Category: Drawings and Paintings


The Nest

May the nest always be sacred and protected 

10×20″ acrylic on canvas

Birth

 

 

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24×36″ acrylic on canvas

Sometimes it takes a tribe to birth a child.

And so She was born, a jade egg, still in her amniotic sack after 60 hours of labor

The death of Girl and the Birth of Mother, The Creator

 

Turtle Island

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24″ x 24″ acrylic on canvas

Turtle Island

Mother Turtle watches and sees all.

Will we take care of her?

As she offers her back as fertile land

For our creations

She is the Mother of all.

May we honor her in our creations.

Remember.

 

Big dipper hangs low in the northern sky

It’s cup scooping down, offering to carry me away to the land of the stars

“But I am in the land of the stars,” I say

“Yes, here on Earth.

On this beautiful Mother Earth

Where each night I get to look up and see you twinkle

Reminding me of ancestors come and gone

And each month I get to marvel at the waxing and waning of Grandmother Moon

And each year I get to wonder at the rainbow in the leaves, the crystals that fall from the sky, the new buds that swell in the morning dew, and the thunder that promises relief on a hot summer night

This is the land of the stars.”

“Yes, but what about the madness?” you say

“The gunshots heard around the world, the games played with people’s lives, the words thrown as if it doesn’t matter

What about the madness?

Come and I’ll take you away from it all”

“Away from it all where I can watch from on high, as you do each night?

Away from it all where I can watch my fellow Earthlings destroy the beauty I love so much?

Away from it all where safe from the pain I sacrifice too the joys of love, connection, community? The satisfaction of kicking my feet up and feeling the warmth of fire on my damp dreary toes after a hard days work?

I will take the pain. Because I too have hurt and caused pain, and I cannot bow out and leave my brothers and sisters.

I will stay and dance and sing and pray with them under your great sparkle.

I will stay and struggle to grow and feel and open to all that can be felt

I do not wish to hide.

Let me feel the ecstatic, the torturous, the sublime

Let me feel it all.”

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Joy

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Acrylic and Sand on Canvas

Another painting inspires by the caves in the north of Israel.

Inspired by the caves on the Mediterranean coast of Israel near Lebanon.

Inspired by the caves on the Mediterranean coast of Israel near Lebanon.

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“Brother Peter” Acrylic on Canvas

This painting was inspired by a picture of my wonderful partner, Peter Benjamin. He is a kind, thoughtful, always supportive, and steady soul in my life. We have been together for almost four years now and I am just as happy with him as I was on day one. With love, I dedicate this painting to him.

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Picture taken by a dear friend, Maeve Whitty

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aatinyhouse

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