“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


A Flock of Seagulls, A Silver Bracelet

Headlights through the rain.

The rain maybe gone for now. Hopefully gone for now; outside, though, is still gray & green, but a paler shade of gray, with hints of sunlight behind the clouds. No actual sunlight, just a lightening of the day. A flock of seagulls flew past earlier, apparently blown off course by the storms, heading who knows where - to one of the nearby lakes, I assume. They were headed north, and the ocean is way south of us, so perhaps a rest at a bit of fresh water, then a turn around back to salt water. There were hundreds of them, which I admit made me smile - not a normal sight for us.

This pale gray outside echoes the palette I am immersed in, working on these paintings, these partial collages, these collaborations of photography, canvas, paint & paper. When there is sunshine outside, I feel calmed by these tones, these pearls & silvers & cool taupes, but I admit that to be surrounded by this grayness both inside & out is a tad depressing, making me almost grab a tube of bright aqua or even red & just start slathering the color on. Knowing that I will regret it if I give in to that urge stills my hand. Knowing that I have a time frame within which I must finish these pieces keeps me on track, keeps me from surrendering to the me-that-used-to-gesso-over-everything. No time for that now; it is a good lesson.

Visitors stopped by a few moments ago,
and I found myself watching their colors.
The silver of a bracelet
against a dark mahogany wrist particularly attracted me:
a beautiful pairing of colors.
When they left,
a flower with those colors
magically & mysteriously
appeared on one of my canvases.
funny how that works


  1. But this is so YOU Debi....always observing and finding hidden inspirations everywhere, seemingly out of nowhere. This is what makes your art so rich and so so beautiful.
    I wonder what that flower looks like? ;)


  2. Hey, I stumbled across your blog and loved it. Your poems are very beautiful. All the poems I read left me feeling happy. Keep writing!

  3. magical. enchanting. silvery magic.

    for a moment i stepped out of time.

  4. nice shoot..., emm very nice!!

  5. oh yes the gray rain....my mind is happy it does not last long...love the image here!

  6. It's a miracle, isn't it, how surroundings can inspire our moods, emotions and thus, our creativity...and our actions.


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