About this Artist’s Blog

Marilyn Monroe and Groucho Marx, 1949

Image by John McNab via Flickr

Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend.  Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read. —Groucho Marx

Tess Farnham, MFA teaches English 101 and Creative Writing as a non-tenured part-time adjunct instructor at the college level.  Her poems have been scantily published in a few scholarly journals; her visual art has appeared in a couple of shows. . . and can be currently viewed in her American basement as well as Swedish trashcans all over the world.  (But seriously you can actually view her visual art portfolio at MySlart.org as well.  Poems published in Natural Bridge, Midwest Quarterly, Loosely Identified, and a few other places here and there.) Her finished manuscript of poems is still sitting in a quiet pile on the desk, waiting to be submitted somewhere for publication.

Her interests include but are not limited to: daydreaming, doodling, scribbling, babbling, bug-watching, flower-picking, and Bob Dylan.

At this time, she is trying to feed herself better by blogging about her art and creative process, an activity which gives her an outlet for dreaming and sharing but is also a somewhat shameless attempt at drawing some traffic to her newly established and humble little Etsy business on the side.  http://www.etsy.com/shop/tessilu?ref=si_shop

Favorite mediums for art include paint, paper, glitter, feathers, gloss medium, pastel and lace. Works are inspired by various impressionist, fauve, and expressionist artists including Monet, Manet, Bearden, Van Gogh, Degas, Kandinsky, O’Keeffe, Matisse, Chagall.  For collage, it’s Romare Bearden. Themes include music, dance, spirituality, transcendence; in particular: blues, folk, ballet, opera, angels, fairies, and the afterlife.

Favorite language works. . .in random fashion with no regard to logic or sanity:  A Movable Feast by Hemingway; Ariel. . . Sylvia Plath; Slaughterhouse Five. .. Kurt Vonnegut, The Trouble with Poetry among others from Billy Collins, the Bluest Eye and Beloved by Toni Morrison. . .other favorite authors/poets include Alice Walker, Sharon Olds, Galway Kinnell, James Baldwin, Walt Whitman, Sherman Alexie, WB Yeats, Richard Wilbur, Sheri Holman. . .

At any rate, please try to humor her and write a polite comment or two. . . if you can.


And thanks so very much for stopping by!

Marx Brothers, head-and-shoulders portrait, fa...

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You can find more of my work here:  http://www.etsy.com/shop/tessilu?ref=si_shop


11 responses

  1. Dear Tess,
    Thank you for subscribing to my blog. I will look forward to any comments you might have. I like your interviews with artists. I have an oral history and interviewing background and really enjoy seeing how others interview and then represent that content. I’ll look forward to seeing more from you. I was a college prof at small lib arts colleges in the upper Midwest for many years, which sometimes I quite miss. Nice to meet you blogwise …. cheers! –John

    • Thanks, John.
      I was really happy to find your blog. My dad was a science teacher turned engineer. ..and I really love drawing from those amazing photos from space in my art and poems. ..and all the science language you guys use. . .so inspiring. Thanks for the kind words of encouragement. –Tess

  2. I love your header –colourful and textured. You have a great off-beat and wry sense of humour. I dabble in some art but I haven’t done any pieces for a long time. Nor have I shown it on any of blogs. Well, no wait, one of my blogs has a tiny edge of it…

    Best wishes in channelling your Muse to greater, fun heights!

    • Aww. . .thanks so much, Jean. I am so envious of your trip to Prague! I really enjoyed reading that one. Such beautiful photos and wonderful descriptions. Must have been soooo inspiring. 😉 I hope you decide to post some art stuff! Would love to see it. 🙂

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