Left to right

What we call the beginning is often the end. And to make an end is to make a beginning. The end is where we start from. – T.S. Eliot. Prior to being the woman sitting peacefully by the pool in her skinny little polka dot bikini, the swimmer who dares remove the top before cannonballing … Read more

Naked as the day

Beauty is a light in the heart. – Kahlil Gibran The swimmer could have focused on all the positive signals she had ever received regarding her physical appearance. She had chosen instead to focus on the few negative ones, starting with that thing Chuck Bartlett said about her chest being flat as a board in … Read more

Happy birthday, Fanny Fox!

It’s never too late to be what you might have been. – George Elliot Years from now, long after I’m dead, a world-famous art historian will discover my body of work and write a 573-page internationally best-selling book about it. “This piece,” he’ll write about Autoportrait de l’artiste, “was painted on 16 December 2021 for … Read more

This time around

God always offers us a second chance in life. – Paulo Cuelho My father’s death in 2007 is the real deal, with a casket and flowers and everything. There is a wake and a mass, there is a burial. People come from all over to pay their last respects, to say goodbye. For all of … Read more

Love’s delight

The soul is healed by being with children. – Fyodor Dostoyevsky Antoine stands quiet and motionless at the edge of the table, studying the drawings in front of him. Behind him I wait, expectant. Finally, a chuckle through the nose. “Tu aimes?” I ask him. “Quelle fripouille,” he says, then: “Quelle chipie.” He loves it. … Read more

Ya saber ayyoub

A good father will leave his imprint on his daughter for the rest of her life. – Dr. James Dobson The original title for this week’s feature painting was Madame l’Inspectrice et son chien Boris. It didn’t stick. Neither did Crisse de grosses chipies. Understandably so. The first one, a little boring, fails to capture … Read more

Dumb as bricks

Don’t waste your time looking back. You’re not going that way. – Ragnar Lothbrok Patricia and Nelly stand close to each other at a bus stop, sharing the task of holding a book open in front of them. Only Nelly is looking at it, though; Patricia is too preoccupied with the hand resting on her … Read more

What can it hurt?

Prayer is putting oneself in the hands of God, at his disposition, and listening to His voice in the depths of our hearts. – Mother Theresa The bodybuilding exercises my friend Camille incorporates into our powerwalks along the St. Charles River include simple movements like sit-ups and squats. I wish we would skip the jumping … Read more

Portrait of the artist

Learn to live from the inside, the bull’s eye of your true being. -Sandra Walston There are always three people at play in my work: Toothpick, the inner artist child who conceives of the ideas; me, the adult with the hands and the materials necessary for bringing them to life; and Frankie, the inner writer … Read more

Start by listening

You’ve got to know yourself so you can at last be yourself. – D. H. Lawrence « Nous naissons tous bisexués, du moins psychologiquement, » explains Marie Coupal in Le Guide du rêve et de ses symboles. In its mother’s womb, Coupal goes on to tell us, the fetus possesses for a certain time both the male … Read more