Sunday, September 28, 2014

The Leaves Danced

The leaves danced.
They whirled and flitted
        and whispered to each other.
They embraced the sun
                    as it rose in the sky.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Walnut Juice

Nature offers many wonderful materials to use as art supplies. When cooked and boiled, walnut husks make the most deep golden brown ink or dye. They, like the Oak galls, have tannins for a permanent stain. Native Americans and pioneers used them to colour leather, wood, and baskets.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Back to the Drawing Board

I have a confession. I haven't been drawing or painting very much the last several months. Part of it is because of the arthritis in my hands, but that didn't stop me before... I worked in spite of it. I think I have also been distracted and lazy. Creativity is not the issue. I have ideas every day... I have hundreds of thumbnail sketches and notes in both sketchbooks and computer files.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Playing with Dolls... Again

A continuation from earlier post Playing with Dolls

There is a great thrift store in Dallas, Oregon called H20 (Help and Hope to Others). They have two floors and the last time I was there they were overrun with a sea of old sofas. I will guess they are pretty cheap right about now. The place is known far and wide for being very affordable and a lot of local college students furnish apartments from there.

Upstairs in this 'junk heaven' is a large toy area. I go there when I feel the need to restock my 'creepy doll' collection and I can usually get a boxful for just a few dollars.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Country Roads

Almost Heaven...

This afternoon I visited my beautiful granddaughter Athena and her baby Dimitri in Buena Vista.  We laughed and talked and had a great time. We even tried a 'selfie' photo of the three of us.  It wasn't easy with the larger camera and a wiggly little boy!

Rogue Farms

We went for a walk along Wigrich Road and traveled past Rogue Farm Hopyards. They are known internationally as fine ale producers.

Across the road from the hops fields are hazelnut and walnut orchards.  Some of them looked really dark and ominous inside, enough to inspire a creepy story or two. Since the hops were recently harvested, there were many clumps of the plants and thick twine along the roadside. Athena collected the scraps of twine to wrap around mason jars to make lanterns.  I bagged up some of the hops blossoms to take home.

After cleaning off the stems and leaves, I put them in my food dehydrator.  They are already quite dry as the weather has been warm, but I want to make sure they won't turn brown.  To contain the hops, I improvised and wrapped the whole lot in netting, shoved it into the dehydrator, and turned on to 'herb' setting.  When infused into a tea, hops makes a wonderful natural sedative.

all through the hedge
grows a mighty cascade
of the deepest reds
of the deadly nightshade
Love the roots of this tree!