Jan 16, 2015

my collections

sumi brushes - gallery juana
sumi brushes


When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs.
When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.
― Ansel Adams

I've had my Sumi brushes for over 10 years. I bought some when living in Sendai and others when living in Sapporo. They've travelled with me from Japan to Mexico to The States several times. These are the only expensive brushes I have and the only brushes that I take care of habitually.

On the other hand, my mixed media brushes are cheap, often abused and easily thrown away when damaged. I often return to my art table to find I've forgotten to wash off the glue or gesso.

So why are my sumi brushes different? Possibly because they are expensive, I am more apt to take care of them. Still, there is a certain quietude that comes when I use my sumi brushes for painting with sumi ink. I am more present in the moment. And when I have finished painting, cleaning up is not a task but the ending to a ritual.



I've collected rocks and shells since I was a first grader. My first trip to the ocean was in first grade, and I remember being on the beach content and collecting odds and bits. Everytime I move, I return my collection to the earth and start again in my new digs.

... for whatever we lose (like a you or a me)
it's always ourselves we find in the sea.
― E.E. Cummings, 100 Selected Poems





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Jan 9, 2015

Nature's Gifts



I've talked about how I look out a large window when I am at my art table. I watch the birds, squirrels and rabbits visit below this window. And some days the deer come by. Every now and then a buck will visit.



There are two bucks that come by. One is younger then the other. The younger one with short spikes is usually with a deer.



Last December 2014, the older buck came by and stayed a good while just beyond my window. It had snowed a few days earlier.



There is a small forest and brook just beyond my window. And I often see the deer traveling through there. So when they come out of it to graze, I stop, watch and appreciate the beauty of my world.

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Jan 3, 2015

fresh start

jan 2, 2015, good thoughts

This new day is too dear,
with its hopes and invitations,
to waste a moment on the yesterdays.
― Ralph Waldo Emerson, Collected Poems and Translations



jan 1, 2015 bike ride, 26 miles


so far, so good!

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Dec 23, 2014

2014 favorites

surly winter hotel
December 2014 hotel bicycle tour


What I loved about 2014 was that my husband and I had even more bicycle adventures than the year before. We even got a bicycle overnighter in for the winter by staying at a hotel. When I called the hotel to see if they had a place for us to park our bicycles outside, they advised us we could bring the bicycles in our room.

night ferry


We had a waterview suite with a fireplace and a bay window. It was so relaxing to watch the ferries and tug boats come and go. We'll definitely return to this hotel during the colder months when the campgrounds are closed.

orcas island bike touring
entering Moran State Park on Orcas island


Our hardest bike tour for 2014 was to Orcas island. We got up at 4 a.m., had breakfast, packed and were on the road by 6 just as the sun was rising. Many miles and hours later, we got off the ferry onto Orcas island. It was a hot and humid day with hill after hill to climb, so when we got to the entrance of the park, we truly felt like we had reached the finish line.

september 2014 full moon
full moon, september 2014


I really am grateful for having a good and long summer this year. I'll end these favorites with a photo of the summer full moon. Seeing the moon up close was magical. Cheers to Mother Nature and all her splendors!



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Nov 26, 2014

looking down

autumn 2014 squirrel
grey tree squirrel

This Japanese Stewartia tree is  just beyond my window.
I often look down to see what birds are at the bird feeder or what the tree squirrels are up to.
It's that time of year when the tree squirrels climb the tree and forage the nuts.

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Nov 12, 2014

reflection in the mirror

self nov 2014
november self, sooc


Sometimes I would get to thinking about my room, and in my imagination I would start at one corner and circle the room, mentally noting everything there was on the way. At first it didn't take long. But every time I started over, it took a little longer. I would remember every piece of furniture; and on every piece of furniture, every object; and of every object, all the details; and of the details themselves - a flake, a crack, or a chipped edge - the color and the texture. At the same time I would try not to lose the thread of my inventory, to make a complete list, so that after a few weeks I could spend hours just enumerating the things that were in my room. And the more I thought about it, the more I dug out of my memory things I had overlooked or forgotten. I realized then that a man who had lived only one day could easily live for a hundred years ...

from The Stranger by Albert Camus


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Nov 5, 2014

hot drinks, mainly coffee, actually only coffee

cappuccino
cappuccino in my favorite mug from Japan
Some reasons for having a hot cup of something:

Reason 1
Rewarding myself with a cappuccino after a good day of work. I bought a hand-held frothier for those times when I want that added pleasure of fluffy milky goodness topping my cup of coffee.

Reason 2
I work at home, and although I love the view from my art room, sometimes I need a change of environment. Going out to a coffee shop is a good break, and the walk to town gives me some fresh air and time to comb through my thoughts.

drip coffee
I'll take a cappuccino,  please.

november dessert and cafe
sunshine, cat haiku and coffee



Reason 3
A couple of years ago, I changed my morning routine from starting my work as soon as I got up to taking some time in the morning to study and collect my thoughts. I treasure these quiet mornings with coffee and time to reflect.

reflection Jan 17, 2014
coffee and quiet reflection


morning read and write
books and coffee



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Oct 15, 2014

orange

july 2014, orange sunset

I've been trying to exercise more and have been successfully doing that, but on Monday my body said it needed a break. So I took an hour walk around the outskirts of the town.

orange concrete wall


The day was beautiful with a warm, autumn breeze blowing. I walked by my favorite local farm stand where I like to buy my vegetables. They were closed but had some mini pumpkins available.

mini pumpkins

I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.
― L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

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