Thursday, October 18, 2007

Evocative Bird Stories



My collages are like mysterious narratives, calling forth the imagination like a visual Mary Oliver Poem. ...and this bird like her wild geese...as it flys up past the open drawers....calls to me.....

Wild Geese
by Mary Oliver

You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting —
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Raven Totem Mandala


The Raven was believed by some to be the bringer of light, truth and goodness.
It is the brighter side of the Raven, this intelligence and ingenuity, an ability to use cunning –
this association with light, illumination, truth and goodness, that we bring forth here.

Birds of a Feather- More Bird Art

Have you ever observed a humming-bird moving about in an aerial dance among the flowers - a living prismatic gem.... it is a creature of such fairy-like loveliness as to mock all description. ~W.H. Hudson, Green Mansions



encaustic on cradled hardboard....

I hope you love birds too. It is economical. It saves going to
heaven.
Emily Dickinson

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Learning Curve - Birds, birds and more birds


Creating and working on a blog is a great idea...but what a learning curve. Everything I try to add turns around and back on me. Perhaps being sick also contributes... Here is a recent encaustic that in a sense is a self portrait. When I was younger I had an albino parakeet that I named Bianci... Italian for white . This image is a reminder of a time when I was young and full of possibilities. Birds continue to be animal guides for me. So this month I will post my bird art.