Frolicking Frogs Sketch

brush pens

brush pens

Mouthless

Third Wednesday

My poem “Mouthless”
in Third Wednesday
literary journal

I’m pleased to announce that one of my poems has been published in the literary journal Third Wednesday.  It’s called “Mouthless” and it’s about the experience of falling.  If you would like to read this poem, you can purchase a copy of this issue by going to the journal’s website.  The cost is $8, plus $3 postage.  You can send a check to the following address: 174 Greenside Up Ypsilanti, MI 48197.  Make sure you mention which issue you want.  The current issue is Winter, 2014.

What else will you find in this issue besides my poem?  The winning poems for Third Wednesday’s annual contest,  youth poetry by students of the Inside/Out Literary Arts Project, poems by featured poet J. K. Durick, seasonal poetry for winter and spring, more inspiring poetry, and even artwork!  Wow, who would want to miss out on all that? 😉  Enjoy!

“Poetry can be dangerous, especially beautiful poetry, because it gives the illusion of having had the experience without actually going through it.” ― Rumi

Easter Owl

Easter Owl

watercolor and ink

Postcard Art for Charity

postcard art for charity at #twitterartexhibit in Orlando

Here’s a look at some of the postcard art displayed at the #twitterartexhibit in Orlando.  All of these works have been donated from artists around the world to benefit The Center for Contemporary Dance, Special Needs Students.  Postcards are still available to purchase online until April 11th.  The postcards have a set price of $35 plus $7 for shipping and 100% of donations go to the above named charity.

My entry is posted on the bottom right, 4th one over at the top.  You can view and purchase it here.  You can also check out other amazing postcard art for purchase.  See my previous post for further details.

Bring on Spring!

Slot Canyon

Hummingbird

Petroglyphs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I created these acrylic paintings last summer, but haven’t had a chance to show them until now.  I thought they’d be a great way to welcome spring.  The character on the right is known as Kokopelli.  This figure is considered a fertility god in the Southwest.  His symbol is found carved on many ancient rocks.  He also represents music and storytelling.  By playing his flute, he is said to chase away winter and call forth spring.  Some consider him a trickster similar to the Greek god Pan, which is fitting for this April Fools’ week 😉  Kokopelli is often associated with the hummingbird as well.

My husband and I first encountered the Kokopelli symbol on a trip to Sedona, Arizona.  And then again in Utah.  These paintings are based on photographs we took while hiking there.  They’re a gift to my husband.  For some reason we feel very at home in the Southwest.  While we were in Utah, we walked through narrow slot canyons, saw hummingbirds feeding near a ranger station, and viewed petroglyphs at Capitol Reef National Park.  We saw many little lizards scurrying around, too.

The hummingbird is a symbol of optimism and the lizard is a symbol of dreams.  I hope you feel optimistic about your dreams as you approach springtime!  If not, consider making a change.  Both of these animals are also symbols of adaptability.

Happy spring!