White Noise

Can you hear the birds singing as the sunlight spreads across the sky? Rubbing the darkness from my eyes, I see that yellow melody dancing through my window. This is what it sings to me: Early morning in the warm air the scent of roasting tomatoes floats embraced by the tropical breeze. The father outside,…

Are University Students Happy?

On the first day of one of the most intellectually stimulating classes I’ve ever taken, the lecturer posed this question as her introduction. “Think about this,” she said. “Are university students happy?” The entire class except a few snorted. “No,” they said decisively. But my lecturer just shook her head in disappointment – or it…

Painting My Missing Cat

I’ve wanted to do another paint project for a while now, one that didn’t require much technique. And after my beautiful, sensitive, old man dragon-cat went missing in February this year, I’d wanted to paint something feline again. It needed to be something simple because I only have bright gouache colours left but no paper…

Haiku 1: June

September of 2016 I took a poetry class and was challenged to use forms I never used before. One of these was the profound and difficult Haiku – where the first line contains 5 syllables, the second containing 7, and the third 5 again, with all three short lines holding the entirety of the world…

A Detailed Drawing

Artists achieve more good than they intended when their work inspires other to create.