Eight Parts- a personal essay
In the summer of 2013, I was invited to the Taos Writers Workshop where I experimented with a few personal essays. My guides were BK Loren, and Debra Monroe. I am indebted to both of them and the summer I'll never forget.
To quote the title of Barry Lopez' recent book of essays: Embrace Fearlessly the Burning World
“Nothing but a child can wash these tears away or guide a weary world into the light of day.” Steve Earle
It’s just different now. I don’t feel like I am living in the same world. It’s a hurting world. It’s a moaning world.
Have you wondered what is happening to important cultural treasures in Ukraine? Me too!
Albrecht Durer, 2021, et al
If I hear or think the word ‘commoditization’ when it comes to art, I get a bit uncomfortable. Yet which Renaissance artist was the first to do exactly that? Albrecht Dürer, 1471-1528. He was the Andy Warhol of his times and I just came up from a deep dive into Dürer’s practices as well as his skills at making the most of his images.
People like me create art like this for people like you.
It’s a matter of my gratitude, personal and heartfelt. Generosity shown to me should be returned in some way that feels resonant.
One thing I love and have an abundance of is gorgeous, hand-thrown pottery. My life story can be told in pottery.
It starts with a drawing
It’s not that any of us are born with innate drawing skills (well maybe Picasso, for one) but, as with all skills, it takes work, repetitive work.