Thursday, October 30, 2014
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
But the lumpy black walnut at bottom right is the most interesting to me right now. I found this one in the woods today in a perfect state of transition: the outer hull, which contains astringent and bitter-tasting tannin, has almost completely rotted away (also thanks to the tannin) now that the squirrels and other nut gatherers have gone into hibernation. The hard inner shell is now safe for the winter, until the longer days and warmer temperature and moisture of spring trigger the growth of the tiny seed inside. When the seed begins to grow, the enormous force generated will crack the walnut shell open along dehiscent lines, and the seedling will grow into one of the ten thousand black walnut trees that we spend all summer trying to eradicate from our gardens and yards.
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Someone asked how I could draw and still be part of the conversation. No problem as long as I'm not thinking about the drawing as it arranges itself on the paper. If I were to start judging it (not a good start, bad proportions, etc) everything would freeze up, and then I would NOT be able to pay attention to the conversation. But that rarely happens these days, 3400 drawings along the path to 10,000. One of the good things about this practice is that it makes drawing flow without much (if any) mental interference. I'm always pleasantly surprised at how things come out.
Monday, October 27, 2014
I have some other, larger milagros (also called ex votos, dijeos, or promesas) made of tin. I have several hearts and one large flat baby Jesus. I bought these tin ones in Italy; the smaller ones in the collection drawn here came from San Antonio. Once a friend who lived there sent me an arm milagro when I was having a nasty bout of poison ivy with its epicenter on my arms.
Then this morning we were up at 7:00 in order to go out to the hill behind our house and watch the sunrise. On the right you can see J huddling down on the slope taking pictures as the sun came up behind the mountains.
J's blog for his post about the sunrise.
Friday, October 24, 2014
So after the day in the bardo, it felt great to unwind by making a big pot of chicken soup/gumbo and some cornbread. I used some of the gumbo file that I made from sassafras leaves from one of the little sassafras trees in our back yard woods.