Our cherry trees blossomed and were at their fullness about two weeks ago. I love seeing the branches heavy with their floral pinkness shouting out their glory.
Alas, last Monday our trees began to rain... the petals gently flowing down on slight breezes. It seems magical to walk beneath the trees in one of the moments when the pink petals choose to let go and do their final dance to the ground. And for a little while our driveway, flowerbeds, the road, the yard are blanketed in this wispy fairy pinkness, and I savor that too. Spring is defnitely here.
Inspired by: KISS, by Sylvia Pollack, June 30, 2011
splayed across the south
side of the house,
get drunk on their own sweet juices
stew in them,
grow so exuberantly after dry days
their skins split
like opened zippers, and we,
in an act
of kindness and forgiveness,
off their vine, offer them
to each other's lips.
Cancer Lifeline Art Show
I have the honor of having two collages in this show sponsored by the Northwest Collage Society and Cancer Lifeline of Seattle. Women participating in Cancer Lifeline writing groups write poetry for healing, They shared their poetry with members of the Collage Society who selected one to three poems, and then created art pieces from the inspiration. I selected Kiss by Sylvia Pollack and Never Pruned by Nancy Meier. A portion of the sales from these poem inspired collages are donated to Cancer Lifeline.
Spring is back bringing flowers, fresh starts, and light...
Juanita Beach Park
Last Sunday we took a little jaunt over to the local park on the Juanita side of Lake Washington. The park has recently been renovated, and is a lovely spot to take a walk on the loop that is partly dock over the water and partly beach. It was an uncommonly gorgeous sunny day in north Seattle, and we enjoyed the sun play dancing diamonds across the waters.
And then there was this great stonework pathway with native grasses that caught my eye. Stunning shapes and lines... abstractly wonderful.
Kirsten Gallery A wonderful fine art gallery is hosting Co-Arts show this year. I have one painting in this show. Stop by and see what local artists have been creating.Here is a link for viewing the artwork if you can't make it to the Gallery.
Seattle Co-Arts 63rd Annual Juried Show:
Play of Light!
April 5 – May 8th 2013
Opening Reception: April 7th 2-4pm
Hosted by Kirsten Gallery supporting 41 years of Fine Art
5320 Roosevelt Wy NE
Seattle, WA 98105
Wednesday-Sunday 11am - 5pm
Closed Monday and Tuesday
Remembering a Yellowstone trip and dreaming of enchanted New Mexico explorations...
Photos, Yellowstone and Roosevelt National Parks
Last fall we went to the Dakota's and on our meandering back to Seattle, we had to stop in Yellowstone. We have been there several times and it never fails to impress me. So here are some of my favorite photo's. I've entered these in the Defenders of Wildlife photo contest this year, why not. I may make them available as prints on my Fine Art America page.
I lucked into two shots of a bison that was only steps away from our car. He looked like he was coming out of the mist - like a long ago spirit creature from the past. Just breathtaking to experience the wonders in the Yellowstone, especially when I remember I'm walking atop the caldera of a huge underground volcano. Since our trip was in late October there were a lot less tourists, and it was a lot chillier. We had the first snow the day we left, and were hurrying to get out of the mountains and back home.
A photo from Roosevelt National Park is in the lower right. Stunning desert like, barren and colorful country. This park is vast open lands where if you are lucky you can see bison and wild mustangs.
One of my passions I haven't spoken of yet in this blog is researching family history, genealogy. I'm thinking about this, because I recently joined a genealogy writing group, and am spending a little time today reading group member's stories. We will be giving each other feedback as we write our stories.
In the "old days" research was all done by microfiche machine in archives or library. Now with the advent of the internet, you can stumble upon all kinds of information in a matter of moments. My journey has connected me with a half sister and several cousins, and since I'm researching my spouse's tree, lots of new relatives for him. Surprisingly, we found a couple of cousin's for him only 30 minutes from where we live, amazing!
So, if you are interested, here are a couple of free links to get you started:
Something small to treasure, see every day, or give away...
Gallery North Art Show This is always a lovely fun show in the charming town center of Edmonds, near the ferry. Stop in and enjoy the variety of styles of these small treasures. I have six paintings hanging in this show, primarily crow paintings in acrylic.
Time moves on, the seasons turn, I watch and ride the waves...
Sunset at Seaside, Oregon as another full year draws to a close. But it will never really be gone, as I have lived it, and it is written in my bones to remember the highs and lows as life moves on.
A gentle feather blown about, nestled atop the rocks. Soon it will be lifted by a breezy beach wind or tumbled by a rising tide. Who knows where it will find itself next. Are we like feathers sometimes?
A new year dawns with wide horizon and open skies, many are on the path, who knows who you might meet. As far as my eye can see, sky and water. Barely separate, they merge and dance, and beckon.... come.... walk and see.... feel that cool wind touch your cheek.... be in this delicious moment.... here.... now.
Lights, nostalgia, Chinese and a little TRAditION...
Joining in the fairyland of Christmas and fantasy lights, we cruised thru the neighborhoods recounting stories of years past these brought to mind. If you live in the Seattle area, look up Candy Cane Lane and Olympic Manor, these are the two best areas to see.
But first we watched the wonderful film "Fiddler on the Roof" at the Uptown Theatre on Queen Anne Hill... as a sing-along! And with a Chinese buffet lunch right in the theatre too. So very Jewish and satisfying fun. And one of my favorite films, full of nostalgia and tradition.
More lights, a Hawaiian theme...
A dungeness crab...
Lots of candy canes...
Only small artful decorations at home, as we no longer cut our own tree while skiing, or do intense Christmas. It's more our own created simple version of various traditions, and we like it this way a lot. Quiet, harmonious...
A postcard from a clear lovely night in Seattle while we enjoy the wonders of the season and the turnings that began with recent Winter Solstice.
A time to reflect, rest, and sometimes, play with my camera...
Wishing Peace and Harmony and Light Shining Brightly on You.
Painting images, playing with paints, such a joy...
The recent acrylic
paintings above (5"x5") plus two more will be included in the annual by-invitation- only Kaewyn Gallery miniatures show. Many talented local artists will display their small or miniature paintings which are ideal for gift giving this time of
November 30, 2012 - January 8, 2013
"Miniature Masterpieces and More!"
10101 Main St.
Recent Paintings and Crows
"She Listened to the Soothing Songs of Her Friends"
Monoprint Mixed Media 12"x12", Copyright Delorse Lovelady
The painting above recently was being shown at the Northwest Hospital Breast Center. Earlier this year I was experimenting with monoprint techniques that I learned from local artist Lisa Snow Lady. This one was difficult to photograph because of the shine of both the acrylics and gold leaf in the branch and circles.
While on another wonderful painting retreat in September on one of our NW islands, I painted the watercolors above. I enjoyed trying out new shapes for the crows, trying to capture the gestures and behaviors I have observed. Talented artist Bev Jozwiak shared some of her watercolor techniques, loose washy expressive painting.
Wheels on my feet, wandering for 2 months, it's good to be home...
I have been on 3 different trips, each so different and so full of
inspirations... a painting retreat on one of our NW islands, a family
visit in Texas, and then a road trip through 7 states. This posting is a
little about the road trip.
We had to stop and take the picture above as we entered Nebraska for the first time. A crossroads, wide open spaces, flatland, nothing there at all, except a few lonely man-made wire structures. The sign proudly says "the good life." And it makes you think, what do you really need, after all? Maybe less is more.
Along the way I sketch and paint in the car when it's not my turn to drive. I've mastered balancing my tiny palette, bumps in the road, and moving scenery, but it's always challenging.
I liked this rest stop along the way in Wyoming. The rock structures were so unusual, it was called the Holy City. There are many places and times when I am lost in nature that I feel I'm worshipping in the Holy City, there is something so restorative to the soul, so wholesome, fresh and raw.
We spent several days in the Badlands areas in North Dakota and South Dakota (Montana had some too). Awesome colors, textures, shapes, my painter's heart was so filled with inspiration. I learned that there are even black veins of lignite (coal) that catch fire from lightning, burn for very long periods, baking the clay soils, turning them into red veins called scoria or red topped hills called "red clinkers".
Fall colors were stunning, aspen, birch, and more, especially along the rivers. Golden yellows, beiges, siennas, umbers, rust, reds, sage greens, a lush parade.
Yellowstone, one of my favorite places. All misty, smoking geothermal, volcanic wonderland. I was privileged, shortly after entering the east gate from Cody, Wyoming to spot a bunch of cars. Yes, look for cars, and you find the wildlife. I saw my first wolf in the wild, such a treat. And many bison, and elk.
This last is Opal Pool, lovely carribean colored turquoise water, there were several like this one.
I'm so refreshed (though tired) from all this traveling, new ideas for painting are percolating, canvases are waiting. I'm thankful for our beautiful world out there "in nature". It's good to remember we aren't just observers or "consumers" of nature, but we are part of it... Life is good.
A little bit of heaven with balmy Northwest days, friends and artmaking...
I have been savoring our beautiful Northwest, so balmy, just ideal weather. We may get a day or two of really hot days but so mild compared to other parts of the country. And even then, we have the cool breezes coming off the waters. Ideal.
Friends and Artmaking
And also ideal time to get together with special friends and play with art. My long time friend Lisa (in the photo above) and I reconnected last week, playing, sharing the day, we have seen many Artfests together, that's where we met. I love the gorgeous colors in her large painting in the background - and her shirt, apron and new Goddess pieces she was working on. Go see her stunning spirit-filled art here.
Here is one of the sketch paintings I finished that inspired day, from a pot of flowers in her artist's garden:
"Red Flowers", 5"x7" watercolor & ink
Copyright Delorse Lovelady
And lucky me, I got to go to this lovely place for our Painting Critique group's annual day out retreat a couple of days ago. Beverly so graciously hosted us at her Hansville cottage. There were eight of us, decked out in our sunglasses and big floppy hats, walking the beach, enjoying the view.
We had fun celebrating the 80th birthday of one of our members, Pam. We each painted a small piece for her from the same photo. It was SO amazing to see the different art styles, each so unique, like the women.
"Pam the Magician", 5"x7" Acrylic
Copyright Delorse Lovelady
On the way home on the ferry, I sketch painted this scene.
Here's another Northwest day - out with the Plein Air group at Matthews Beach. There were five of us enjoying the day.
I combined a couple of areas in the park to come up with this scene.
"Painting at Matthews Beach", 5"x7" watercolor
Copyright Delorse Lovelady
So you see I have been having a lovely summer, with these few samplings of my comings and goings... and tomorrow I depart for a week long painting retreat with my painting club. I have big plans for painting projects, canvases are prepped, supplies are at hand, now on to packing...
A watercolor and mixed media artist experimenting with various painting and non-painting art forms: collage, fiber, felting, dolls, embroidery and beads, bookbinding-bookmaking, collage, digital photography & photoshop, etc. Inspired by the natural world. Words and poetry to embellish and add meaning. Drawn to the metaphors and stories of life expressed through art as a healing of the spirit, a way to draw out the beauty, maybe to inspire and bring a little light.
Peace is every step. The shining red sun is my heart. Each flower smiles with me. How green, how fresh all that grows. How cool the wind blows. Peace is every step. It turns the endless path to joy. Thich Nhat Hanh, Buddhist Monk, Teacher, Author, Poet, and Peace Activist
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Ongoing - Northwest Hospital and Medical Center, Breast Cancer Center, 1550 N 115th St, Seattle, WA
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"The world is holy. We are holy. All life is holy. Daily prayers are delivered on the lips of breaking waves, the whisperings of grasses, the shimmering of leaves." ~ Terry Tempest Williams, From Talking to God: Portrait of a World at Prayer (anthology)
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1001 Journal #2286
Go to the 1001 Journal site to see journal #2286 which I started and hosted in our local community center. This and other journals are rich with artwork and wonderful writings from a diverse bunch of people everywhere. Go here to the originating 1000 Journal project to read about the project started by "Someguy" who gave away, left journals in locations, and mailed out a total of 1000 blank journals randomly with an invitation in them to create, write, pass on, post on the web, and return them.... Many, many inspiring images and writings.
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