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Art on a Monday

“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.”― Thomas Merton , No Man Is an Island It’s Monday in “Studio No-Name,” and I’m still thinking on what to call my creative space. It won’t be Studio No-Name! The process of naming my studio makes me think of the saying, “you must name it to claim it.” I have struggled with “claiming” my identity as an artist over the years, for all the reasons that many people do. I’m not conventionally educated. It’s not my primary… Read more Art on a Monday

Homer, Texas

My corner of the ‘curtain is Homer, Texas, an unincorporated community about twelve miles outside of Lufkin, Texas off of Highway 69-S, on the edge of the Big Thicket National Preserve. Homer is an interesting place. It was once the Angelina County seat, and was thriving and poised for growth until a major railway chose Lufkin for its main route in the 1800s. Its history includes brawls and bloody feuds, at least one of which is said to have left haunted energy on the land my family still lives on.… Read more Homer, Texas

Art Studio Joy

“We don’t make mistakes, just happy little accidents.”― Bob Ross There is so much room for JOY in art, something that I too often mentally push to the side, overpowered by the daily details and challenges of being an artist and owning an art-centered business. But, when I step inside my studio, see something amazing at a museum or gallery, or discover a new artist whose work speaks to me, even if I’m low on motivation or inspiration, joy appears. Recently I discovered a local artist’s blog. They write about… Read more Art Studio Joy

Now everything is easy…

Like the rest of the world, I had a hard start to 2020, made harder by the fact that my house was empty of kittycat feet for the first time in nearly 18 years. I missed Molly the most when I was home in a quiet house, and the pandemic made for a lot of that, even when my husband started working from home in March. I’m not a dog person, and definitely not a kid person, but I am 100-percent a cat person, in case that isn’t obvious. I… Read more Now everything is easy…

Hold Steady

Good Gravy. Nothing like a little pandemic to make every life choice seem both vitally important and totally inconsequential. I think everyone’s theme word for the year simultaneously shifted to Survive. Rightfully so. It’s hard to focus on “enlightened” needs right now. I mean, when your house is burning, who cares if the bed is made? None of us are in control right now, if we ever even were. It’s a lot for me, and for you and for everyone in the whole world. So what is an everyday person… Read more Hold Steady