Friday, June 24, 2016

Matisse and Gordon Lightfoot

We recently saw the Matisse in His Time:  Masterworks of Modernism 
exhibit at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art. The show is scheduled
 in only three venues - Martigny/Switzerland, Turin/Italy
and in here in OKC!

I was inspired by the artwork and the synergy of works from his
contemporaries like Picasso.





We also caught Gordon Lightfoot's concert in the nearby area!
I've been a lifelong fan!

Reports of his death have been greatly exaggerated. ;)
My journal page...

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Hummingbirds

I recently taught a few watercolor classes at the 
Comanche Nation College's 2016 Hummingbird Camp. 

The students took part in a variety of activities in which they
learned about hummingbirds and other pollinators.

I'm glad art was one way to learn about pollinators.


 The students painted some lovely birds...
 

Did you know a hummingbird's heart 
beats 1,260 times per minute!?




Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Postcard days from the back yard - Prairie Hill….


Nature is the direct expression of the divine imagination.
-John O'Donahue


there is less time and energy for me to be on-line these days.
time seems to be whizzing by…. slow in the areas where I feel I'm in the crucible;
yet moving too swiftly in moments of pleasure and peace.

i pray blessings and beauty upon your season.

Monday, May 30, 2016

Roadtrip to Southeast Oklahoma




We took a road trip to the very tip of Southeast Oklahoma stopping in various towns 
on the way to Beaver's Bend State Park.  We stopped in Sulphur and Antlers - the deer capital 
of the world - which makes me sad, because it's all about hunting them. )


Mountain Fork River is lined with Bald Cypress trees - some are in the river. 

Woodpecker
Displays, murals and info in the Nature Center

I loved this watercolor called Tree Planter by William McNamara (1983).

A quote by the artist:

"We all have within us the impulse to look into the clouds and find an image, 
to see a face in a rock, a scene in the grain of wood.  We also have an 
impulse to make a mark, whether it be a scratch on a rock, a line in the dirt, 
or a brush stroke upon paper.  By learning to control the movements 
of our hands, we can create our own patterns, own clouds in which to look 
and find images."

Mountain Fork River
Broken Bow Lake

I was mesmerized by the geology in this area.  

I also met a few new wildflowers on a short walk
inside the Ouachita National Forest.

Indian Nations Trail



We continued driving southeast and were amused with town names
like Moon and America. 

Moon, Oklahoma was woodsy, humid and green.  :) 
We stopped in Tom, Oklahoma - the last community in SE Oklahoma. 

We then crossed the border into Arkansas and turned back west
 to check out the Red Slough area in Oklahoma's Choctaw region.
This wetland development was humid!  I mainly wanted to see some
wildflowers.



The Red River borders Oklahoma and Texas like a winding snake.  
We crossed over to our southern neighbor, Texas, then back to Oklahoma via the Red River. 

See why it's called The Red River?
This little road-tipster crashed hard. :)

We had a wonderful day trip and now I'm admiring some of the beautiful pieces
of shale and river rocks I carried back in my t-shirt.  They are like layers
of nature abstraction - in material, texture and image.  I see
landscapes, skies, storms, marks in rock, , ,
If I could make jewelry they would be amazing settings.
I may apply clear beeswax to the pieces.
My imagination is going with them...
Just like the artist McNamara said -
we create our found images.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Hike around Elk Mountain









Greg and I were on the rocks this weekend.  


We were in the midst of flowers too.

We're having a mild and rainy spring here in SW Oklahoma!
The lakes and creeks are full and the land is bright green.
Actually I wish we could dry out a little bit… :)