At the beginning of March something unusual happened. At the separate recommendations of two different friends, I took a collage workshop with local artist Jonathan Talbot. I had no expectations and thought it would be a fun weekend making some art. It certainly was, but it was also so much more.
Hawaii is a place of raw energy. It is filled with beautiful, friendly people. We saw symbols everywhere: caves, waterfalls, islands, turtles, whales, snails, an eclipse, mountains, valleys and rainbows. We walked on earth that was younger than we were. It is a place of destruction and creation and we went there looking for a place to do a little healing together.
My website will be quiet for the next couple of weeks while I take some time off to stand in the painting above with my family and remember my Mom, who died from cancer almost a year ago. Before she died she told us to go here together, so we are. On the anniversary of her death, April 11th, I will be somewhere near this beautiful place letting her ashes blow into the wind.
Andrea Pippins is an artist, designer and educator in Baltimore, Maryland. She is creating the art and imagery that she wants to see, in the hopes of inspiring others to do the same. What she creates is something that is often lacking in the media landscape and art world: beautiful, powerful and fierce imagery of women of color.
Oh how I love books. Nothing fills me with more calm and contentedness than a book. To settle in and read a good story is bliss and to have in my hand all the answers to whatever it is I am trying to learn about makes me feel confident and in control. My husband has observed that anytime I get serious about something, I buy a book about it. I have a lot of books.