Monday, October 26, 2009
Friday, October 23, 2009
I love singing the old old hymns
and imagining my grandparents, great grand parents, great great grandparents singing along
(Cause those songs were theirs before they ever reached my ears)
I love praying in a room full of believers.
I love getting something new from a sermon and putting the notes above my desk for further contemplation.
Luckily, there are sanctuaries of all sorts to be found in God's creation.
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Even though I'm a Summer lover, I have to admit to that this autumn has been particularly pretty.
I know the golden leaves are really just the Summer's swan song heralding the short cold days to come, but right now, just for today,
I embrace it
paint it! (This painting now for sale in my super mega cheap collection of stuff-you-can-get-for 19.99 here.) I guess the moral of the story is this; Change, whether in locale or season always gifts you with fresh ideas, and (at least for me) plenty to paint.
I guess the moral of the story is this; Change, whether in locale or season always gifts you with fresh ideas, and (at least for me) plenty to paint.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Everything is there- beaches, nature, history, art, and food the likes of which is worth the drive in and of itself!
Seriously, if you are ever in the Hamptons you HAVE to go to The Golden Pear for lunch. We had their Morrocan Lamb Stew and the Hunter's Meatloaf- both incredibly delish! (I'm kicking myself for not getting their cookbook... guess I'll just put it on the Christmas wish list.)
Honestly though, the posh shops and art galleries aren't the best part- the shore is! Even though it was too cold to swim, it was still so much fun to explore the rocks at Montauk Point watching the seagulls catch crabs and just take in a little ocean air. I just love being near the ocean.
Tuesday, October 06, 2009
Now you're in New York
Concrete jungle where dreams are made.
These streets make you feel brand new.
Bright lights will inspire you!
I've loved this song since the first time I heard it.
I just wished someone would take out all the profanities... and make it acoustic... and replace Jay-z with a skinny white guy.
Look! The magical youtube fairies granted my wish!
(Post-edit: OK, so it turns out the adorable profanity removing singer is Josh of Look at the Fields, a supertalented Florida based indie group. Clickie here for some good listening... especially "In God's Hands")
Sunday, October 04, 2009
This painting explores the relationship between two individuals who are connected in ways that the outside observer wouldn't realize.
Saturday, October 03, 2009
I don't know why, but somehow I got all hung up on painting birds.
I didn't plan on it, but time and time again I sat down to paint and each time a feathery little critter would wind up peering out at me.
So... instead of flowers or scenes or birds I'm trying to explore the concept of being connected.
(Long time readers will recognize this as the poem I wrote after the death of a friend in 2007.)
I fell asleep in the bath
and dreamt the whole world was an ocean
and everyone was connected
moving together in fluid motion.
Everyone who'd ever lived and everyone who
ever would mingled together unaware
that their past and future
were presently there.
Suddenly I found myself
tangled up in reef
and as I lost my last breath
friends waved goodbye with grief.
I closed my eyes as my heart stopped
then opened them to find
that I was quite healthy,
but completely blind
to everything that in my dream
I'd learned I could see;
Nothing but cold bath water as company.
So I observed my hands
my wrinkled fingers and toes/ and contemplated life and time
and how mysteriously she flows.