#Poetry Friday-Bookmarks and trying to stay steady…

Happy Poetry Friday!

In the midst of all the election anxiety I bring you a literary break with a peek into a few items I’ve added to my Etsy Shop, and more that are on their way there…

Emilys been waiting patiently to make an appearance… It hasn’t been easy with all the chaos this year, but her Birthdays coming up in December, along with the Holidays, and a Holiday show I do in November–yikes, that’s soon… So, we decided this would be a good time all around.

By the way, for any election pundits out there, Emily’s dear state of MA has sent a grand blue wave message for our Presidential election, along with my dear state of Illinois–ours not quite as grand as MA but still solidly blue.

So mosey on over to Michelle’s Etsy Shop to take a peek at more of me on my bookmark…

My haiku to Emily,

Birthday Greetings
dear emily, through time and
snowflakes of love…

© 2020 Michelle Kogan

Has anyone had a hard time staying focused… I started my morning with a poem and quick sketch, sometimes that helps… I’m also following Mary Lee Hahn’s lead in writing daily haikus, and tagging them with #haikuforhope, and Molly Hogan’s tag #poeticdiversion, thanks Mary Lee, and Molly!

singing susies
stand at attention and coax
come paint, come play…

but susie’s,
you’ll have to wait…
for November’s work calls…

© 2020 Michelle Kogan

Here’s two more cards I’ve recently completed. One is posted in my shop and the deer is waiting anxiously to be posted…

Oil Lamp Menorah, Holiday Card with haiku on back. Available in my Etsy Shop, and will also be available as an archival print..
White-tailed Deer, Holiday Card
with haiku on back. Will be available in my Etsy Shop soon, and will also be available as an archival print.

Hope to emerge next week for Poetry Friday, if I’m not hidden behind my inventory…

This week’s Poetry Friday roundup is being hosted by my friend Susan Bruck, an artist, writer, and teacher, at her blog Soul Blossom Living. I’m looking forward to what Susan will be sharing with us, hope you can drop by.

Take care, take breaks, and many breaths…

Visit Renée LaTulippe at No Water River to find out more about what Poetry Friday is.

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 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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24 Responses to #Poetry Friday-Bookmarks and trying to stay steady…

  1. lindabaie says:

    So much beauty at your shop & shared here, Michelle! I love “snowflakes of love” & those “singing susies” waiting for paint! Best wishes for your holiday shop! As for that first question, I feel scattered, am getting things done, but move from piece to piece sometimes without finishing, then return. I am hopeful that we can all work for better in our weeks/months ahead! Crossing fingers!

  2. Susan Bruck says:

    Hi, Michelle! As always, I love seeing all your wonderful work–visual and poetic. I especially like the Hannukah card. I’d forgotten about #haikuforhope–I did it last year. A sketch and haiku–what a lovely way to start the day. And yes, I’ve had a hard time focusing!

  3. Sally Murphy says:

    Love your work (as always) Michelle – and your way of keeping busy. Even here in Australia I am finding it hard to focus this week, and keeping my fingers crossed for blue to prevail.

  4. Michelle, your poems and art are beautiful! I love the bookmark and will be ordering one for my bookmark collection!

  5. Liz Steinglass says:

    These are sooo lovely! I can’t wait to check out your shop!

  6. jama says:

    Love the Emily bookmark/haiku. Always a treat to see what you’re working on!

  7. “snowflakes of love” — swoon — love your white-tailed deer card, too. Must check out your etsy shop again. Sure to be full of beauty!

  8. haitiruth says:

    Wow, you’ve been busy! Ruth, thereisnosuchthingasagodforsakentown.blogspot.com

  9. Mitchell Linda says:

    How beautiful! I’ve been working on bookmarks these days as well–using recycled books for collage. It’s fun and busy hands helps with the worry. I love your “susies” and how they want to play but you’ve got work to do. Wishing you playtime soon!

  10. margaretsmn says:

    I don’t know how you keep up with all that you do. Love your homage to Emily and those Susies. This whole post is coaxing me to come and play.

  11. cvarsalona says:

    Staying focused is difficult, Michelle, especially since I have been juggling too many balls. Your creativity is showing even though the world is in a chaotic state. Emily bookmarks are lovely as is your susies haikus but your reindeer is what has my attention. Congratulations on your productivity this month and wishes for a wonderful holiday season in your Etsy shop.

  12. maryleehahn says:

    I love your painting of the buck! We’ve been seeing them more and more here in town (lots of woods and ravines near me).

    Yes to staying steady, and yes to the delightful power of the daily haiku. Glad you joined us for the #poeticdiversion!

  13. mbhmaine says:

    What a beautiful post, Michelle! I love the invitation of those “singing susies”– Irresistible! Your painting of the buck is also gorgeous. I’ve fallen off the daily haiku wagon and appreciate the reminder. It’s so helpful to find that focus during stressful, busy times.

  14. Love the images you create with both words and pictures, Michelle. I was especially struck by these lines:
    singing susies
    stand at attention and coax
    come paint, come play…

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