Saturday, April 23, 2011

Saturday April 23, 2011 NaPoWrMo Day #23

This is the drawing I just finished. It is 22"x28," graphite and gouache on paper. It is the first nest I have found that uses mud blobs as construction materials, I am calling it an adobe nest, so appropriate for a nest found in New Mexico, land of adobe.
I think this nest was built by a raven.

According to Ted Andrews, Animal Speak, The keynote words for Raven is magic, shapeshifting, and creation. "The raven is one of those birds that has a tremendous amount of lore and mythology surrounding it, and it is often contradictory. It is a bird of birth and death, and it is a bird of mysticism and magic."

New Mexico Nest
To remember
What was seen
In real life
Or dreams......

Blue sky
Finding it's way through
Bare branches

Windy dust devils
Hurling dirt
Like boys at play

And you
Your pleasure
Your serious face
Lets share a cup of tea

I've been at my work
Started on the tenth
The day I found you
Behind the post office

Finished on the twenty second
Much crying and noshing of teeth
And now you are fine
As you were meant to be

When in my work I hardly
Look up
A circus parade could go by
I would not see it

All of my senses
My brain are engaged
And today
Easter Sunday
I begin anew
High hopes
And expectations

Perhaps that is what it is
The roller coaster ride
Nothing in between

Unless you've tried it
You cannot know
The intimations
A lovely piece
Of pure white paper
How insignificant
Unworthy one can feel
Your courage must be gathered
Inspirations remembered
You pick up the pencil
You begin
And you touch
Gently with love

You turn yourself
Wrong side out
Like a rubber glove
You no longer
Protect anything
You give it all
Is it real life
Or a dream


Mary said...

I can see you really immerse yourself in your art. A circus parade could go by and you woud not see it definitely expresses that. Beautiful drawing and writing.

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Oh this is my kind of nest - asymmetrical and made of what's at hand, kind of frowsy. Beautiful drawing, Annell. I love that it was likely a raven's nest - we have lots of ravens on the west coast. Wonderful poem. "You give it all." Fantastic!

Elizabeth said...

Beautiful drawing and words to go with it, Annell. Because of the Life/Death symbolism of the Raven, it is often seen as Shamanic in nature, able to shift not just shape, but through dimensions. Love your detailed exploration of the creative process. Miracles, magic, and lots of hard concentrated work. Wouldn't have it any other way,


Blue Sky Dreaming said...

Exquisite drawing...a line of red. I see all earth and all heart....beautiful Annell.

Brian Miller said...

bam...excellent write...that last stanza esp...turned inside out glove...i like...and that is an incredible picture...i had to do a double take that is was art and not photo...for real...

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SandyCarlson said...

You have me thinking of what I do alongside what others do and what is important.

Ms. Becky said...

"You turn yourself
Wrong side out
Like a rubber glove
You no longer
Protect anything
You give it all
Is it real life
Or a dream"

what a feeling. and the drawing is extraordinary. happy week to you.