The Day Of The Mother
I am standing on my deck surveying new growth in the gardens. All the bulbs are in riotous full bloom and the perennials just on the verge of opening to their color. In the garden where an Apple tree had been removed and replaced with a new peach tree, I check to see if the transplanted flowers have survived the winter and if the wildflower seeds I have spread earlier this spring are sprouting. They are! All of them are delicate yet vigorous and I am thrilled.
As I soak up the joy of this glorious day, I am struck by a thought, “My Mother would love this garden.” Her ashes have resided in a red velvet bag in my dresser drawer for eighteen years. I intended to make a glaze out of them to adorn a hand-made vessel but learned that the process is too toxic and too complicated for me to accomplish. I then planned to spread them in a magnificent place in nature but I either didn’t have her ashes with me or didn’t feel the spot did her justice. Her standards were always high and I felt I rarely met them.
Not this time. I run for the red velvet bag, carefully untie the cording and take her on a tour of the garden, placing a little bit of her at every plant and tree. “Remember how much you loved the blue Columbine when we vacationed In the Rocky Mountains?” as I add her to the earth where blue columbine are blooming.
After eighteen years of looking “out there” for the right place for my mother, I finally have found the perfect spot: Right here with me. It is a final For-Giving.
Hanley Farm Celebrates Local Artisans!
June 20, Hanley Farm is hosting local artists and crafters at the farm. Come out, admire original works of art; unique, one-of-a-kind jewelry; hand-made crafts, etc. Speak with fair participants; learn more about how they-do-what they do. AND support your local artisans! Find the just-right gift for your friends, family, OR for yourself! Be sure to take a self-guided garden tour. During the day, take time to relax, and picnic by the pasture. You can buy locally grown food at the fair OR bring your own picnic. In addition to all this, there will be music, and children (adults too!) may want to get their face painted; children can travel back in time as they play Heritage games. Admission: FREE! June 20, 10am-3pm; Hanley Farm, 1053 Hanley Road, Central Point. For more information call 541-773-6536, ext. 204. www.sohs.com; http://hanleyfarm.org/artist-day-craft-fair
Here is how it works: The birthday gal or guy invite their friends to my home/studio. They all bring the food and wine. I provide a fun creative project. Everyone has a blast creating, laughing, eating and flowing in the enthusiasm of a shared creative adventure. All go home with their own creative expression and a joyful memory to cherish.
You should give it a try!
This painting may be purchased in my online store, www.animaanimus.org.
My newest creation is a precursor to five paintings I’ll be showing at
Sea Affaire in July. Artist Solace Wonder has chosen a fine group of artists to
accompany his second round at The Phirana Shop in Seattle and I’ve taken the
opportunity to dive into shells, nutibranches and sea slugs which are
beautifully strange and captivating creatures.
This piece is available for purchase
at www.animaanimus.org. If you’d like a sneak peak of the paintings I’ll be creating for the show, email me at [email protected] and I’ll add you to my collector’s preview.
This Sunday, May 31 from 3-6PM is our first “Artists for Equamore” Event at Equamore Horse Sanctuary in Ashland! Twenty-two local artists, working in various mediums, will be at the sanctuary selling original works, prints, cards, and more, with 20% of the proceeds benefitting horses in our community. Join us and help support this wonderful non-profit. In addition to art, Band Du Pays Swing Band will be playing, local wine & finger food will be served, and you can mingle with the horses on a beautiful day in the country! The event is free, but we hope you will purchase something while you are there.
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12″ x 16″ Pastel on Paper
I stopped to enjoy this lovely view of the confluence of Little Butte Creek and the Rogue River on my way to join family for Thanksgiving dinner in Prospect, Oregon.
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“Nature may reach the same result in many ways. Like a wave in the physical world, in the infinite ocean of the medium which pervades all, so in the world of organisms, in life, an impulse started proceeds onward, at times, may be, with the speed of light, at times, again, so slowly that for ages and ages it seems to stay, passing through processes of a complexity inconceivable to men, but in all its forms, in all its stages, its energy ever and ever integrally present. A single ray of light from a distant star falling upon the eye of a tyrant in bygone times may have altered the course of his life, may have changed the destiny of nations, may have transformed the surface of the globe, so intricate, so inconceivably complex are the processes in Nature. In no way can we get such an overwhelming idea of the grandeur of Nature than when we consider, that in accordance with the law of the conservation of energy, throughout the Infinite, the forces are in a perfect balance, and hence the energy of a single thought may determine the motion of a universe.
Nikola Tesla (via inthenoosphere)”
– Nikola Tesla
Organic repetition in geometric form.
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“Ether” is the last painting in my alchemical elements series. Quintessence is considered as permeating the whole of creation and binds all things together, the foundation without which the Elements would be dead matter.
“Ether” is the only painting still available in my elements series and may be viewed or purchased at True Love Art Gallery in Seattle through May 10th.