Mask

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In the intersection between
earth and air—in the space between
coming and going, was and to be—

The other side is inverted
consumed created inserted—
energy takes form—threshold, key–

Opposites crushed in collusion–
time transfigured by illusion—
door opening to nobody.

Sue Vincent’s photo prompt, above, was the inspiration for my poem and art.  I painted the fire, then cut it into squares, rearranged it, and stitched it together.  The poetry form is nove otto.

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I don’t know why, but this photo reminded me of The Crazy World of Arthur Brown.  Is that his hat burning…?

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Moses and Cleo

An oldie from 2006. Both of these dogs are gone now. They were sitting under my copper beech tree and I painted them for posterity. They were good dogs, especially Moe who was found in a park one winter night. 

Abstract Monday

Playing around with paint is always fun. I just start putting down color and see where it takes me. 

Sunriseset

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grey suddenly blue
I walk circles with the light
returning to stars

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“On the Road” has a haiku prompt this week that considers the life and work of Kikusha-Ni, a Buddhist nun, poet, artist, and wanderer.

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I used two sky photos I took at the beach and did some quick watercolors on rice paper, combining the elements in a few different ways.

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The haiku evolved along with my photoshop manipulations.

dawning grey to blue
the sun wears orange this evening
returning to black

Bridge over Passaic River

A small bridge in Paterson. The river runs all through Paterson and culminates at the Great Falls. This was a rush job as I didn’t want to break my run of posts.#World Watercolor Month

Saturday fail

I held this one up to my husband. “What do you think?”  He had a funny look and I could tell he didn’t like it, especially that shape on the top. I scrawled the words on the shape thinking it might help. Sometimes a painting doesn’t work out that well and that’s okay too. Have a great Saturday. 

Call and Response: July Landscape

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july landscape magnetic

When Nina posted her July landscape, below, she talked about possibly meeting with the Magnetic Poetry Oracle.  I loved her painting so much I did a collage response, and met with the Oracle myself for some poetic commentary, using Colleen’s poetry prompts for this week as well.

wild sanctuary
growing quiet beneath cloud
breezes blossoming

ancient path walks with windsong
wandering through rooted air

We have done a number of these collaborations in the past, but not recently.  I love especially Nina’s landscapes, which always give me a lot of fertile ground for collage.

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It’s Saturday!  The Oracle is ready and waiting.

 

Rowers

A bunch of rowers out on the water. Freedom, fresh air, a perfect way to start the weekend. 

A grouping

A bunch of some of the paintings of the last week or so. 

Precipice version 2

Something made me paint this picture a second time. I wanted to make the figures bigger so I could paint their features better. I think this one was more successful. 

Here’s the two of them together on the wall.