Gallery Win - yippee!
Posted May 01, 2013
Many of you have already shared my excitement today but since I'm still on cloud nine I thought I'd announce it officially by blog. And I hope you won't mind my tooting my own horn a bit - but this is a first for me! As most of you know, I took up photography/photographic art/digital painting almost as an accidental sideline to the poetry writing…and I never really thought of myself as an artist until a dear friend here - our lovely Rosie - insisted that I should! In any case, at the very l...
GROUP explanation, group thank you, group hug...
Posted September 18, 2012
Dear All - So many of you incredibly lovely and caring people have written or messaged your concern about the neck brace I mentioned in my blurb that - given that I can't type for long periods of time - I thought I'd explain in a bit more detail in one circular letter and at the same time, thank you for having such big hearts and leaving such beautiful comments too. I've been struggling with terrible back and neck pain for a month or so now along with excruciating headaches. The not unco...
Can't stay silent
Posted August 28, 2012
I've been away for a while, commenting on little (falling behind as is usual), dealing with the recurrence of the esophageal condition that created the need for my surgery last fall and a number of equally debilitating issues. And so, I probably shouldn't come back just to post what is almost certainly going to offend many people. I can't help it though - I'm reminded of the very famous and powerful quotation by Edmund Burke..."All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do no...
Trillium Gallery series - by fellow BC members
Posted July 15, 2012
I'm so excited!!!! I hope you'll all stop by Trillium Gallery and take a peek at my special series just posted - Sea Stories: Song of the Spirit http://www.trilliumgallery.com/sea-stories4.html But while you're there - please visit the home page, view the other inspirational series by fellow BC members - http://www.trilliumgallery.com/index.html Thank you so much Maureen Maliha - what a joy and an honor it is to work with you and I swear, you make me look so good...lol...I hardl...
In the Shattering
Posted June 06, 2012
IN THE SHATTERING… Shattered… the fragile glass of me is shattered, crushed and broken into tiny shards now reflecting, diamond-like, a thousand points of light – magnifying what had once been but a solitary beam, diffuse, opaque… as if in the final breaking, the small, soft, subtle glow, so long and well contained within the shape that was the whole of me is now free to sparkle all the more - brilliantly, blindingly more - each crystal sliver multiplying radianc...
Posted February 19, 2012
Walking Barefoot I see it now, the sacred scripture of my life like the Deuteronomist looking back, retracing the map, recording the way through the wilderness of my years. My heart has led me here to Canaan where I did not think I could go at all. In unenlightened fear, I could not imagine it, so enslaved was I within at least familiar land, the Egypt of my patterns, possessions, memories, ritual ways I simply would not leave behind. My heart insisted though, in whispers from w...
Posted February 02, 2012
MELT Standing with my back to the setting sun, I see – in my own lengthening shadow – where I’ve been, how far I’ve come. I see the contours of the ground I’ve covered, the mountains climbed, the rivers forded. If I turn toward the light into the new and the now, the shadows remain always behind me, shadows of past hurts, failures, dashed hopes, of who I was that I no longer wish to be – all behind me. I set my feet bare onto the hot coals of my living, feel th...
Apologies for absence and missing your work
Posted February 02, 2012
I'm so very sorry to have missed virtually everything the past couple of days and I'm not sure how much better it will be today. I just seem to be having problems both with BC specifically, but also with my computer in general and it's so frustrating, I can feel myself getting tense and angry. That's not at all the way I like to spend my time here - I want to practically drown in your words and images, and then tell you how they make me think or feel. So I'll be back in later today and try t...
Posted January 31, 2012
Is anyone else having problems with BC in the past day or so...like the menu items won't click, can't copy something into a forum, pages slow turning or not loading? I'm increasingly frustrated today because I have to close and reopen my browser and BC every time I want to change pages. Lianne xox
Posted January 10, 2012
Miserere and Benedicere are the Latin words for either the simple infinitive or the imperative of “have mercy” and “bless” respectively. Please enjoy the incredible voices of Andrea Bocelli and John Mills in an amazing performance of the song “Miserere” written by Zucchero Fornaciari and Bono at http://youtu.be/ZRsntxtLfyc MISERERE I am neither saint in this nor worthless sinner - for all my weeping wretchedness and grief for all the blame I heap upon your head I am n...
In Un' Altra Vita
Posted December 28, 2011
In Un’ Altra Vita In another lifetime, I loved you once – in a sparkling nebula of promises where my dreams revolved in orbit around the superheated sun of you, and I was but a dimmer moon, a pale reflection of your brighter light. It was you who made me shine with a joy that made me radiant. But the strong gravity of loving you has pulled me out of orbit now and I am melting Icarus. In another lifetime, I loved you once on an endless emerald sea of hopes, the tall sai...
A black Friday environmental warning
Posted November 25, 2011
It's probably poor timing with everyone here in the States just coming off one holiday and gearing up for another but I thought I'd share a post by Geoff Merritt concerning the impact of our consumerism. I won't copy/paste the entire piece but will provide the link at the bottom for those who would like to read the entire thing. It's an op-ed piece from the Los Angeles Times. Stuffing ourselves on Black Friday - By Annie Leonard and Rick Ridgeway On the biggest shopping day of the year, t...
I So Loved Autumn
Posted November 23, 2011
I so loved autumn a year ago for you were with me then to taste the apple tang of cider on the tongue, to play among the golden leaves and carve the pumpkins for the porch. I so loved autumn in years past for you colored all my dreams with orange passion, fire red love. Now as each leaf turns to crimson against some glowering sky, when daylight flees too quickly and the minutes of each longer sleepless night tick so slowly by, as September songs become October odes and fall win...
An overdue thank you!
Posted November 17, 2011
Dear Friends - It has been a long month away from all of you and though I've tried to ease back in slowly, I've neglected to do the one thing I should have done in my first moments here...and that is to say "thank you." The odd thing is that although I've always considered myself a writer first, I've been unable to put together any words that seem adequate to express my gratitude to all of you. I did know that it would be physically impossible to thank each of you individually...I'd have to ...
Wherever This Road May Lead Me - Away For a Time
Posted October 16, 2011
Beginning tomorrow, I will be away from Blue Canvas and from all of you whom I cherish as friends for the next two to three weeks. I’m having a major surgery tomorrow and will be in the hospital for about a week and then working hard to come back as soon as I can. I will miss all of you…miss your beautiful and incredible work, miss your friendship most of all. But I’ll be here in spirit you can be sure and I’ll take your wonderful spirits with me too. I wrote this poem actually as a ...
Religious Art AS Art
Posted September 28, 2011
Religious art – art with a particularly religious theme does not appeal to everyone, particularly in this day when so many pride themselves on their detachment from at least organized religion. But for many hundreds of years, from the early Middle Ages until more than a century after the Renaissance – Christian religious art dominated Western/European culture. Either directly commissioned by Popes, Bishops or noblemen or created under the patronage of wealthy noblemen, abbots, etcetera, virt...
Posted September 26, 2011
I gaze upon the natural beauty and the freedom of the leaf afloat - a leaf released by an autumn birch, tired now of clinging to the season done. Following her passage downstream, I am become beautiful again myself… and free as well - an autumn woman detached now from summers past, disrobing myself of golden silks, throwing off fading crimson satins, I bathe my bared self in cool waters in anticipation of a winter love.
A BRIEF NOTE ON COMMENTS AND THANK YOUS
Posted August 28, 2011
Sometimes the circumstances of our lives make it difficult, if not impossible, to do all we'd like to do or to spend the time we'd like to spend here on BC. For me, that means that I cannot always find the time to express my gratitude to each of you for your lovely, supportive comments on my work. While I'd like to do that, it seems much more important to me to thank you by visiting your work when possible and telling you how much your art enriches my life or unfortunately sometimes just leaving...
Thank you! My first sales ever here!
Posted August 01, 2011
I don't have any idea who the mystery buyers are but I'm so thrilled to have sold a print of Cup of Sunshine and a card of Mighty Niagara. What a beautiful surprise and lovely affirmation. I just honestly can't believe it! Thank you, thank you!! Lianne
ALL THAT REMAINS
Posted July 28, 2011
At times, all that remains of the graceful, promising ship in which we once set sail, onto which we had bravely loaded and entrusted our adventurous dreams, provisioned with the sparkling citrus of hope, the ballast of reason, is a rotting hulk cast upon some lonely shore, beached and broken, darkening with age and petrifying with desperate abandonment. We misread the silent stars perhaps, encountered reefs that were unmapped, were blown aground with the violence of the fier...