Author Archives: Michelle Kogan Illustration, Painting & Writing

About Michelle Kogan Illustration, Painting & Writing

Michelle Kogan is an illustrator, instructor, painter 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.

Poetry Friday–Peace and Rosh Hashanah

I’m offering  up some heartfelt poetry and art (WIP, detail) for Poetry Friday–and this  full week, filled with spirtualism,  religious holidays, and social activism. Wednesday night began the Jewish Holiday Rosh Hashanah, one of the Jewish high holidays, where Jews … Continue reading

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Poetry Friday, FREE–AN ECHO TO LANGSTON HUGHES–Golden Shovel

Sharing a WIP watercolor along with my golden shovel poem, FREE–AN ECHO TO LANGSTON HUGHES. The poem reflects on this past weeks hurricanes and again our times. I feel everyone ought  to be able to dream, although this simple act is … Continue reading

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Poetry Friday–A Villanelle:HUMANITY

September Morning Glories, watercolor and watercolor pencil, © 2017 Michelle Kogan I have been lost in the sea of events unfolding in the U.S.A. and around the world. The times seem ever so precarious. I’ve taken to my pen to … Continue reading

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Poetry Friday Oatmeal for all

I’m sharing a poem that I composed earlier this week, the thoughts are reflections for the people who’ve all been affected by hurricane Harvey. I’m posting this from my phone while on a mini college visit with my daughter in … Continue reading

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Poetry Friday: Poem Swap & Response

I received a surprise envelope all the way from tropical Hawaii this week. With these lovely drawings and haiku to accompany. They came from Joy Acey, and she also sent me a beautiful card with a view of their “island … Continue reading

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Sail over to my SALE in my Etsy Shop!

There’s all different ways to Sail … Through the air …   Through water …   Through a river …   Through writing …     Sail by for my Sale in my online Etsy Shop: Michelle Kogan fine art … Continue reading

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ECLIPSE 2017 & the state of things …

INALIENABLE ECLIPSE Celestial stirrings filled the air Darkness is coming, you best beware. Moon between our earth and sun Blocking light, are we undone? No peeking, no solar glass hardware. Eclipse, eclipse, hurry now, ready Helter-skelter, stay focused–steady Start your … Continue reading

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Heather Heyer Righteous Actions! & Edna St. Vincent Millay

It’s been quite a harried week in the U.S.of A. and around our small world. The events of Charlottesville haven’t left my mind–I’ve taken to my words and drawing to express my anguish at this atrocity, and my need for … Continue reading

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Poetry Friday Seagull, Beach, & Water …

As the summer seems to be slipping away, I’m sharing poems of seagulls, beaches, and water for Poetry Friday. I finally spent a few hours at the lake this week intending on sketching, but visited with my friend more. A … Continue reading

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Poetry Friday Book Spine and Found Poetry

  I had the great pleasure of partaking in Chicago’s Newberry Library’s Summer Book Sale this past Sunday. I’m sharing my treasures that I found there. I created a found book spine poem from them for Poetry Friday. I had so … Continue reading

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