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Martin Luther King Day 2021

voice of crow under grey skies–
how to fill the hole

“Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.”

“Courage is an inner resolution to go forward despite obstacles; Cowardice is submissive surrender to circumstances. Courage breeds creativity; Cowardice represses fear and is mastered by it. Cowardice asks the question, is it safe? Expediency asks the question, is it politic? Vanity asks the question, is it popular? But conscience ask the question, is it right? And there comes a time when we must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but one must take it because it is right.”

“He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it.”

“Never, never be afraid to do what’s right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society’s punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way.”

“We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now.”

“We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.”

for earthweal open link weekend

Junk Mail Art for Earth Day

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“Nature is an infinite sphere whose center is everywhere and whose circumference is nowhere.”
–Blaise Pascal

Infinite mystery, spirits in green,
essence enduring connected by roots
of and inside of, devouring with growth.
Silence of green, traced in shadow, unseen
spirits compounding with opening fruit,
mystery hidden, unseasoned, renewed
guardian tree spirit, green giving birth,
swaddled in mystery, nourished with blood.

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It’s Earth Day!  so some recycled junk mail art seems appropriate.  And Green Man, the male counterpart to Mother Earth, is also a perfect subject.  Did you know that Robin Hood, Peter Pan, the Green Knight, and Puck all come out of Green Man mythology?

I was lucky enough to attend the first Earth Day in 1970 in Washington DC.  I lived near Baltimore at the time, and some friends had been invited to sing at the event.  That was 46 years ago–there’s still a lot of work to be done.  But we can all help every day by using less, and recycling more.

Earth Day 2016 - Trees for the Earth poster

This card is part of my junk mail art mythology series.  The day is part of Doodlewash‘s Month of Celebratory Days.  The poem answers two prompts:  Writer’s Quote Wednesday, theme “mystery”, sponsored by Silver Threading and Ronovan Writes, and another san san, the challenge this week from Jane Dougherty.

poetry month

3-Day Quote Challenge Day 3


geri quote

My neighbor’s cat Geri was a regular visitor to our deck and kitchen.  He could open the screen door, but mostly sat outside the door and meowed or just waited to be let in.

When it was clear that he would not recover from his illness, my neighbor asked if I wanted to come over and say good-bye.  He was huddled on a blanket next to the heater, but when I said hello he sat up, meowed, and moved his head towards me to be scratched.  RIP Geri, we miss you every day.

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Three day quote challenge: day 2

“Never scrutinize the oral orifice of a gratuitous equine”. 

A quote my husband is fond of using. I don’t know to whom to attribute this. 

If you didn’t get it, it’s a glorified version of “don’t look a gift horse in the mouth”. Funny? I think so. And drawing a horse brought me back to my girlhood; I drew a lot of horses. 

3-Day Quote Challenge Day 2

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“The only thing better than singing is more singing.”
–Ella Fitzgerald

Three day quote challenge: day 1

A quick sketch and quote from Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley. June 16, 1816: On this day Mary Shelley experienced  a “waking dream”, a vision of a scientist kneeling beside his hideous creation. This nightmarish episode would inspire her to write Frankenstein. 
Here is Mary Shelley:


3-Day Quote Challenge Day 1

georgia stitched landscape quote a

Nina and I were challenged by Marlyn Exconde at Kintal (https://kintal.wordpress.com/2015/06/15/3-day-quote-challenge-day-3/)  to post a favorite quote for 3 days.   I have a whole notebook of quotes I’ve saved to choose from and I love the idea of illustrating a few of them…thanks, Marlyn!

The rules of the challenge:

Post your favorite quotes or your own quotes for 3 days in a row.
Thank the person who nominated you
Pass it on to 3 other bloggers.

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This illustration is from a stitched collage I did based on a landscape by Georgia O’Keeffe.  I’ve done a number of collages based on her paintings, and it’s on my list to talk more about her in a future post.  This was one of those crazy ideas I had that I actually completed…do a collage that used no glue, all the pieces being stitched on instead.  Needless to say it took months instead of days…but it does give a nice texture.

 And now:

Bloggers to be challenged:

Create Art Everyday (http://createarteveryday.com/)

Dumb Sketch Daily (https://dumbsketchdecember.wordpress.com/)

Sand Salt Moon (https://sandsaltmoon.wordpress.com/)

Have fun, and pass it on!



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“At least once in life, it’s good to start at zero.” –Anni Albers

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I like a good quote, but I think text is too often trivialized in art these days.  So it’s kind of unusual for me to use a quotation directly in something I do.  This piece contains a quote from the artist and weaver Anni Albers, and is inspired by her work.  Like my last textile project, it is two-sided and would also look good suspended from the ceiling, but I’ll have to content myself with turning it occasionally for different views.

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Albers liked visual language, but in a symbolic calligraphic sense.  She was intrigued by the Incan quipu, which recorded information through knots.  She liked pictograms, another visual communicator which is not text.



Many of Albers’ weavings created in the 1950’s and 1960’s have titles with language references, but the text they contain is abstract, often with thread laid over the background weave.



I took a simple, natural cotton cowl woven by Kira Silver, which I got on Etsy (https://www.etsy.com/shop/wovenbythebaker), and first embroidered in varying sizes the quote that began this post, an idea Albers expressed in various ways many times.  She is referring particularly to the time when she and her husband Josef were forced to leave the Bauhaus and Germany after the rise of Hitler.  They came to the United States and started completely over at Black Mountain College in North Carolina.

from "Six Prayers"

from “Six Prayers”

But the idea has a larger resonance for me:  every day we have an opportunity to reinvent ourselves, to choose differently.  Every day we look at that blank paper (or computer screen), the unanswered question, the empty pot on the stove.  Life always, continuously, gives us zero.

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In homage to Anni, I took her quote and embroidered a warp and weft over it with running stitch to turn the writing back into abstraction, using her favored palette of neutral colors.

Some books I used as references:

Ancient Writing

Ancient Writing

Back to zero.