Getting to Know the Plants

I am an utmost beginner. I walk around the new property - overgrown with years of neglect - and seek out the plants. They're all in half stages of growth: much past their humble April beginnings and not nearly in their full on July-August glory yet. I walk around, plant to plant, wishing I could…

Tuesday’s Inspiration: Wendell Berry

When I come across a poem I love, I will write it in my journal. "A Timbered Choir" by Wendell Berry is a poem I never want to forget. I think it is my all-time favorite poem if I had to chose one. Forgive my little scribbles and messy handwriting but I felt it more…

Tuesday’s Inspiration: Mary Oliver

Picking Blueberries, Austerlitz, New York,1957 Once, in summer, in the blueberries, I fell asleep, and woke when a deer stumbled against me. I guess she was so busy with her own happiness she had grown careless and was just wandering along listening to the wind as she leaned down to lip up the sweetness. So,…

Tuesday’s Inspiration: Dulac

Edmund Dulac, Illustrator   The Snow Queen and Other Stories from Hans Christian Andersen. London: Hodder & Stoughton 1911. Isn't this illustration just marvelous! I'm so happy I saw it on This Ivy House this snowy and icy morning. It's been a rough weekend and I haven't felt well, but it's amazing what a bit…

Tuesday’s Inspiration: Marc

Franz Marc The Tower of Blue Horses 1913 Long admired by myself, this painting is by one of my favorite artists, Franz Marc. I've always loved the sweeping movement in his paintings, the curves in the horses necks, and the geometry he used to render organic figures. Though this is not the actual painting, I…

Tuesday’s Inspiration: Jan Mankes

View from the Studio in Eerbeek Jan Mankes 1917   This is how I felt on my walk today. It was a bit dreary. We are in the midst of the February doldrums. Despite the dreary vibe, this picture holds a certain beauty. I love the tones, and that background with the house sort of blurring…