Friday, May 22, 2020

Hope 38


Hope 38
Oil on Wood
6"X6"

The wildlife around us is a reminder that we are the newcomers. And that life goes on. The turkeys are strutting their stuff. The baby bluebirds are fledging the nest. The quail have a family of babies following them across the road. Deer are everywhere. Does and bucks come by regularly in separate groups. Turkeys have been strutting their stuff for weeks and rabbits appear out of nowhere. Mountain lions, a fox, coyote, and bobcat have all sauntered past our field cam placed in the meadow by Audobon Canyon Ranch's Living with Lions Project. The animals are not in quarantine. They are alive and well and thriving despite all the world's ills. And seeing them carrying on gives me hope.

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Hope 37


Hope 37
Oil on Wood
6"X6"

My watched stopped on Monday afternoon.

I pulled out the drawer that holds the few things belonging to my parents that I kept without knowing why. Their last driver's licenses, passports, and a few watches.  I reached in, picked up a watch, wound it up, and it started ticking.  After over 20 years, it keeps perfect time.  It seems so appropriate for old technology to come to the rescue during this time of upheaval.

In the morning I buckle the strap and wind the watch and think of all the mornings they did the same. It is a welcome moment, a link to them, to the past, to time gone by. 

Monday, May 18, 2020

Hope 36


Hope 36
Oil on Wood
6"X6"

Dramatic sky, wind, clouds, and intermittent rain didn't stop us from walking over the hill yesterday to the big oak under which our parents' ashes are scattered. It, too, survived the firestorm, and is a cherished link to our childhood on this land.
My daughter who is far away was thinking of oaks that very day. She tells me that oak trees are said to be passageways between the physical and spirit world.  And I think, anything is possible.

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Hope 35


Hope 35
Oil on Wood
6"X6"

A young Great Pyrenees Mountain Dog lives with a family of goats and a donkey in a pasture down the road. She is always glad to see passersby. She gets up and comes bounding over as if you are the best thing to happen all day, spreading love like syrup, a much needed dose of simple acceptance and joy. It feels good to be in the presence of a Dog.

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Hope 34


Hope 34
Oil on Wood
6"X6"

It has been raining off and on all day and the mood is similarly dreary.
I don't see how we ever move forward from this time standing still.
But.
Humans are adaptable. Surprisingly so. And also, humans are resourceful. There are good people  across the globe doing good things in their communities. And there are problem solving scientists in all corners of the world collaborating on research and solutions. Discoveries will be made. And we will celebrate again.

Monday, May 11, 2020


Hope 33
Oil on Wood
6"X6"

I am seeing the same landscape every day. The same walk, along the same road, the same trees, the same deer family, the same birds, perching on the same branches.
But, it is different every day.
Today it rained and everything changed.
The light, the colors, the grasses, and even the birds. 
Being attuned to Nature is not all bad.
Goodby busyness. 
Hello enhanced reality.

Friday, May 8, 2020

Hope 32


Hope 32
Oil on Wood
6"X6"

This is for all mothers everywhere.
My mother. Your mother. All the mothers I know and love. My children who are and are becoming mothers.
Because.
Mothers = HOPE.