Outside My Art

Think Before You Cut Down That Tree

I have an affinity for trees.They set the stage for mood.  Ever walk into a grove of old trees?  They command respect simply by presence.  Lean against the trunk.  Soak up the warmth from the sun.  Feel the braille-like texture of bark beneath your hands.  Breathe deeply…(continue reading)

Flawed Beauty Is Perfection

Perfection. We are constantly inundated with what it means to be perfect--the perfect spouse, the perfect partner, the perfect friend, to have the perfect body.  To have "ideal" beauty--either for ourselves or in our home, society tells us things must look a certain way and if not, we are told what…(continue reading)

Cool Nature: Eastern Black Swallowtail Caterpillar

Disclaimer:  Though it would be far more glamorous to say I was out hiking knee-deep in native fauna with my hand-held magnifying glass, the reality was that I was taking out the garbage and recalled at the last minute my husband's warning not to step in the parsley because we have caterpillars. …(continue reading)

Taking Risks: Why Trying Something New Is Worth It

I love trying new things and having new experiences...with other people.  On my own?  It's mostly just scary.  If you view yourself as an independent woman though (or even simply envision yourself as one), then this is something you must take a deep breath and just do.  Every. …(continue reading)

What Is Summer? Art In the City

School buses have made their final rounds and the kiddos are home for the summer.  Summer is different for everyone.  Beyond the more standard fare of barbeques and swimming pools, we all have different things that evoke summertime for us.  When I was a kid (I'll never say growing-up because…(continue reading)