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–Inktober & Halloween Cards

Happy Poetry Friday! I’m in with a dual focus today… First I’m participating in #Inktober2019, and along with the ink drawing I’m writing short poems–mostly haikus. I’m also attempting this year to follow Jake Parker’s prompts, (the originator of Inktober … Continue reading

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#Inktober2019 Day 2 and haiku

mindless rain washed away morning– crossing guard gleamed © 2019 Michelle Kogan prompt: mindless   For more info on Inktober stop by Jake Parker’s website.

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#Inktober2019 Day 1 and Haiku

rings of nature wrap around moonflower… moth–nighttime’s beauty © 2019 Michelle Kogan   For more info on Inktober stop by Jake Parker’s website.

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Poetry Friday–List Poem & Watercolor

  Happy Poetry Friday! What to do when the world won’t stop spinning… retreat to poetry and art. I squeezed in the beginning of a painting this afternoon–outside in the sunshine, even though a thousand other demands were calling me… … Continue reading

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Poetry Friday–Youth Climate Strike

Happy Poetry Friday! I’m joining the #ChicagoYouthClimateStrike, tomorrow, Friday 9-20-2019. Here’s my poster that has a poem I wrote for the march and rally.  GOOD CLIMATE Trees and bees,   Monarchs and seas  Children’s needs  Need:   Good climate  Good … Continue reading

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Poetry Friday–Soaking in Summer’s End…

  Happy Poetry Friday! My daughter and I took a rendezvous to the Indiana Dunes National Park last Saturday. We lounged by the lake’s edge and then took a hike up the tallest Dune in the area Mount Tom, named … Continue reading

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Poetry Friday–Lobelia and Fall…

  Happy Poetry Friday! I had a week off in between my summer and fall classes that I teach, and tried to fit in a little bit of painting… My hearts still in summer but the leaves that are falling … Continue reading

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Poetry Friday–Summer Poem Swap & Thanks

Happy Poetry Friday! Tabatha Yeatts created a “glowing” acrostic poem-bookmark for me for the Summer Poetry Swap, thanks so much Tabatha, and thanks for organizing the swap again this summer too, xo! She used some of my art as the … Continue reading

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Poetry Friday–For Lee Bennett Hopkins, #DearOneLBH

Happy Poetry Friday!  This week for Poetry Friday many of us have written poems for our Dear Poet Pied Piper Lee Bennett Hopkins, who we just lost. We have borrowed lines from his poems and then created a new poem … Continue reading

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Erik Dohner Plays Phoebus in Hunch Back of Notre Dame

Shining the light on Erik Dohner a.k.a. my son, who I just saw in Hunch Back of Notre Dame at Music Theatre Works, in Evanston, IL. Erik plays Phoebus, Captain de Martin in this Must See, Fabulous production all around. … Continue reading

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