Staying & Going

  The “staying” part of my month was to hang a show of 13 of my pieces in the narthex of St. Francis of Assisi Episcopalian Church in Wilsonville, Oregon. The show welcomes parishioners through 29 September 2019. The Art Ministry at St. Francis displays art of several media, showing artists and photographers from the Pacific Northwest.
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 The northwest photographer Rod Chandler has an astute ‘eye’ and assisted me with his kindness, expertise, and exuberant energy. Click through his image to arrive on his website for gorgeous nature images.
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  And the ‘going‘ part of my month was to fly across this beautiful land to Wisconsin for a nephew’s wedding. I reunion’ed with nieces, nephews, grand-relatives, and my sisters. It had been 7 years. It was as if we have always lived next door to one another, even though Gwy Ann camps in Missouri, and Renee between Wisconsin and Florida
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   Here we are at the Aviation Museum in Oshkosh, Wisconsin: Older sister Gwy Ann (systems integration expert; gentlewoman rancher with horses, dogs, kitties, ponds, gardens); Younger sister Renee (1st mate sailing yacht Great Lakes; avid sports enthusiast championing every child and grandchild through each of their ongoing winning endeavors); and me (apple pie baker, dog walker, land saunterer, visual artist).
   Currently on my easel is this 20×20. It began as a cottonwood, with thick, deep, gnarled and irregular bark. I sat with it, saw a face, took another direction, and now am working on another self-portrait!

Thus far she has told me:

“Those who know, contemplate.”  I like studio time!

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Seek & Enjoy Unfolding!
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Listen With Ears Of The Heart

I was seeking a settling, a feeling of “ahhhhh,” and this piece evolved from a sacred 4 directions quadrant mandala into a repose of contemplation.

I have held onto her/him for months before publishing. I think I needed the wisdom and wanted to luxuriate in the transmission.

Please enjoy!

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“It is a simple search.
To feel tethered, and at peace, and grounded to something believed in.
There is no end-point to a search;
only recognition of strong foot falls relative to tentative and unstable steps.
Wherever is the home,
the subject is Self——centered, grounded, dynamic and at-ease.
This Hoop is a step into Beauty-of-Self,
a step into the giggly happiness of feeling AT HOME.
We let the Holy Above come into us,
and we let Earth inform.
We allow (so beautifully easy).
Here we are—
poised, living, available.
You know what you know from your depths,
way back beyond a history of your rememberings——
a place inside that calls and says “This is the place!”
You are at your place!
A thread from Earth’s ubiquitous turning—trailing and pulling.
Plant strongly into the place of need.
Simple.
Formidable.
Simple.”

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Seek & Enjoying Unfolding!

Are You Finding Your Unique Balance?

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“Evening Dance At Owl Pond”

10″x20″ Acrylic on Cotton

Balance is perpetually in a state of search and discovery and finding itself. It occurs for a nano-second, then lives into its awareness of being in balance. This is always a hold-back to the moment before.

“Evening Dance At Owl Pond” is a composition of asymmetry in its immediacy, yet the figures/beings balance one another with their territory.

Thus, you and I can balance one another in our daily living.

And, we emphatically must balance ourselves with our territory, precious Earth.

Expectancy With Joy & Celebration With The Nature Spirits!

Our regional forecast for the ECLIPSE was sunny/cloudy.  I drove to my Eclipse gathering and saw many, many, many little clans squatted out in the dog park, on the community college campus grounds, in their private yards, and I sang out with thrill!

Some traditions prescribe staying inside, feel the internal work in the dark, do your personal and communal alignment.  As I felt into my reality of going “out” to a gathering, and saw people coming out of their offices and dwellings, I honored them.

We are a visual society. We want to see. And people, in their EXPECTANCY and CELEBRATION of the natural order of this unique phenomenon sought participation.

I think that EXPECTANCY IN JOY AND CELEBRATION MOVES WORLDS! We moved the skies into clarity and non-overcast. We unconsciously did “something” together because of AWE and CURIOSITY and EXPECTING-THE-BEST. We resonated with the Nature Spirits by living, simply living.

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Nature Spirit Healing

Nothing Is As It Was~Every Day is Remarkable and Remakable

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This book is a rich, valuable, & refreshing combination of imagery and poetry, straight from the author’s lifelong engagement with wilderness.  Encouragement & gentle support to Be Your Precious Self (from the front piece of Nothing Is As It Was).

Here is rich permission to receive a delightful healing through awareness of the world around and within yourself.  Here are affirming prompts to pay attention to your mind and heart, to “open your skull and chest to review,” to engage yourself with nature, with the spirits of nature, to walk with a new sense of ease.

It is vital to affirm your own unique sense of ability and integrity, to cultivate your inner anchor if you sense complexity around you.  It is vital for our precious planet and the earth for you to know that you are nature, you are natural, you can communicate and dialogue with the healing nature spirits.  In a way, this is bringing it all back home, so that you can expand even further!  Enjoy!

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“Love Is A Temple~Love Is A Shrine” 22″x22″ (detail)

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