worktable gravity



on my worktable:  explorations of layering, incising, circles, color…….as the rain continues to fall, and the gardens burst forth.

gravity drifts like rain from unhurried clouds…….rilke

ways of seeing

Start close in,
don’t take the second step
or the third


the arboretum at penn state


Start with
the ground
you know







excerpts from start close in by david whyte


word pictures

I have new work hanging in Moosewood Restaurant in Ithaca, New York.  Had my camera not spent a few days gone missing and then been found amongst the kale and fennel, I would have pictures to show of painting the fabrics, constructing the compositions, and the finished pieces.  Alas.  I would have pictures of all the Moosewood cookbooks I own, so many stained pages on my long road of learning to cook learning curve. I would also have pictures of the books I’ve read recently, Fates and Furies by Margaret Groff, thumbs down.  I wanted to like it, everyone else does.  The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood, thumbs up.  Classic Atwood.  Of course I would have all the pictures I was taking when the camera dropped while harvesting~the hopeful new willow garden of future sculptures, the delightful tomatoes after several years of blight and stinkbugs, the colorful non~stop swiss chard, the surprising volunteer gourds everywhere, and the world’s largest whistlepig* I thought was most certainly a bear cub.  And of course the there’s no doubt I’m a bear and I brought a friend moment.

I hope to get a camera soon, before I head up to Ithaca again.  My work will be on display for the month of October.

* The groundhog Marmota monax, also known as a woodchuck.

derwent inktense blocks

I’ve been printing and painting great piles of fabrics and papers to use for my textile collages.  Time stills while I am listening to music and painting with dogs underfoot.


this was done by applying derwent inktense block colors over a stencil printed fabric.



on a day like this, only restless dogs and the garden can pull me away from making  colorful trees.



august, week one


I have been collecting seed pods.


And reading about seeds.



I’ve been playing with palettes.


And continuing to attend the daily butterfly show



and stitching.