Tuesday, November 27, 2018

time and news

some teaching news and below more news from here:
 in June i'll be teaching botanical contact (boco) prints for the NEGBW.
boco prints in Idaho earlier in the spring is not quite, but almost, confirmed
august will find me TAing for the amazing Christine Mauersburger at Haystack.
and next fall a book arts class at SLU.
may 2020 i'll be teaching north country shifu at the amazing Maiwa in Vancouver.
found buffalo jasper fetish
isn't she sweet?
some wonderful colors on paper recently
as i prep for:
(drum roll) 
wake robin is traveling west in february for CODEX.
it's the big time for this country mouse.
San Francisco!
prints and sampling
it's an early winter
so far ❅ who knows these days ❅
and my birthday tomorrow.
my sweetie bought me a gift:
just look at the box!
and i've oiled her up and been making some marks on paper
creamy arches text wove, 
grassy green cave paper,
and helen heibert's crinkly magenta abaca long beat
gifts from the land--
the last of the calendula
and still it remains
beyond beautiful.
when the sun shines
and the little ones go for a watery frolic
and we wait
for the winter's ease and reflection
snowy and sunny, but mostly overcast so far.

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

thanksgiving everyday inventory

backyard bounty and beauty
bleak and verdant
backporch hiding
 backporch assemblage
 backporch uprootedupsidedown
 backporch harvest:
 birds' nests, mouse nest and feather
backporch road find
 work clothes
inadvertent advertising
 gather, bundle, cook, rinse, dry, use
i woke to gray
which means snow.
the showers turn up and down
but not much snow is expected today.
recent inadvertent sitings:
a bald eagle lifting into the sky 
an ermine making crazy running around over and across the road
a gathering of ruffed grouse hensin one of the grandmother maples
budding (eating maple buds).
despite all the hoopla all over the place
it's a time to say thank you
to my children
family, friends, blog readers and internet friends
the folks who have purchased my work
papers and shifu and books.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

as the season darkens

into winter,
 there is still light
 a flash of white in sunlit grasses
 and tess appears!
 not far from the place where i spotted a kingfisher 
several times, but
didn't see this day, probably gone south.
 we see ducks here, too.
 which tess ignores. 
i mean, there could be grouse close by so--off she goes.
 in the corner closest to my little garden between the granite ledges
 paper wasps were practicing their craft.
this is BIG.
 raccoon activity along the road
 and i've taken to talking back to these ravens
who gather nearby and quark loudly, 
as teenagers do.
there were seven yesterday.
i'd rather embarrass myself by quarking,
 trying out conversation
than take photos, 
so i didn't get all seven.
 popple/aspen and a trace.
 and it's gotten very very cold. 
in the single digits yesterday morning.

 neighborhood barn
 in front of which 
a plenty of high bush cranberries.
quite a crop.
but they're my neighbor's, 
not mine.
before the snow
it was clear and very cold.
and then it came
freezing everyone right up into little balls or broken pieces
but i love the cold
love how it makes me attend to its demands.
even though i do whine about it from time to time.
snow is expected again.
and the last of the sumac leaves here are gone. 
one branch broke completely
showing sumac's fragile heart.
stay warm and well and creative.
and the sumac?
it was in the pot today and the prints are drying.

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