort of disgusted reaction. It’s not about much besides I guess seeing a lot of blood all over every flag I see and wishing there were no nations and no blood shed over land and boundaries that separate us human beings…



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