Inks, textures, and Sierra heaven

Ink on gesso textured w/c paper, 10 X 11″ (workshop demo)

ocean become cosmos become my feathered friends,

avian spirit guides populating my psyche 

look inside those wings for another world

of swirling color, unexpected meetings

luminous creatures in their world of thin air

a rush of eye seering light

a stomach dropping loss of direction

and stunning shifts of orientation

lost now and hoping for that freedom

of worry free flight

I just got back from high Sierra (mountain) heaven where I did just a tad of sketching and more hiking and swimming and sitting in some spell bound state which these words written the previous weekend in the workshop now seem to describe.  That blue of the lakes-that sparkle of the snow-that clarity of the air.

One thinks of John Muir who wrote, “When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.”


One comment

  1. “the sierra experience is one i can identify with … paul and have spent many vacations “up there” … we especially enjoyed time at kit carson pass, lodging in the spare cabins, canoeing on the lake and watching the golden sunset across the water under thunder mountain where we hiked during the day … i’m just glad that although i don’t do those kinds of trips any more, i can be in the garden some each day and have the pleasure of making pesto (oily green up to my elbows!) and home-made chicken broth in my kitchen overlooking the valley … life is not ideal right now but i  breathe with each tug on a weed, each cut of a rose stem, i chant with each step walking to fetch the morning paper, and rejoice in the fragrance of lemon and basil … and i lay the names and faces of my friends before the Holy as often as i remember …  and hope “that what comes to me as seed goes to the next as blossom and that which came to me as blossom, goes on as fruit.”
     (This comment came to me from Muriel and I had to share it here – so much heart!)


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