June 7, 2020

Some days however, I immerse in painting in order to avoid writing. And some days I write (mostly in random ways) when I want to avoid painting. This pinging back and forth feels like a game of creative dodge ball that signals my brain to regress into doubt.

May 24, 2020

I’m thinking a lot about cigarettes and how nice it would be to have one. As a long time smoker (and long-time quitter) living alone during this quarantine, I’m remembering how they used to be such good company, especially in the studio where cigarettes measured brush...

August 4, 2019

In the town where I live in Mexico, most of the stores are about the size of a walk-in closet. La tiendita de la esquina (also known as the corner store) and la papelería (a “stationary” but oh-so-much-more store) are the heart and soul of a Mexican neighborhood. In my...

July 30, 2019

                                           Prepping the wall (Photo: Finn Pedersen)

Part three (!) and final post on my mandala mural process.  As with many projects...

July 27, 2019

                          A walk on a dusty road with friends. (photo: Evelyne Pouget)

I fell in love with Mexico on my first trip in 1989. I was on my honeymoon and travelled around by bus for a month wit...

July 20, 2018

 Coffee "shop" in the middle of nowhere outside of Taos.

     I hope you had a chance to read Part One of this post, where I talk about amazing residency experiences offered by The VCCA in Virginia, and Le Moulin à Nef in France. These next two residencies wer...

June 20, 2018

This essay was originally published in Elephant Journal in 2015

    Pase or Pasele are words I hear many times during my day here in Mexico. In Spanish, it literally means “pass” or “pass yourself, but translates to Go on or You first.  Please.  I insist. It i...

May 14, 2018

Memento Mori: Path. Second of Three Panels. Created at the Fundacion Valparaiso, Spain.

    Imagine waking up in a gorgeous, centuries old Moorish olive mill to an amazing light across the mountains outside your window. There is a wonderful cook and pamper person t...

February 26, 2018

 photos: Linda Laino

"I feel the delightful, velvety  texture of a flower and discover its remarkable convolutions; and something of the miracle of Nature is revealed to me."

~ Helen Keller

     I had my hands in a fair amount of glue today when it occurred to m...

February 9, 2018

 This haibun was first published in Life In 10 Minutes . Photo: Linda Laino

     He often frequented the bar where I worked. It was of the hotel variety, and yet in the small town in Florida where I was living, it operated more as a local favorite. I was 20, a...

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