It seems like just yesterday I was pulling out spent tomato plants & putting the garden tools away for the winter. But here we are again- Spring and my inner gardener is awakened again.
They arrive like expected guests
In the days after the New Year
A steady parade of seed catalogs
All shapes and sizes
From varying corners of the country
Filled with beckoning colored photographs
Of fruit, vegetable, & bloom waiting to fill the garden
Ready to awaken the winter-weary to a fresh frame of mind
The possibilities of the planting season.
Continue reading “Awakening My Inner Gardener”
Earlier in the week on a local walk, I paused by Bide a Wee Farm to admire the adorable newborn lambs and their friendly caretaker llama with a class 3 underbite. Smiles for everyone in an Oregon spring!
I’m fascinated by creation myths. This is my artistic interpretation (with a little creative license) of the first sunrise..or maybe sunset?? Colored pencil, graphite, and embossing.
(Plenty of gorgeous photos posted and I have my share- but I enjoy a different spin now and again.)
I captured this in a park in Paris 2013. I can so relate!
I you are into gardening you know that to stimulate growth, a shrub needs to be pruned. A plant subjected to stress is stimulated to flower.
Originally my intent for this blog was solely to promote my artwork. The events of this last year changed all that. After the 2016 election, I was devastated. My mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in February. My father passed away in May. Disasters, man-made and natural, plagued my psyche. I became blocked as a visual artist. Then, I put promotion aside and began to write poetry and began my blog .
When I signed up for WordPress I wasn’t expecting more than just a platform to just plunk things online. I found community, I found like-minded people all over the world. I found hope, motivation, & inspiration. I’ve grown as a writer and as a blogger. Two of my poems have been selected for publication. There are followers on my blog and I follow the blogging journeys of others. Finally, It’s taken me a year but I have finally shed my fear and have started to create with heart again.
In the darkness I have grown. Through hard times, I have begun to flower.
For several summers I have returned to Ghost Ranch Retreat Center to take art welding under the tutelage of Tom Nichols and Connie Burkhardt. It’s a glorious week of fire, camaraderie & creativity. I’m always amazed at what the glow of the oxyacetylene torch can create.
You can see examples of my welded art from Ghost Ranch here: https://byalannapass.com/portfolio/junk-collage/
I caught these images on concrete during the recent total eclipse in Oregon. As the moon covered the sun, the image in the sky was projected on the ground in the shadows of leaves. It was spellbinding.