Friday, March 20, 2009

A Poem

Lament (Whom will you cry to, heart?)

by Rainer Maria Rilke

Whom will you cry to, heart? More and more lonely,
your path struggles on through incomprehensible
mankind. All the more futile perhaps
for keeping to its direction,
keeping on toward the future,
toward what has been lost.

Once. You lamented? What was it? A fallen berry
of jubilation, unripe.
But now the whole tree of my jubilation
is breaking, in the storm it is breaking, my slow
tree of joy.
Loveliest in my invisible
landscape, you that made me more known
to the invisible angels.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Mr. Bingley

I would be remiss if I did not post about my newest roommate: Mr. Bingley, a shelter cat I am picking up this afternoon from the Humane Society. He is an absolute doll and is apparently at least part Ragdoll cat, as his previous owners bought him from a breeder. I can honestly say that this is the first time in a month that I have felt happy and felt as though I had something to look forward to. I am hoping very much that he can fill the new void in my life with love and companionship.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Black-Throated Trogon

For the first time in about a month or so, I felt up to doing something creative. As I'm sure you can tell from previous entries, I love painting birds. A lot of people do, so I have good company. In any case, I haven't painted with my watercolors in years, so I thought I would pull them out and paint a bird using some soft watercolors. I didn't quite like how soft it was when I finished, so I used some inky black watercolor from a tube and outlined the entire image. It just "felt" finished at that point. I rather like it. I really wanted to focus on line and keep it as simple as possible. I messed up a bit, though. I got a smudge on the right hand side, and in an effort to remove it, I rubbed the wet paper too hard and ripped part of it. Bah. A learner's mistake, and one that I hopefully will not make again!

Materials: Windsor and Newton Watercolors, Canson 9 x 12 watercolor paper.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Happy Snow

It's been a hard past month, and the less said about it the better. Until I can get some more work done, please enjoy some of the more interesting snow pictures I took yesterday. It very, very rarely snows in Alabama so it was quite the treat.