Tuesday, June 29, 2010

A little nature for my nurture

This past weekend, Jason and I went on our first camping trip in Oregon and boy did we need it!

We went with our friends who are native Oregonians (which is awesome because they know all the secret spots)! We also had a native New Yorker with us who had NEVER been camping before, so we had to show her the best that Oregon has to offer. I think we were successful!

We went to Fall Creek which is southeast of Eugene, about 125 miles from Portland.

It was EPIC! Perfect spot, perfect friends, perfect weather -- can't ask for much more.

We slept under ancient trees next to a babbling stream. The temperature peaked at 80 degrees and dropped to the 50s at night. We were SO secluded we didn't see any other people all weekend. No.People.For.Miles.

We took so many amazing pictures that a slide show made more sense than posting all the pics separately.


You can check out the whole album here and here (with captions).

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Raining Oil

Only after the last tree has been cut down,

Only after the last river has been poisoned,

Only after the last fish has been caught,

Only then will you find that money cannot be eaten.

~Cree Indian Prophecy

This saddens me beyond words. I have so many beautiful memories of the Gulf Coast.

I dug up some old pictures from a winter daytrip down to Panama City Beach, FL from Auburn in November of 1999.

This is how I will always remember the Gulf Coast.

Blue skies and white sand.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Sad Eyed Lady Of The Lowlands

Titled after a Bob Dylan song, Sad Eyed Lady Of The Lowlands is my most recent painting.

I haven't really painted much since we have lived in Oregon, not sure why, but I felt it was time to use that last canvas that has been sitting around for about a year.

I started the painting while waiting for news on the health of a dear family member as a way to distract myself, as well as express the waves of emotions that were washing over me.

This was how it started out.

The news I was waiting for was not good.

The painting remained this way for several weeks.

This past weekend, I decided to finish it up.

There is a lot of blue in me that needs to get out.

The painting took on a life of its own (like they all usually do).

I was just following along and trying to adjust accordingly.

Kinda like life, eh?

My initial idea was to create a moon-like object being swallowed by a wave crashing on the cliffs and sand.

But this just wasn't quite right so I kept painting.

As I merged the moon into the waves, I realized that the wave looked more like a shroud or veil with an eye peaking through so I followed that idea.

Once I put on the finishing touches and walked away, I noticed that the eye looked so very sad and the tide pools looked like trembling, puffy, pouty lips.

Like a sad eyed lady from the lowlands.

Like me.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Will summer ever get here?

Well, the weather has not been as nice as predicted last week.
Saturday was the only all sunny, no precip day so far.

Wondering if there will be summer for us at all this year :-(

Thursday, June 10, 2010

The sun will come out tomorrow

If this is true, it will be the most consecutive days of sun so far this YEAR! And a high of 82 on Saturday...I better get out the baby pool!

All joking aside, the garden could really use a few days to dry out...so let's keep our fingers crossed and keep singing...

The sun'll come out tomorrow...

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Mozart Duet on Spanish Guitar

Talk about teamwork!!! This is absolutely amazing.

Thanks Bro for the hookup!

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Home Sweet Home

We tend to forget the healing powers of "home."

It feels great to be back.

And not a moment too soon...the garden was starting to act out!

Just look at the blooms on the lettuce!!!

Thank you to everyone who helped get us home.

On every level.