July 26, 2008

I first heard about Type O Negative a year ago when my son introduced me to their music. He was right. I loved the sound, lyrics and most of all the voice of lead singer, Peter Steele. When listening to music there are those far and few between times when a song really touches something deep inside that you can really relate to. I'd never seen the band, never heard of them before but the music on some level really spoke to me. (Then again at my age it could be dementia but I prefer to think of it as inspiration.)

I saw them for the first time this past year and was mesmerized by the show they put on. As a group they were amazing and I became an instant fan (can I say that without sounding cheesy?). And, as you can guess developed a "crush" on the Greenman, Peter Steele.

Steele puts his soul out there for all of us to hear and feel. It's both a joy to hear and painful at the same time because you can sense that this is a guy who's gone through some tough times, and still is.

One of his songs called "Greenman", is one I really like. This past week while it was raining I was working on some of my leaf pendants and after I heard this song decided to put a likeness of Peter's face to an Oak leaf. I think he'd like it. Here's the result and the lyrics to Type O Negative's Greenman:

Spring won’t come, the need of strife
To struggle to be freed from hard ground
The evening mists that creep and crawl
Will drench in the dew and so drown

I’m the green man
The green man

Sol in prime sweet summertime
Cast shadows of doubt on my face
A midday sun, it’s caustic hues
Refracting within the still lake

Autumn in her flaming dress
Of orange, brown, gold fallen leaves
My mistress of the frigid night
I worship pray to on my knees

Winter’s breath of filthy snow
Befrosted paths to the unknown
Have my lips turned true purple
Life is coming to an end
So says me, me wiccan friend
Nature coming full circle

I’m the green man
The green man

October Rust, 1996

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For Be!!

July 19, 2008

Backyard Vacation

by Wanda G. Black

I sit here and gaze at God's blue sky
With white puffy clouds drifting by
And the vibrant green of grass and trees
And the flowers all bowing in the breeze

Then I look out across the peaceful pond
At the woods and the pasture just beyond.
And closer in, flying into view
The finch, the cardinal, and the bluebird, too.

In the redwood swing, I lean back and then
Enjoy the melody of the wren.

The whir of the hummingbird darting by
The sight of the buzzard, floating high.
The robin defending its hidden nest
By chasing away the cowbird pest.

I sit out here and swing along
As I listen with joy to God's nature song.

And as I listen to each trill and peep,
I close my eyes and fall asleep.

These pictures were taken at my sisters cottage in Maine where I go each year to relax, sculpt and watch the birds with my Mom & Dad.
The picture of the woodpecker was taken in my back yard a few months ago.

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Raspberry Leaf Necklace on Etsy

July 18, 2008

According to the ancient Greek myth, all raspberries were once white in color. That was, until the day the God Jupiter was in such a rage that the Nymph Ida, to appease him, went and picked him some wild raspberries. It seems that while she was picking the berries she pricked her finger on the thorns of a raspberry bush. Legend has it that her blood, from that point on, stained all raspberries a bright red color.
I have listed another unique necklace in my Etsy shop today. I love this leaf because it was so different. It is one leaf but in it's growing phase merged with another leaf. The result is a two in one beauty. The polymer clay raspberry adds to the colorful face of the plant's spirit.

It can be seen here: My Etsy Shop

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"Why I Need the Birds"

July 15, 2008

"Why I Need the Birds"
by Lisel Mueller
When I hear them callin the morning,
before I am quite awake,
my bed is already traveling
the daily rainbow,
the arc toward evening;
and the birds, leading
their own discreet lives
of hunger and watchfulness,
are with me all the way,
always a little ahead of me
in the long-practiced manner
of unobtrusive guides.
By the time I arrive at evening,
they have just settled down to rest;
already invisible, they are turning
into the dreamwork of trees;
and all of us together —
myself and the purple finches,
the rusty blackbirds,
the ruby cardinals,
and the white-throated sparrows
with their liquid voices —
ride the dark curve of the earth
toward daylight, which they announce
from their high lookouts
before dawn has quite broken for me.

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Finally, New Leaf Ornaments!

July 11, 2008

I finally was able to list some new leaf ornaments in my Etsy shop today. For the past year I've tried to do my art full time and although I've definitely made forward progress, I can't keep up with the economy, so off I've been to job hunt.
Tedious, boring...necessary.

Anywhooo, here are three new pieces I've been able to complete. I also have a 6" full sculpt of a tree nymph I am working on as a companion to my leaf ornaments. They have asked for a "gopher", and, as the leaves are my muses who am I to say no?

The first two are from my Sugar maple tree and the third is a gorgeous Silver maple leaf from my daughters yard. As a final step I've also smudged all the pieces to keep the yucky energy from job hunting away. :)

All three pieces are available in my Etsy shop:

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