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Three Things: The (Surreal) Sheep Edition

2017 January 23

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Having grown up on a sheep farm, Wren and I have a fairly good understanding of the animal. By turns aloof, curious, alert and oblivious, sheep can be really dumb as a herd, but every once in a while a surprisingly smart ewe will separate herself from the rest and impress you.

This week we’re taking writing cues from the wooly bundles, with a surreal twist.

 

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Jane Hammond, Cabrito, 2007. Photograph. www.janehammondartist.com

 

michaelmcwilliams

Michael McWilliams, In the Green Room. Acrylic. www.michaelmcwilliams.squarespace.com

 

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Jasper Oostland, Schaap (Sheep), 2004. Acrylic on paper. www.jasperoostland.com

 

Three Things: The Winter Edition

2016 December 12

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In my neck of the woods, it’s finally feeling like winter, and I feel like writing about it. In case your neck of the woods is still lacking a few wintry elements, here are three winter scenes to help you get in the mood as well.

 

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Joseph Alleman, Lone Crimson, 2013. Oil on canvas. Private collection. www.josephalleman.com

 

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Melissa Zexter, Blizzard Lovers. Embroidered photograph. www.melissazexter.com

 

horacepippin

Horace Pippin, The Fox (The Get-a-way), 1939. Oil on canvas. Philadelphia Museum of Art.

 

Three Things: The Gratitude Edition

2016 November 22

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This Thanksgiving week, let’s focus on a moment of gratitude. Here are three such moments to help inspire you.

 

horacepippin

Horace Pippin, Giving Thanks, 1942. Oil on canvas (later mounted to composition board). 

 

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Nishe, Infinitely yours, 2013. Photograph. Via Flickr.

 

fernandobotero

Fernando Botero, Still Life with Green Soup, 1972. Oil on canvas.

 

Three Things: Quiet Moment Edition

2016 November 14

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After a week like last week, and looking ahead to the weeks to come, I know I (and I suspect many others) could use a few quiet moments of reflection. Let’s write about such a moment.

 

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Larry Sultan, Mom Touching Wallpaper, 1986, from Pictures from Home series. Photograph. www.larrysultan.com

 

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Njideka Akunyili Crosby, “The Beautyful Ones Are Not Yet Born” Might Not Hold True For Much Longer, 2013. Acrylic and transfers on paper. www.njidekaakunyili.com

 

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Martin Brigden, Thought, 2015. Photograph. Via Flickr.