Monday, August 7, 2017

Kasha-Katuwe (Tent Rocks Monument)


We spent a couple of days in Colorado with family and friends
and then headed to New Mexico.
We hiked in the surreal Tent Rocks Pueblo territory in NM. 
The strong scent of Ponderosa Pine and Juniper Pine was
intoxicating as we walked among ancient
 cone-shaped volcanic ash remnants towering 9-90 feet
above us.  The sudden thunderstorm that moved in above us
added even more drama to the scenery!



I discovered beautiful flowers in Conchiti. 


Hugged trees in the Santa Fe Forest.


Filled my heart with lots of art in Santa Fe. 


This land fills my soul with wonder every time we visit. 

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Dubcek


Sometimes God calms the sea, and sometimes he calms the sailor.

It's that high season where we're enjoying sailing and swimming in Lake Lawtonka. :)
Our Dubcek has a very cheerful sail of blue, yellow, orange and pink.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Morning Star - Haiku & Painting

A morning star shone
Over Prairie Hill painting
Light into darkness


A few days ago I woke at exactly 4:00 a.m., got a drink of water, glanced out the back window and saw a bright star hanging low over prairie hill. I painted the impression and spent a few nights looking for the star again… but too many storms, clouds and bright moon changed the scene. I'm convinced it was Venus though, the planet which rises a couple of hours before the sun.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Crows - A sequence Haiku


To the tree below
The crows have called each other
For morning counsel

As the sun stretches
These heavyweights on dead limbs
Cry, haw, haw, haw, haw

Haw, haw, haw, haw, then
Three forms become still as black
Paper silhouettes


Inspired by my observation of birds 
communicating at the base of Prairie Hill
one hot morning.  :)

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Prettiest prairie flower...



I dyed some papers and fabrics with Coreopsis tinctoria - 
it produces beautiful yellow hues depending on what's absorbing it.

Then I made a bitty prairie skirt for a teacher/friend who collects and paints dolls.
Added a deep pocket for a piece of candy or sketchbook. :)

Now I look forward to painting Coreopsis tinctoria!

Even made her way to Greg's b-day cake.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Happy Sailing ~ ~ ~


We started sailing Ms. Dubcek on Lake Lawtonka again.  This is how bright she sails ~~~
I painted this little acrylic for Greg last summer.  I enjoy the view of Mt. Scott from the lake
so decided to include the scene through our clear window. 
Heirloom coral & Tahitian pearls on sterling silver
wire and hooks $25
Heirloom corals, crystals and beads on sterling silver
wire and hooks - $20 
This reminds me that I made silver earrings with heirloom 
coral and Tahitian pearls last month.   When I say heirloom
I mean that the coral came from my mom's necklace from 
the 70's.  The pearls came from my aunt's bracelet.  
I wear a pair of those top earrings and the other
three are for sale.  I share this from time to time
on the blog.  I sell art and jewelry at a local
gallery in Medicine Park.  Etsy is not for me - I get
asked about it.  I tried it, but it's not my thing.  
Anyway, in case anyone should desire something
light, summery and treasured dangling from their ears…


Happy Sailing ~

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Though she be but little...


I'm painting lots of flowers lately.  Some canvases are very small.


I'm supposed to be focusing on the native wildflowers.
The potted plant on the porch has captured me, though,  
with its delicate white and violet umbels. 
 I don't remember its name - I just call it beautiful.  


The tiny blue note reads: Though she be but little, she is fierce. - Shakespeare

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Prayers Paintings

Intercession of NYC
Fingernail size signature.
Intercession of the World
The other night, I let prayers, paint and paper express in image - not in words.
(The little floral cut outs were added the next day.)  

I read something recently - it said something like
You rise from the seeds you've sown.

I want to stand in a peaceful place.

Monday, May 29, 2017

I FANCY NYC


Painting a miniature flora panel under the 10x magnifier
A prayer book cover makes a good bar counter.  I had to cut off an inch to custom fit.
The stools came from the two bottles of champagne we enjoyed with Helen. 
I couldn't believe it when I found that tiny plastic champagne bottle 
on a street.
 Papers came from maps and brochures.
Largest scrap of paper I found.
The freedom wall...
That's Schist rock - 450 million years old - this is the bedrock of Manhattan!  
In the early construction, Central Park had quality soil imported to cover
 the poor rocky alluvium. The exposed metamorphic and glacial features
 in the park are amazing.



Me in the Giantess shoes.  I was thrilled to find that little green tile.

I'm still dreaming about those shoes!  "Giantess" by S. Brauning
"I FANCY NYC"  Assemblage Room, 10" x 10"
I enjoyed creating this room with mostly objects found while walking the streets of Manhattan and Brooklyn….  I bought a small Jewish Prayer book at a used book store and used the cover it came in
as the counter. The book is red, so I painted the floor red.  I collected tons of dandelion seeds from 
Central Park.  I already planted some in my garden.  Yes, I eat Dandelions, I'll take all the Dandies in the world - they are super healthy.  Anyway, true nature could not be hidden under the mass city of 
people, subways and buildings upon buildings.  This room is like one small NYC seed. My seed.  

Sunday, May 28, 2017

NYC - Nature and Misc.


I saw a lot of beautiful flowers between Central Park, Prospect Park 
and the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens.  I could have foraged my way
through Central Park - I spotted familiar edibles like cleaver & nettle 
and plenty of dandelions. 

 
We walked all over Central Park - that huge green rectangle.
I fancy NYC and even though I prefer wild acres, I sure enjoy all that big cities offer -
lots of people, all kinds of people, art, architecture, design, good food, shops, shops,
shops,,, though I hardly spent a penny.  Instead, I collected objects from my walks…
and just finished an assemblage from my found treasures.      
I will surely share it in my next post.