Thursday, April 25, 2019

A Poem

The Swan by Mary Oliver
Did you too see it, drifting, all night, on the black river?
Did you see it in the morning, rising into the silvery air -
An armful of white blossoms,
A perfect commotion of silk and linen as it leaned
into the bondage of its wings; a snowbank, a bank of lilies,
Biting the air with its black beak?
Did you hear it, fluting and whistling
A shrill dark music - like the rain pelting the trees - like a waterfall
Knifing down the black ledges?
And did you see it, finally, just under the clouds -
A white cross Streaming across the sky, its feet
Like black leaves, its wings Like the stretching light of the river?
And did you feel it, in your heart, how it pertained to everything?
And have you too finally figured out what beauty is for?
And have you changed your life?

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Saying Goodbye to 2018

bird painting
 Summer Sweet  11x14  oil/panel

I spent some time over the past month recovering from quite a busy year, 2018 was exciting and downright exhausting at times too.  I have often shared on this blog my love of the winter months.  I appreciate the time after the holidays to rest and contemplate new beginnings in Spring.  Being in sync with nature's cycles helps me gather energy for the coming year, and 2019 promises to be another busy one!  While I made plans for upcoming events this Spring and Summer (which I will continue to share on my blog), I also revisited some favorite paintings from my work last year.  I thought I'd share them with you.

bird art
   Water Pitcher and Magpie  16"x20"

bluebird art
Still Life with Bluebird 18"x14"
bird art
The Gift 14"x11"