Maria Wanders Through a Wood

I have been writing in my to-do/reminder book that I wanted to do some sort of Seven Sorrows based art for like, two years. I wanted there to be more than pallid spanish statues depicting it. I was was intimidated at the idea of drawing figures in motion which is so hard unless you have models. So I decided to do it my way. I started in June and spent several months getting the concept, making my knots, measuring the paper and drawing. A week ago I mixed my colors based on a Crivelli inspired painting in a plastic egg carton. Several days ago I stopped most everything else and just painted. My husband agrees that the watercolor works! Speaking of him, it was his idea to incorporate the teardrop shape.

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Pardon My Rising Religiosity but…


This is the leaf displayer updated for winter. I took the clothes pins off and got the most part balanced fraudulent candles on the top of the beech tree branch and against the wall. One needed a little masking tape because of where it was on the stick. I used outdoorsy twine to hang it.

The part of me that has a heart

though shivering, must impart,

that a splinter sharply freezing,

has pierced one ventricle

Infecting it into an icycle

which thrills to see you solely subsisting.

A story so blissfully promising,

might still end with  no beginning.

So if you wish make me livid,

take your life and fecund, live it!


Pro Pretty



Tearing Ass

I was having an imaginary conversation with anyone who would listen the other day where I was describing the 20 head herd of deer “tearing ass” across our back woods. Then I said to said person “after all, the Latin word for earth is terra, -ae, therefore, terrassing is a very classy way of covering much ground.


Daily Fresh Fall Leaf Displayer

I’ve spent a lot of crafting and art time trying to immortalize fallen leaves. Maybe the answer isn’t to try to make them last but to gather more. It’s always tempting to gather some each morning anyways.

43546859-367D-4567-952C-A0F581F61C9F   Here is the whole tableaux. I hung a wreath from the same nail as the leaf displayer.


It’s perhaps not ready to be shared because the little clothes pins were popping off. I think it would be best if they had been between normal clothes pin and mini in size.

Chaotic Neutral

When  I was 15 and again at 18 I  had recently lost weight. On top of the smaller size, I realized that these witty remarks would appeare out of nowhere in my head like I was possessed by a particularly poetic devil. I’m not totally sure science wise but weight loss preceded by uncontrollable creativity is happening again. I have heard something about how overeating (not what, how much) kills cells which makes sense since this happened when the weight loss was caused by a decreased amount as opposed to lots of healthy food and exercise like when I was 21 or so. Also it could be having fewer meals and giving your belly a long rest at night since that is another contrast between the weight loss methods. The effect is probably most noticeable  in people who have been over eating for a long time.

Or maybe it’s just that not overeating is the hardest thing in the world for me and once that’s gone hardly anything else is as difficult as it used to be.

But why go on about myself? First, because that’s how I role and second because if someone else had noticed this I’d certainly want to hear about it.

Anyways, here’s another joke.



If you’re egotistical enough to think you can get along with me then you’re too prideful to put up with me.

And if you’re dumb enough to think I’m making fun of you when I’m actually poking fun at myself, then you’re too stupid to understand me.


Okay, I’m lost.


Frightening Feline Facile Fall Fun

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Self Phone Help

I’ve been wanting to get my cellphone use under control and go back to filling sketchbooks instead of Pinterest boards. It helps me to have simple little rules that apply almost without exceptions so here they are:

1) No screen time while eating.

2) No phone in the room where I’m sleeping.

3) A distance of 4 feet while listening.

4) No screen time or listening over actually meeting eyes and conversing.

There. I think these will be helpful for me.