Sunday, December 28, 2014

Freckles . . .

Freckles, Antique picture and encaustic on wood panel (worn as a pendant)

A necklace I made for myself recently 
out of a Civil War tin type portrait.
I call this little girl Freckles, since her 
slightly pink-tinted cheeks are full
of freckles...

Someone used to wear this close to their heart.
Now I can continue to cherish her.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Winter play . . .

"I am alive," said the snowman.
The view from Greg's office.
Me playing in the backyard in my pajamas.
The second snowman self-destructed in 5 minutes!

Wherever you are, I hope that you're having fun!  :)

Monday, December 22, 2014

A few favorites . . .

From our NYC trip this summer
A little elephant my boss and his wife brought back from India 
"New Home" Adobe 
A friend told me I needed to put one of my nests in the Christmas tree. 
From a dear friend!
Today is our house anniversary - 
three years ago just a few days before Christmas
we moved into our home and settled on the
prairie hills of Medicine Park!  

We have a Christmas tree tradition or two,,,
We harvest an invasive cedar from the hill
and we like to find a special ornament 
whenever we travel to add to our tree. 
It brings back good memories.

Some of the ugly, plastic ornaments are
slowly rotating from the back of the tree
 to trash. lol.   

Wish you a beautiful and peaceful Christmas week.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

A poem...

I'm going to read a poem a day in 2015 (already started :) 
and hopefully it will inspire me to write a poem 
a week without too much self- judgement. 

~     ~     ~

You, Reader

I wonder how you are going to feel 
when you find out
 that I wrote this instead of you,

 that it was I who got up early 
to sit in the kitchen
 and mention with a pen

 the rain-soaked windows,
 the ivy wallpaper, 
and the goldfish circling in its bowl.

 Go ahead and turn aside, 
bite your lip and tear out the page, 
but, listen — it was just a matter of time 

before one of us happened 
to notice the unlit candles 
and the clock humming on the wall. 

Plus, nothing happened that morning — 
a song on the radio, 
a car whistling along the road outside —

 and I was only thinking 
about the shakers of salt and pepper 
that were standing side by side on a place mat.

 I wondered if they had become friends 
after all these years 
or if they were still strangers to one another 

like you and I 
who manage to be known and unknown 
to each other at the same time — 

me at this table with a bowl of pears, 
you leaning in a doorway somewhere 
near some blue hydrangeas, reading this. 

From The Trouble with Poetry: And Other Poems, by Billy Collins 

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Tenacious as all...

From a window at work....
One of my favorite campus trees has just about lost all its leaves...
I also found it again,,, one perfect acorn still hanging on a limb.
Missed by a squirrel?  Stronger than the Oklahoma wind!
It's tenacious as all....
If it were to drop, I would like to turn over every leaf just to
 find it and dip it in gold....  a medal for hanging on so long.
But maybe this acorn is the seed for future trees?
It's tenacious as all.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

A gift from the hill...

We had a little rain fall this morning, then wind, 
then Miss Sunshine came to visit later in the day.

And so the big clouds descending on the other side 
of Prairie Hill beckoned to me....

The hill had a gift for me!!!
A tiny skull with perfect tiny teeth,,,
and this one also had a blade of grass
protruding from its heart-shaped opening.

"My God, I pray better to you by breathing.  I pray better
to you by walking than talking." - Thomas Merton

~ B l e s s i n g s   o n   y o u r   w e e k. ~

Saturday, December 13, 2014

My 12/13/14

Two walks around the hill in one day.
Lots of fresh air,,,
Rabbits scaring me as much as I scare them...
Rain is coming tomorrow.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

NATURE: Mostly trees & nests....

"It is not our job to remain whole.  We came to lose our leaves like the trees, 
and be born again drawing up from the great roots." -Robert Bly

Said the smallest tree on the prairie to the bird,,,,
'Why, it would be an honor for you to build a nest in me.'

And that is why I consider the latest nest I found among one of the unique ones!
A bird decided a tiny tree of a mere 3 feet would be perfect.... 
overlooking the lake on the south side of Prairie Hill.

My explorations were cut short as I heard gunshots from the
other side of the lake!  That's why I have not seen deer lately.
Hide, hide, hide my deer friends and be well.  Not sure about the
hunting on the non-wildlife refuge side.  It seems too close
to where people (I) live! Geesh. Anyway, with my brown
teddybear coat I figured I better get out of there before I get
shot like an animal.  I have mixed feelings about hunting.
There is too much soul in some of these animals for me.
Even a beautiful turkey is up there now with me.
Eat fish and vegetables mostly and be happy.

And what's this?  Greg bringing home an invasive cedar tree from
Prairie Hill.  Do I like trees cut down? No. But I feel better about
this species becoming a 'Christmas' tree (mostly for Greg) since
Oklahoma spends millions on eradicating it from the prairies.

~   P  E  A  C  E    ~

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

HAIKU: Winter birds...

Driving to work on a cold winter morning I looked up...
A sketch in my palm of the scene
Morning birds on wires
Two close, two at a distance
Watching cold silence

Sunday, November 30, 2014

ART: Bug Boy

"Bug Boy"  (Vintage photo, bug and encaustic)

This naughty boy is about to scare his classmate with a giant beetle!

This is my first bug under beeswax.  This is how I found the bronze beetle many years ago -
with a missing wing, exposing an emerald green body - all metallic.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

NATURE: Hiking....

 Probably one of the most interesting nests I've ever come across -
 this one had its base constructed of a snakeskin.

We left out of our backdoor and into the wildlife refuge - 
nearly 5 hours & 18 miles round trip on foot, we returned
exhausted and Greg ended up with 3 blisters on his foot.
I put my brand new Merrell hiking shoes to the test and
they get an A+.  And yes, that is a small jar of Merlot
up there! ha!  
Sitting with a family of trees...


Wednesday, November 26, 2014

ART: A special necklace...

"Berta, Dora & Frieda," Vintage Photo w/Encaustic (necklace)  
I've always loved this extremely small photo of my mother 
(center and about 17 y.o.) with her two sisters on either side.  
It's very enlarged above.  I cut the picture further down to a small postage 
size and glued it to a permanent wood panel.  Sealed it with beeswax  
and specked it with some color.  My aunt Betsy on the left passed
away this August, so this is a way to keep her, my mom and aunt
Frieda close to my heart.... Also, this picture was taken by the
lake where I grew up in Senden, Germany.  It's where I learned how to
swim and ice skate... it's also the first landscape I fell in love with. 

Playing in the studio . . .

 "You can't experiment and be flawless at the same time." -Nick Bantock

Also,,, this is such a precious little book I like to gaze upon.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

ART: Rose in Gold

"Rose in Gold," Tintype Photo w/Encaustic 

This is my first Civil War Tintype photo under encaustic.
I also finally used the gold encaustic block that 
I bought almost 9 months ago in Santa Fe!  

The tintype is already dark, and with a layer or two 
of wax it becomes even more obscure... maybe that's
why I like it...?  I wonder whose sweetheart she was?
I bought her off of Etsy and named her Rose.  Had Greg
 cut a wood panel in the exact shape of the picture.  
She is going into the May exhibit along with many other
portraits/landscapes spanning two centuries.  The wax is 
curing over Rose and many of the others, but these antique 
photos are going to have their shining moment again
in a few months.   

I was thinking today that making art is like giving birth!
You have conceive and push,,, work and labor to create
and name something out of nothing.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

LIFE: Saturday/Sunday and earlier

We got a new sailboat - yup in winter.
Talk about planning for summer... :)
It's a small 13' Zuma - which will let us
splash through Lake Lawtonka next year.
 It was sunny and 54 degrees on Saturday so we
  quickly got the boat wrapped for winter hibernation.

It's 25 degrees and snowing.... 
my backyard & Prairie Hill looks like this today.
Not a day goes by when the deer don't visit. :)
 The post oaks are dropping acorns like crazy for food.
On the Prairie, I would say this was the year of the rabbit and the deer.

Oh yeah, on Wednesday, I felt my second earthquake in Oklahoma.  
It was around 4pm and I was sitting at my work desk 
and felt the wobble under my chair! 
 It was the 4.8 coming down from Kansas.