I spotted this sculpture at a local museum over the weekend and my thoughts keep wandering back to him. This first photo was my surprise and delight. The large block figure was so unexpected as I pulled into the parking lot. And the accompanying sign with the title of the piece was even more unexpected…

Must be October

The above cardinal from yesterday was my day twenty-three delight. This lovely creature lingered in my back yard for much of the afternoon, his unmistakable song drifting through my screen door. I think he likes the berries on that tree. Of course, if you live in St. Louis, a cardinal in October means something very…


“Pay attention to the things you are naturally drawn to. They are often connected to your path, passion, and purpose in life. Have the courage to follow them.” – Ruben Chavez I am naturally drawn to hearts… …art… …nature… …hearts and nature… …and words of wisdom and love. Don’t know what that says about my…

Art in Old North St. Louis

I took Friday off from work for a much-needed mental health break. First stop was a visit to Cbabi Bayoc‘s new installation at the Old Cass Avenue Bank building in Old North St. Louis – and it did not disappoint. What a labor of love this must’ve been. I wish I would’ve gotten a photo…

Meet Me in St. Louis

This weekend, I briefly explored downtown with my younger son, taking in some of the temporary graffiti art — and some permanent art accents on some old buildings. I love this town.

The Grove

“Art is the only way to run away without leaving home.” – Twyla Tharp After a(nother) long week of working at my dining room table, I wasn’t ready to go home after my run in the park this morning. So I put the top down, went for a little drive and explored the Grove. Two…


“Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.” — Edgar Degas I always appreciate what kids’ art makes me see…silliness, innocence, fun, vibrance, love, joy, hope.

Holiday Recap – Florida Edition

A few highlights from an unusual Christmas spent in Florida this year. No snow? No problem. The monkey came home with me. We also visited the Tampa Museum of Art on Christmas Eve. This mug was part of an exhibit, but I thought he looked very holiday-appropriate. As was this fellow shopper in the museum…

Where’s the line?

Tonight I was able to visit Paul Gauguin: The Art of Invention at the Saint Louis Art Museum. I’ve always been kind of indifferent when it comes to Gauguin’s work, but I was still anxious to see this exhibit.  I enjoyed seeing Gauguin’s work, although I learned more about his person than I cared to….

Hi, Honey!

Honey Bears by Fnnch, mural artist and St. Louis native. This mural is 35′ x 50′ — his largest to date. Each bear is a local reference: Violin Bear = the Fabulous Fox Theater, Powell Symphony Hall and The Sheldon Artist Bear = Arts and Education Council Blues Bear = Stanley Cup Champion St. Louis…

Beautiful slime

“Every child is an artist, the problem is staying an artist when you grow up.” – Pablo Picasso Tiny neighbor: Do you just love my beautiful slime? Me: I just love your beautiful slime!! Yes, I really did. And I hope she never, ever, ever loses her imagination or stops loving her creations.

Good Graffiti

“It’s good as an artist to always remember to see things in a new, weird way.” – Tim Burton Photos from the river wall in downtown St. Louis. Weird and wonderful stuff.

Art (and Orchids) in Bloom

Flowers, art museum, botanical garden, cupcakes and my Mom’s company — all enjoyed on a day off from work. I got to experience so many of my favorite things yesterday. Lucky, lucky me. First up was the “Art in Bloom” event at the Saint Louis Art Museum. So much fun – and rare – to have…


What a happy, colorful break indoors from the cold and colorless landscape outside. I went to the Saint Louis Art Museum today to take in the Graphic Revolution: American Prints 1960 to Now — and it didn’t disappoint. It was fun and surprising. But nothing could’ve prepared me for the Kehinde Wiley: Saint Louis exhibit….


“By being yourself, you put something wonderful in the world that was not there before.” – Edwin Elliot [More fun from our exploration of the Bushwick Collective.]

Search for Street Art: Bushwick Collective

In addition to the events that required tickets, we had one other priority for our trip to New York: street art. New York seems to be a hub for some of the most vibrant and creative street art in the world — especially the Bushwick Collective in Brooklyn. It’s an extraordinary open-air gallery that first…

Walking the High Line

The last stop of our New York adventure: the High Line. We saw some fun stuff in this part of town, too. I even saw a Stikman!

Search for Street Art: Phoebe New York

In our search for New York street art, I set out to find as many Phoebe New York pieces as I could. I was not disappointed. And I love her. Here are just a few.

Seeing the Stories

“Fill your life with adventures, not things. Have stories to tell, not stuff to show.”  Last week I got to hear the stories behind some of the photos of Pete Souza, photographer to Presidents Obama and Reagan. Souza gave a talk at the Unity Temple on the Plaza in Kansas City on Thursday evening. It…

Old St. Joseph Had a Farm

Had to share some of the kid drawings from my church’s school. So. Stinking. Funny. My personal favorite: The Last Supper. GOLD.

Saturday With Degas

This morning I headed to the art museum for Degas, Impressionism, and the Paris Millinery Trade, a remarkable exhibit examining Degas’ study of millinery production in Paris. While he was famous for his dancer subjects, high-fashion hats and the women who made them were the focus of a lessor-known period in his career. This exhibit is the…

Playing With Pikazo

Took a few photos of the art at Cedarhurst Center for the Arts in Mt. Vernon, Illinois, last week. And for fun, I pulled the art photos into an art filter app called Pikazo. The app is designed to make regular photos look like famous works of art. Actual photo: Pikazo image: Actual photo: Pikazo…

Be Vibrant

We’re all crayons in the world’s coloring box. We’re all a little broken, but we can still color. 

Art Adventure

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he* grows up.” – Pablo Picasso *or she. Sorry, Pablo.  Check out my Little Sister, the artist! You can see her handiwork on this wonderful metro bus (in partnership with the Saint Louis Art Museum), along with the handiwork of lots…