Sunday, December 26, 2021

Thought for the Day

Hope is the hardest love we carry.
~ Jane Hirshfield

Quoted from Jane Hirshfield, "Hope and Love" in The Lives of the Heart (Harper Perennial, 1997)

See Denise Hopkins's "Hope Is the Hardest Love We Carry", oil on canvas, 24" x 24", inspired by Hirshfied's poem.

Sunday, December 19, 2021

Thought for the Day

Missing someone
is a mother
who leaves the front door ajar.
~Alireza Roshan

Excerpt quoted from Alireza Roshan, The Book of Absence, Poem-a-Day, The Academy of American Poets, December 3, 2021 (Trans. by Erfan Mojib and Gary Gach)

Alireza Roshan, Iranian Poet

Thursday, December 16, 2021

New Artist Watch Feature at Escape Into Life


Janet McKenzie, The Holy Family, 2007
Oil on Canvas, 42" x 54"
Collection of Loyola School (New York, New York)
© Copyright Janet McKenzie
I am privileged and delighted to present work by the internationally renowned painter Janet McKenzie in today's new Artist Watch column in the online arts magazine Escape Into Life.

A dedicated celebrant of diversity and inclusiveness, Janet McKenzie "reflects our time's awareness of suffering and injustice. In just those depths she celebrates our common humanity," says Lois Eby (Vermont Public Radio, August 21, 2002). Known for her painting Jesus of the People, which has been featured worldwide in print, online, and in documentaries, Janet "honors the feminine spirit" in her diverse sacred and secular paintings and gives "visual voice" to the continuing struggle for racial, religious, and gender acceptance and equality.

Today's Artist Watch showcases eight of Janet's exquisite, thought-provoking paintings and includes her Artist Statement and biography, as well as social media links. Information about each of the paintings, which could not be more appropriate for the Christmas season, also is provided.

Sunday, December 12, 2021

Thought for the Day

In a circle everything changes.
~ Kathy Wilder 


Quoted from Kathy Wilder, "AdventWord — Strength/Fortaleza/Force", Forward Movement, 2021

Kathy Wilder, Executive Director, Camp Stevens (Episcopal Camp and Retreat Center of the Diocese of Los Angeles and San Diego)

Sunday, December 5, 2021

Thought for the Day

No one walks through their story un-stung.
~ Peter Grandbois


Quoted from Peter Grandbois, "When your son abandons the lawnmower for the second time in as many days", Poem-a-Day, The Academy of American Poets, November 30, 2021

Peter Grandbois, American Writer and Poet