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Halloween, 1968, the neighbor turned off his lights

The street was dark. There were no streetlights. The only lights were the front porch lights of the homes that were handing out candy. It was 1968. I was walking alone on Halloween. I was ten. The man was sitting in an armchair in his living room. It was the only light on in his house. […]

There are no mistakes in art

Yes, that’s right. There are no mistakes in art. If only we could pull out our brain and use only our eyes. ― Pablo Picasso I know I can’t see your drawing; the one in the back of your sketchbook. You think it doesn’t look like green beans; the green beans  are in the pot cooking […]

Say no to the good so you can say yes to the best.

It’s hard to say no to the good. If you  read my story from a few weeks ago, Risk Failure and Try to be Aunt Harriet, you know I auditioned for a part in a play, and I didn’t get the part. I wish I hadn’t auditioned. It would have taken more courage  to not […]

Make time in your day to create. Just say no.

Did you know that you can’t do everything? Life is busy. There are dishes to clean, clothes to wash, and litter boxes to empty. Well, at least, I have litter boxes. We have four cats and seven litter boxes. Did you know there are only 24 hours in a day? Did you know part of […]

Kill the dragon Resistance every morning and work on your art

This morning I didn’t kill the dragon Resistance. Resistance said to me, at 4:00 a.m. when I woke up in my warm bed, “Oh, Hodges, it is so cold downstairs, why don’t you stay in bed. And really now, you don’t have a clue what to write about today, so why even bother. You are […]

Betty and Robert have been together for five years. Will he propose tonight?

Betty was getting ready for her big date with Robert. She had just returned home from the hairstylist with her beehive hairdo. She thought it was a bit too high, but if she didn’t dance too fast, hopefully it would stay on top of her head. Robert was a cool cat and liked to wear […]

Creating art takes courage. Make art even if no one likes it

Yesterday I painted. I didn’t write. I tried to write, but I edited the words before they got out of my head. I wanted to encourage you to have courage and create. Make art even if no one likes it. Create.  You don’t need anyone’s approval.  The words stayed in my head yesterday because it […]

Focus on your strengths

Today I spent most of the day in the basement painting. Well, not most of the day, some of the day. This morning I drove my brother to the airport at 5:00 a.m., then I came home and took a nap. After my nap I helped my youngest daughter clean her room, then I painted. […]

You are an original. Try and find your own way. Find your “Authentic Swing.”

  There you sit. Maybe at your typewriter. Or perhaps you are sitting in front of  an easel, or a piano. You have a story in your head, a painting in your hands and a song in your voice. You sit and you sit. Day after day, you write stories, paint pictures and compose songs. […]

The best advice I got on how to draw: 1985 Tokyo, Japan

  In 1985 I worked for the Tokyo Journal, an English language magazine in Tokyo, Japan. I  designed ads and took photographs for the magazine. The art director was Sherry Bruce. Her husband was in the military and  stationed in Japan. My method of drawing was to do quick rough sketches, and then trace over […]