I think I could turn and live with animals, they’re so placid and self contain’d,
I stand and look at them long and long.
They do not sweat and whine about their condition,
They do not lie awake in the dark and weep for their sins,
They do not make me sick discussing their duty to God,
Not one is dissatisfied, not one is demented with the mania of owning things,
Not one kneels to another, nor to his kind that lived thousands of years ago,
Not one is respectable or unhappy over the earth…Walt Whitman
The neighbour whose garden backs on to mine has a pear tree…the squirrels love it…they wait till the pears are a nice size for holding between little paws, then knock them off the branch, take a few bites and throw them away…later I am amused to see them come over to my garden and busily bury some of the pears in my potted plants, totally unaware that very soon those pots will not be there…
Although I deplore the waste of the fruit they toss away, (there’s still lots left for the homeowners), I praise their foresight in planning for leaner times, but knowing those pears won’t be there after I put away my pots, I lay in a good stock of peanuts…they’ll need them in a few months…
Inks, Gouache, Watercolour, and Pastel on Handmade paper..
The Journal opened at two of the pages, with the deckle edges of previous paintings showing underneath, on the left
Above are the most recent 12 pages of the Journal
“*Earth Songs” is a brand new series…it is an artist’s journal….each section will be a prayer for the earth, for land, for sea and air, for food…. as the pages turn, the images will reflect the seasons, the thoughts and musings of the diarist and will contain many different images, painted or drawn in a semi abstract way…it will be a celebration of the world that surrounds and sustains us, painted in a stream of consciousness manner in a handmade journal*…I think it is so important to relate what we do to something outside of us….there is a rhythm that underscores all our lives and as artists we are so lucky in that we are able to embrace that rhythm and reflect it in our work…to understand it and to communicate it as best we can…by doing a sort of stream of consciousness drawing or painting, I hope to be able to do that with this journal…. in a way it’s me, as a book…