Saturday, January 25, 2014

January 25, 2014 The Sunday Whirl/ Studio Visit: Shiela Miles

The Sunday Whirl:  Prompt:  country, facilitate, aspect, sent, strands, state,
sustain, write, time, plans, embrace, juggling

A Country of My Own
A place where I belong
A state of serenity
With time to write
A picture to paint

Making plans
Embrace what is
Put the vacuum away
And a thousand
Other things
Each day

In my pocket
Folded small
An envelope
Of blue
A handmade

Out of season
Your heart
Beating still
The beating
Of my own

My life a circus act
Under the big top
Strands of golden hair
Flying through the air

A juggler I am
Juggling what is
What could be
What never will

Note:  My poem found its' end, and I found I had not used all the words....they didn't seem to belong in my poem.


STUDIO VISIT:  SHEILA MILES  Santa Fe, Multi-media Artist and teacher at the Desert Academy. was a warm January morning.  She turned the key and opened the door on a warm and light workspace, her studio.

Paintings are everywhere; different ideas, direct expressions, which are never labored over, but retain the freshness of the first touch of the brush as it meets the canvas.

Sheila says she loves to paint, has to paint.  Begins her work without a plan, simply paints, ideas come and often she paints over them.  One piece may have many paintings, painted over.  She never really knows where a painting might be going. 

  Destinations are determined by where she stops, wipes her brush and turns off the studio lights.


Mary said...

There really IS so much to juggle in life. I suppose we each perform in our own circus act at one time or another, whether we consciously intend to or not. And sometimes our acts, as your poem, find their just the right time!

Brian Miller said...

again, i love the look in on the studio and at the art....
how much of a treat it would be to have time to write and just be...ha...
love the thought of a valentine out of season as would make it all the more special to me...

Laurie Kolp said...

Your heart
Beating still
The beating
Of my own

I love those words. Your studio is lovely, Annell. I sure would love to visit.

Dr. Pearl Ketover Prilik (PKP) said...

Especially like "my life as a circus act" :)

Robyn Greenhouse said...

I'm with you- put the vacuum away! You've given me an idea to purchase extra valentine's and send them randomly through the year.

Jae Rose said...

I love that little blue envelope..I think it will be treasured..a studio..a place in your head where you can retreat from the world is very special..I think too much planning does sometimes ruin the outcome! (Either that or I am very lazy) :)

scotthastiepoet said...

Hi Annell, I especially liked:

"Your heart
Beating still
The beating
Of my own..."

Thanks for this knowing piece - With Best Wishes Scott

flaubert said...

Annell, you take the ordinary and it extraordinary here. Well done.


flaubert said...

*and make it extraordinary*


Belva Rae Staples said...

I like this a lot. There's so much to juggle!

soulsmusic said...

I would have to echo Pamela here, you hone in on small details and make them come to life, breathe, even sing of love and life well lived,


oldegg said...

Memories, mementos, and the constant juggling of our lives. How well you recounted their influence but it was the strand of golden hair that was so poignant to me.

kaykuala said...

From the painting one sees an artist that allows free flow to determine the directions. This can result in lots of possibilities and make the result boundless. Thanks for sharing annell!