Monday, September 23, 2013

Finding Fall

“But then fall comes, kicking summer out on its treacherous ass as it always does one day sometime after the midpoint of September, it stays awhile like an old friend that you have missed. It settles in the way an old friend will settle into your favorite chair and take out his pipe and light it and then fill the afternoon with stories of places he has been and things he has done since last he saw you.”


Another year gone, leaving everywhere
its rich spiced residues; vines, leaves
the uneaten fruits crumbling
damply in the shadows.
--Mary Oliver

“Autumn seemed to arrive suddenly that year. 
The morning of the first September was 
crisp and golden as an apple...”
J.K. Rowling

Listen! the wind is rising,
and the air is wild with leaves,
We have had our summer evenings,
now for October eves! 
—Humbert Wolfe  

“Two sounds of autumn are unmistakable...
the hurrying rustle of crisp leaves blown 
along the a gusty wind, 
and the gabble of a flock of migrating geese.”

Gold of a ripe oat straw, gold of a southwest moon,
Canada thistle blue and flimmering larkspur blue,
Tomatoes shining in the October sun with red hearts,
Shining five and six in a row on a wooden fence.
-Carl Sandburg

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Zen Rock Doodles

“Not that she didn’t enjoy the holidays: but she always felt—and it was, perhaps, the measure of her peculiar happiness—a little relieved when they were over. Her normal life pleased her so well that she was half afraid to step out of its frame in case one day she should find herself unable to get back.”
- Jan Struther, Mrs. Miniver

Loving our late summer vacation at the beach in Charleston, RI . The crowds are gone but the weather is still sunny and warm. This home of friends has a front view of the ocean and a back view of the bay, so we get sunrise and sunset over two different bodies of water without leaving the house.

Beach rocks, washed and dried, are the perfect
substrate for doodles.

It's fun and relaxing to work on such a small canvas.

Vacation is meant for important things, like
searching out perfect rocks for doodling.

Enjoy your week, whatever you're doing!

Monday, September 2, 2013

Five on Friday - September 2013

As much as I love fall, the end of summer always makes me sad.  Carly Simon got it just right—

The apples are ripe and the corn is past
Everyone says summer goes by so fast
And we just got here
I can hardly believe it but it's ended
The beach is a haze and old love's a ghost…
…Could the truth be I won't really see
How much I love you
 'til it's over

On the other hand, I do love the whole season of autumn.  I love creating art that's a little haunted, like this piece I just did for an altered book themed "visual incongruities and conundrums." 

Look carefully, up and down his face. Which way is he going?
(I drew this face, pen and colored pencil, based on an image
I saw on an optical illusion site.)

I love fall movies, like You've Got Mail (which I never seem to outgrow) and
Hocus Pocus and Good Will Hunting, Dead Poets Society and 
It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. 
Got a favorite fall movie?

Do you care about Miley Cyrus and the VMAs? Cause I'm yawning about that.

Still loving The Coffee House station on Sirius. It fills my home with happiness.  That and my keurig coffee pot, which necessarily goes with the music.  Who needs Starbucks?

Wait, you wanted to see my grand babies?  Awww I don't want to bore you.  Well....if you insist...