#NaPoWriMo day 24, #WIP, & EAC Spring Session 2 Art Classes

Beauty-4-24-2017

Beauty and Spring Flowers
Beauties there in front of you,
patiently waiting, 
just open
up your
eyes . . .
© 2017 Michelle Kogan
My Evanston Art Center Spring Session 2 art classes start next week- May 1st, I’m offering the following classes:
Figures and NatureDrawing/Painting 
5  Week Session   
Starts Mon. May.1, 2017 #0159
9:30 -12:30 pm
Watercolors:
Materials, Composition & Technique  

 5  Week Session   
Starts Tues. May 2, 2017  #E0160B
9:30-12:30 pm
Tropical Plein Air
2 Days, Thursday 9:30-12:30 pm
May 18 & 25, 2017 #9005B
Pen & Ink & Dr. Martin Watercolor #9026 
May 6, 2017,  Saturday 9:30 am – 4:00
For registration and more info visit: Evanston Art Center or call 847-475-5300
 
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#NaPoWriMo Day 23, #watercolor, #poems, #picturebooks

Sunflower-front-detail-4-23-2017

Growing Poetry
 
To write
each day
far from
a chore,
will open up
magical doors.
 
To read,
to think,
is like
one’s breath–
Ideas sprout
and scenes are set.
 
Attend
your tool.
carve out
your time,
plant seeds deep, for
character depth.
 
© 2017 Michelle Kogan
Art image from The Sunflower Traveler, watercolor and watercolor pencil, a chapter book that’s seeking a home.
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Poetry Friday– #NaPoWriMo & Earth Day

1-Support Women of Science -color-Poster 4-20-2017

Support Women of Science

Embrace women leading us in science–Protecting life, water, and air!

Anita Studer –Swiss, ornithologist and environmentalist. She went to Brazil to study a
                           rare blackbird and ended up saving an entire forest.

Rachel Carson –American marine biologist. She fought diligently through words and
                               activism to protect our environment and wrote Silent Spring.

Teriān, Ālenush –Was an Iranian-American Astronomer and Physicist. Known as the
                                “Mother of Modern Iranian Astronomy.”

Hegerl, Gabriele C. –American climatologist. She studies/contributes to the effects
                               that greenhouse gas emissions have on our climate; and writes.

 

Diana Marcela Bolaños Rodriguez –Columbian marine biologist. Her studies focused
                           on “polyclad flatworms,” which can “generate tissue through stem cells.

Alice Evans –Was an American microbiologist. In Washington D.C. she studied
                       bacteria in cows, and this later led to the pasteurization of milk.

Yaël Nazé –Belgian Physicist. She focuses on “massive stars and their interactions
                     with their surroundings.” She has also written many books.

 

 

Wallace, Carden –Australian Marine Biologist. Helped discover “mass
                                 spawning of coral.” She wrote “a revision of the Genus Acropora.”

Omowunmi Sadik –Nigerian Chemist and inventor. She’s developed sensors for
detecting drugs and explosives; and is also recycling metal ions from waste.

Marie Tharp –American Biologist. With a fellow scientist she mopped 70% of the
entire ocean floor. Her work lead to the acceptance of “plate tectonics
and continental drift.

Ellen Swallow Richards –American industrial and environmental Chemist. Because
of
 her tests for water quality in the 1880s, the first sewage
                                                treatment plant in America was created.

Nyokong, Tebello–South African Chemist and cancer researcher. She’s researching
                                 “photo-dynamic therapy,” which is an alternative to chemotherapy;
                                 and she writes.

© 2017 Michelle Kogan

Many Scientists were found on the “List of female scientists in the 21st century,” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_female_scientists_in_the_21st_century

I’m sharing this acrostic poem for a triple header–Poetry Friday, NaPoWriMo, and Earth Day. The image at the top is a poster I’ve made for the March for Science rally I’m participating in on Earth Day, Saturday April 22, 2017, in Chicago. Click on the link above for info about the March.

Visit Tabatha at the Opposite of Indifference for this weeks Poetry Friday Round up. Many thanks for hosting Tabatha, during a difficult week.

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#NaPoWriMo Day 18 haiku & watercolor

Towering-Tulip--4-18-2017

towering tulip
took me three times to capture
her springtime splendor. . .

© 2017 Michelle Kogan

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#NaPoWriMo day 16–Poem inspired by a small old cemetery

Spanish-Portugese-Synagogue-4-16-2017

Hidden Cemeteries

Reflections of holidays,
spiritual journeys join,
taking pauses, connecting
with earlier bygone times.

Stumbling on cemeteries,
story stones remembrance,
lineage lines redefined,
openings into a past.

Fragmented shaped memories,
eternal shadows speaking,
carry traditions forward,
kindle candles forever.
© 2017 Michelle Kogan

 

A poem inspired by this small old cemetery my husband’s keen eye picked out as we were leaving NYC this morning. It’s identified as “The Second Cemetery of the Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue, Sheath Israel, in the city of New York, 1805-1829.”

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NaPoWriMo Day 15 frogs and the Frick

Beware the pair of bullfrogs of the Frick,

Posing fellows that you can snap a pic.

Unguarded guardians who

Spew water right in your view,

They’re the only art there you’ll copy quick.

© 2017 Michelle Kogan

Pen sketch from the Frick Museum, NYC

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Poetry Friday & #NaPoWriMo Cherry Blossom Crossroads 

Crossroads of cherry blossom change

Navigating the present path

pondering the future, re-arrange.
Springtime budding, knowledge blooming,

collegial fledglings solo flight,

all grown up and unassuming.
Petals poised for opening wide,

determined hearts, diligent minds,

Loving support, let fledglings guide.

© 2017 Michelle Kogan 

For more Poetry Friday poems and the roundup visit Dori at Dori Reads

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#NaPoWriMo NYC

springtime’s aglow in

nyc’s washington 

park people parade.

© 2017 Michelle Kogan

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#NaPoWriMo Day 9, Tanka & Bunny

1.-Spring-bunny-4-9-2017

Peek-a-boo bunny, 
daughter, daddy and me, 
are springing off for 
a wee spring gathering, 
and we’ll hop back next week.
© 2017  Michelle Kogan


ps bunny says she’ll try to post poems while away but can’t promise . . .

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#NaPoWriMo Day 8 & Sketch

1-Squirrel-and-sparrow-in-birch--4-8-2017

Spring City Critters

I’ve been
waiting for
my bunny, and
she showed up
when I wasn’t
expecting her.
I  c r e e e p t
up­– But, oh
the leaves
criiinkled
beneath
my
feet,
and she
shot off–
One yard,
two, three
too far.
I decided
to settle
for my
sparrows,
when . . .
Shuffle,
shuffle,
shuffle,
squirrel,
squirreled
out from my
column–
What
Are
You
Up To?
Leap, leap,
off he went.
Ahh sparrow,
you’re stoically
holding your place
Hoooraaaaaaaay!

© 2017 Michelle Kogan

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