Monday, December 31, 2012

New Year Wishes


A photo of a bird
superimposed on a recent drawing
captures a peaceful wish
 for a New Year
and a grateful acknowledgement for the blessings
of the old one,
and a thousand thanks to all who visit this blog.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Winter pictures and words


To capture the snowfall
for you...



Hemlocks enrobed in white, 
and glistening crystals
held by
twiggy strands
announce




the first snow, 
 a welcome old friend,
you 
in your white coat
and I
in my red.





Wishing you a blessed and peace filled Holiday.

Friday, December 14, 2012

December Comes Void of White


          December comes void of white. Northern Illinois normally has snow by now but there's been no sign or even a hint of it. I'm restless. I check the weather channel regularly and secretly hope a winter storm is brewing. No mere 1 or 2 inches will do, I want something monumental, something that will last. It should come from the West and slowly build momentum as it heads toward the Great Lakes Region where the winds usually pick up and any heavy snow combined with wind can quickly produce disorienting white-outs. 
        
        We shall have plenty of notice to go to the nearest supermarket and stock up on essentials, a giddy excitement is shared as groceries are quickly wheeled to parked cars and unloaded from carts. Once home, cars are parked thoughtfully and those lucky enough to have a garage feel a slight advantage as the garage door closes shut behind them. Once inside, the windows are latched tight and we talk of how much snow is expected and do we know where the snow shovels are?
        
      This winter fantasy is a reoccurring one for me. The longer it is before the first snowfall the more often I wish for the blizzards of the past. Of course, winter storms are unpredictable and can cause damage to property and are life threatening, but,... to have mother nature threaten all around us while safe inside our cocoons while being able to look out at the white splendor through window panes of hoar frost in the morning light is a very satisfactory and gratifying, if not, humbling experience.
      
        So here's to all who wish for snow. May we be safe and warm and able to enjoy winter with childlike joy and wonderment.
        

Sunday, December 02, 2012

November slips into December


Still, I am moved by this understated beauty.


Some of these images were taken on walks nearby and some were taken just outside my back door. 
Beauty like this quietly awaits our notice and can be found anywhere.



Tiny crimson Rose Hips upon slender green stems and burgundy thorns 
observes its own shadow on the bark of an old Elm tree riddled with holes 
from insects and birds from another time.



Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Mid November



"Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the autumn tree” Emily Bronte 


Nature's palette continues to change.

Nut browns and pale wheat,
a hot beverage is welcome when one comes in from the field.









Twisted and brittle, plant carcasses transform into beautiful and haunting  sculptures.

Beauty can be found whatever the season.


Thursday, November 08, 2012

Early November


 A heart peeks through a fence.

 

 Collage of felines and femmes.

 

Reflection




Tuesday, October 23, 2012

A pair of tonal paintings in Umber and White

Mid October brings the beginning of two small acrylic paintings.






Sunday, October 21, 2012