Last week, my young friend, Grace and I invented our own “art camp.” She stayed with me for four nights and we had 3 full days of creative fun. I sure hope we get to do this a couple more times this summer. Hanging out with young people fills my cup, especially when they are as enthusiastic about life and learning and creativity as Grace is. It was super cool that we got to do so many projects and have some adventures. I promised I’d show her how to make a blog post, so next time, we’ll publish some tutorials. Enjoy our photos!
The ideal is to foster not isolation, but connectedness. Art of any kind must affirm human values. — Brett Busang
These monthly calendars are a gift from me to remind you of your heart’s connection to the Earth. They’re free, downloadable for your desktop or your (actual) wall. I post these calendars the first day or two of each month. Please download them for your personal use — you can print the calendar if you prefer, or make it your computer wallpaper. There is also one for iphones. Please tell your friends these are available. Thank you! May you always feel loved. <3
Today I took Charlie 5 minutes up into the hills south of Helena to a small lake … There was such glorious beauty that at times it felt transcendent. Trying to take in the beauty. Trying to take in the light — the incredible crisp, clear, morning light of an Autumn day. I could not make myself post just one photo today. Though these are not my best, I love the quality of light in these images. So, here is a selection for your viewing pleasure. I hope these images lift your heart as the place did mine.
Even when Nature is putting on her less-brilliant winter colors, there is color if you know how to look. When the rain comes, go outside with your eyes and your camera — take a closer look at the subdued landscape and you’ll see a tapestry of brilliant colors. Here’s something I might have missed if I hadn’t been looking where I was stepping today.
Just a fun little thing to do on a summer day … wander around the garden and find bits and pieces of flowers, grasses, and shrubs to make letter shapes. We made monograms for the girls and photographed them. I’d like to make a whole alphabet this way.
Midsummer is a glorious time for a garden. Our garden is filled with little vignettes of beautiful colors, textures and shapes. The bees are hard at work collecting nectar from the many insect-friendly flowers. After our rainy June, this month is hot and sunny, just right for sensual flowering — and nectar gathering among the colors.
like lines of a poem, tendrils, stems
and seeds of a hitchhiker weed
twist, turn and stick in my memory<