Sunday, March 22, 2009

Where I Stand Sunday

We wait - all through the dark and graying season
for the secrets kept within the earth
to spring forth from their chilled abode.
Color splashes across the landscape.
Brown to mustard to green.
With the help of the warmer breezes -
the adamant gaze of the sun
creates a world's worth of source material
for the eye's enjoyment.
I've been taking a break lately (self-imposed Spring Break, ha), as there is so much to do on a farmstead in the springtime. Also, I am visiting family in Kansas City for this week. In addition to visiting, I will be attending the monthly Mid-America Pastel Society meeting and going to the exhibit at the Kansas City Public Library titled "Painting Missouri: The Counties in Plein Air" by Billyo O'Donnell. If you scroll down that webpage, you can see a slideshow of some of the works. Amazing! I plan to get a good look at these great landscapes! There is a painting for each of the 114 counties in Missouri painted in different kinds of weather from hot sun to cold wind...should be motivating! On the way home, I plan to stop and get some great photo shots of the awakening countryside in Kansas. There is beauty here, if you look.
Where I Stand Sunday is an ongoing photo essay examining the different places I spend my life standing.
Too often we take for granted the everyday places we spend our lives walking on.
The ground we tread on has its own stories to tell.


Victoria on Okinawa said...

Thank you for the photo of the daffodils I've not seen real ones in years. They don't have daffodils here in Okinawa except at the florists sometimes. I remember them blooming in Montana, South Dakota and KY when I was a kid and it was always a wonderful feeling that spring was really coming and here with new Easter dresses made by my mom. Thank you for bringing back a good memory.

Pattie Wall said...

Athough they are jonquils, like are welcome Victoria. I remember those Easter dresses too! We always looked special on those Easters and mom always made the dresses.

Victoria on Okinawa said...

Thank you for the correct name of the flowers. Interesting we've both had those Easter dresses made by our moms. I also liked getting those new white patent leather dress shoes too. Oh yeah, I am mailing a few sundresses, bloomers and hats I sewed up this past month for my granddaughter, I guess I'm keeping up some of my past traditions I had for her.

I've got at least 9 canvas with under-drawings and about 3 more to complete. I hope to get to start painting within the next week and I want to finish up most of them in April and May. Hope your painting time is going better than mine. Have a blessed day.

Vern Schwarz said...

P. Wall, I didn't know you were a poet. I'm not really in to poetry, but I love your line, "the adamant gaze of the sun." Beautiful and so perfectly descriptive. Look forward to hearing and seeing about your trip.

Pattie Wall said...

Thanks Vern! Looking at your blog - lots of work getting done - you are on a roll!