I art-journaled my way through a second cancer diagnosis and treatments back in 2017 which turned out to be a very meaningful endeavor.
This month, Ratio Therapeutics, a radiopharmaceutical company based in Boston, MA will be hosting an exhibit of work by cancer survivors and my journal is included! (Note: The exhibit unfortunately is not open to the public at this time but I will keep you posted when/if it is.)
For the past few years I’ve had the idea of writing about the experience and offering a guide for others.
I’m happy to share that my book is complete; a 64 page paperback with prompts and original artwork to guide others through the process. The book can be applicable to anyone going through any life-changing event that disrupts our day-to-day lives.
The book is available for $20 and able to purchase on Blurb.
Heard these lyrics while painting this last night. Love when the act of artmaking provides the words and messages I most need.
When this old world starts getting me down And people are just too much for me to face I climb way up to the top of the stairs And all my cares just drift right into space On the roof, it’s peaceful as can be And there the world below can’t bother me Let me tell you now
When I come home feelin’ tired and beat I go up where the air is fresh and sweet (up on the roof) I get away from the hustling crowd And all that rat-race noise down in the street (up on the roof) On the roof, the only place I know Where you just have to wish to make it so Let’s go up on the roof (up on the roof)
At night the stars put on a show for free And, darling, you can share it all with me I keep a-tellin’ you Right smack dab in the middle of town I’ve found a paradise that’s trouble proof (up on the roof) And if this world starts getting you down There’s room enough for two Up on the roof (up on the roof) Up on the roo-oo-oof (up on the roof) Oh, come on, baby (up on the roof) Oh, come on, honey (up on the roof) Everything is all right (up on the roof)
There’s an old family photo circa 1929 or so that I used to love looking at when I was growing up–family members waiting at the dock for a ship to come in.
I found myself thinking about the photo a lot in recent months and after reaching out to my cousin was able to see the photo again after many years. The photo still captivates me. In some ways more than ever.
The photo became inspiration for a new piece of artwork made in procreate on my iPad.
It seems like many dim years ago
Since I heard that face to face
Though tonight I can feel you here
I heard it in the wind last night It sounded like applause Did you get a round resounding for you Way up here It seems like many dim years ago Since I heard that face to face Though tonight I can feel you here
Painting inspired on a recent walk (by a captivating tree trunk) and lyrics by Joni Mitchell, For the Roses.