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When In Maine...

I wrote this piece on December 14, 2021 while I was on a solo trip in Portland Maine. I hope you enjoy it. Today, I skipped going out...

Black & White...

Black is all colors combined. Black receives light, absorbs it. White is the absence of color. White reflects light. Black, added to...

Michelle Cordova's School of Art...

Ever since I can remember, I’ve had a vision. The vision is me, teaching art in a beautiful place. I see it by the ocean on the coast....

In My Studio...

In my studio, I’ve painted (duh). In my studio, I’ve taught art to many students of all ages, both in-person, and online. In my studio,...

Slow & Steady...

I love what I do. I’m in a situation in my life where I’m able to do what I love. Luck has nothing to do with it. I worked hard to be...

Bodega Bay June 1, 2021

The bulk of the below piece was written with the bay by my side, and the smell of grilled fish tacos in the air. Enjoy. MC ~~~ Sometimes...

Writing & Me...

Writing rides right alongside painting for me. It always has. I’ve written in journals since I learned to read and write, and painted...

The Art of Desire...

“I'd like to be able to draw, but I can’t even draw a stick figure.” It’s a common statement I hear when people find out I’m an artist....

Looking Up...

Sometimes there is a linking together of observations, experiences, and revelations, which leads me to an art concept I must explore...

How I Ink...

Many years before I tried using ink in my work, I collected books on Sumi-e (the fine art of Japanese liquid black ink & brush painting)....

How I Collage...

Collage is something I do when I’m feeling creative, but want to relax, and take it easy. A colorful collection of patterned paper, old...

The Pandemic Paintings...

March 2020 brought all of my art classes to a halt, self quarantine, and a mixture of emotions. Amidst the sadness, and sometimes even...

The Art of Not Painting Snow...

Please note, in this piece, I’m specifically talking about watercolor on paper. Acrylic on canvas and wood is a completely different...

Studio Life...

The life of an artist is often a lonely one. An actor prepares, then shows their work in the moment when they are on stage, or in front...

Life Vest...

This is a piece I wrote a few months back. My father's health has declined since writing this. I keep coming back to this piece and I'm...

Along the way, there are Angels...

I am not a particularly religious person. I define Angels as people who come into your life, even if for just one phone call, and show...

Breathe

Take a deep breath in Let it out Inhale Exhale I’ve always struggled with breathing. When I was an ice skater, I would get winded by the...

With love from...

Funny, I’m really a homebody at heart. Social distancing and self isolation are behaviors introverts like me do on a regular basis, but...

Residue...

Walking the streets of Sacramento one day recently, I saw this impression of a leaf pressed into the cement sidewalk. I loved the...

Finding My Voice...

This story goes back to me as a little girl. In grade school, I was so shy with certain people and situations it was at times,...

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