Monday, June 24, 2013


"The Seed Overcomes"   (encaustic on panel)

yes, that is the snake~skin i found in the yard a few weeks ago.
an experimental piece. ha!

wishing you a great week.

Friday, June 21, 2013

johnny depp and summer solstice


medicine man (seated) will bless johnny depp

he autographed my bible!
 a totally spontaneous and strange first day of summer!
greg & i saw a star today - Johnny Depp came to town
for a premier of his new movie, The Lone Ranger.
he was in the area the end of last year and we didn't
 make an effort to see him then.  in fact,we thought it
would be too difficult. so why would Johnny Depp
 come to Lawton, Oklahoma again?  because he was adopted
or inducted into the Comanche nation. his connections to the 
Native Americans brings him here.  how fortunate for us! 

Johnny Depp seemed like a gracious person. conscientious of the 
elders and everyone else around him.  he took his time with the fans 
signing autographs. when he got in front of me i told him that
we loved him and thanked him for coming to Oklahoma.
he smiled, looked me in the eyes and said thank you.  

he's a person like us. it was hot in the cinema parking lot!!!
but he did not rush. he seemed to ooze kindness and calm.
and he dazzled us on this summer solstice day. 

he's a great actor and i look forward to seeing the new movie.  

Happy First Day of Summer!

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Four Haikus

In gesture of grace
Praying Mantis strikes his prey
On peppermint leaf

Prairie hill covered in
Warm Indian Blankets
A spring comforter

Feather in the grass
A farewell indigo gift
From birds going south 

On a single leaf
A small masterpiece from God
The changing season

greg asked me to write 4 haikus for him.  he's going to compose
 music from the haikus and the pieces will be performed at next year's
 annual new music fest which has a theme of spring and autumn equinoxes.  

which haiku do you like best?  :)

Sunday, June 16, 2013


this little bird hit our window and died instantly.
a quick watercolor sketch and we buried it in the zen prairie plot. 
 it saddened me that the beautiful bird died this way.

i went for my first summer swim in medicine creek today.
greg had to sit on the banks since his leg has a giant wound
from a brown recluse spider bite.  two months and the tissue is
 still being scraped out by the doctor and the wound has not shrunk 
one iota.  he is bummed about not being able to sail or swim.  me too.

i've had a major disappointment.  the vegetable garden
was attacked by a grasshopper army.  they seemed to laugh at
my home-made natural bug repellant.  i put so much time and
effort into my garden.... not sure if the plants can recover.
also, three healthy potted tomato plants that i've been
babying for weeks got battered by a severe hailstorm tonight.
who knows? the rest of the garden may be demolished as well.
i'm hoping the hailstorm smashed the grasshoppers to pieces!

nature has been harsh lately.  

odd and random....  a chunk of hail knocked an antler
off this mini elk that stands in a cactus plant.  this feels
strangely symbolic to me. . . . 

  abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram 
caught by its horns.  he went over and took the ram and 
sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son.

God will provide.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

medicine all around

last evening we went to the nearby sacred native american grounds-
medicine bluffs with medicine creek flowing below.
this has always been hallowed ground to the natives.
and i always feel and see the magic all around.

i picked some sage here, and if you're interested in a little 
to put in your medicine pouch - just drop a note.

healing and happy weekend to you.

Sunday, June 9, 2013

a wedding in the neighborhood

we are 5' 1" - my standing cypress and i! it's still growing though.

our neighbors, beth & gary got married last evening -
the ceremony was outdoors in the neighborhood
and the couple took their vows facing west with
mt. scott in the background.  the weather behaved
and so did all the guests - until it came time to dancing. :)

another neighbor and i had the honor of gathering
wildflowers from the prairie. we collected standing cypress
and fleabane daisies for the bride and made smaller bouquets 
of standing cypress, cutleaf daisies and fleabane daisies
for the maidens.  the wedding was beautiful, festive
and romantic.

i hope your weekend has been beautiful.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

I give you a seed....

"I give you a seed." (encaustic on panel)

"When a man or woman is truly honest, 
it is virtually impossible to insult them personally."
-Brennan Manning

More sadness for Oklahoma this weekend.
I pray for gentleness and grace.

Oklahoma Penstemon
This penstemon only grows in Oklahoma.
It's white and delicate and withstands the wind on the mixed prairie.

Peace to you this coming week.