Monday, May 23, 2011

total craziness and mindful

18x9 pastel and watercolor on Uart
An early morning at lake and I was practicing watch, wait and paint. Practicing is the key word. I am still not satisfied..this may be sacrificed before the day's end.
This weekend was nutz and I think it will be crazy for a while and I will survive. (Although you may see more erratic posting...sorry.)
I did manage to paint, but was unsatisfied with those as well.

So I leave you with a piece of a poem by Mary Oliver.

Every day
  I see or hear
     something
        that more or less

kills me
with delight,
    that leaves me
       like a needle

in the haystack
   of light.
It is what I was born for-
      to, look, to listen


This excerpt was taken from the poem called Mindful, from Mary Oliver's book Why I Wake Early. Check it out and enjoy! For months it has been by my bedside, savoring it day by day.


10 comments:

Janelle Goodwin said...

Oh, I need to find a copy of Why I wake Early. This poem speaks to the heart just as your painting does.

Donna T said...

Thanks for the poem, Loriann; I needed that. I like this painting but if it doesn't work for you I know that an even better one will take its place. Ride out the craziness and we'll be happy to see you post when you can!

SamArtDog said...

Take it easy. Nutz is good. Practice is better that satisfaction.

Anonymous said...

Hi Loriann,
This 18/9 pastel & watercolor on Uart-once again your ability to "capture"a time of day is present.I like the blues of the new day & the interplay of colors in the foreground. Please do not apologize if your blog postings may become more erratic. Your art and thoughts are a wonderful gift that you share with us.I think that with all that has to be done during the day it is a remarkable achievement that you have been blogging every day. This is a testimony to the dedication that you bring to your art.

NJ ART 73

BTW- I will check out the book by Mary Oliver. Perhaps she could allow you to use part or all of this
poem at your next one person show. The last stanza describes your painting perfectly.

loriann said...

Hi Janelle,
It is a small yet powerful book. Mindful is my favorite poem. Enjoy!

Hi Donna,
Glad you liked the poem excerpt. I am trying to breathe deep and not do so much...we will see. Health first.

Hi Sam,
Practice is all I have!

loriann said...

Hi Nj, Thanks for your words of understanding! I really appreciate it.I am delighted that you find my posts interesting.
PS Good idea!

Jala Pfaff said...

I think it's a wonderful painting.
Hang in there with whatever craziness is happening.

Caroline said...

A beautiful poem Loriann and one I will look into buying. I love poetry it is a fine companion to a painting life. I really like your painting it is subtle and simple in composition yet it really is lovely the colour are especially nice too. Loriann, relax! It is ok to have a break from painting, maybe sketch for a while. Often we bring new insight into our work after a break away. take care.

Ian Bertram said...

I really love your work here Loriann. I have tried pastel from time to time, but find it hard not to end up with muddy colours. You manage to keep the freshness of the medium brilliantly.

I often use poetry as the stimulus for printmaking. The final work may not be fully relevant, but as a way in I find it really helpful.

loriann said...

Thanks Jala! Life really can get in the way!..oh wait a minute, life is what it is all about! I will keep hangin'

Hi Caroline,
I think you will enjoy the book. I want a break from everything else, not painting .......that is my sustenance. It is blogging, business, gallery stuff that must wait. Paul and the kitties will still get some attention too.

Hi Ian, Thanks for stopping by! Poetry is a great stimulus for any art...I love haikus as well! It's the diving board, not the water, right?
Thanks for commenting!