May 31, 2011

Preparing my favorite quiche
(adapted to tart form)
from this cookbook.

"Eating with the fullest pleasure - pleasure, that is, that does not depend on ignorance - is perhaps the profoundest enactment of our connection with the world. In this pleasure we experience and celebrate our dependence and our gratitude, for we are living from mystery, from creatures we did not make and powers we cannot comprehend."
-The Pleasures of Eating, Wendell Berry

Last week
I went to hear Wendell Berry
read from selected works
(some poems, a story)
and speak on issues dear to me.
It was heartening
to see so many people gathered.

May 26, 2011

From the farmers market,
stems chosen carefully
(I took so long)
for a bouquet
of the last of the tulips.

Every time
I walked past the table
over which these flowers presided
I remarked on their beauty
(their joyful individuality!)
and I must have done so
with such unconscious frequency
that I eventually exasperated
my dear boyfriend
does not share
as fervent an admiration
for this bouquet
as I do.


To those of you in the U.S.
have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend!

May 25, 2011

In the studio recently:
charcoal drawings on grey paper
(with white conté crayon added to the first one,
the rest not).

I have decided,
that when it comes to charcoal,
I greatly prefer
working on grey paper
as opposed to white.

Unlike white paper,
grey encourages
to leave untouched
the spaces between
the marks being added
and the midtones already there,
reminding me
that it is usually those spaces
that are what
really make the drawing.

May 23, 2011

One last shot from the Tulip Festival,
and then some recent miscellany;

Been watching this movie,
reading this book (and then this one)
been listening to this song
and then everything by this band.

Hope you've been well.

May 16, 2011

A gift
for a loved one
and a reminder
for me.

May 12, 2011

Three different types of green
from one walk
on a recent excursion
up north--
which do you relate to the most?

It's been fun to watch
the pale haze
of the green of Spring
turning into
something more.


I Am Oak - On Trees and Birds and Fire

[Some recent posts (and comments) were somehow deleted by Blogger, unfortunately]

May 11, 2011

On a recent trip to the Zoo:
The mighty fruit bat!

He was adorable and sinister
at the same time.
I went
back and forth between
his delicate, mouse face
and the grasping hook
on the end of his wing
that seemed too large
and too jagged
for his small, furry body.

May 9, 2011

Taking flower photographs
sometimes feels to me
like eating chocolate.

Both are so enjoyable,
and relatively easy,
and there are endless varieties;
how can you stop?
But it can feel like an indulgence,
and the very qualities that make it so sweet
are what can make it lose its appeal
quite quickly.

But the tulip festival.
The tulip festival!
How can you not indulge a little?

May 4, 2011

Springtime offerings.

Happy May!
I have a good feeling about this month.


Susie Cowie
Sarah Maingot

May 2, 2011

Up and back down again;
when in doubt, I take walks.

Springtime (like Wintertime) is good for that.