|  May 16, 2008

embrace, encaustic on birch
6×6 inches

I created this little encaustic piece during the period when it seemed like disaster after disaster was striking this planet of ours. The stories I heard on the radio coming from China were heartbreaking. And then the untold stories happening in Myanmar. And the devastation in our own midwest states. It’s hard not to feel vulnerable with all this happening around us.

Images of nests with eggs usually evoke feelings of comfort, shelter, home. But the flipside is also vulnerablity. These little miracles of twigs and grass hanging precariously from swaying branches, or hidden in marshes. So close to danger. Fragile life.

And yet, life keeps on as it has since the beginning. And the birds sing everyday because really, that’s all we can do.

And well, hopefully take care of our planet better than we have.


I’ve been using every spare moment packing, sorting, and getting everything set for our garage sale tomorrow. I hope people come! It’s going to be a hot one tomorrow. In the 80’s. That’s unheard of here in Seattle at this time of year! We will all be swooning in the heat because we are such wusses when it comes to hot weather. I don’t know what I’m going to do when I move to Chicago! Melt, is my guess.

I gathered up quite a bit of art supplies to hopefully sell. Time to let things go in order to clear up space in my head and make room for more paintings.


  1. by K.C. on May 16, 2008  11:04 pm Reply

    You are such a talent. Very good work. So intense with the feelings that you put into it as well. Loved reading through your blog. KC

  2. by Michelle on May 17, 2008  11:32 am Reply

    Good luck with the yard sale. You adressed what is going on in the world so beautifully, thank you, it is what I have been feeling but have been afraid to express for fear that it would all rush out!

  3. by thealteredpage on May 18, 2008  5:55 pm Reply

    Embrace is a wonderful piece. Thank you for sharing your thoughts behind it. The image captures so well both the vulnerability and comfort you speak of. Best of luck with the sale too.

  4. by Tanya Gwen Minnick on May 19, 2008  8:06 am Reply

    This is a beautiful piece. I too find the events throughout the world to be tragic- and I've been left feeling vulnerable as well- I appreciate the flip side of being vulnerable...the miracle and comfort. Your work is beautiful, thank you for sharing.

  5. by smith kaich jones on May 19, 2008  10:32 am Reply

    This is such a touching piece. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful.

  6. by smith kaich jones on May 19, 2008  10:33 am Reply

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  7. by bridgette on May 19, 2008  2:04 pm Reply

    k.c.- thanks for visiting my blog and for your comment! I am glad you have enjoyed browsing through my chatter. :)

    thanks michelle. I know what you mean. I used to have a hard time with not letting myself get overwhelmed with all the craziness in the world. I'm getting better at it, but I dont' know if that's
    a good thing either!

    Thanks seth! Too bad you live across the country, I think you would have enjoyed going through my random mixed media bits!

    Thank you tanya for your comment and sharing your thoughts on the matter. It is important to hold onto the flipside- the miracle and comfort.

    Thanks debi. :)

  8. by PJ on May 21, 2008  10:38 pm Reply

    I really like this piece and the deep meaning behind it! Oh, such good stuff!!!!

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