Jack-o’-Lanterns Galore

Over the years our extended family has gone camping over Columbus Day / Indigenous People’s Weekend. 2012 marks the start of the family pumpkin carving ritual and my ritual of documenting the artwork in my journal.

The more members of the family, the more come camping, the more pumpkins to carve, and the more pumpkins to draw and paint.

And we love every minute of our Pre-Halloween festivities!

2012 – Lake Champagne Campground
2013 – Pine Hollow Campground
2014 – Seven Maples Campground
2015 – Getaway Mountain Campground
2016 – Shir-Roy Campground

2017 – Sorry, no sketchbook page… we were unable to join the group this year.

2018 – Woodmore Campground
2019 – Woodmore Campground
2020 (1 of 2) – Woodmore Campground
2020 (2 of 2) – Woodmore Campground
2021 (1 of 3) – Woodmore Campground
2021 (2 of 3) – Woodmore Campground
2021 (3 of 3) – Woodmore Campground

Gouache and #paintwithGJ

An online class with two of my art heroes? Definitely count me in!

Gayle Kabaker spent a week at the Jersey shore and invited Jennifer Orkin Lewis, aka August Wren to join her and host an online gouache class from the beach house.

Since I haven’t been able to get to the shore and walk the beach this year, or last year for that matter, I have been longing to escape. Painting with buff and ochre for beach sand, cerulean and ultramarine for sky and sea, brought the ocean to my drawing table. My goal was to paint along during the hour and a half presentation. It felt so good to stretch my artistic muscles.

Thank you Gayle and Jennifer!

#paintwithGJ

Meditation – 23 July 2021 – I Worried

I Worried
by Mary Oliver

I worried a lot. Will the garden grow, will the rivers
flow in the right direction, will the earth turn
as it was taught, and if not how shall
I correct it?

Was I right, was I wrong, will I be forgiven,
can I do better?

Will I ever be able to sing, even the sparrows
can do it and I am, well,
hopeless.

Is my eyesight fading or am I just imagining it,
am I going to get rheumatism,
lockjaw, dementia?

Finally, I saw that worrying had come to nothing.
And gave it up. And took my old body
and went out into the morning,
and sang.

Meditation – Your Vote Counts – 02 November 2020

If you haven’t already voted, either by absentee or in-person early voting, please schedule time tomorrow to visit the polls and cast your ballot.

“If you are bored and disgusted by politics and don’t bother to vote, you are in effect voting for the entrenched Establishments of the two major parties, who please rest assured are not dumb, and who are keenly aware that it is in their interest to keep you disgusted and bored and cynical and to give you every possible reason to stay home doing one-hitters and watching MTV on primary day. By all means stay home if you want, but don’t bullshit yourself that you’re not voting. In reality, there’s no such thing as not voting: you either vote by voting, or you vote by staying home and tacitly doubling the value of some Diehard’s vote.”
– David Foster Wallace – Up, Simba!

This Vote image is a riff on Robert Indiana’s Love image, postage stamp and sculptures.