Friday, July 31, 2009


There are those days.
When the sun is thwarted by grey clouds.

The weather is of two minds.

Unable to choose. 
Vacillating, just like me.

Fragments are looking better than the complete picture.
Sometimes it happens that way.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Tangent Reprise

More seeds.

Hardly a tangent anymore.

A new direction to be explored.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Time Capsules

I have been painting a lot of seeds lately.
They have great potential.
Little dormant vessels that hold the future inside.
A time capsule of sorts.

A horse chestnut seed has its own unique style.
The outer shell is spiny and alien.
The inner seed is soft and shiny.
It is hard to fathom how something so peculiar
will transform into an extraordinary tree.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009


A cluster of sprouts.

Seeds taking root.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Cactus Specimen

This past week I was in Sedona, Arizona making paper.
The desert landscape is so different, so unique.
Prickly Pear Cactus abound.

 A fellow artist decided to boil dried cactus specimen in soda ash,
a process we use to cook and soften bark fiber for papermaking.
He wanted to see what would happen to them.

The tough skins and thorns of the cactus washed away.
These beautiful, structural remains were left.
Veins, pathways, almost skeletal.

I was so enamored with them.
They looked like giant wings. Cactus wings.
I made a dragonfly.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Giveaway | Mosquito

I'm having a GIVEAWAY while I'm away!

Enter to win this charming mosquito. He's a tiny fellow.
Simply leave a message and a link or email by Saturday July 25th.
Let me know your favorite insect or winged creature.
I will pick a name out of hat on Sunday, July 26th!
The winner is...

Saturday, July 18, 2009


Marionettes tethered.

Friday, July 17, 2009


An ending or beginning? 
Beginning. A point at which something starts. 
Seeds. Full of promise.

Thursday, July 16, 2009


Lulu is grazing just like a cow. The tall grass has just been cut.

Big round bales are dotted through the field.

They are so sculptural.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Tuesday, July 14, 2009


A pair of breathing trees.
Growing thriving, flourishing.
My two loves: anatomy and nature.

Monday, July 13, 2009


There is something odd about this image.
Perhaps it is the disproportion of scale.
The seed is a bit large, almost an egg.
An egg putting out buds - a hatchery of sorts.
It seems both natural and manufactured.
It's growing on me.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Gathering Strength

A groundswell rising.
Seeds taking hold. Gathering strength.

Saturday, July 11, 2009


A hollow pit. An empty hole.
Filling the void with pebbles.

Friday, July 10, 2009


Oh joy!
Perhaps it is a contradiction.
My little Sorrows arrived in the mail today!

These charming papier mache teardrops were made by PickalaPoopa
As soon as I saw this little collection, I was smitten.
They are simply amazing!

I sure hope she will make more.
I can't resist playing with them.
Must get back to work now!

Thursday, July 9, 2009


Sometimes, well truthfully, most of the time,
I start in one direction and then find myself on a visual tangent.
I like working in a spontaneous fashion.

I keep long lists of words, they are ideas I want to explore.
Today my eyes scanned the list and fell on seeds and pods.

This is the result. I like it so far.
It is both familiar and at the same time foreign.
What do you think?

Wednesday, July 8, 2009


Peeking through keyholes.
It seems like there is a secret world.

Do we really want to see the whole picture?
Perhaps we just want to imagine what we might find.
The mystery of locks.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009


Tucked into the winding roads above our camp
are these enchanting little mountain cottages.
They were built with native field stone and timber.
They have such a fanciful style.
I especially love the the silo with the orange tin roof.
It looks like a giant pumpkin!

Monday, July 6, 2009


This is an early picture of Camp Wah Wah Taysee.
A collection of photographs found tucked inside the house. 
We have spent summers on this lake for nearly thirty years,
ever mindful of the old camp and the history of the house.

The pictures tell a wonderful story.
Throughout the 1920's it was a summer camp for girls.
They were instructed to pack two wool bathing suits and caps. 
Here are the girls posing for a picture on the shore of the lake.

Campers spent six weeks enjoying country life.
Activities included swimming, boating, arts and crafts, 
handwork, singing, dancing, horseback riding, and hay rides.
Every evening they had a camp fire.
The spirit of this place certainly lives on.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Culver Lake

Visiting my family for the holiday weekend.
This is our summer camp on Culver Lake.
Our house is called Wah Wah Taysee,
a Native American word for firefly.

A view from the dock.
The weather is perfect!
The water is warm.

One wet dog to complete the picture.
Lulu loves to swim!
Happy 4th of July!

Thursday, July 2, 2009