shine within – 10″ x 10″ x 1″ – acrylic/mixed media on wood panel
{from the Mantras & Meditations series – available for purchase in my etsy shop}


The snow falls, the world is silent; yet there are voices that speak if we will only quiet ourselves and listen…


Sojourns in the Parallel World

We live our lives of human passions,

cruelties, dreams, concepts,

crimes and the exercise of virtue

in and beside a world devoid

of our preoccupations, free

from apprehension–though affected,

certainly, by our actions. A world

parallel to our own though overlapping.

We call it “Nature”; only reluctantly

admitting ourselves to be “Nature” too.

Whenever we lose track of our own obsessions,

our self-concerns, because we drift for a minute,

an hour even, of pure (almost pure)

response to that insouciant life:

cloud, bird, fox, the flow of light, the dancing

pilgrimage of water, vast stillness

of spellbound ephemerae on a lit windowpane,

animal voices, mineral hum, wind

conversing with rain, ocean with rock, stuttering

of fire to coal–then something tethered

in us, hobbled like a donkey on its patch

of gnawed grass and thistles, breaks free.

No one discovers

just where we’ve been, when we’re caught up again

into our own sphere (where we must

return, indeed, to evolve our destinies)

–but we have changed, a little.

Denise Levertrov (1923 – 1997)


The painting above is one of a series called Mantras & Meditations.  I will be offering that series, along with other smaller paintings and prints of larger works for sale when I open my Etsy shop in January. Happy Holidays!  

Exhibition 36!


I was so honored when Susan Tuttle asked me to contribute to her book
Exhibition 36: Mixed-Media Demonstrations + Explorations, and completely thrilled when I received my copy.  It is so full of beauty and inspiration… you will certainly want to have this one in your collection!   Susan will be holding a random drawing on Tuesday, December 16th at noon to give away one copy of her book… just stop by her blog for the rules. 
I am just one of 36 amazing and diverse mixed media artists – including Susan, of course – whose work is featured in this “virtual art exhbit [Susan] has put together from [her] little house in the woods.Bee’s Wing, below, is my contribution.  I did write a bit about this painting in an earlier post, but to learn her full story and secrets, you’ll need to buy (or win!) the book… so click right over to Susan’s blog!

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