Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Weekly Quick Collage: Even Yet

Even Yet

I saw blackbirds today when I
        was driving home
hundreds of them
         in an intricate spontaneous
unchoreographed ballet
    across the sky
         and it made me
          even yet.

I look for inspiration
 wherever I can find it
and take it
       even where I can't
and hold onto hope
                                  even yet.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Drawing Challenge: Rara Avis


ingedients: vintage book pages and ephemera, image transfers, Pitt artist pens

I just couldn't resist the theme of this drawing challenge, hosted by Eric Adama of the wonderful Cerulean blog: rara avis.  So, I accepted his kind invitation to participate.

- a rare bird.
- an unusual, uncommon or exceptional person or thing.

Please go to Eric's blog on November 22 to follow the links to the other drawing challenge participants. Can't wait to see what everyone has come up with!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

November Brown

Brown seems a fitting color for November.  Even the Kinneyconick Creek looks brown at this time of year, due to low water levels and sediment, though the water is actually very clear.

I build a cairn of brown stones to honor the spirits of this place...

and an altar on which to leave an offering.

So many shades of brown to be seen at this time of year... grey-brown logs, red-brown cedar clapboard, myriad shades of brown leaves covering the ground...

Brown leaves look like beautiful calligraphy written across a striking blue sky...

Yellow- and red-brown leaves in the creek...

The warm brown of newly-sanded logs...

... and the fall foliage of a single redwood tree...

To enjoy more gorgeous brown, go to Jennifer Coyne Qudeen's or Julie Booth's wonderful blogs; they will hook you up with all the links!  Hope you enjoy!  Happy Fall, everyone!

Monday, November 17, 2014

In Tara's Garden

In Tara's Garden
9.5 x 15.75 inches
ingredients: vintage book cover, image transfers, acrylic ink, Derwent watercolor pencils, cut-outs, metallic pens, Pitt artist pens, monotype, woodblock prints, found objects, brads

Tara is known primarily as the Tibetan Buddhist bodhisattva (enlightened being) of compassion and action.  According to Wikipedia, "Tārā came to be seen as an expression of the compassion of perfected wisdom... Tārā is also known as a saviouress, as a heavenly deity who hears the cries of beings experiencing misery in sansara (the cycle of suffering, death, and re-birth)."

Tara is one of the earliest known dieties; her origins are not entirely clear, but some scholars believe she may come from pre-Buddhist animist religions in Tibet. She has many different forms or aspects, of which Green Tara is one of the most popular. Green Tara (Khadiravani) is usually associated with protection from fear.

According to wildmind Buddhist meditation, "Green Tara is a forest goddess, and in one story is shown as being clad in leaves. Her Pure Land, in distinction to others that are composed of precious gems, is said to be lush and verdant:
Covered with manifold trees and creepers, resounding with the sound of many birds,
And with murmur of waterfalls, thronged with wild beasts of many kinds;
Many species of flowers grow everywhere.
She is therefore a female form of the "Green Man" figure who is found carved in many European churches and cathedrals, and who is found in the Islamic traditions as the figure Al-Khidr."

Friday, November 14, 2014

Weekly Quick Collage: Serendipity


Another in my series of weekly collages, done (mostly) in less than an hour using materials laying around on my drafting table (or floor). Enjoy!

"Vital lives are about action. You can't feel warmth unless you create it, can't feel delight until you play, can't know serendipity unless you risk.”
~ Joan Erickson

“Sometimes serendipity is just intention unmasked.”
~ Elizabeth Berg, The Year of Pleasures

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Friday, November 7, 2014

Weekly Quick Collage: Fly

                                     Fly                   8 x 4.25 inches
ingredients: vintage book pages, vintage map, vintages stamps and other ephemera, Derwent watercolor pencils, graphite

“I have come to accept the feeling of not knowing where I am going. And I have trained myself to love it. Because it is only when we are suspended in mid-air with no landing in sight, that we force our wings to unravel and alas begin our flight. And as we fly, we still may not know where we are going to. But the miracle is in the unfolding of the wings. You may not know where you're going, but you know that so long as you spread your wings, the winds will carry you.”
~C. Joybell C.

“Some birds are not meant to be caged, that's all. Their feathers are too bright, their songs too sweet and wild. So you let them go, or when you open the cage to feed them they somehow fly out past you. And the part of you that knows it was wrong to imprison them in the first place rejoices, but still, the place where you live is that much more drab and empty for their departure.”
~ Stephen King

Happy weekend, everyone!