Sunday, March 19, 2017

Hope is the thing with feathers

february 27 journal page


I love this poem by Emily Dickinson (see the full poem below). And it inspired this sumi ink drawing in my journal. The bird shows signs of scuffles and looks a bit scraggy. I didn't intend to draw it that way. I started out with the general outline and then added patterns and markings. In the end, maybe this is how I picture Hope.

Hope is not the new born. She is older. She is the one who has been there in the dark times and continued singing despite the storm. She's weathered the twists and turns that come with being alive. She's stayed strong and vigilant. And she continues to remind us to stay courageous and keep moving forward.



“Hope” is the thing with feathers -
That perches in the soul -
And sings the tune without the words -
And never stops - at all -

And sweetest - in the Gale - is heard -
And sore must be the storm -
That could abash the little Bird
That kept so many warm -

I’ve heard it in the chillest land -
And on the strangest Sea -
Yet - never - in Extremity,
It asked a crumb - of me.






Spring officially begins tomorrow and today has been a beautiful, sunny day. I wish everyone a sun-filled week.





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Saturday, March 11, 2017

journal pages, march 02, 2017


Last year I bought what I thought was a book of quotes. When I got home, I realized it was more like one of those balls that you shake to answer your question. Now I see why it's called "Book of Answers."

It has some really good quotes mixed in with other pages that just say yes, no, maybe, perhaps. For this year's journal, I deconstructed that book, tore out all the pages and sewed in my own pages for journalling. I've saved the pages with quotes that I like to use in my journal.

journal page, march 08, 2017


Sometimes the quote inspires the journal page; other times the journal page comes first, and I see if there is a quote that fits.

Every year at this time, I buy daffodils as they remind me of home. I drew the ones that are sitting on my table and then wrote down all the experiences in my day that make me smile.





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Sunday, March 5, 2017

Enso February 2017

Enso III - February 2017, 4 x 4 inches

I enjoy the process of creating small Enso pieces. There is a lot of unexpected results that occur with these art pieces. They take flexibility, patience and forgiveness on my part. Each layer needs time to dry completely before I add another.

Every layer has its own character. Some are cranky while others are not. Each one deserves its own focus, and in the end they all come together to make up one piece.


Enso IV - February 2017


We do not need magic to transform our world.
We carry all the power we need inside ourselves already.
― J.K. Rowling









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