Still to Be


journal page – 5/29/08

Last night
the rain
spoke to me
slowly, saying,
what joy
to come falling
out of the brisk cloud,
to be happy again
in a new way
on the earth!
That’s what it said
as it dropped,
smelling of iron,
and vanished
like a dream of the ocean
into the branches
and the grass below.
Then it was over.
The sky cleared.
I was standing
under a tree.
The tree was a tree
with happy leaves,
and I was myself,
and there were stars in the sky
that were also themselves
at the moment
at which moment
my right hand
was holding my left hand
which was holding the tree
which was filled with stars
and the soft rain –
imagine! imagine!
the long and wondrous journeys
still to be ours.

Mary Oliver (1935 – )




 journal page – 5/17/08

…a quick break from big paintings to do another journal page. This one was inspired by Illustration Friday’s topic “wide,” and Inspire Me Thursday’s challenge to use crayons to make art. I made this with acrylics, Caran d’Ache Neocolor II artist’s crayons, and ink. And… two finished paintings.. finally!


– 24″ x 36″ x 1.5″ – acrylic & ink on wood panel


Vernal Spirit
– 18″ x 24″ x 1″ – acrylic & ink on wood panel

It’s all I have to bring today –
This, and my heart beside –
This, and my heart, and all the fields –
And all the meadows wide –
Be sure you count – should I forget
Some one the sum could tell –
This, and my heart, and all the Bees
Which in the Clover dwell.

Emily Dickinson (1830 – 1886)

Well, I also have great news! I am excited to announce an interview at my Wings 4 You Coaching blog with Susan Tuttle in celebration of her new book, Exhibition 36: A Gallery of Mixed-Media Inspiration . I am honored to have contributed a painting and article to her book, available for preorder prior to its release in November 2008. Please stop by and read about Susan’s inspiring creative journey!


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