Category Archives: Shared Images



A sea of strangers flows around us, their tide trying to pull us along. My newborn is in his car seat perched precariously in the grocery cart. My hands are clinging to the cart handle. My husband is talking to my mother in law and then he turns to ask me something. I feel like I am reliving a game I used to play as a child where we sat on the bottom of a swimming pool and tried to talk to each other but couldn’t make out each other’s words, no matter how loudly we yelled. What is he saying? The harsh fluorescent lights illuminate this little baby who was so recently safely swimming in the dark. I am not ready to share this fragile being with the world. I can’t protect him out here. We continue our shopping trip and I’m drowning but no one seems to hear my screams for help.



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Mixed media painting by Pat McPike (my fabulous mom)


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The beginning of March in Upstate NY is like being in a sensory deprivation tank. I miss the feel of the sun and a warm breeze on my face. I miss the smell of flowers and the tickle of grass on my bare feet. Most of all I miss colors. My eyes are parched for any color besides white and grey. So I decided to try to quench this thirst by going on a color quest around my neighborhood. Here are some of the images I captured. How do you saturate your senses in the winter?


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In the middle of January, my mom and I were both feeling a bit tired of winter. We decided to do a shared project about Bleak Midwinter and make it as depressing as we could, just revel in the bleakness! So I wrote, she painted and here are our results. Somehow a little sneaky hopeful light seeped in to both of them though. You just never know what will happen when you start to explore an image. So feel free to share your Bleak Midwinter project in your own creative spirit of dance, photography, music, sculpture or any other path your muse may lead you down!


Bleak Midwinter


Dismal grey sky, so ugly

Dirty snow, full of germs

Smell of someone’s fireplace, I don’t have one

Dogs pulling me on the icy sidewalk, undoubtedly fall

Black crows, poop all over

Lost mitten, frostbit fingers

Behind stupid salt truck, late for work

Kids sledding, probably get a concussion


Sun comes out, feels kind of nice

Hot cup of coffee, tastes pretty good

Lit Christmas tree, I suppose it’s festive

Soft blanket, I guess it’s cozy

Lit candles, a bit relaxing

A little-less-dreary Midwinter?





Shared Images


I recently saw an image that has stuck with me and I wished I could draw it. Then I realized I could write it. Then my brain started thinking about all of the way images can be represented and shared. Through paining, drawing, writing, music, acting, dancing and others. And I thought, ‘Wouldn’t it be cool to take one image and ask people to represent it in their own creative way?’ So I would like to share this image with you in my writing and invite you to illustrate it  through your own creative spirit, in whatever form that may take.


My car is waiting

At a red light


Across the city street

A brick building


Through a bottom window

The glow of a TV


Sending out a hopeful light

Onto the dark street


Where a woman

Is illuminated


As she waits at the bus stop

Looking in at the TV


And now there are

Strangers who are


Sharing an experience

They don’t even realize


A moment of light

Connecting them in the darkness