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M.E. at the Iris Gardens

The Presby Iris Gardens are a big deal here in Montclair. My friend Mary has set up Mary’s Happy Camper selling coffee and snacks there. I drew this off a selfie she posted on Facebook.

Here are some scenes from the “Rainbow on the Hill”:

Self Portrait #20 (after Klee)

sp #20 comp

Circle
enclosing one
imperfectly caught life–
between thinking and acting out–
completed inside the border, this face,
this arrangement of edges on intersections
including
intersections on edges of arrangement–this
face, this border, the inside completed
out—acting and thinking between
life caught imperfectly–
one enclosing
circle.

Instead of painting this one, I used Neocolors, which worked well through layering to give the irregularity of each color Klee produced with paint.  It was a real challenge–trying to get the geometry while maintaining at least a little resemblance.  I think I want to try this one in collage as well.  It would be like assembling a puzzle.

The circle shape of the head inspired the poem, which was also a challenge.  It uses the palindrome form, where the second half reverses the word order of the first half with one word as connector.  Finding words that work in both directions is also like solving a puzzle…well I do like to play with words.

You can see all the self portraits in the “100 Self Portrait” series here.  Four-fifths to go.

Mother’s Day 2017

rose s

mothers day poem 1

mothers day poem 2

My mother loved roses.  The Oracle caught my mood.

magic flower laughs
opens remembering heals
like stars aborning

 sacred spirit shines
between memory and rose
flowering the soul

‘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. 

Neo Color

My first attempt at using the Neocolor II set given to me by Kerfe 27 years ago. A very fun and forgiving medium which you can smoosh with water. I tried to give this a layered effect by adding watercolor, pencil and fine tip marker. 

Eye of a dog

My friend Michael Stahl posted a picture of his dog Lulu’s eye. I attempted a drawing today. 

Here is Michael’s shot. Lulu has white eyebrows. I wasn’t able to do that in my sketchbook. I’d need to do it on black paper. 

Weekend Drawing

I forgot it was Draw a Bird day. I will draw one at work today. I still have some time left. 

I did another version of the figure in stone. It seemed to need color so I added some. 

This was something I started with the edge of a soft pencil. It turned into a horse and then I added the bird. This doesn’t count for Draw a Bird day. I am happy I’ve been drawing in a sketchbook more. And I found the Neocolors that Kerfe gave me for my fortieth birthday. I started playing around with those. They are pretty cool as you can use water to smoosh them around. 

Draw a Bird Day: Blue Jay

blue jay head s

blue on blue–feathers
echoing sky holding sun
as wings scatter light

Blue Jay feathers are not really blue, but appear so because of the way the light reflects off of them.  At least that’s what all the bird websites say…

I am on call for Federal Jury duty the next 2 weeks.  Not sure what it means for getting anything done, but no electronics allowed in Federal Court–including phones–and I have to call every night to see if I need to show up the next day.  I may be around, or not.

The birds have been extra-present around here this spring…I can hear them waking the day right now.  Happy Draw-a-Bird Day!

Magnetic Poetry/Feel Gardens

Kerfe reminded me that we came up with this in February. My interpretation is literal as usual. 


I had an image on my phone that I had been planning to draw for a while. It just seemed to fit. 

I don’t remember the source but I liked the photo: serene. 

My Dad and Emily

Em must have been around nine here. It’s a sketch from a photo of them sitting at the table in France. She wasn’t drinking wine. She just liked to drink out of a wine glass like we all were.