"Spring Comes to Kawani," 2015, oil on wood panel. 12”h. x 12”w.

“Spring Comes to Kawani,” 2015, oil on wood panel. 12”h. x 12”w. Private collection.

The seasons come and go so, and more quickly so as I get older. Both in the outer landscape and the inner inscape. Spring this year seemed like a long time coming, but then suddenly one morning took up a rapacious gate. So differently experienced from fall, which comes on with flames, a last bright declaration, like an unrepentant warrior’s last stand against all the destruction facing the world. Spring, on the other hand, begins hidden deep in the ground, stirring for long silent weeks something alchemical.

Beginning in March with those few unexpected errant warm days, I step out each morning onto my porch to gaze eastward looking for spring across the field past the studio to where a patch of woods slips out into the field and follows the path of a spring that runs underground there (I know this because I am blessed with the archaic gift of the dowser). Pine and poplar stand sentinel here, creating an understory where wild cherry and dogwood shelter beneath them. In this early morning spring light, with much still cloaked in darkness, with much that is stilled this time of day, I can see that this is the advance column of the once great and future forest that has always claimed rightful sovereignty to these mountains. Me, I’m just passing through.

 

 

 

 

24”h x 36”w.  o/c finished 6/12/15

Spring Comes to the Cataloochee Valley, 2015,    24”h x 36”w. o/c
completed 6/12/15

THIS LINE DRAWN

THIS LINE DRAWN

My illustrated poem “This Line Drawn” appears in the current online issue of Eyedrum Periodically Issue 7: The Long Now.

P.S. There are only 20 days left to register for my workshop: “Drawing From Our Own True Nature – July 20 – 24” in the North Georgia Mountains. The deadline to register is June 20th.

 

 

 

 

 

Inspired by my upcoming workshop: Drawing From Our Own True Nature – July 2024, 2015:

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DRAWING FROM OUR OWN TRUE NATURE

JULY 20 – 24

NORTH GEORGIA MOUNTAINS

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Come with artist poet Laurence Holden and eleven others for a week following a path through the forest, walking, drawing, listening, touching, writing, singing, and painting into our own true nature.

 Each morning we will strike out on foot from Kawani, Laurence’s home and studio in the North Georgia Mountains, to discover the rhythms and patterns in nature that resonate within each of us in ways that are singular to each of us and call us to know ourselves more intimately and more clearly.

Each afternoon we will return to Laurence’s studio to reflect upon and reconsider with written words and drawn images the rhythms and patterns we’ve discovered in the nature of our lives..

FOR MORE INFORMATION GO TO: DRAWING FROM OUR OWN TRUE NATURE

 

 

The Georgia Poetry Society just selected my painting “In the Valley of the Little Tennessee” to be the cover for their anthology The Reach Of Song 2015 to be published in July.

 

In the Valley of the Little Tennessee“In the Valley of the Little Tennessee,” 2002

oil on canvas. 28″h. x 36″w.

Selections from exhibit “Seedlight & More: Paintings & Poems” continues till May 3, 2015

CENTER FOR ART AND REHABILITATIVE ENERGIES
SHELLMAN, GEORGIA
March 8 – May 3, 2015

Video: Poetry Reading

"Three Seeds, 2014. o/c 12"h. x 9"w. collection of the artist

“Three Seeds, 2014. o/c 12″h. x 9″w.
collection of the artist

 

Of Wintering Willows, 2013

“Of Wintering Willows,” 2013 acrylic on wood panel

"as yet untitled #3," 2014. o/c. 12" x 12" collection of the artist

“as yet untitled #3,” 2014. o/c. 12″ x 12″
collection of the artist

 

"Summer Seeds," 2014. o/c . 20"h. x 16"w. collection of the artist

“Summer Seeds,” 2014. o/c . 20″h. x 16″w.
collection of the artist

 

In Winter's Evensong

“Seedlight: December Moon, Dreaming” o/c