The Light of Equinox
The diminishing light of Equinox informs me to shift into a higher gear. The seemingly endless light and heat of the summer slows me down, it seems lie there is so much time. Everything is growing on it’s own, then the lessening light makes everything ripen to the point of instant (more…)
An Eve of Peace
Lately my family has been involved with funeral preparations for my mom. We did not know how long the wait would be for her internment at Arlington National Cemetery, where she will be joined with my father and paternal grandparents. They rightfully prioritize the active duty personnel. It is a great comfort to be a part of the ceremony that the Honor Guard bestows to their veterans. So we are fortunate that we received a September 6 date. (more…)
Ever since my mother’s death I’ve been blank. That’s OK, it’s like being on vacation, vacating the normal track of ambition. It’s not like nothing’s happening, it’s just all quiet and deep. Realizations arise at odd moments, sometimes propelling an action like processing of tomatoes, send an email invitation, consider what is left and what I want to leave behind, or cry at a memory or a missing.
It’s blank because there’s nothing really to fill the gap between mother daughter, lost in the leaving.
Curious thing is, I accept this blankness, as a sign I’m being initiated into true elder hood. It’s scary but exciting also. Because in that state the most pleasant thing is to bring out a blank sheet of white paper and pool some color into it, not knowing why or what for. It’s all new territory, secret realms from within, around and through emerge into ART.
Galaxies of Color, watercolor 9X12 by Kathleen O’Brien
Celebrating Mid-Summer, Studio Update
Welcome to mid-season studio update with news since mid-spring of Sunwise Open Studios Celebrations, shows and art. This is another favorite time of year, when we lounge behind (more…)
First Harvest of the Season
First harvest of the season, also know as Lughnasa, is in full swing. I have been keeping up with the prolific amount of herbs this year by drying them. I had the idea to get them ready for the next Open Studio. Honestly, the hidden agenda is to have the opportunity to design the labels and packaging. I have been gathering and drying (more…)
Introducing New Healing Necklaces
I’m excited to introduce my new line of bead jewelry, Healing Necklaces. I love to design several pieces together, side by side (more…)
Sad Solstice Season
On the deck of our earth ship, the shade curtains bulge towards me like sails allowing a purifying barely moist seventy four degree breeze. It’s been like this (perfect comforting atmosphere) since returning home from my mom’s passing on the Summer Solstice. Grateful, I allow these airs and graces to soothe the emptiness that cannot be filled. Everything changed with her departure. Nothing changed with her departure. All the cycles flow according to right time and place. (more…)
Mothers Day Garden
Yesterday we caught up on garden tasks, after an abundance of rain. I wanted to appreciate my Mothers Day garden without toil. Since we started planting the biodynamic seeds from Turtle Tree Seed, and husbands’ kindly addition of extreme deep beds to avoid bending, we are amazed at the nurturing our Mother Earth is capable of. I am so grateful to Her and my children who asked to see what we are seeing at this glorious May morn. So, here’s a little tour of Sunwise Farm and Sanctuary kitchen gardens. (more…)
Art Lovers Spring into Art
Spring Into Art exceeded all expectations. I’m still floating with good feelings remembering some of the highlights of art lovers flocking to the event. It is a major joy to witness 34 artworks leaving with happy collectors. I wish I had taken a picture of the free art table before the event started. That was the secondary surprise, you sort of had to be there! (more…)
Celebrating Mid-Spring Studio Update
Here we are at the light half of the year again – Beltane, May Day! I’m celebrating with a grand Spring Into Art Event, a Sunwise Open Studios Celebration. Join in the fun on April 29, from 1-4 pm. I have a big surprise for you, that you won’t want to miss. (more…)