Saturday, March 14, 2015


i was thinking about work today
and how i can't make change happen
for a teenager...
or for anyone,
only myself.
i can count on some changes, though.
mud season
 begins with melt.
 snowmelt in the fields all week long,
sunshine most days
but not today. 
this is a time i love.
are both favorite months.
 i've been visiting caliban press
 and printing
arranging type
a new grammar 
i know what that is now
(at least, i know it when i'm there) 
i'm taking a risk with a poem and
a press
and a weft-faced shifu piece
contact printed 
 that looks remarkably like
the landscape right now
and colors muted and 
glorious and messy 
mud season.
 a sky 
 but that old sunset
sneaks through grandmothermaple's 


Mo Crow said...

ah it's warming up there love the dripping sun!
em... ?

Valerianna said...

I love seeing how your eye sees the landscape. Such great textures in this thaw/freeze/mud time. I'm waiting with anticipation for a new camera to arrive so I can document - and see better - again. Greetings and thanks for the textures, all.

aimee said...

missing you but so excited about the printing! hope your ears were itching today; we talked about you at dinner in iowa city. xoxo

Fiona Dempster said...

oh my, playing with type on your papers - alchemy for sure! And yes, so pleased for the melt and the sun and the sky...

jude said...

yes. ourselves and what we make if it is the only chance for change. love the weft faced shifu! but you knew that.

Velma Bolyard said...

mc, the sun is up to all kinds of antics in early spring
valerie, cameras are such lovely tools! and yes, seeing this land is a good thing
aimee, yes! oh, my, they were itching! iowa city has almost mythic proportions in my mind!
fiona, oh, yeah!
jude, yes. thank you for telling me

neki desu said...

lovely lovely contact print.

Anonymous said...

the contact print on shifu is very exciting. more to come I hope. mud, mud glorious mud... at last the thaw has begun.

layers said...

Your print pieces seem a perfect pairing with your winter snow and bare tree images... can't believe you still have snow and it is March.. we did not get any snow this winter here in the Northwest.

Barbara Casillas said...

Your photos and your art are so beautifully textured. In the last one I love the lines, especially the way the three largest branches divide up the three main colors. It almost looks like stained glass.

Velma Bolyard said...

neki, thank you!
jean, i've done only a few of these (except lots of moons) and it always feels like such a gamble!
donna, since these pictures were taken we had more thaw...AND more snow. it's a normal north country winter
barbara, thanks you, that's the grandmother maple in my back yard.

therese said...

whoa ~
grammamaple looks like blazing fabric in your yummy last photo. i want to wear that image !

Anonymous said...

would love to stroll through your weavings & beautiful burning sunset. the wish to change things for students, I know, & too have recently figured out changing my approach is all I can do, but it's hard to let go…

Velma Bolyard said...

therese, i wonder if i could make you a contact print of it...

Velma Bolyard said...

hs, oh, i knew all along about the kids, but i still can fool myself! might be a hike rather than a stroll!

Anonymous said...

Always...I mean always...treating anyone/everyone...even a teen...with dignity and respect affects amazing changes. One must be vigilant and not fall back on old habits of labeling, chastising, belittlement and other life affecting reactions to difficult youth.
Loving your blog sissie...and you.

Velma Bolyard said...

claudia, you are the best sister!

susan bowers said...

I love this wandering through your gorgeous snowy landscape, especially when here instead of our lovely autumn we are having an extended summer heatwave. I wonder why it is that those of us who don't get to live in snow are so intrigued by it. Some of my best trips over the last five or so years with Steve have been when I experience thick endless snow at Steamboat in Colorado and then again in Alaska when we trekked across a glacier. Stunning marks for someone like me so intrigued by natures' calligraphy.

Velma Bolyard said...

susan, the mark of snow on the land is amazing, so nothing, really, yet it's everything

Barry said...

Hi V - the post seems filled with possibilities. Love the imagery and colour of the last photo. Go well. B

Velma Bolyard said...

barry, thanks from one sky watcher to another...

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