Posts by Nancy Husari

Archie

This piece was an entry in a Berkeley Humane Society writing contest. I made it into the semi finals. I adopted Archie and his sisters, Maya and Kasey, as kittens in 2005. Archie had been born with asthma, so he was denied health insurance because of his preexisting condition. He went batshit crazy every time…

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Climbing the Pyramid with Michael and Muhammad

A friend just sent me a letter that I’d sent him from Cairo in 1978. I felt so safe when I was there, and it’s sad to read my description juxtaposed against the recent bombing of a tourist bus. Here’s most of the letter verbatim. Cairo has been very up and down. Last couple of…

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Aretha

Well into my thirties, the only thing I really wanted to dance to was Motown, and Aretha was always a part of that. In my late twenties, I moved to Portugal for my first real teaching job. Unfortunately I got stationed in Porto, not Lisbon, and Porto was not a very happening town in 1982.…

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Social Drawing, the Google People, and Ethiopian Food

Went to Social Drawing Group today at Mission Creek Cafe. The core group was there (Leena, Amaroq, Barney the Dog, and Myself). As a result, the conversation was juicier than usual since we’ve all known each other for years. The group was true to its name, and we all drew or painted or both for…

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The Lost Season

I want to write a little about “the trial” during the period when the paranoia is wearing off, but the edginess hasn’t. What a strange experience. I wasn’t physically sequestered, but I was emotionally sequestered. I couldn’t talk about the trial to anyone outside the courtroom. I couldn’t talk to the other jurors about anything…

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Wacom, where have you been all my life?

I just got a Wacom tablet (which is now called something else), so I can draw my scratchy little black lines in Photoshop. For those who don’t know what that is, it’s like being able to use a pen (with as fine or as thick a line as you want) right on your images on…

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The Political and the Personal

Blogging is kind of a self-conscious activity because it’s completely available to the public, including many people that the blogger knows, but one also doesn’t know who’s reading it. It’s like being behind a one way mirror. But “they” tell me that it’s important to do it as part of getting my art out there…

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An Artist Among Artists

I started off 2013 right by landing in Paris on New Years Day. Paris seems to kickstart my art. I’d spent a few months of June there a few years back (before the cats, the condo, and the paycuts) and I wrote in my journal that it was like being in a giant art bath.…

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Sketching on the Headlands (and follow-up watercolor)

I met with two different art groups this weekend. On Saturday, I went to Rodeo Beach with the SF Sketchers. I learn so much from drawing with other people. A few weeks ago, I saw someone create a frame on a page and draw within it, so I tried it out this weekend. It made…

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Ferry Sketch

Yesterday, I went to the Alameda Ferry with a new sketching group. I spent about an hour doing the black and white drawing of the crane above. After I gained an intimate knowledge of the crane, I was able to do a quick pen/watercolor sketch. Afterwards we went to a cafe and talked about art…

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