Wednesday, October 21, 2015

today a few images and a favorite poem 

We all learn as much as we wish to 
and no more. We learn in different ways, 
sometimes by not learning…. 
My way is by trial and error, 
by groping, stumbling, questioning.
Henry Miller

journal spread, collage, acrylic and ink

graphite sketch in altered book

graphite sketch in altered book

Wild Geese

You do not have to be good. 

You do not have to walk on your knees

or a hundred miles through the desert, repenting. 

You only have to let the soft animal of your body 
love what it loves. 
Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine. 
Meanwhile the world goes on. 
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain 
are moving across the landscapes, 
over the prairies and the deep trees, 
the mountains and the rivers. 
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air, 
 are heading home again. 
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely, 
the world offers itself to your imagination, 
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting— 
 over and over announcing your place 
 in the family of things.

Mary Oliver 

in memory of shirley


  1. Your journal page is wonderful!! I live her face and that she is almost hidden behind all this wonderful colours! I hope i found the right words - English isn't my mothertongue...
    Ciao Beate

  2. Beautiful work, Irene. The journal spread is gorgeous. I love the freedom of the ink work over the rich colors. Altered books are so much fun. Its so interesting the way the text plays into the feeling of the portraits. Especially one titled - be still and know. That's pretty perfect for a portrait sketch. Nice work!

  3. I am always so impressed with your art. There is a serene feeling to all of it. A softness of love.

  4. Love the collaged piece with all the red. Yeah for journaling!