“My Rules” by Jennifer Lawson

I made a mixed media piece with some magazines and paint. It’s about me, and someone who wanted to change me. It’s also, if you think about it and look at it, about the costs associated with being a woman. Everything here, which is what someone wanted me to wear or have on, costs money. I don’t have much money, as readers know, but that’s not the point. Heels, makeup, hairdos, all cost a lot of money. And, when you think about it, is it really worth it? Are women not OK the way they are, without all these things?

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On Being an Independent Artist

I think being an independent artist gives one more artistic freedom. And I can reach out to my readers myself. I like that. I like knowing who reads my work. Plus, it keeps me honest. I also have my hands in many pots. I get to design things in addition to writing. I love photography. I’m getting better at it, and am saving up for a new camera. I initially got into taking pictures as a form of therapy. It soothes me to take photos, especially of nature, which is quite often my subject. I live in Florida, and I like that my work is focused locally. I am a Florida artist, and it shows.

Participating in the Arts Improves Mental Health

That’s according to this article, which discusses a survey that researchers conducted, asking people about their participation in the arts and their mental well being.

I have for quite some time been participating in the arts, whether it’s creating poetry, painting, coloring, or listening to music.

Take in some art today!

Chicago Trip

Two months ago, I visited Chicago. I stayed for a long weekend, and, during that time, I visited the Museum of Science and Industry, the Chicago SkyDeck, and the Art Institute of Chicago. I had a great time. All the exhibits were excellent. Below are some choice pictures.

This is the outside of the Museum of Science and Industry.

This is me in front of the nation’s only U-Boat:

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And here I am in front of the Art Institute of Chicago:

Art Institute

Lastly, here I am at the Chicago SkyDeck:

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Chicago is a wonderful place. I used the train or Metra to get everywhere I went. The Art Institute had many paintings I really, really appreciated. I took several pictures while I was there and thoroughly enjoyed my visit.