Each week for 26 weeks, I am publishing a post about women who are not widely known but should be—women who can inspire us, teach us, and encourage us to get out of our comfort zones and reach for our dreams. Week 24 of my A to Z challenge introduces us to Xaviera Simmons....more
Did you know that even though women make up 51% of visual artists today, in the U.S. only 5% of work on museum walls is by women? It is no surprise that if you ask someone to name five artists, they will likely list prominent male artists.
I’ve never met a single-discipline artist.Every creative person I know says things like, “Well, I’m a writer. But I also sing in a choir and play bass guitar and drums and embroider and do needlepoint but I don’t do counted cross-stitch anymore and of course everyone in my family loves to cook and did I mention that I also clog dance?”Like I said, you’re good at a lot of things.And then there ’s the artistry that you bring to your everyday life....more
We all have our family of origin, and then we have our family of friends.It ’s one of the great perks of adulthood — you get to pick a second family of friends who love you.While it ’s likely that both these families love you and care about you and want the best for you, you may have noticed that most of them neither know nor care much about your work.They don’t understand what you do. They don’t understand why you do it. It probably even seems kind of crazy to them.That ’s okay. ...more
Just after I turned 40 I did something that would change my life forever. I ran up a huge amount of credit card debt to fund a music CD, a labor of love that was supposed to save me from ever needing a day job again. ...more