Intro
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Amy N. Thomas
www.amynthomas.com

This is the blog formerly known as Moscow Writer because I wrote many of the entries while living in Moscow, Russia. All writing, artwork and photographs are by me unless otherwise noted. Permission to use my work shown on this site is granted for noncommerical and educational use, in digital or print form, provided attribution is given as in these examples:

For Live Journal entries: © Amy N. Thomas, used with permission, Is it a Pitcher or a Jug?, LiveJournal post October 10, 2008.

For Photographs and Artwork (click on the image to view its Title in Scrapbook): © Amy N. Thomas, used with permission, A Pitcher or a Jug (Amy N. Thomas, 2008).

For commercial and other uses, please request permission in writing via LiveJournal or here.

Thank you for viewing my work!


Conclusion
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For five years, the keyboard has tapped out my thoughts, musings, embarrassing cross-cultural moments, a book debut, my poetry, photos, and memories. I had the pleasure of meeting in person a number of Live Journal friends.

Today, I conclude this blog. I’ve printed the pages and will bind them as a personal copy of my first foray into regular writing online.

My personal website amynthomas.com offers additional information about my work as an author, artist, and someone with a license to teach.

Fare thee well.

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Del Ray Artisans and Me
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The Del Ray neighborhood on the outskirts of Alexandria, VA, grew into a community as a railroad workers' bedroom community. Six months after getting married, we bought a bungalow and joined the pedestrian lifestyle. Five years later we moved west, and next month we'll return. I'm so excited to be within walking distance again of a metro station, a grocery store, a coffee shop, and the Del Ray Artisans. DRA is a community of local artists that shows and sells works in all media. A new show opens tonight and I'll have an oil drawing on display. If you're in the area, please come to the gallery opening or to my gallery sitting time. 

On My Mommy's Lap detail (oil) by Amy N. Thomas

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Community Art Exhibition Debut
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On May 12 at a local community center, more than 100 local artists showed their work. On display were three of my pieces:

Saturday Ready, a collage on red oil background

All Ears, an abstract acrylic that used a limited four-color palette (the same colors used to print a newspaper) with black stenciled mugs

All Ears 2, a recycled paper assemblage that was laid out in the same pattern and method as a wooden floor and incorporated a collaborative collage

The latter two were also selected for a local traveling exhibition for six months at the central library. 
I'm thrilled with this process and look forward to where I might be involved in my community's art and education efforts.

A number of my friends attended, which made the time that much more memorable, and my mother captured this shot of me under All Ears at the opening reception.
Amy with All Ears; photo by RAN 2011
 

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Celebrating International Women's Day
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I first learned about International Women's Day while living in Moscow. The International Women's Club hosted an all-day symposium featuring prominent members of a variety of organizations. We heard from a member of the Duma, an Ambassador, and other women who lead and work to make the world a better place to live. Originally a Russian holiday celebrated on March 19, IWD is now recognized by the United Nations and celebrated around the world on March 8 to honor the achievements of women, whether in the home, on the road, in a building, or on a playing field.

The cut paper art form (called Assemblage) is an art form I've practiced for more than a year. These hands represent women I've met in all the places I've lived. My first published illustration was a digitized assemblage inside the back cover of our local Live Poets Society Anthology 2010, viewable via a short video clip on my website.
 

Feel free to give this image to women you admire. I just did!
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 IWD assemblage ANT2011

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Fare thee well, Brian Jacques
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Today's SLJ announced the passing of British author Brian Jacques. Although I never had the privilege of meeting this writer, I felt I knew him, and I owed a debt of gratitude to him for inspiring my rambunctious twins to read and write and make believe. His Redwall series on PBS was the first television program we watched together when my boys were in preschool. In early elementary school, we enjoyed many home plays, complete with real enemies, high walls, flying animals and true heroes. In middle school, we visited a real castle!
swiss castle
So, rest in peace, Brian Jacques, and thank you.
The full article is here.
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Poetagraph: Sun Over Mist #weepoem
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 Poetagraph Sun Over Mist 2011 ANT

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Poetagraph: Artists #weepoem
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Thank you Mr. Miller, Misha, et. al. 
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