Acrostic poem and painting inspired by David Harrison’s blog “W.O.M.” prompt: Begin or Beginnings…

1. Schlumbergera-First-Bud1-1-81-2016


B egin, oh joy, anew…
E arnestly scribed lists with
G rowing ideas that
I nvolve challenge, focus,
N obly nurturing goals,
N avigating with care,
I ncluding writing, art,
N ature, music, quiet,
G rand meditation, and…
S -I-M-P-L-Y… simplifying…

© 2016 Michelle Kogan

Above: Schlumbergera’s First Bud, brush pen and watercolor

About Michelle Kogan Art, Illustration, & Writing

Michelle Kogan is an artist, illustrator, instructor, and writer, creating colorful allegorical figure, flora and fauna paintings and children's illustrations, which have a sensitivity to endangered species, and the environment. She is an art instructor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Evanston Art Center and offers Plein Air Painting Workshops at nature venues in the Chicago area including the Lincoln Park Conservatory, Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, and Lurie Gardens at Millennium Park. Visit her online Etsy Shop at: and her website:
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