Sunday, November 24, 2019

Thought for the Day

If you're really mind-full, and if you underline that aspect
of fullness, wholeness, or wholeheartedness, it reveals
the gift character of everything. . . .
~ Brother David Steindl-Rast

Quoted from "All in the Same Boat", Reprint of Interview of Br. David Steindl-Rast by Rex Weyler and Catherine Ingram (New Age, Vol. 9, No. 2, September 1983) at

Thursday, November 21, 2019

New Artist Watch Feature at Escape Into Life

Maremi Andreozzi, Isabella Clara Eugenia as painted by Clara Peeters, 2019
(from the Painted Ladies Series)
Acrylic on Canvas, 40" x 40"
Copyright © Maremi Andreozzi


The outstanding painter Maremi Andreozzi is showcased in November's Artist Watch column at the international online arts magazine Escape Into Life.

Drawing on in-depth research and inspiration from patterns and objects in the decorative arts and art history, Maremi Andreozzi, who lives and works in the Mt. Vernon area of Alexandria, Virginia, creates art that tells us stories—both biographical and historical. For her Painted Ladies series, for example, Maremi introduces us to such art historical figures as Clara Peeters and Sofonisba Anguissola. Her History Adorned series presents us with Mary Queen of Scots, Rebecca Rolfe, and Queen Ana Nzinga of Ndongo, among other women, both known and not-so-well-known, in history. Each richly detailed painting appropriates images from its subject's body of work and is period-specific. 

Today's Artist Watch showcases eight images from Maremi's Painted Ladies and History Adorned series, and includes her Artist Statement, a brief biographical profile, and links to her Website and Instagram page.

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Thought for the Day

What would happen if one woman told the truth about
her life?
The world would split open
~ Muriel Rukeyser

Quoted from Muriel Rukeyser, "Kathe Kollwitz" in The Collected Poems of Muriel Rukeyser (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2006), page 460, et seq.

Muriel Rukeyser (1913-1980), American Poet, Translator, Playwright, Biographer, Children's Book Author, Political Activist

Profiles of Muriel Rukeyser at Jewish Women's Archive and Poetry Foundation

Kathe Kollwitz (1867-1945), German Printmaker and Sculptor

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Thought for the Day

Where I step I am stepping into a place
that was just finished at the moment I arrived.
~ Fanny Howe

Quoted from Fanny Howe,  The Winter Sun: Notes on a Vocation (Graywolf Press, 2009)

Fanny Howe, American Poet, Novelist, Writer of Memoir, Short Stories, and Short Films; Recipient, Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize (2009), Gold Medal for Poetry (Commonwealth Club of California), Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize for Most Outstanding Book of Poetry Published in 2000 (Academy of American Poets), Griffin International Poetry Prize Finalist (for On the Ground, 2004); National Book Award Finalist (for Second Childhood, 2014), Man Booker International Prize Finalist (2015)

Howe published Love and I: Poems (Graywolf Press) in October 2019.

Sunday, November 3, 2019

Thought for the Day

To accept one's past — one's history — is not the same thing
as drowning in it; it is learning how to use it. An invented past
can never be used; it cracks and crumbles under the pressure
of life like clay in a season of drought.
~ James Baldwin

Quoted from James Baldwin, The Fire Next Time (1962, 1963; Vintage Reissue, 1992)

James Baldwin (1924-1987), American Novelist, Essayist, Poet, Playwright; Activist and Social Critic