The shadow of fall
There’s the promise of sunsets
Don’t need a passport.
Art Prescription: Found poetry. Scan a magazine and look for words or phrases that speak to you. Cut and paste into your journal, or as I’ve done here onto an index card.
Index card with collage and colored pencil:
October comes in
With big buckets full of rain
Studio warm, dry.
Art Prescription: I love the sound of rain on my studio roof. So soothing as I lay down watercolor washes. Big clouds hover over North Carolina, but looks the hurricane is going out to sea. Fall is upon us…nice cool weather.
Index card with pen and ink and colored pencil:
Birds sing in the rain
They sing in the sun, they sing
Because they have song!!
Art Prescription: I love Maya Angelou and have used her beautiful quote in today’s Art Prescription.
Index card with stamp and colored pencil:
Burst of energy
September wind blows through trees
Horses like to run.
Art Prescription: I love watching the horses be horses. As I persevere at being authentic, nature’s wild-side reassures me that all of life is a circle.
Here is my horse Finn in the wind. 8 1/2 x 11 watercolor
Sea of goldenrod
All tones of yellow and green
Fall at Mason Farm
Art Prescription: Slow walk at Mason Farm today (yay my stress fracture is better). Beautiful array of fall wildflowers…wish I had taken my book to identify them.
Pen and Ink Sketch on Yellow Bristol Vellum with Colored Pencil:
With the door open, pitter-
patter of rain, fresh.
Art Prescription: The breeze, the rain, and just me and the birds. I love painting in my studio on a rainy day. I keep the door wide open and listen to the soft fall of the rain. Soothing. Backyard birds visit for a sunflower or two.
8 x 8 watercolor “Little Bull”
Grasshoppers whirl by
Black crows chuckle in the trees
Horses swish their tails.
Art Prescription: Trying to take a day of rest…I went to swim and sauna. Rest? My restless soul is not familiar with this concept. So I ventured out to the farm to just be. And I did. I stood in the pasture watching horses graze and nudge each other gently. I saw crows and hawks fly by making lots of racket. I watched song-birds land on the fence to survey their next bug. I petted, leaned on, an loved on all the horses.
Carson index card with ink and colored pencil:
On the other side
Of the pasture, the sun sets
Cool mist over ground.
Art Prescription: I went out to the farm to meet the farrier so Finn could get his “pedicure.” After two busy RN days, a chance to slow down and enjoy the horses was a welcome situation. I stayed until the sun began to sink on the horizon. Gazing out on a field of happily grazing horses is peace for my soul, beauty for my eyes, quiet for my ears, and love for my heart.
Watercolor 5 x 7
Deer, gentle you are
Full of love and pure kindness
Touch wounded beings.
Art Prescription: Deer medicine has come into my art again. Here is an excerpt from “Medicine Cards: The Discovery of Power Through the Ways of Animals,” by Jamie Sams And David Carson.
“If Deer has gently nudged its way into your cards today, you are being asked to find the gentleness of spirit that heals all wounds. Stop pushing so hard to get others to change, and love them as they are. Apply gentleness to your present situation and become like the summer breeze: warm and caring. This is your tool for solving the present dilemma are you facing. If you use it, you will connect with Sacred Mountain, your centering place of serenity, and Great Spirit will guide you.”
“In its true application, unconditional love means that no strings are attached.”
Watercolor on watercolor paper:
Hummingbirds fuel up
For their long fall migration
Lots of fall flowers.
Art Prescription: I’m still seeing hummingbirds coming to fall blooms. They won’t be around for long as they prepare for migration.