Sonnet Challenge #30

I wrote this one a few weeks ago while watching the Orionids meteor shower.  Next shower is December 13th.

Shooting stars

It’s in our hears to wish upon a star
that falls to earth, as if heaven had thrown
a penny in the fountain from afar,
thinking to make a wish all of its own.
Astronomers predict the meteors,
a stone’s throw from a passing comet’s tail.
Perhaps they wish upon them too, like us.
I wonder if they’re sad when wishes fail
to fall into their hands, and wonder why
the luck burned up with space’s Molotov
evaporating in the heat of sky,
leaving a streak for what we’re dreaming of.
Fall slow, fall fast, each shooting star a wish,
a hope, a joy, a heaven’s little kiss.

I would like to recommend….

For those of you who are into science – at least reading about it – can I recommend this blog – sciencesprings. Richard posts a lot of interesting science stuff from earth and around the universe.

From Science Alert: “This Volcano Erupted For 5 Years Straight, And The Photos Are Mesmerising” — sciencesprings

Science Alert 5 APR 2018 SIGNE DEAN You’re looking at a very rare type of lava fountain. (USGS) On 24 May 1969, a deep rumbling started within Kīlauea, the largest of the volcanoes comprising the island of Hawai’i. Looking up the slope of Kilauea, a shield volcano on the island of Hawaii. In the foreground, […]

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Newer work #74

Thought I was going to sell this one over the weekend at Flagstaff, but it didn’t happen.  Anyway, happy 4th of July everyone, even if you’re not somewhere that’s celebrating Independence Day.  When I started creating this painting it wasn’t especially intended to be a 4th-of-July painting, but after I got the stars down, it spoke to me that this is what it wanted to be.  And like the fact that the shape resembles the triangularly folded flag.  The poem on it is:

The fourth of July
stars bursting against the night
and raining color.

Mixed Media Painting

#1270 “4th”. Mixed Media Painting on solid pine panel, 15×15″. $150.

A poem born on the back porch.

September 7th

I loved those dark September nights
sitting on the swing
remembering your first delicious kiss
like it would ever happen.

We looked up at the diamonds
spilled on night’s blue-black velvet
so we could choose which ones
would go in our wedding bands.

I loved the last smudge of milky way,
a thumbprint on heaven
before the rabbit brush bloomed.

I loved those damp September mornings
hanging onto pre-dawn
with a cloud full of anticipation,
a present as gray as an area of future.

We looked into each other’s eyes,
mutual sapphires of the soul
and listened to the silence
as if it were the only space between our heartbeats.

You took my hand and promised to speak to the council
within the month about our future together.
Like it would ever happen.


Is that a start eyewall??

Is that a start eyewall??

This time last week I was at my mother’s house in Wales.  It rained.  I was there for seven days and it rained (at least a sprinkle) for five of them.  On the Tuesday night, it poured, and I was sleeping in an upstairs room that is partly under a flat roof and I could hear the rain delightfully.

I was happy to see lightning across the sea when I looked out the window this morning at about 4:30.  I spent some time attempting to photograph it – my digital is not up to the task so we will see when I get the film back whether I had succeeded.  Accuweather and NOAA had been promising the possibility of rain and this morning there was a brief shower.  I regret finishing the task I was on before going out to dance in it, because it only rained for about three minutes, and I was too late.

This evening, there is a continued promise of rain – but as we are so far from any hills, it’s really just vague maybe.  I did step outside once I saw the sky colors – now this is an interesting formation.  Looks like the beginnings of an eyewall…. we don’t get those around here.  I hope.  But it will likely be the precursor to a painting.  At least if the rain stays away we will have a meteor shower instead tonight.

Windy day.

The end of a windy day

“The end of a windy day” – watercolor collage on foamcore mount. 8×10″ matted to 11×14″. $90.

The last couple days have been really windy.  When I returned home on Monday evening, the wind was blowing out of the north, which is kinda unusual, but soon switched back to the west.  We had a respite last night until early this afternoon – then we’re off again.  The Salton Sea turns black and has whitecaps.  If I open a window, everything is soon covered with a thin film of sand.

I have been working on the component watercolor paintings for a large refractured watercolor – 30×40″ – I have nine iterations so far and I think this will probably be enough.  The photograph I’m working from is of a very unusually colored sunset – a dust storm – umber and ochre.

But while the last three watercolor were drying I thought I would put together a collage from the leftovers.  It was one of those that came together really easily – and the name, and the subject was inspired by the turbulence going on outside the studio window.  I had thought earlier it would be nice to sit on the swing at sunset this evening and watch dusk fall over the sea and wait until the stars pop out.  If I sat on the swing now, I would soon be well swung!  It’s certainly too windy for a kite out there – but in here – we can dream.

The end of a windy day - on the worktop

The end of a windy day – on the worktop

At least it’s not hot – the wind, though, does remind me of something a friend said before I moved here.  He was an avid sand dune buggy rider and when I asked him what the place was like, his email reply was ‘It is very hot and windy.  Also, windy and hot.  Did I mention the heat and the wind?”

Flying the flag.

US Flag on lattice breezeway wall

Entryway to American Dreams Real Estate office.

A couple months ago I was asked to look at a lattice breezeway wall and quote for painting a US flag on it.  If you don’t also get my newsletters, it ended up being a work in progress at the end of last month, as there were a number of miscalculations and reworks.  Anyway, yesterday I finished it!  The lattice-ness of the metal leaves the flag looking like it’s waving in the wind – and leaves spaces were stars should sometimes be, which made the placement of them… interesting.  I learned a lot on this project

  1. There are precise relative measurements for the dimensions of the US flag (I was happy to find that was true).
  2. Spray paint gives great coverage and an awesome, smooth finish.
  3. Lattices are really tough to block off areas because they’re so wiggly.
  4. You can’t work with spray paint if it’s the least little bit breezy.
  5. Pigments differ markedly between manufacturers (worse than I already knew).
  6. You need a very steady hand to draw stars freehand and get the edges straight.
  7. I do not have steady hands.
  8. I will learn how well these paints stand up to the desert heat and sun.
  9. I like working on metal – this is the third on-metal project I have done.

One thing that this perhaps will lead into is the possibility of my doing paintings on metal – specifically to be outdoor art.  I’ve been asked about that a couple of times recently, and have also had a colleague recommend a suitable source of metal panels on which to paint.  I think I will recommend a coat of the UV Resistant spray that I use on refractured watercolors that are on panel – perhaps that will help preserve the colors longer, without being too expensive.  There is a product I have used on the first signal box mural, that is anti-UV and graffiti resistant, but do not want to commit the building owner to the fact they may never be able to paint over it.