Good Hair (acrylic) 2002

I paint what I see,
dream faces, not often
real people.

Composites of those
encountered, imagined,

Recreated with
paints, crayon,
paper, canvas.

Sketches, of people
on streets, in buses
and trains.

Memories of memories
collected over

while walking,

Composites of
so many of faces
casually mingled.

I paint what
I see, faces
from my dreams

encountered on
streets, in my sleep,

imagined after
years of being
among strangers.


Janet Cormier is a painter, writes prose and poetry, and performs comedy. Janet prefers different and original over pretty. She loves collecting stuff, but cleaning not so much. Janet also talks to strangers. A lot. Her column appears weekly on Oddball Magazine.