Sunday, August 23, 2015


i spent the first night alone at the new place
on friday
i took over the two setters,
some books, and some drawing stuff
 and spent some time
being unusally alone at my new place
unfolding the tactile notebook 
i built with sandra brownlee 
 on my studio floor
 tess was very interested in the text and images
or maybe just some smells
there is wax and mud and flower pigment in there
 using the moleskin accordian book
freed me to be un-sequenced
which has become a problem for me 
as i ended up with too many sketchbooks
going at once.
 the non-precious sturdy pages
 didn't particularly love what i did to them
 they remained neutral
(except for their creamy yellow color)
and i added in all kinds of things
 sewed in new little 
bookish bits
drew with the three new watercolor crayons i bought
at the art shop in johnson, vermont
over the color from goldenrod
 the almost half moon 
rose early over the southern meadow
 and in the morning
the ground mist lingered
even over near the clydesdales
on the road home. 
where i struggled 
with an electrical issue
and found the best service man
after 2.5 hours of waiting for the electric company
service diagnosis.
a 6 hour glitch
thankfully fixed for less than $200 

there is a week left 
before school begins.
i hope it's uneventful, peaceful,
and for a change, 
full of making and being, not just fixing.
i am tired this sunday.


Mo Crow said...

your new house is beautiful it must feel amazing making the shift into a fresh new space, love the accordion book format with so many possibilities to explore image, layers front back and in between

Velma Bolyard said...

mo, it IS amazing. it so is! that book freed up much in me, no requirements, no strictures, i just went to it blank and open and ready.

Jennifer said...

"I just went to it blank and open and ready."

Good advice for taking Sandra's workshop. Did I ever tell you that my ritual in Scotland became going to the River Tay before class to clear my mind? Before leaving the river each morning, I would ask the fates to let me be open, let me be open, let me be open...?

Your notebook is wonderful - full over color, movement and emotion. The new house seems the perfect setting for it and you. Wishing you many years of happiness there.

ronnie said...

I'm looking forward to seeing more of this new place -- which in many ways is like a blank book waiting for folk to make their mark....

Sue Marrazzo said...


aimee said...

i am hoping for the same, the UNEVENTFUL part!! so glad you got the electrical fixed; thanks for taking the time to talk while it was out. i especially love tess with the book.

Corrine at said...

The floor seemed to welcome the book with opening. I hope your new place is a magical one for you to keep working the way you want to. xox

Sharmon Davidson said...

Your new place looks tranquil and gorgeous. I hope the fixing will be over with soon. Good luck for the new school year!

Velma Bolyard said...

jennifer, that's a beautiful thing, and so easy to do when you're in an environment that just right.
ronnie, yes, it's got the feel of an inviting and beautifully empty sketchbook
sue, thanks!
aimee, WHAT a day! tess loved the book.
corrine, it's pretty magical and marvelous
sharmon, thanks, tranquil is one thing that's absolutely necessary

neki desu said...

new houses are such an opportunity.they're like books with blank pages. enjoy!

Roxanne said...

I love new space…full of possibility. I read this today: "…the flavor of a life made whole and lovely through the imagination seeking its way." David Whyte
Blessings for seeking home.

Velma Bolyard said...

neki, yes, this is a first for me!
roxanne, a good quote.

india flint said...

Looks to me as though you are in a good place - on several levels..

Barry said...

Hi V - moving to a new place is one of those funny moments - thinking do I want to say goodbye to the old place and yet knowing the new will be filled with possibilities. The book and dog looked great against the timber floor. And loved the photo of the moon. May the new place and life be filled with peace, people and creativity. B

Velma Bolyard said...

india, yes, i do believe i am!
barry, thank you for that blessing.

therese said... perfect is that studio now...with your book and tess' curiosity permeating the place.....

Velma Bolyard said...

it is perfect. i love just going into that space. the floor invites.

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