Friday, October 28, 2016

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Nature's Affirmation #3: Bad Hair Day

varnished watercolor on aquabord

"You can't control everything.
Your hair was put on your head to remind you of that!"

And I will add that hurricanes will remind you of the same!
We were spared great damage,
but many of our neighbors were less fortunate...

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Friday, October 7, 2016

Affirmation #2: Fine Lines

varnished watercolor on aquabord

When we hold a photo negative up to the light 
all objects are reversed. 
Black is white, 
white is black. 
Moreover, the character lines of any face in the picture are not clear.
Once placed into the developing solution, 
what photographers call
 "the latent image" 
is revealed in the print -
darkness is turned to light; 
and, lo, 
we have a beautiful picture.

-Catherine Marshall

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Thursday, September 29, 2016

Nature's Affirmation #1: Baggy Eyes

varnished watercolor on aquabord

"Those bags under me eyes...?
 Well they just happen to be
 Designer bags."

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Friday, June 10, 2016

the ones we overlook...


And blessèd are the ones we overlook;
The faithful servers on the coffee rota,
The ones who hold no candle, bell or book
But keep the books and tally up the quota,
The gentle souls who come to ‘do the flowers’,
The quiet ones who organise the fete,
Church sitters who give up their weekday hours,
Doorkeepers who may open heaven’s gate.
God knows the depths that often go unspoken
Amongst the shy, the quiet, and the kind,
Or the slow healing of a heart long broken
Placing each flower so for a year’s mind.
Invisible on earth, without a voice,
In heaven their angels glory and rejoice.

Friday, May 27, 2016


watercolor on fabriano paper

“How joyful to be together, alone
as when we first were joined...
... except that now we know

each other, as we did not then;
and now instead of two stories fumbling
to meet, we belong to one story
that the two, joining, made. And now

we touch each other with the tenderness
of mortals, who know themselves”
― Wendell Berry, Entries

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Thursday, March 31, 2016


watercolor on aquaboard

“It is to be broken. 
It is to be torn open.
It is not to be reached 
and come to rest in
 I turn against you,
I break from you, 
I turn to you.
We hurt,
 and are hurt,
and have each other for healing.
It is healing.
 It is never whole.” 

Friday, March 18, 2016

how little it takes

                                                           watercolor on aquaboard

                                       “Again I resume the long
                                        lesson: how small a thing
                                         can be pleasing, how little
                                         in this hard world it takes
                                          to satisfy the mind
                                            and bring it to its rest.”
                                                   ― Wendell BerrySabbaths
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Thursday, March 3, 2016

the grace of another day

watercolor on aquaboard

“Life is grace. 
Sleep is forgiveness.
 The night absolves. 
Darkness wipes the slate clean,
 not spotless to be sure,
but clean enough
 for another day's chalking.” 

Thursday, February 25, 2016


“Is everything sad going to come untrue?”
– Sam Gamgee to Gandalf, The Lord of the Rings
“Everything sad is going to come untrue 
and it will somehow be greater for having once been broken and lost.
– Tim Keller, The Reason for God

Friday, February 19, 2016

fathomless mystery

watercolor on aquaboard

“Listen to your life.
 See it for the fathomless mystery it is.
 In the boredom and pain of it, 
no less than in the excitement and gladness: 
touch, taste, smell 
your way to the holy and hidden heart of it, 
because in the last analysis
 all moments are key moments, 
and life itself is grace.” 
― Frederick Buechner, Now and Then: A Memoir of Vocation

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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

through the shadows


“You can only come to the morning through the shadows.” 
― J.R.R. Tolkien

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Thursday, June 25, 2015


“The Road goes ever on and on
Down from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the Road has gone,
And I must follow, if I can,
Pursuing it with eager feet,
Until it joins some larger way
Where many paths and errands meet.
And whither then? I cannot say.” 
― J.R.R. TolkienThe Fellowship of the Ring
“Don't go where I can't follow!” 
― J.R.R. TolkienThe Two Towers

Wednesday, May 20, 2015



“There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. 
You certainly usually find something,
 if you look, 
but it is not always quite the something you were after.” 
― J.R.R. TolkienThe Hobbit

Thursday, April 30, 2015

broken whole

“...if you could make a beautiful piece of art 
from discarded newspapers 
and old matchbooks, 
[and shattered smartphone screens]

then it meant that 

And maybe people were like collages-
no matter how 

we felt, 

we were 
We mattered.”
― Heather DemetriosI'll Meet You There 

repurposed smartphone pieces on wood panel

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Friday, April 17, 2015

Portrait of a Lady Study#2

widow of Frazier Baker
mother of six

"Fervently the silent prayer ascended,

 that the night of sorrow might pass, 
and the storm of agony be stilled in her bosom..."

J.L. Boswell. 1838, The Star in the East  


Supplement to the Connecticut Courant:

 Containing Tales, Travels, History, Biography, Poetry, and a Great Variety of Miscellaneous Articles, Volume 5

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Friday, April 10, 2015

Portrait of a Lady Study#1


 “...this woman, 
moved by some private sorrow as much as the words being spoken, 
cried almost silently, 
unobserved by others, 
apart from Mma Ramotswe, 
who stretched out her hand and laid it on her shoulder.
 Do not cry, Mma,
 she began to whisper, 
but changed her words even as she uttered them,
 and said quietly, 
Yes, you can cry, Mma
We should not tell people not to weep - 
we do it because of our sympathy for them - 
but we should really tell them 
that their tears 
are justified 
and entirely right.” 

― Alexander McCall SmithDouble Comfort Safari Club

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Friday, March 20, 2015

behind the eyes...

between what was and
what is to come lies the vast
uncertain unknown


And with compassion for the hurting, 
You reached out Your hand,
You saw behind the eyes of sorrow 
And shared in our tears, 
Heard the sigh of the weary, 
Let the children draw near.    

~Keith&Kristyn Getty, Stuart Townend
Compassion Hymn

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Friday, March 13, 2015


re-post from way back when

"Who in the world am I? 
Ah, that's the great puzzle." 
— Lewis Carroll (Alice in Wonderland)

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Self-portrait/Birthday Celebration

Friday, February 20, 2015

leaving town...

A true story...115 years ago...


How much more grievous are the consequences of anger than the causes of it.
-Marcus Aurelius

Inhumanity is harmful in every age.
- Cicero

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Friday, January 23, 2015


"In nature nothing exists alone."
― Rachel Carson

"By acquiescing in an act that causes such suffering to a living creature,
 who among us is not diminished?"
― Rachel Carson
"The question is whether any civilization 
can wage relentless war on life 
without destroying itself, 
and without losing the right to be called civilized." 
― Rachel Carson
"Until we have the courage to recognize cruelty for what it is 
-- whether its victim is human or animal -- 
we cannot expect things to be much better in this world. 
We cannot have peace among men whose hearts delight in killing any living creature. 
By every act that glorifies 
or even tolerates 
such moronic delight in killing, 
we set back the progress of humanity."
 Rachel Carson

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Thursday, January 1, 2015

...and I hope you...


“May your coming year be filled with 
 good madness. 

I hope you read some fine books 
and kiss someone who thinks you're wonderful,
 and don't forget to make some art -- 
as only you can.

And I hope,
somewhere in the next year, 
you surprise yourself.”

― Neil Gaiman

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Friday, December 26, 2014

There were sheepherders camping in the neighborhood...

watercolor and ink

While shepherds watched
their flocks by night
All seated on the ground
The angel of the Lord came down,
and glory shone around

"Fear not!" said he for mighty dread
Had seized their troubled minds
"Glad tiding of great joy I bring
To you and all mankind..."

~Andrew Peterson, Behold the Lamb of God

Merry Christmas!

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Friday, December 12, 2014

some days just are like that...

watercolor and ink

[One look in these eyes will tell you that] 
It has been a terrible
no good
very bad 
Mom says some days just are like that.
Even in Australia.

~Judith Viorst, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day