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Draw a Bird Day: Hawk

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We’ve misplaced our wings.
The shape on the window ledge–
how it flies!

Not quite yet lighter than air,
you are rising from the grave of pain.
We’ve misplaced our wings.

Skimming the surface of a wistful longing
I hover, shrouded in myself.
The shape on the window ledge

Waiting, watching.
Soundless, suddenly gone–
how it flies!

Being currently obsessed with monoprints, I had to try it with a bird.  I had just seen a red-tailed hawk out the kitchen window on a window ledge across the street from a friend I was visiting.  No matter how often I see one, it’s always thrilling.

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The poem is another cascade.  My friend is well on the mend from a summer in and out of the hospital, and it seemed to me a good sign.  But don’t we all long for such majestic wings?

Anglerfish with lure

Tuesday’s New York Times Science section featured some wonderful sea creatures which make their own light–bioluminescence. This caught my attention as I’m always looking for things to paint. My first attempt is this grumpy looking anglerfish with lure. I used a lot of silver and if you look at the original it’s pretty sparkly. You can’t really see it in a photo. That’s why Kerfe and I should have a show one of these days, right, (K)?

Mountain Gorilla

A beautiful mountain gorilla. I painted this directly with no pencil sketching first like I usually do. I love these creatures, our close relatives sharing similar DNA. I believe all animals are sentient creatures–I believe it even more as I get older. Just ask the three large canines I share my dwelling with. Happy Friday!

Man with Cat

My friend’s husband Miles holding a cat. 

Lunar Rays

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the power of tides
to lead by following songs
tracking the crescent

eyes beckoning as startled
magnitudes shout waves of light

I couldn’t resist a photo of a cat…photo reference and words from Colleen’s weekly poetry challenge, also using words from the Secret Keeper.

I may visit this cat again. I need to explore that shadow.

 

‘Gator and friends

Another Neocolor with watercolor and pencil. This one owes a bow to Claudia McGill: thank you Claudia. These Neocolors are fun and rather freeing as they do double duty. 

Lullaby (after James Taylor and in Tradition)

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Bye n bye
close your eyes
see
the pretty horses
flying
dream skying

Darkness reveals
cosmos unseals
path of light
it’s all right
stars shine
spinning

Tomorrow’s wishes
wordless hushes
like birds
pretty horses
butterflying
sleepy eyes

It won’t be long
little one
morning will come
music of the sun
ride those dreams
to dawn

I’ve been dreaming of horses, and Sue Vincent’s photo prompt of a nursery with a prominent rocking horse made me think of the lullaby, “All the Pretty Little Horses”.  And lullabies always make me think of James Taylor, because I used to sing his songs to my girls when they were babies.  I’ve referenced “Close Your Eyes” here.  Another favorite lullaby is “Bye N Bye”.  I seem to remember an Odetta recording, but I couldn’t find it online, so I’m not sure where I originally heard it.

 My babies are adults now, but a lullaby is always appropriate for dreaming.

And that James Taylor recording…oh yes, my friends and I all had a crush on James in 1971.

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Rooster Skull (Draw a Bird Day)

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What creates
this form, measured
perfectly
and complete,
a structure to hold a mask
adorned with feathers?

The outline
sits naked, revised,
unconcealed,
redirected
to death.  Not malevolence–
the shadow of time.

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Well, we couldn’t miss draw-a-bird-day, could we?  Continuing with the Year of the Rooster, two views of a rooster skull.

I also didn’t want to miss National Poetry Month; last year I managed to post a poem every day, but obviously I won’t be doing that in 2017.  I have an idea for a series involving dots and magnetic poetry, so I’ll start that on Monday (I hope).  And next week I’ll try to catch up on what everyone has been up to.  Happy weekend! and happy Draw-A-Bird-Day!

Perry at the movies

My daughter’s dog Perry (@perrythepitbull). 

Here he is looking at the painting. 

Perry the pit bull!

Deer Skull in Camouflage 

I don’t really know where these skulls come from. I’d like to think they died peacefully in the woods and were found a while later. In truth they may have been shot and killed so I guess it’s ironic that I’d paint one in a camouflage pattern. 

I’m no expert but I think this is a young one. Only three points. Thank you, deer.