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–Father’s Day

Happy Poetry Friday! I’m reflecting on Father’s for Father’s Day and focusing on Father’s who are no longer with us. DAD In a wink the light of life is out, But between that wink lay a lifetime of memories… Remembering … Continue reading

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Poetry Friday Roundup is Here–Celebrating Tracy K. Smith at the Chicago Public Library

Happy Poetry Friday–The Roundup is here! On Saturday, April 27, 2019, I had the privilege and honor of hearing Tracy K. Smith, our  22nd US Poet Laureate at the Chicago Public Library’s Poetry Fest. A compelling poet, she is as … Continue reading

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Register for Michelle Kogan’s Summer Art Classes

Figure study, © 2019 Michelle Kogan, watercolor pencil.   Register for one of my Summer Art Classes at the Evanston Art Center, they begin in one week, on June 10, 2019. I’m offering the following classes & workshops. For Registration … Continue reading

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Poetry Friday–Naomi Shihab Nye– “Kindness” & Nature

Milkweed, Hollyhock, Monarchs, Bee, and Dragonfly, © 2016 Michelle Kogan, watercolor and watercolor pencil. Happy Poetry Friday! Our Host this week is Mary Lee Hahn. Mary Lee is celebrating Naomi Shihab Nye–and asked us all to join in. I took … Continue reading

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Poetry Friday–Pondering…

Pondering, © 2019 Michelle Kogan, watercolor pencil,  after the sculpture Clytie, by William Henry Rinehart, 1872, Marble, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and my trip there. Happy Poetry Friday! Dani Graham Burtsfield is hosting this weeks Poetry Friday Roundup at her … Continue reading

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Poetry Friday: Peonies

Happy Poetry Friday! I’ve been patiently waiting for the weather to warm. The flowering plants are waiting too… I’m sharing a dizain poem and painting about my peonies and their journey this spring. I learned about the dizain from Molly … Continue reading

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#Poetry Friday–Mother’s Day & dandelions

Happy Poetry Friday and Happy Almost Mother’s Day! I’m sharing  some small thoughts for Mom’s and nature… Elizabeth Steinglass is hosting this weeks Poetry Friday Roundup at her blog ELIZABETH STEINGLASS Poetry for Children and their Grownups, thanks for hosting … Continue reading

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#Poetry Friday–Fleur de vigne

I’m dreaming about summer flowers and sunshine… LOST BUT FOUND Fleur de vigne went through the wash umpteen-some times shriveled email rescued at last contact reclaimed anecdote note photo those scraps else they’ll fade away… ©2019 Michelle Kogan   Happy … Continue reading

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#NaPoWriMo Day 30, #watercolor

    A DAY WITHOUT POETRY Splash of color ripple of chords taste of beauty– Adieu to you Dear poetry month, see you soon, as a day without poetry will never do… © 2019 Michelle Kogan   For National Poetry … Continue reading

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#NaPoWriMo Day 29 #haiku & recycled #WIP due to time shortage…

hey mother nature  us birds and flowers are here,  don’t ya know it’s spring… © 2019 Michelle Kogan   For National Poetry Month, I’m writing poems inspired by art that I create or have created. Visit these spots on line to … Continue reading

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