Listen to the road

Thursday, February 26, 2015

At the tail end of winter and a great art book

 This was the front yard last May. Just to offer some hope.

 Same place this morning. Just imagine you're a short legged
mini doxey facing this for about 2 weeks. Brave dog.

 I've worked on these spring scenes while stuck inside.

It's been a nice break from oils.

This book is opening my mind to shape, color, texture and form. Of all the
books I've read this winter this has been most helpful to me. The author
hasn't offered a 'do this then do that' type of teaching. Reading
 about her process changed how I  look at subjects.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Rare sight-Virginia Rail

Yesterday morning I made a bird seed and suet run before the snow.
As the snow began this visitor, I believe he's a Virginia Rail, fed heavily on suet.

You can see how big he is compared to the suet block!
My first sighting of this bird. Huge feet...had a hard
time hanging on while he fed.

Friday, February 13, 2015


Right here at the edge of winter it's about 25 degrees midday. The sun shines a bit longer each
evening but no extra warmth. Still, something is up.

I hear bird songs I haven't heard since fall. This morning I noticed the robins
hopping, listening, hopping, dancing on the frosty grass.  A new rhythm, another animal's
sense of life under the earth.

Even in this wind and cold something else is up. 

Our home is surrounded by trees and birds and animals. Here the mini seasons and
the subtle shifts show themselves if we pay attention.

This Earth continues under the sun and moon and we can witness, feel and love it.
There is Big Life visible every day and I'm part of it, dependent on it, in love with it.

Recently an old friend who's offered a life working
to save a specific part of our planet expressed despair.
Our earth may not make it another 100 years and we're a big part of the reason.

My advice to this friend was to read a book that has saved my sanity more than once.
Joanna Macy's ­World as Lover, World as Self.

I took my own advice and read it again.  It's good medicine for anyone concerned about or in pain for
our planet. It's a powerful tool to stay engaged when despair seems the only logical perspective.
Stay warm!