For most children, making art is a hobby or part of playtime, but for a 6 year-old Afghan girl, it's become a path to freedom, even when faced with death threats.For Shah Bibi Tarakhail, art was not something she was exposed to until she lost her right eye and most of her right arm after mistakenly picking up a grenade in her village in Afghanistan. That horrific tragedy might have been enough to push any adult or child into depression, or prevent them from creating anything, but not Shah Bibi....more
When She Spoke By Marisa Bernhard When she spoke, she didn't speak with gracefulness or with a smooth flow of words. Her speech was always choppy and broken up.She struggled with words, not because of an impediment of any kind but because it was so much easier for her to be silent....more
This has been a rather fun week of tangling, due in part to a last-minute pre-BlogHer '14 creative project that was sparked by a link (along with a not-so-subtle suggestion!) sent my way by a friend and taken on by yours truly. I can't share it with you just yet, as I'm not quite finished...
The other night I finally had the chance to catch Obvious Child, the new film starring Jenny Slate. It's been a while since I've seen a movie in the theater, but I wanted to make sure I saw this one on the big screen—not for aesthetic reasons but for political ones. I want my money to register as part of its box office take....more
Art is a HUGE factor in all I am and do. I enjoy creating it. I enjoy visiting galleries and admiring it! For years I studied it, and consider getting a degree about collecting it. It inspires my coaching practice, as I nurture the inner artist in each of us....more
The Canadian scientist, David Suzuki , believes that all children need to bond with animals and if they haven’t the chance to connect with real animals then they will turn their attention to stuffed or cartoon animals to try to fulfil that inborn desire. He calls it a “grotesque” substitution. I think there is a lot of truth to Suzuki’s idea. Animals are part of creation and to live as we were intended to live, we need to touch the earth, plants and animals as well as other people to grow into well-adjusted adults....more
I took my new puppy over to the community garden and found some apples on the ground. I wasn't quite sure whether the apples on the tree were quite ripe yet but the one's on the ground were fair game for using in a painting and then eating so here is a little study that I did of them. I could have taken them a step further but I liked the lose feel of this little study so I think I will mark it finished and pop it on ebay. To visit my painting blog CLICK HERE...more
More than 50 years ago Nelle Harper Lee wrote a book called “To Kill a Mockingbird”. It was her one and only book and it is a masterpiece, but the story behind it has always been a tantalizing enigma.