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Day 4: Mandeville Tree Hugger

  On a recent trip to Muir Woods in Marin County, California, I stood in awe of the redwood trees, ones I had visited a few times before but which still feel like church every time. I come from trees. My native Mandeville, Louisiana, is chock-full of them....

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Think that you Might be Wrong

Think that you Might be Wrong

When we were in our twenties, two friends of mine had a little sign in their living room that read, "Think that you might be wrong". At the time, I was far more interested in discussing all the reasons why I was right about a variety of topics from politics to good...

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What Picasso Taught Me

What Picasso Taught Me

Do you know what these four paintings have in common other than their subject matter? They share the same creator: Picasso-- the guy who once said, “My mother said to me, 'If you are a soldier, you will become a general. If you are a monk, you will become the Pope.'...

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911 Art

911 Art

9/11/17 It’s still strange typing today’s date. I remember being a college sophomore watching the news from my white mini-tv with a vcr built into the bottom (remember those?). The same footage over and over. In 2001 I was taking my first ever painting class. I was...

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Labor Month

I’m enjoying my labor day right-- a Cat Island Coffeehouse cappuccino on the wrap around porch that overlooks the Gulf. Pelicans graced the skies on my ride over. We nodded hello. But I’m not exactly resting because there’s labor ahead: this October I’m doing 31...

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Making Art in a Chaotic World

In college, my art professor once defined art as organized chaos. I’ve thought about that definition for years. I think about it when I look at the river landscapes around me or the light shining on my son’s hair when we are getting a post-school snowball: how would I...

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What to Look at Instead of the Sun

“Still — in a way — nobody sees a flower — really — it is so small — we haven't time — and to see takes time, like to have a friend takes time.. So I said to myself — I'll paint what I see — what the flower is to me but I'll paint it big and they will be surprised...

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It’s Coming and I Can’t Stop it.

I still, regrettably, haven’t yet seen summer blockbuster, Wonder Woman, but the first day of my son’s kindergarten last week certainly make me feel like a version of her. By 10:00 am I had shipped paintings, run a 5k in the brutal heat, answered all my emails,...

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This Time It’s Personal

My 2017 new year’s resolution was to be consistent with this blog. Specifically, to blog every Monday whether I liked it or not. It only took me until June to stop missing Mondays, and since then I feel like all my posts could be summarized like this, “I’m so...

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Getting a Little Lost on the Way Forward

A couple weeks ago my teacher friend and all-around super-human posted to Facebook this image of a page from a children’s book she had been reading to her daughter. Her post then explained: I love keeping up with my students on social media because I love seeing their...

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You Might Not Like This One…

I need to come clean. There’s this place I don’t particularly care for, and judging by many of your social media posts, a lot of you apparently do. Can we agree to just disagree? I’m not a fan of Disney. Which is why it’s a funny story how yesterday I found myself...

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