As one way to avoid using “retail therapy” for a quick pick-me-up, my book, I Want It Now, suggests pursuing what you love. To that end, I’m starting a blog on art. I love art. Beautiful art lifts me out of a funk, challenging art suggests new perspectives and widens my world, and learning about artists’ lives inspires me. My blog will include reviews of art exhibitions, interviews with artists and art professionals, and ideas for incorporating art into everyday life. For example, I’m an educator in child development, and I attempt to use art in my classes as a learning device. I’ve noticed that my students have become more open to different ways of problem solving and thinking after participating in artistic educational experiences (i.e. qualitative learning). I’ll write about what works in the classroom and what flops, and from those teachers out there, I look forward to hearing about what works for you.

Art Journaling will focus particularly on art genres and artists who typically get little mainstream notice. In the bay area this summer, we enjoyed several highly publicized, big muscled exhibitions: notably there was Picasso at the De Young Museum and The Steins Collect at SF MOMA. Did you know that there was also a small showing of Romare Bearden’s graphic works at the Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD)? Bearden is known for his collages and is one of the great artists of the 20th century. Keep an eye out for my first post, which will provide a taste of the pieces exhibited at the Bearden exhibition.