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!
2017 – Sorry, no sketchbook page… we were unable to join the group this year.
An online class with two of my art heroes? Definitely count me in!
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!
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,
Is my eyesight fading or am I just imagining it,
am I going to get rheumatism,
Finally, I saw that worrying had come to nothing.
And gave it up. And took my old body
and went out into the morning,
January 6, 2021
Sometimes current events and the emotions evoked are best described with an image.
Sometimes a page has no unified concept. Here I’ve got New Hampshire’s COVID-19 numbers for early November and my thoughts about Tropical Storm Eta, all atop an ink and wash painting of my sweet cat, Nutmeg.
Yup, it’s just a mash-up of disparate concepts.
… Sorta’ like my life.
“The vote is precious. It is the most powerful non-violent tool we have in a democratic society, and we must use it.”
– John Lewis – late civil rights activist and US House of Representative – GA
(This is my take on the Palo Alto City Library’s voting graphic.)
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.