“Solace” Poem inspired by a painting


A poem inspired by art I did with my students yesterday in my Figure and Nature class at the Evanston Art Center.

© 2016 Michelle Kogan

I find solace in making art
an indescribable refuge,
absorbed in only creating,
my batteries auto recharge.

Energy continues for hours . . .
It spikes my sensitivity,
sharpens my acumen, and brings
unexpected aha moments.

Actions of creating beget
more creating, and more and more.
An inner calm, and excitement
coexist, euphoria perhaps. 

Coming down, slowly, gently. It’s
time to embrace what lies ahead.
But hold on to this inner sense
of solace to guide the mundane.


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: http://www.MichelleKoganFineArt.etsy.com and her website: http://www.michellekogan.com
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