Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Baby Owls

We went back to see the owls today. Both babies were out of the nest. They are pretty big.

Thursday, April 24, 2008


I love this image. Paintings of it won't start showing up right away though- I'm out of light magenta printer ink.


If I write to tell you about something beautiful what do I hope for you to get out of it?

When I lived in Bowling Green, OH I saw the aurora borealis shimmering over Lake Erie in November, or was it December? I saw a bridge get hit by lightening, a blue flash grew huge from nothing and then disappeared. A hawk chased, captured and killed a blue jay under the tree in my backyard. It felt like witnessing a murder. The blue jay's parter screaming and attacking the hawk. The dying bird screeching until it went silent. I saw a coyote and various other events that felt to me like signs whose meaning I wasn't equipped to understand.

I told my brother one day that I'd seen signs but didn't understand what they meant.
He said they meant I lived in the country.

I was deflated wanting, really, to believe in the signs. To imagine that one day I would understand a secret language of the universe, or something.

The last time I went to the reservation Francis said these things were gifts.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Great Horned Owl & Nest

Luckily nature enthusiasts are always willing to share information. A woman at the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge pointed us in the direction of this owl and her nest. What an awesome experience!

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Campaign Trail

Check out who came to my studio!

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Olivia's Images

Ridley Creek State Park Project

Olivia and I have begun a new project. We will be making (at least) weekly trips to Ridley Creek State Park to draw and observe. We will also be posting our images and findings. I'm sure I'll think of a more interesting way to frame our project later but these are the humble beginnings...

Friday, April 11, 2008

Killing Time

This is an in between time.

The end of the semester is in sight. At least one entire class of students has stopped pretending to care. I'm considering making that part of their grade. 50% of the grade will be for how good your work is and 50% for apparent interest in what you are doing. The question is can they "appear" to give a shit. I'm afraid not.

Lucky for me a few students who do care have recently gotten in touch with me to tell me how much I helped them. So all is not lost. In the mean time I love this photo of my nephew showing off his skills! And that's my painting in the background.

Friday, April 4, 2008


A relatively new work hanging in the studio.

A work in progress laying on the floor.

I took apart my sketchbook today. I keep trying to figure out what to do with all of the images I make.

Yum. A little mold from the old place (and this is a small part of the wall- there was more!)