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"Just be who you are, calm and clear and bright." - Richard Bach, Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah

Experiments in incandescent living

Imagine you are a white-hot tangle of ice, dust, rock and gases, and as you hurtle across the night sky the rest of us are celebrating your transit with champagne and gourmet lollipops. The universe is vast, but we are only as small as we believe ourselves to be; and if we lived each moment in that same spirit of humble awe with which we now and again gaze at the stars, the world would be an infinitely happier place.

I blog about books and writing on Mondays, travel and spirituality on Tuesdays, and art, knitting and sewing on Thursdays, but above all I want to use this space to explore the magical connection between veganism and creativity (so the juiciest posts go up on Wednesdays!) On this site you’ll also find Where We Make, a Friday feature on artists’ workspaces.

Recently on the blog...

12/18

Gods, Graves, and Budding Artists

There were many delightful moments throughout my #100happydays drawing challenge (which I still haven’t finished blogging/tweeting about), but my favorite happened towards the end of the hundred days. Home in NJ for the weekend, I was sketching whatever caught my eye out of Gods, Graves, and Scholars.

First I drew a mummy.

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Then I drew the headdress of the queen of Sumeria, Shub-Ad [sic], who lived roughly 4,600 years ago.

 

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Olivia slept over that Saturday night, and the book’s photographs and my copycat drawings fascinated her. “Can I draw her too?” It was bedtime, but I promised she could draw Shub-Ad when she woke up.

I came downstairs the next morning, and she had already done it.

 

olivia queen

 

Needless to say, I picked up art supplies for her (belated) birthday present (she turned 8 at the end of November), and I’m excited for the next time we draw together. I feel like a big part of my job as her auntie is to share my enthusiasms with her—not to coax her into sharing them, but to help her develop her own areas of interest.

 

queen-shub-ad-summerian-reconstruction

 

More drawing in January!

 

 

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Hi! I'm Camille. I only write stories that could never ever happen in real life, though I do believe in real-life magic. If we were in the same room I'd fix you a cup of tea, but for now we'll have to settle for a virtual connection. I'm really glad you're here.
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