Saturday, September 25, 2010

Watership Down

It has been said that the best children’s stories also appeal to and hold the interest of adults. Originally this story began as a way to entertain the author’s children on a road trip. But I heartily recommend this book to all my friends no matter what your age.

You will be delighted with the way the author has given these rabbits such human characteristics and tendencies. The same characters show up in the warren as do in our communities…the honorable leaders, the fellow who has to tell jokes for every occasion, the bullies, the lovely and wise ladies and of course the local prophet who sees the future somewhat clearly.

One day a number of rabbits decide, for urgent reasons, that it is time to head off on their own to find greener ‘downs’. The story deals with their journey and what it took to establish their own spot in the world.

It isn’t as though I only read this book now in my 64th year. This is the 3rd time since Watership Down was first published in 1972. If you are looking for an uplifting book without preaching and characters you can bond with and relate to, this is a good choice. This book deals with the simple joys of life in the English coutryside as seen through the eyes of rabbits and smelt with their special sense of smell. Expect to be moved by this story as you will come away changed and affected in a very good way.

At first I could not really write a review…I was that moved by the book so I sat down and made Watership Down the subject of my new art journal that I have just begun. It was a good healing therapy meant to soothe my soul.

Happy reading to you all.  Remember, "What is now proved was once only imagined."  -Wm. Blake

Friday, September 17, 2010

A Moment of Thankfulness on Friday Night

For all of this I am thankful:

Outside my window...I can see my garden winding down from summer into fall. This past week I put chicken wire around my patches of tomatoes to keep the grouse/raccoons/whatever from eating my tomatoes as they ripen.

I am thinking...about the subject of privacy, that-which-I-hold-sacred and overexposure and how it has changed in the past 25 years and what is principle and what is opinion on the matter.

I am tops and sandals still because even though it has been raining it is not cold for which I am very thankful.

In the learning room...This morning I signed up for a sketchbook project where I will fill a sketchbook with my doodlings, along with many other people, and the sketchbooks will make a tour of the USA. How fun is that?

I am remembering...1st grade, 4th grade and 8th grade along with my grandchildren. It is amazing how much I remember from those classrooms. Probably the subject of my memories tells a lot about who I am today. 1st grade...finally I get to go to school! 4th grade...Mrs. Davidson got a few more grey hairs. 8th grade...first year with 2 teachers(both great ladies) and a solid appreciation for boys!!!!

I am Paris next spring with my daughter and my sister!!! Whoopee!!!! Whee!

I am currently reading...The Girl Who Played With Fire. After I finished the first book in the trilogy I was quite sure I wouldn’t continue on with the next 2 books but slowly the harsh/hard realities of book one faded in my mind and I just had to see what happens to Lisbeth.

I am hoping...and praying for all our dear friends who are suffering health challenges. God bless and keep you all in the palm of His hand.

On my mind...Rosh Hoshanah. These thought bites remind me of the soul work that Jewish people do as they prepare for their New Year, Yom Kippur. Have been thinking of what I wish to change in the new year and what wrongs I need to make right from the past 12 months. I may not be Jewish but I love starting fresh so these things have been weighing on my mind since September 8 when Rosh Hoshanah began.

Noticing that...every day still brings with it a fresh opportunity to learn to trust in God.

Pondering these words... “Most men pursue pleasure with such breathless haste that they hurry past it.” - Soren Kierkegaard

From the kitchen...cinnamon rolls for Friday night opening of the Sabbath.

Around the the smallness of my house and the generous size of my office. Priorities, you know!

One of my favorite things...must be poetry. Found this little one in my stash of art ideas this past week.

I could spend a happy morning seeing Roo,
I could spend a happy morning being Pooh.
For it doesn’t seem to matter,
If I don’t get any fatter
(And I don’t get any fatter),
What I do.
The House At Pooh Corner by A. A. Milne

And from my camera...

"I have lived to thank God that all my prayers have not been answered."
                                             -Jean Ingelow

Tonight I am thankful for all of you who stop by to take a look.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

My Georgia O'Keeffeisms

Tell me, what is your all time favorite flower?  Does it depend on texture, color, size?

Have a lovely Sunday...

Friday, September 10, 2010

Re-finding The Art of Pointillism

Pointillism:  A post-impressionist school of painting exemplified by Seurat and his followers in late 19th century France and characterized by the application of paint in small dots and brush strokes so as to create an effect of blending and luminosity.

Grandson Seth re-introduced me to the art of pointillism some years ago when he was studying styles of art in 5th grade.  I had read about it when I took an art history class and I do love it.  After I saw what Seth had done I had to try a little myself and since I had a little sketch book that I carry in my purse I tried my hand at a couple pictures... 

You know how much I enjoy is one of my renditions.

Husband Sherwin also tried his hand at this and he had great success with the style.

Then a couple weeks ago, while we were waiting for a ferry we saw the next two pictures at an artist's kiosk and just 'had to have them'.  I love the preciseness of them.

This artist is Lawrie Dignan who was born in Victoria, British Columbia and spent his 'working' years as a technical draftsman.  He uses technical pens, acrylic-based inks and layers of dots and lines.  Just a couple weeks before this sighting I had been at Opus, my favorite art supply store, in town and I saw some acrylic-based inks which came in beautiful colors...I wondered what I could use them I know!

It seems that every artist I see that does pointillism has their own style.  It is very rewarding to play with the various styles that have come down through time.  Rather exciting, really!

So, what is your favorite artistic style?  Who is your favorite artist?  

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

In The Morning...

My God, I thank Thee, Who hast made
The earth so bright,
So full of splendor and of joy,
Beauty and light!
So many glorious things are here
Noble and right!             
                       -A. Proctor

Thursday, September 2, 2010

The Frog

My grandchildren will all attest to the fact that their Grandma likes frogs, no, loves frogs and takes good care of frogs.  They have all seen me gather a little frog in my hand and then show them the delicate details of the frog's appearance. 

This past week I have had two short encounters with frogs here on the island.  This first photo is how we usually see them...little and green and mixed in among the plants.

The next two photos will show you one of our little green frogs trying desparately to fit into his unusual environment.  Now, I did not realize that these frogs would change colour if they had to.  I had never seen an almost black frog before.

Can you see him there?  Here, take a closer look!

You can even see his footprints on the dusty old mailbox at the front door! 

In honor of our 'littlest' pets I found this great poem.

The Frog

Be kind and tender to the Frog,
And do not call him names,
As "Slimy skin," or "Polly-wog,"
Or likewise "Ugly James,"
Or "Gap-a-grin," or "Toad-gone-wrong,"
Or "Bill Bandy-knees":
The Frog is justly sensitive
To epithets like these.

No animal will more repay
A treatment kind and fair;
At least so lonely people say
Who keep a frog (and, by the way,
They are extremely rare).

-Hilaire Belloc
Be thankful for the little things in life that bring you joy!