Red heaven, blue heaven.

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I’ve made the pleasant discovery that all my art looks better when held up to the light.

Above is the Arabic letter “faa,” which begins “falasha,” or butterfly. And below is a gift I made for Pacz Tours, an awesome adventure company in San Ignacio. (Depicted: the entrance to the cave. The water is really that color.)

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And now that I think about it, I realize that all my visual art is pretty much about trying to recreate the stained glass windows at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Lebanon, PA, the church I went to as a schoolgirl. I can’t find any pictures. But the impossibly deep red reds and blue blues of heaven, as depicted in those windows, are seared into my memory.


2 Comments on “Red heaven, blue heaven.”

  1. Pamela Tandy says:

    I am so astounded by this. I didn’t know that you worked in the visual arts as well. I would really like to know how you decide when to reach into any one medium and spend time there? Except to give a gift? Are you interested in creating a body of visual work to show? If so, how do you decide to take time off from writing? If not, then why not? And how often do these choices clash?

    • Hey Pamela! I was a very active draw-er when I was a child and teenager, and then I recommitted to it when I invested in a set of Copic markers last year. I decided to make an illuminated alphabet for my niece and nephew, which explains all the letters.

      Yes, I’m definitely interested in creating a body of visual art! I’m planning to sell custom-made illuminated letters, in fact. As for deciding when to do what…hmm, it’s just a feeling. They never clash, they’re just different parts of the brain, different needs. Drawing and coloring is much more meditative to me than writing is. I get to zone out. Right now I work on a letter while watching a movie, which is really nice…!


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