Drought and barren fields

Barren Black Sun, oil and wax on panel, 6″x6″ inches, ©2012. With all the overflow, one might quickly forget that a summer ago fields were parched and crops were dying, and fruit trees that blossomed in the early warmth bore little fruit after late frosts. The way in which things are not…after a rare and… Continue reading Drought and barren fields

Rain and Green

I have never seen the midwest as green as it is this summer. Rain, rain, and more rainy days, and all is lush, lush, lushy. My rainy day train ride was absolutely color, color, colory. I love this ride from Chicago to southeast Michigan through the annals of American industry between the marshes and the… Continue reading Rain and Green

Color Studies

Three little thoughts from my studio about color—little paper plays, and one more thought—painted stones that are bound to end up as adornments.


Crinoid necklace from one season of foraging July on Lake Michigan: tranquil, sparkling days, the full lull before August when the typical increase of rip currents in the southeast make the lake a force to be weary of. On dappled days we play in Caribbean blue water. I snorkel, foraging for crinoids, fossils and geodes—what… Continue reading Forager

Choose 2B Happy

Affirmation found while snorkeling in Harbert, Michigan Everything’s coming up roses and daffodils! Everything’s coming up sunshine and Santa Claus! Everything’s gonna be bright lights and lollipops! Sometimes the message is so clear. 49+1=happy! Just another double rainbow…that’s ummm, two pots of gold!

What does fifty look like?

Fifty 350 million-year-old crinoids found one afternoon at the beach Fifty Lake Michigan beach stones Fifty craters Fifty stars among billions I don’t know what fifty looks like yet. I imagine it looks like many things depending on where you are. In 365 days I will be…can I say it? Can I share it? 50. There, I… Continue reading What does fifty look like?