The Garden

Wild Grapes

BNAGardenSunflower1.10.1.16

 
you come to the garden
for salvation
to die for a little while
in the ripened grapes
the autumn raspberries

huge sunflowers cast their gazes
over the asphalt borders
their faces more familiar
than friends
in the shifting haze

traveling the mosaic
you gather the gold
swollen with sun

spiders write your name
and the thrum and hum

of wood chips and pine needles
whisper of forests and snow
but this eternity
is all you’ll ever need to know
as the art explodes

BNAGarden.10.1.16.1

Cicadas

some days I feel
as beautiful and monstrous
as the cicadas

singing songs
the source of which
we do not know

tymbaling
in treetops
stretching the high wires
of August desire

to a taut unmistakable pitch
spinning the hollow of the day
to tapestry

a small orchestra
pilgriming from above
the green-gold
of the chestnut
and catalpa trees

Cicadoidea

emptying
our weary exoskeletons
of another day

spelling the scenery of ducks and geese
chaos of children in the wading pool
as you pass by on your walking way

stitching the gold
silhouettes of humid pines
to the falling skies
reflected in the darkness
of our summer eyes

cicada-966519_960_720

Photo Courtesy of Pixabay 

Vena Cava

in my vena cava
the surgeon found nanoscopic
relics of Portland

a tiny Victorian house
surrounded by roses

two rotting piers
encrusted in barnacles

and a rusted English Raleigh
bicycle circa 1940

in my atman
the nun found closets
filled with black vintage dresses

a wandering band of
Tuvan throat singers

an athenaeum of
illegible journals

and a wildflower meadow
humming with bumblebees

in my corpus
the oneironaut found the
ocean shore in summer

tinkled by
the bobbing music of masts

embroidered by seaweed
printed by paws

awash with the blue air
of distant tides

soon everything will change —
soft things collapse and die

soon only everything hard will remain
and skeletons emerge from frost

Willard Tidal Pool 4.28.19

The 2019 Sketchbook Challenge

Last Christmas I received a beautiful Bindewerk journal/sketchbook, handmade in Germany. The 2019 goal/challenge is to fill it up by this December. It’s about 150 pages but luckily it’s April and I’m about halfway through. This personal challenge has motivated me to draw more frequently.

IMG_2555

Here’s a peek inside:

 

IMG_1994 IMG_1993
IMG_2542 IMG_2543
IMG_2544 IMG_2545
Meadow2.10.8.18 Sketchbook1.2.17.19
Sketchbook2.2.17.19 Sketchbook3.2.27.19

 

IMG_1998 IMG_2547
IMG_2548 IMG_2549
IMG_2550 IMG_2551

IMG_2552

Winter: A Study in Black & White

1.5.18.2

 

Winter B and W

Winter is the perfect time to celebrate the particular qualities of black and white, rendered here in a photograph and an ink drawing.

“Black and white creates a strange dreamscape that color never can.”
— Musician Jack Antonoff

Black and white are the colors of photography. To me they symbolize the alternatives of hope and despair to which mankind is forever subjected.
— Photographer Robert Frank

“Color is distracting in a way, it pleases the eye but it doesn’t necessarily reach the heart.” – Photographer Kim Hunter

Black and white is abstract; color is not. Looking at a black and white photograph, you are already looking at a strange world. — Photographer Joel Sternfeld

“Perhaps I am old-fashioned, but black and white films still hold an affectionate place in my heart; they have an incomparable mystique and mood.”― Actress Ginger Rogers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paper Flowers

Paper Flowers 3
“Art is like a border of flowers along the course of civilization.” — Lincoln Steffens

Paper artist Sarah Yakawonis is a genius. She wasn’t satisifed with the papers many paper artists use to make flowers, so she invented her own. Through painstaking research (deconstructing real flowers) she also developed her own methods of recreating wildflower bouquets and creating amazingly detailed creations inspired by various artists and artistic periods. She has her own Folded Petal shops on Etsy and Amazon to enable others to enjoy making their own reproductions from her designs. Each kit provides all the materials — wire, floral tape, her own custom-made papers, and individual guide booklets. All you need are scissors, needle-nosed pliers/wire cutters, and a wee bit of glue.

She also offers regional workshops, one of which I was lucky enough to attend recently through Maine College of Art’s Continuing Studies Program. It was great fun to spend the day with other folks, learning firsthand how to create long-lasting paper wildflowers. They are a bit labor-intensive to make, but that’s part of the point — it’s relaxing to use your hands to make botanically accurate creations. The results are stunning and inspiring, and the sky’s the limit as to how you could adapt these designs (though if you get the kits, a lot of the work is done for you!)

Especially if you live in Maine, having such wonderful flowers year-round is a real treat!

Above:  Paper Flowers from MECA’s CS Paper Sculpture Wildflower Class