It’s been very hard to stay inside and “get work done” these last few days of spring. So when I needed to work on my entry in a traveling muse journal, I took it outside to sit on my bench in the sun (see the video – right hand column – “Sketch the Spring Garden” to see the spot). The theme of this journal, selected by Muse Judy, is poetry so I asked for a poem to happen. Well, as I picked up my pen to start sketching the peony about to burst into bloom, plenty started to happen and that became the poem, as well as the painting.
A Peony Moment
Alone one spring afternoon
i sit with pen and peony my purpose
to capture an unfurling moment
but the garden’s creatures have other plans for me. . .
my ginger cat appears
insisting loudly on a neck scratching
a midnight blue butterfly floating
diaphanous among the red salvia
lures me under the apple tree
to find the first polka dotted caterpillars
while from behind the studio
emerge the three sorority sisters
in a clucking rush of friendly feather fluff. . .
cat in lap
hens at feet
butterlies at head
still waiting for that peony moment
. . .but now with friends.
And here’s Judy’s fun cover piece for this journal:
And if you want to come sketch chickens with me, check out the Barnyard Sketching workshop in May. The May 22nd session has filled, so I’m opening up another session May 23rd. By then maybe I will have trained those chickens and goats to stand still for us?