“Do you know," Peter asked, "why swallows build in the eaves of houses? It is to listen to the stories.” ~ J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan

10.21.2008

Saved Rain

Saved rain.

Instead of rain, rain, go away. An image saved from last week's stormy morning. A morning I crept through wet unmown grass & leaves to see what I could see. A morning inspired by the thought of red leaves. Cat tiptoeing behind me. A year ago, I would have stayed put. The surprises & gifts left behind by a rainstorm would have remained unseen, ignored, unappreciated. How angry that must have made those other storms. How annoyed they must have been to leave all these wonders behind, only to have me rush to the car, complaining to the wet monkey grass as it brushed my legs. But this year is different - this year I sneak into neighbor's backyards, silently opening their gates, slipping by open windows, camera in hand. This year I have learned to look, to see, to wait. To breathe with the rhythm of the day. To find a particular still moment - to let it speak to me. A year ago, no time to paint would've meant no time for art, time only for wishing I had more time. But this year is different - a camera is saving my life; I am learning to speak my visions digitally. I feel less lost. The loss of natural daylight & early darkness is no longer a frustration, the lack of space no longer a problem. My inner artist is staying fed - she is happy.

She is dancing among the wet leaves.
leaves whisper the sound of our past

13 comments:

  1. sigh... poetry...you are a poetess of the highest order madame.
    "She is dancing among the wet leaves.
    leaves whisper the sound of our past"


    oh and i am so excited...no wait ecstatic that you have found your digital footing. adding it to you options for making art is like a god-send. i know because it is all i have and it is saving my soul. i'm not being overdramatic either!

    and i love the image of you opening a gate on silent feet. 'click, snap. whoosh, whoosh go your feet through the tall wet grass. camera in hand past open windows. you are really something! what i wouldn't give to be able to perch on your shoulder as a daemon and watch your every move :) like in the book the Golden Compass...

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  2. That day will come, I believe.

    PS - The secret line is from some poem I read somewhere. I can't claim it as mine. But I really loved it. It fit so well.

    :) Debi

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  3. I am so happy for you! You deserve to find your niche and so much more! I am still learning and looking. Photos for you next week from the heartland.

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  4. Acceptance of what is and bathing in it...

    BEAUTIFUL!

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  5. Our heart always leads the way....

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  6. Oh, how wonderful!! We too, are glad that your inner artist is happy...fed...and shedding her light upon us. :)

    xo

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  7. Christy - Thank you! I can't wait to see the pix!

    Mermaid - Oh so much easier said than done. But I am trying. And learning.

    Carol - Yes, if we only let it. :)

    Celeste - Thank you so much! That makes me feel all warm & happy inside!

    :) Debi

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  8. What a beautiful post :)
    I relate to you so much. My camera has given me new eyes while my other art is put on hold.

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  9. So wonderful Debi. So beautiful. So dreamlike and inviting.

    What a journey you have taken me on this morning. I was a little stressed at first because I felt so disconnected and had so much to catch up on, and as I took my time to read every post here since my last visit, I was able to go to such a quiet space and soak up every word and allow my soul to immerse itself in such beautiful imagery.
    I take a deep breath as I sit here quietly and feel your magical presence around me like a warm blanket.

    So glad you are here. xoxoxo

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  10. Jaime - You make me feel so important! I cannot tell you how much that means. And how humble I feel.

    Bless you.
    :) Debi

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  11. Valaine - I'm sorry! I meant to respond to your wonderful comment, but Lily meowed & distracted me & I forgot what I was doing!

    It's a wonderful thing to be able to continue making art when I feel I have no time or space. I wonder how many of us there are out there who feel the same way?

    :) Debi

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  12. Ah yes, I think this is the only kind of shooting that should be done: with a camera! How wonderful that you have discoverd new ways in which to see the world! Lucky us that you do!

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