“I am blessed.” That was the conclusion I came to at the end of a day that started at 5 a.m. with no cream for my coffee, proceeded by back-to-back appointments with anxious clients, an infinite To-Do list, and a jumble of phone calls and emails to sort through. But there I was, ten hours… Continue reading Thank You, Attilio Banca
[Spotted Turtle , Clemmys guttata] “Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away. For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone; The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land.” – Song of Solomon… Continue reading *Chance Encounter
Awake, thou wintry earth Fling off thy sadness! Fair vernal flowers, laugh forth Your ancient gladness! - From “An Easter Hymn,” Thomas Blackburn Watercolor-painted copy of Ostara (1884) by Johannes Gehrts
I am looking for confluences this morning. Some magical firing of creative synapses that will say “take this and make it into this!” The second “this” being something interesting or witty or thoughtful to add to this blog. I have been looking for confluences like a child looking for colored treasures on Easter morning –… Continue reading Confluences
Inspiration is an intangible yet inseparable part of the creative process. Nearly all creative possibilities are related to the muses that inspire us. The ancient Greeks believed that all creation, whether artistic or scientific in nature, was motivated by goddesses who served as the literal embodiment of inspiration. These were the Muses — the givers… Continue reading Compelled to Create
Vision Prayer, ©2009, Jen Payne. Mixed media collage: hand-made paper, acrylic paint, gold leaf, rubber stamping, image transfer, Magnetic Poetry®, postage stamp.
Ann reaches across her lover and pulls the curtain back. The early-spring sun caresses her arm as she investigates the polka-dots. “Ladybugs!” she sings, like a little girl discovering something for the first time. She can be that way with him — child-like and silly. For the first time in a long time, she feels… Continue reading Feeding Ladybugs and Other Love Stories