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Write Around PAM: Ralph Chessé

It continues to be important to take moments to reflect. Writing is a powerful tool to pause, connect, and heal. This week’s writing exercise begins with this work by Ralph Chessé as inspiration. 

Set a timer for 15 minutes, and just keep the pen moving. Before or after you write, take some time to learn about Chessé’s life and artistic career.⠀

First, make a quick list of people who are important to you. 

Second, pick one person from the list. Spend a moment thinking about your past or future with this person.

Finally, write for a bit with this person in your heart and mind. Here are two prompts to get you started. You can choose one, both or follow your own adventure:

The last time I saw… / When I think of you…

Writing in community is powerful. We are grateful to our longtime partner Write Around Portland for the writing prompts and inspiration. You can revisit past posts from each Sunday in May and look for continuing weekly posts in June and July. Please share your work with us! @writearoundpdx @portlandartmuseum #RespectWritingCommunity #WriteAroundPAM

Ralph Chessé, Family Portrait, 1944, oil on canvas, Museum Purchase: Funds provided by the Bequest of F. Harrison Taylor, © Estate of Ralph Chessé, 2001.19