i am Molly sitting tonight...Molly being my son's girlfriend Tracy's cocker spaniel-beagle mix puppy. cute as can be. fortuitously (sp?) she needed to step outside for a final bathroom break. it's a crisp cold night and we have about 4 inches of snow on the ground. full moon, silvery clouds..so we're out there, me, Molly and Woody Dog Sedivy. just chillin. first i heard them. i started scanning the skies in the direction of their odd calls. (reminiscent of the monkeys in wizard of oz). the v-shape emerged coursing through streaks of silver cloud. Up, way up. 50 or more. lovely v shape. SWANS, Tundra swans.
earlier in the day, a visit with mom and dad. Tracy, Beau, me, Meg and Marilyn. great visit..we ate some just made that morning pumpkin pie. Tre delicier (sp?) we stopped at BayArts the see my work there and to shop at the holiday boutique. what are the odds that as I'm there, the painting shown above is literally being taken down from the wall and sold! Cool! got to meet the buyer and look at the painting one last time. this is a favorite of mine and i'm glad to know where and with whom it will be. i don't know, maybe that sounds odd, but some pieces you get attached to. and i like to know where all of my work goes. it tells a story of time passage, geography, an excerpt of one aspect of my life and intersections with people.
the last taker for PAY IT FORWARD has emerged. Leslie. a fellow blogger and a writer. we have a twist! Leslie is a poet and for those interested participating in PIF and in recieving poetry--visit Leslie and read her poetry, evocative work. She has her first chapbook of poetry printed! Congratulations, Leslie!
all in all a fine day after thanksgiving. giving thanks, indeed. Thank you to my takers!! Leslie, Shirime and Christine!
Went birding this a.m. at Headlands (this is a state park on Lake Erie, east of Cleveland). not much to see in the way of birdlife, but i did hook up with some friends and we had a nice time walking the dunes, enjoying the views and the wonderful mild weather. we had some nice views of about 10 or more great blue herons hangin out and circling about, didn't have my camera then, so no shots. but, i took lots of reference photos, the colors were muted by mists.
the painting posted is done or nearly done, i may rework the tree-esp. the trunk.
lastly, there is room for a final taker on the Pay It Forward venture.
a day spent doing the ordinary can be so satisfying after a couple of weeks full of activity. a certain level of comfort settles into doing the mundane..the sounds that accompany the days tasks, the drier, the dishwasher running, the broom swishing against the kitchen floor. clean laundry folded on the table. fresh towels. outside it snow mists. first suet of the winter season is out, birds feed all day long. hot soup for lunch. every year my mind down shifts to winter mode. re-learning acceptance of slower time, hush time (snow has a hush sound)and relishing it. an excuse to curl up on the couch with a great book and coffee and yum...cookies.
an advantage of teaching painting to high school students is giving a demo. the piece posted here is on such result. i love the freshness of color...the students don't want me to change a thing, i'm compelled to work in the area to the left of the building. (a retreat house on the property where i teach)
last...there room for one more taker on the Pay It Forward fun.
After visiting Tracy"s http://worksbytracy.blogspot.com/ --forgive me here, not sure how to put in a link) blog yesterday and discovering the Pay it Forward concept going on in the artist's blog community, I was intriqued with the idea. Like Tracy says in her blog,(the humbug thing), I tend toward skepticism when it comes to this kindof stuff. But this is fun...it'll be interesting to see or find out how far it goes. The added bonus for me is to have a piece of Tracy's gracing my humble walls!
So here is how it goes:
I will send a handmade gift (in my case I can specify that it WILL be a painting, probably a small one, but the real thing) to the first 3 people who leave a comment on my blog requesting to join this PIF exchange. I don’t know what that gift will be yet and you may not receive it tomorrow or next week, but you will receive it within 365 days, that is my promise! The only thing you have to do in return is pay it forward by making the same promise on your blog.
When you leave your comment, please also do one of two things: leave your post address or e-mail it to me. So here goes!