Showing posts from December, 2009

Ocean of Snow

Without being at home, with many things to do, but at a desk without access to the Internet, and no books or magazines, there was nothing to do but write. So I wrote a short poem about yesterday's moment in the field.

Ocean of Snow

Wind blows a field
of white waves,
lighter than salt.
Flecks melt into my eyes
as I lean against a tree,
mammoth rivulets of bark,
and watch black branches
scrawling waving calligraphies
on the squalls.

Now I think it 'cut up' prose, really. And yet when I format it in paragraph form it doesn't quite work. It's neither, then. Which is why I call what I do prosepoetry.

Miniscule progress...

It's not that I have nothing else to say. It's been a difficult and a beautiful Christmas.

I post miniscule progress... the band of orange behind the Lady and the Chimera ... needs work... and surely I shall not leave the Lady quite so unmanifest, raw... who knows...

From The Lady and the Chimera

And a detail...

From The Lady and the Chimera

The Lady and the Chimera wish you a Happy Christmas, a Joyous Noël

From The Lady and the Chimera

The Lady and the Chimera, 12"x9", 30.5x23cm, oil on canvas, 2009. Click on image for larger.

Little painting progressing to nearly finished.

The scanner takes such a good image. There were enough dry patches for me to hold. Once the sky is painted I'll have to wait 6-8 months until it's dry to get a scanned image. Of course, I'll take one with my camera and show you long before then!

It's Christmas Eve. My tree is up, decorated and lit. The apartment isn't clean yet, but there is time. A little celebration tonight, and family tomorrow. I cook all day - new since 2007 - and I love it in ways I never thought I would. It's all beautiful.


Merry Xmas and Happy new year!
Joyeux Noël et bonne année!
ia orana e te noera i te matahiti api! (tahitien)
Mung Chúa Giáng Sinh, Cung Chúc Tân Xuân! (Vietnamien)
arahaba tratry ny Krismasy, ny taona! (Malgache)
merii kurisumasu, akemashite omedetö! (Japonais)
zwayé Noèl et bone-érèz …

The Lady and the Chimera- beginning to apply paint

From Lady and the Chimera

How's The Lady and the Chimera coming along? Applying paint very thickly, unusual for me. Because the canvas is so small (12"x9"), I'm using a tiny sable brush. Applying the paint without thinning it takes time, which I'm rather enjoying. Because the oil paint is thick it's going to take time to dry, I'd estimate 6-8 months.

The images are imaginary - meaning not based on a drawing of a photograph or model.

If you click on the picture, you'll go to the album for this painting at Picasa, and if you'd like to see the original chalk sketch click on the tag, 'The Lady and the Chimera,' and you'll get to the album itself, such as it is, with its two images of the little painting-in-progress.

Photo too dark and fuzzy, but that's ma desk, set presently for painting. The whole rest of my room is practically bed; my workspace, like the painting, very small.

I maintain that it's not free 'time' that you…