Author Archives: Michelle Kogan Art, Illustration, & Writing

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

Poetry Friday: Thoreau, Nature, & Poetry Swap

Wildlife Comes to Lake Shore Drive, endangered species, © 2013 Michelle Kogan, watercolor and watercolor pencil. Available in my online Etsy Shop Michelle Kogan Fine Art I read last week that today is Henry David Thoreau’s Birthday (I think from … Continue reading

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#PWID 2018 -Take Flight -Masthead Voting

Calling all SCBWI-Illinois Members Voting is open for choosing the #PWID 2018 – #Take Flight – Masthead  There’re 17 terrific entries You can vote between today, July 7– 14 midnight. So mosey on on over and cast your vote. Here’s … Continue reading

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Poetry Friday–Plein Air & Poetry Swap

  Early Summer Garden,WIP,  © Michelle Kogan, brown pen and brush with watercolor.   Happy Poetry Friday I’m participating in a Plein Air event this Sunday, July 8, 2018 The 9th Annual Brush with Nature at the Emily Oaks Nature Center … Continue reading

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4th of July–haiku & art

have a multi-  racial-rainbow July 4th celebration! © 2018 Michelle Kogan

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Poetry Friday: Responsibility and Freedom

For this 4th of July Poetry Friday I’m thinking about Responsibility and Freedom. I’m sharing a poem, some art and a taste from the Charles White art exhibit now at The Art Institute of Chicago. If you are here in … Continue reading

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Poetry Friday: “BAYOU SONG” Book Review & Roundup

Happy Poetry Friday! Today I have an extra special double bill. First, I’m hosting Poetry Friday for the very first time–and you can leave your poetry links with Inlinkz’s friendly frog below. Second, drum roll please … I’m rolling out … Continue reading

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Happy Summer Solstice 2018

SUMMER SOLSTICE Sunrays Unmask Multitudes– Marigolds Echinacea Rose of sharon Snapdragon Ox eye daisy Liatris spicata Sunflower Tiger lily Impoea Clarkia Et Al.       © 2018 Michelle Kogan

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Poetry Friday–Father’s Day

  Earth Goddess, Bitten and Banana Tree, endangered species, watercolor and watercolor pencil. Happy Poetry Friday! Karen Edmisten is hosting the Poetry Friday Roundup this week on her blog, thanks Karen! I’m sharing a tanka poem in memory of my … Continue reading

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Poetry Friday–Community #WearOrange

Last Saturday I attended the local #WearOrange rally in Evanston, Illinois. It was in support of victims, friends, and relatives who have lost lives through gun violence and in support of curbing gun violence and helping to prevent it. There … Continue reading

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Register for my Figures & Nature Class

Hurry Register for my Figures and Nature Class, it starts in One Week, on June 11th at the Evanston Art Center, http://www.evanstonartcenter.org ©️ 2018, Michelle Kogan

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