Meet Skittles

Posted Wednesday, December 21st, 2016 @ 8:22 am by Kathryn
Categories: Journal, Motherhood, Nature, Quotes
skittles the christmas spider

Skittles the Christmas Spider

And now, the Legend of the Christmas Spider

On Christmas eve, a long time ago, a gentle mother was busily cleaning the house for the most wonderful day of the year… Christmas day, the day on which the little Christ child came to bless the house. Not a speck of dust was left. Even the spiders had been banished from their cozy corner on the ceiling. They had fled to the farthest corner of the attic.

The Christmas tree was beautifully decorated. The poor spiders were frantic, for they could not see the tree, nor be present for the little Christ child’s visit. Then the oldest and wisest spider suggested that perhaps they could wait until everyone went to bed and then get a closer look.

When the house was dark and silent, the spiders crept out of their hiding place. When they neared the Christmas tree, they were delighted with the beauty of it. The spiders crept all over the tree, up and down, over the branches and twigs and saw every one of the pretty things.

The spiders loved the Christmas tree. All night long they danced in the branches, leaving them covered with spider webs. In the morning, when the little Christ child came to bless the house, he was dismayed! He loved the little spiders for they were God’s creatures, but he knew the mother, who had worked so hard to make everything perfect, would not be pleased when she saw what the spiders had done.

With love in his heart and a smile on his lips, the little Christ child reached out and gently touched the spider webs. The spider webs started to sparkle and shine! They had all turned into sparkling, shimmering silver and gold.

According to legend, ever since this happened, people have hung tinsel on their Christmas trees. It has also become a custom to include a spider among the decorations on the Christmas tree.

From My Backyard

Posted Friday, December 16th, 2016 @ 8:27 pm by Kathryn
Categories: Buddhism, Journal, Meditation, Nature, Poetry

Tis the season…

backyard bounty

“Once you taste the living truth, you are never again fooled by the imitation drink in the carton.”

–Karen Maezen Miller

Indivisible: Resisting Trump

Posted Wednesday, December 14th, 2016 @ 10:38 pm by Kathryn
Categories: Community, Social Science

This is making the rounds.

Indivisible: A Practical Guide for Resisting the Trump Agenda

We wrote this guide because we believe that the coming years will see an unprecedented movement of Americans rising up across the country to protect our values and our neighbors. Our goal is to provide practical understanding of how your MoCs think, and how you can demonstrate to them the depth and power of the opposition to Donald Trump and Republican congressional overreach. This is not a panacea, nor is it intended to stand alone. We strongly urge you to marry the strategy in this guide with a broader commitment to creating a more just society, building local power, and addressing systemic injustice and racism.

Water Form

Posted Thursday, December 8th, 2016 @ 1:24 pm by Kathryn
Categories: Arts, Journal, Nature

The latest.

plankton / 16" x 20" canvas with acrylic

Plankton / 16″ x 20″ canvas with acrylic

bruised ocean / 11" x 14" canvas with acrylic

Bruised Ocean / 11″ x 14″ canvas with acrylic

New Work

Posted Thursday, December 1st, 2016 @ 1:25 pm by Kathryn
Categories: Arts, Journal

The last painting had a water theme. This one ended up feeling like what an experience in a desert would be if one were on very hallucinatory drugs.

psychedelic desert / 18" x 24" canvas with acrylic

Psychedelic Desert / 18″ x 24″ canvas with acrylic

Born of Water

Posted Wednesday, November 16th, 2016 @ 12:25 pm by Kathryn
Categories: Arts, Journal, Nature

If you see only a square, click the image to see the entire painting.

Aphrodite's Birthplace / 12" x 36" canvas with acrylic $35/$50/$80

Aphrodite’s Birthplace / 12″ x 36″ canvas with acrylic

There are two Aphrodites. In one version, she is born of Zeus and Dione, and is known as Aphrodite Urania. This goddess was considered more spiritual, more celestial or heavenly, or pure. The other goddess is Aphrodite Pandemos (of the people). She was associated with sensual pleasure of the body. She was born when Cronus cut off Uranus’s genitals and threw them into the sea, and she arose from the sea foam (aphros). She was also worshipped as a being uniting all the inhabitants of a country into one social or political body.

So love, erotic energy, desire arise from a place of chaos and violence. This feels fitting to me in light of the recent presidential election.

Dot to Dot

Posted Wednesday, November 16th, 2016 @ 12:14 pm by Kathryn
Categories: Arts, Journal

Playing with dot painting lately.

dot painting / 6" x 6" wood panel with acrylic

6″ x 6″ wood panel with acrylic

camouflage fish / 6" x 6" wood panel with acrylic

Camouflage Fish / 6″ x 6″ wood panel with acrylic

The Plan Behind the Safety Pin

Posted Sunday, November 13th, 2016 @ 10:51 am by Kathryn
Categories: Community, Journal, Social Science

While the idea of wearing a safety pin as a symbol to the marginalized that one is a safe person, it’s more than a symbol. This article provides excellent guidance about the intention behind it and how to act. Such as:

  • Are you willing to help all marginalized groups? You don’t get to pick and choose.
  • Do you have a plan? Who will engage with people, and who will film what’s happening?
  • Do you know how to de-escalate situations?
  • Are you willing to be beaten defending another person?
  • If you have children with you, are you willing to risk their safety?

The author says, “…the safety pin is a good idea but if you are going to wear it, you need to know that it is more than an idea. It is a visible, tangible announcement of your commitment to defend the rights and dignity of your fellow human. If you are not willing to follow that announcement up with action, rethink making the announcement.”

So You Want to Wear a Safety Pin


Posted Wednesday, November 9th, 2016 @ 9:24 pm by Kathryn
Categories: Arts, Journal, Nature

Everything I tried to create this morning went wrong. I couldn’t step into flow. I was agitated and disgusted with election results. A couple of snarky comments on my Facebook feed by two “friends” didn’t help. Their candidate won, and they showed no attempt to understand why I took the loss so deeply. I try to rise above base reactions, but at the end of the day, I decided to “unfriend” them. I took care of my heart.

After I left the failed attempts to make art this morning, I returned in the afternoon. I managed to get a little something made, and it was good to find the flow and lose myself in it.

six little fish / 5" x 7" canvas with acrylic

Six Little Fish / 5″ x 7″ canvas with acrylic

I Cannot Believe

Posted Wednesday, November 9th, 2016 @ 12:00 am by Kathryn
Categories: Community, Journal, Regional, Social Science

This is not the United States I thought I lived in. I am ASHAMED of this country.

What I learned on #ElectionNight: Being a racist, bigoted, prejudiced, lying sexual predator is still more acceptable than being a woman.

-Allen Clifton

What’s even more demoralizing is knowing how hard Hillary’s worked and how qualified she is, and yet… And every woman knows this feeling.

-Anne T. Donahue

A perfect ending to the tale that asks how averse is America to being led by a woman who they don’t want to fuck.

-Paula Pell

More Autumn Fun

Posted Friday, November 4th, 2016 @ 9:52 am by Kathryn
Categories: Arts, Journal, Nature

In this piece I was experimenting with new materials: gel medium, collage, iridescent paint. I was aiming for a feeling of layering and translucence. It was difficult to create and to photograph! Something didn’t feel right about it, and still doesn’t. But it came through me, and whether I like it or not, someone else might.

late autumn fun

Late Autumn Fun / 10″ x 10″ mixed media on canvas


Posted Monday, October 31st, 2016 @ 9:13 am by Kathryn
Categories: Arts, Journal, Nature

I love green, but I find it challenging to work with. So I played this weekend.

green garden / 11" x 14" mixed media collage

Green Garden / 11″ x 14″ mixed media on canvas panel

Available for purchase: $30-$50 (+ shipping if out of area)
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I Like Squares

Posted Friday, October 28th, 2016 @ 2:36 pm by Kathryn
Categories: Arts, Journal, Nature

I am really enjoying the 10″ x 10″ canvases I’ve been working on. Here is the latest.

copper butterfly / 10" x 10" canvas with acrylic

Copper Butterfly / 10″ x 10″ canvas with acrylic

Available for purchase: $40-$80 (+ shipping if out of area)
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The National Park Service Rocks

Posted Wednesday, October 26th, 2016 @ 4:20 pm by Kathryn
Categories: Journal, Nature, Science

Some years ago, Claire received a Junior Ranger Night Explorer booklet. I think it was at Bryce Canyon. She didn’t have a chance to complete it during our camping trip, so we brought it home.

A couple of years later, while at Glacier National Park, she completed the booklet. However, they didn’t have any on hand. So I began a search to find someone, someplace at the NPS to help us. I tried a few phone calls and emails to people I was referred to at the NPS directory, but no answer came.

Then one day I read someone’s blog that described getting one at Badlands National Park. So I called the office and spoke to the ranger. She told me to send the booklet to her attention and after review, it would be sent back with the patch. I mailed it off August 17, 2016.

Nothing came. Time passed. Still, nothing. September flew through our lives. We entered October. I gave it up as lost. I figured by now the park has closed for the season, so the earliest we’d ever see anything was in spring, if ever. Today, I came home to this in the mail:


We did a happy dance! Claire opened the envelope:


The booklet and my letter were enclosed. At first we thought that was it. Nothing else was in the envelope. Then the patch slipped out from the pages of the booklet. Happiness!


We give props to the staff at Badlands National Park for helping us!


Almost All Squared

Posted Wednesday, October 26th, 2016 @ 3:30 pm by Kathryn
Categories: Arts, Journal

Two of the last three paintings have been done on 10″ x 10″ canvas. Very different energies. One painting started one way and took an entirely different direction. The other unveiled itself entirely at the beginning. The third painting is tiny, and it too was conceived whole. All are available for purchase.

after the storm / 10" x 10" canvas with acrylic

After the Storm / 10″ x 10″ canvas with acrylic

Available for purchase: $40-$80 (+ shipping if out of area)
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full moon summer twilight / 10" x 10" canvas with acrylic

Full Moon Summer Twilight / 10″ x 10″ canvas with acrylic

Available for purchase: $40-$80 (+ shipping if out of area)
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time to fly / 4" x 5" canvas with acrylic

Time to Fly / 4″ x 5″ canvas with acrylic

Available for purchase: $10-$20 (+ shipping if out of area)
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