Monday, March 31, 2014

Last Day of March

It's Spring and a metaphorical time to savor our resilient qualities, our innate strength to embrace both change and dormancy. The Gita, the beautiful conversation of 5000 years ago, focuses on our spiritual nature, and also gives guidance for living in this day-to-day world; the external world, with the senses and mind pulling this way and that, needs to be gracefully tolerated.  But that can only be when we embrace our deeper nature and personal path!
This piece is my favorite size (7.5 by 9.5 inches) to carve; the block is small enough to complete within a few weeks, but large enough for details, and inclusion, with a # 1 V tool.
Isn't this fern frond beautiful with possiblity! It is outside my studio, and by now it has already stretched out, unfurled, lapping up the sun and the intensity of the forest. Have a wonderful, and wise, spring!

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Night Sky

Transformation of consciousness is possible when we look up at the night sky and *deeply* honor our infinite capacity to dream of  big and beautiful things. A 12 by 12 linocut, just pulled from a 24 by 48 inch Takach etching press. Here's to an expansive new year!

Friday, November 15, 2013

The Graceful Journey

The Graceful Journey is a 12 by 16 linocut on Arches printmaking paper and a celebration of our deeper journey where external events cease to hold their power over us.

And next weekend is the annual Right Whale Festival at the Sea Walk Pavilion in Jacksonville. If you are in the area, stop by for a educational glimpse into these beautiful giants. Above is a 8 1/2 by 11 watercolor, painted on the thickest grade watercolor paper (inviting layer upon layer upon layer). Have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, September 19, 2013

New Work

Recently I witnessed two cardinals feeding each other, skillfully placing cracked-open seed into each other's beaks, and "two became one".
This piece was painted shortly after visiting Hong Kong, the land of enveloping, reassuring mountains. Three-quarters of Hong Kong is countryside, providing a great "stop over" for hundreds of varieties of birds, with its protected wetlands, mountain ranges, and seashores. Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, July 12, 2013

Transformations


Relief carving is a slow process. Each piece is a journey in patience and detachment, and there is no guarantee of the exact results. "Transformations" resonated on the first proof, hinting at the presence of deeper, expansive qualities. This linocut is roughly 8 by 10 inches, printed on Arches printmaking paper. Have a great week!

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Surprise





This piece (a 12 by 12 linocut) was carved on a recent visit to Pensacola, Florida. The "old fellow" in the photo was hanging around the pier, looking for hand outs. I was convinced he couldn't fly; pelicans can live to be up to 50. The way he was hobbling around, pecking at anyone who came too close (including two tourists who posed for a pic in front of him!), he appeared to be done with the daily grind. And all that was shattered in a second as he suddenly departed in elegant flight.
This observational incident is also a metaphor for shattering personal limitations; right next door to so-called perceived limitations, there is wonder and beauty and inner strength.



 And here's recent piece from a series of watercolors focusing on the beauty of solid forms. Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Farewell to Winter


Farewells have the potential for deep beauty. We say a graceful good-bye, and yet we know we will meet again, perhaps transformed and stronger and kinder. My linocut, carved over a longish period of time, is 14 by 14 inches wide and hand printed on beautiful Arches printmaking paper.
Our spring garden is extra joyful after a longer-than-usual winter! Thanks for stopping by!


Friday, January 25, 2013

Wings

Sometimes our wings are down. It is then necessary to search deeper and trust that quiet periods are deeply vital. This Burrowing Owl is a 6 by 9 inch linocut,  carved beneath a Live Oak with branches that spread like protective wings. Have a great week!