Happiness. It’s constantly touted to us as something we all want to have all the time – and often as something that if we don’t have it, something is wrong with us. Well, life is a balance of dualities right? And we can’t have one side without the other. Without sadness, anger, frustration, and so
“We are experiencing sublime conditions of horror, you know?” ~Erica Moiah James, an assistant professor in the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Miami, founding director and chief curator of the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas. (citation) In light of the past week, this quote, and last month’s blog series
Summer officially begins June 21. Get ready for the solstice by boosting your summer reading lists with 5 nature inspired books and “Further Fun” ideas to go with each! Research shows that connecting with nature in person, and through nature reading, writing, and art making helps build empathy. This is such an important ability
Floral and geometrics combine super powers in the turn-of-the-century art work of Stanisław Wyspiański. The turn of the 20th century that is! Self Portrait, (1869-1907) Today, the designers and trend forecasters call this blending of organics and geometrics “floral clash,” but this technique is anything but new. A quick search will reveal countless
I learned a new word this week – ekphrastic. It means: “Ekphrasis, or ecphrasis, comes from the Greek for the description of a work of art produced as a rhetorical exercise, often used in the adjectival form ekphrastic. It is a vivid, often dramatic, verbal description of a visual work of art, either real or
Symmetry is a great topic to creatively explore because of all the opportunities nature offers us! From animals to plants to snowflakes, symmetry and asymmetry abound in our natural world. So in this Wonder Wednesday 77 activity, we’re playing with 3 types of symmetry in our nature journals – reflection, rotational, and point symmetry.
Well, here we are again! The Winter Solstice is upon us, encouraging us to cozy up – whether we have snow falling or sunshine! In this last Wonder Wednesday of the year, I offer you a few ideas for getting cozy, celebrating, and making your own Spiced Solstice drink – right from the tropics to warm
Today, a respected colleague said how as teachers, it’s important to get students thinking about what they are doing rather than offering a “Just Add Water” experience. She said she appreciated how my approach to teaching was not “Just Add Water.” What a timely compliment in a world of quick fixes, sound bytes, and
Y’all know I love a good female nature inspired artist who makes her art her way regardless of the social norms of what women were/are “allowed” to do. I’ve written lots about Beatrix Potter and Anna Botsford Comstock over the years. And on the blog we’ve looked at many more female identified nature artists from
Life is nature. Nature is life. Full of cycles and seasons, births, blooms, growth, high tides, storms, struggle, low tides, deaths, but a sunrise always follows a sunset. With every sunrise and moonrise, the cycle begins again. Each day offers get a chance to start fresh and try again. A new day is nature’s do-over.