Posts Tagged ‘authors’

Dore Ashton, In Memoriam

February 5, 2017

I always loved reading Dore Ashton’s writing. It’s clear, but elegant and beautiful. Her friendships with artists put her in the unique position of being able to reveal anecdotes that cast their work in a new, more personal light. In her hands, they were significant yet little-known accounts that further enlightened the artists’ work; they […]

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Roof Life

October 7, 2016

Recently I was at the library, and on the shelf near the book I was looking for was a different book. It caught my eye because it was written by one of my former professors, Svetlana Alpers at UC Berkeley, someone whose lectures I thoroughly enjoyed. On a whim, I checked it out. It was […]

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Behind the Scenes (The Painting Fought Back)

March 7, 2016

The author David Foster Wallace once said something like, When writing a book, there always comes a time where you fall to the ground and bang your head against the floor. I see a lot of parallels between writing and painting, but I don’t feel this way with every painting because there are some that […]

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‘Twas the Night Before Christmas

December 24, 2013

Here are most of the original illustrations by Jessie Wilcox Smith that accompanied the Clement C. Moore poem, “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas” when it was published in 1912. They’re gorgeous! Merry Christmas!

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Mockingbirds and Collage: Discuss

November 18, 2013

Here’s a great quote from author Tom Robbins: “Mockingbirds are the true artists of the bird kingdom. Which is to say, although they’re born with a song of their own, an innate riff that happens to be one of the most versatile of all ornithological expressions, mockingbirds aren’t content to merely play the hand that […]

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Express a Little of Yourself

November 17, 2013

I’m rereading The Art Spirit by Robert Henri, and I keep coming back to this quote: “Those who express even a little of themselves never become old-fashioned.”

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Happy Anniversary, Moby Dick!

November 15, 2013

On this day in 1851, Moby Dick was published. I admit to having a fascination/obsession with this book. One of my favorite things about it is the many, many artworks it’s inspired–from the famous edition illustrated by Rockwell Kent, to this really striking digital image.

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Published in The Lavender Review

June 12, 2013

I’m very happy to be part of the latest issue of The Lavender Review, an art and poetry journal by and for lesbians. I’m in great company, alongside artists and writers such as Leonard and Virginia Woolf, Man Ray, Romaine Brooks, Artemisia Gentilleschi, Berenice Abbott, and the wonderful Hannah Barrett, whose digital collages inspired me […]

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Road Trip: Tacoma Art Museum

April 26, 2013

The Tacoma Art Museum is a total delight. Three people in the past month since I’ve moved to the Seattle area have told me it’s not to be missed, and they’re right. It’s a beautiful new building (built in 2003) in a beautiful part of town, overlooking Mt. Rainier, and some other architectural gems like […]

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I Saw You, Sor Juana

October 19, 2012

This digital collage was recently exhibited at the Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, in a show called Queer Art and the Church. It was inspired by a quote by Sor Juana de la Cruz, a Catholic nun in New Spain (now Mexico) in the 17th century. She’s considered the first Mexican writer, […]

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Back to School

September 7, 2011

Every once in a while, someone asks me why I paint about gay bullying. This kind of conversation usually goes like this: “Why do you paint about gay bullying? I mean, aren’t there plenty of other kids getting bullied? Aren’t you giving special treatment to the gay ones?” This always reminds me of the first […]

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Superheroes and Political Art

August 10, 2011

I love my EW magazine, and here’s one more reason: the July 29 issue features an article called “So One Comic-Book Legend Said to the Other…” that got me thinking about the connection between superheroes and political art. The article is a conversation between authors Neil Gaiman, who is, incidentally, a favorite of my old […]

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Favorite Quotes from It Gets Better, Part 2

May 10, 2011

“Okay. Listen up, people. It gets better. You being here makes this world a more blessed place. There’s art to be made. And there are songs to be sung. There’s so much to learn about yourself. There are sexy people to make out with. Yeah. There’s joy coming for you. So stay with us. It […]

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Inappropriate Use of the Family Values Card

April 4, 2011

I suppose it was just a matter of time before someone played the family values card where my work was concerned. There are many legitimate reasons why artwork might not fit with a particular venue–you have abstract work while they want to show landscapes, it’s too big, too small, too political, not political enough, does […]

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The Business of Happiness

February 3, 2011

Ted Leonsis, owner of the Washington Capitals and former executive at AOL, had a wake-up call one day when the plane he was on prepared to crash. His life flashed before his eyes, and he realized that if he were to die just then, he would not die a happy man–even though he was young […]

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