From my play book – Where do all the birds go on Halloween?



A letter is holy. A story
is holy hands reaching out into the world.
Birds come home
across distance I can’t conceive

and live in their bodies.
Ash in the air. Every place I’ve been
is on fire with words.

One day
I throw away all my love letters
without noticing. Mountains

in the heart.
What belongs
to me? I leave the world
all the time. These arms, these

fingers, this tongue, these feet,
and their bent wings. I know
it will be dirt, the prayers

now in marrow will retake
earth. I will live inside whatever flies
Burning, the brink of all things.

by Eireann Lorsung from Music For Landing Planes By: poems

It’s cooler today and lots of birds are calling back and forth to each other just outside. On days like this I hear a line of a poem in my head over and over. “I will live inside whatever flies.” Meanwhile my red raven appears in the night. Happy Halloween! Don’t let the goblins get you tomorrow!




Mini Paintings  – The ornaments are done!

What does one do when home sick with a cold and killer cough that takes your voice away? I tried to work on larger paintings but coughing and painting at the same time just didn’t work… but short bits here and there did. I finished up 46 ornaments and sent 20 off to the Morean Arts Center for their holiday show along with 4 of my story boxes. The rest will get posted to my Etsy Shop in November! NOW I can happily move on to some bigger things soon!

From my journal – More Play Book Fun

The spiral of life… mandalas… circles… they keep appearing as if sending me a message I cannot yet decipher. What messages are coming to you?

“Each persons life is like a mandala, a vast limitless circle. We stand in the center of our circle, and everything we see, hear and think forms the mandala of our life.  – Pema Chodron


From my journal – Play Book pages

The note to myself in the front of this book comes from Joe Garcia, author of The WaterColor Bible..

“Take your sketchbook seriously; it will help you in every aspect of your art. Keep and date your sketches and watch your improvement. Your sketches can be the foundation of future pairings and will add freshness to your studio work.”

Well, I have been thinking about this a lot because I am rather stalled in my studio work… that’s my larger pieces… the works on canvas, but I have really been enjoying the freedom and spontaneity I achieve in my play book and my journal. Also reading the blog posts on patenting process from Nicolas Wilton have been spurring me to let loose, paint over, don’t overthink. And that’s exactly what I have been doing! Over thinking? Yikes!  Are you over thinking, or do you feel free and easy with your work. Sometimes I feel like I am the only one that struggles with this…. when it should be fun – and not a struggle.