Road Runner / oil on canvas / 5x7 / unframed / $68 including shipping
Friday, February 14, 2020
Thursday, February 13, 2020
Raven / oil on black canvas / 5x7 / unframed / $68 including shipping
How Raven Brought Light to the World
At that time, the whole world was dark. Inky, pitchy, all-consuming dark, blacker than a thousand stormy winter midnights, blacker than anything anywhere has been since.
The reason for all this blackness has to do with the old man in the house by the river, who had a box, which contained a box, which contained a box, which contained an infinite number of boxes, each nestled in a box slightly larger than itself - until finally there was a box so small all it could contain was all the light in the universe.
The old man hides the box with the light because he's afraid to see whether his daughter is beautiful or ugly. In a ploy to steal the box, the raven shrinks himself to become a hemlock needle in a basket of water. The daughter swallows him, and soon, the raven is reborn from her as a raven/human child.
He begins to ask his grandfather to open the boxes, and the old man does, opening them one after the other after the other.
When he opens the box containing the light, the raven steals it and flies out of the house, causing light to spread throughout the world, and revealing the beauty of the old man's daughter.
As the raven flies away, the eagle tries to steal the light from him. The raven drops some, and in the story, this light becomes the moon and the stars.
"He painted until his cursive brushes were only whispers of rawness on the thin ivory. Only the walls and the ravens that watched knew the boy with the paint-stained palms
weaved his art onto his sketchpad on the park bench at lunchtimes,
and only the trees whispered it like a prayer."
- Grace Curley, "The Light that Binds Us"
Tuesday, February 11, 2020
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Sunday, February 9, 2020
THE BLUE-FOOTED BOOBY is, yes, another of the birds whose name turns me into a giggling 8-year-old.
It's also a fascinating bird, with a mesmerizing mating dance. Click here to see it.
For those who don't know much about this bird (like me), here are some basic facts. They live off the western coast of Central and South America; about half the world's population lives in the Galapagos Islands.
They nest on land at night, and spend their days searching for food in the ocean. Sometimes they hunt in cooperative groups. When they see their prey, they fold their wings back and plunge into the water from as high as 80 feet, according to National Geographic.
As far as mating goes, the bluer the male's feet, the more attractive he is. Isn't that universally true?
"Be as a bird perched on a frail branch that she feels bending beneath her.
Still she sings away all the same, knowing she has wings."
- Victor Hugo