Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Repainting an Old Weaving Bench


Working with "throw away" items has become a passion of mine this summer.  I'm building benches from old wood chairs and Restore lumber, painting "flowers" on the bottoms of clear plastic bottles and stacking Goodwill glasses and plates to make some "vertical interest" in the garden.  This picture is the top of an old weaving bench.  I'm fascinated with aboriginal dot art and have combined a very simple form of it with dragonfly images.  We call our main house "Dragonfly House" and so it seems fitting.  I also hope the spirit of the dragonfly will drive away some of our mosquito hordes! HA!

Spring Birds of Northern Michigan


The arrival of the "spring birds" is almost as welcome as the flowers on our land.  I love this picture Mike (my husband) snagged.  We've seen the square holes of the Pileated Woodpecker all over the 50 acres, but this was the first sighting of the bird. 


I enjoy taking pictures of birds--especially when you catch them in a-typical poses.  Here, a Mourning Dove does her morning yoga.

The Baltimore Oriels have enjoyed half-slices of orange, as well as the Hummingbird feeders (yes, we've had hummers, too).  Even on the cloudy day, they add a dash of sunshine to life.

The Red-Headed Woodpecker awed us with his bold color.  He's been a lovely addition to the "nature TV" display at the feeder this Spring.


This is the most exciting bird of the spring--we had THREE of these lovely Indigo Bunting males at the feeder for a few days.  They may have moved on--haven't seen them in a few days, but wow!  what a treat when they were here.


Monday, May 15, 2017

Ironwood Cactus: a Poem

I have found a peace, working with my hands.
This brush-stroke, that bit of glue,
pushing back dirt for a plant or seed,
gathering eggs, patting a goat on her head.
I wish you could see inside my mind,
the not-enoughness, the not-lovable enough,
not-wealthy or healthy enough.
that has driven and broken me.
I’m gluing and painting myself back together.
And if sometime, I need you more than seems
Normal, 
well,
even ironwood cactus statues need
twine and goop and a gentle hand when
one arm or the other falls completely off,
giving into gravity after years and years

of shaking its fists at the sun.

KN

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Cedar and Restore Art

I enjoy working with natural objects, creating art from them.  But I also like functional art--bird
feeders, benches, a trellis for the garden.  Here are some items I am working on!

 This is a walking stick I am making for myself, using    aboriginal dot art.  Each old bough scar becomes the center for an explosion of color, reminding me that "Every new beginning is the death of some old beginning."

 I have a fetish for clay pots, neat old wine glasses and mugs--so I decided to "indulge" the fascination at the local thrift stores and make my finds into vertical interest feeders and planters.  

 Here is the dot art again--this is a huge 20 lb stone for my front garden. I sealed it with a spray acrylic, high gloss.  It's beautiful in the sunshine.



 The colors didn't show, but you get the "picture".  I traced the wood borer lines in color of red and black and made this lovely hanging for the deck.  

 These bottles were all found in the dirt on the property.  I love the rust.  It makes a very gentle sound in the wind--not so "metallic" as most wind-chimes.

 This is a project I am really excited to begin--a $4 chair, a $5 chair and a $2 chair, used boards from the Restore in Alpena. It will all be painted one color, planters on each end and then painted cedar sticks rising behind, all rendered in blues and greens.  I'll post the finished picture.  :-)

So what is lying around your life that could become something new, giving "junk" a new beginning?