Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Wild Geese ~ one of my favorite poems

I love Mary Oliver's poetry and decided today
was a good day to add one of my favorites here. Enjoy...



Wild Geese

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.


Monday, February 4, 2008

Cafe Press Site

I have had a cafe press site for quite a while and have finally decided to let people know about it on my blog..  http://www.cafepress.com/caterina

Arte Eclectica

Dream Muse Tote Bag...
Visioning Journal

Both of these are some of the evocative and interesting products in my cafe press store. ...all  of them featuring images from my mandalas, mixed media collages and encaustic paintings..
Take a look and let me know what you think....

Saturday, February 2, 2008

I am Techno Crazy....New works...in encaustics

I've been technologically overwhelmed, forgetting all my passwords, and resisting sitting at the computer, so I haven't taken the time or energy to post lately, but I have gotten into the studio at least once this past week.  Here are a few encaustic pieces ...all 5"x7" on masonite board that I've been working on...
Quan Yin in the Garden of Plenty #2
I continue to revisit quan yin in the garden thematically...heres another encaustic mixed media piece working with this lovely image of Quan Yin.  I plan on carving into this piece alot more...So it is a work in progress.

DREAM
This piece is a ceramic altar plaque that I decided to paint over and fuse with imagery and encaustic paint and medium.  I am intrigued with the possibility of exploring more encaustics and bisque ware, and will do more.   

BIRD WOMAN
Went to a gallery opening last weekend at the Sonoma County Cultural Arts and was moved by a painting with a bird sitting on a woman's head by expressive artist, Mary Lou Downing....  I decided to play with the idea and here's an mixed media encaustic that I made with that in mind.  I am a bird woman, bird lover...so this is a theme I intend to play with....