Progress of Spring Snowdropsbirthed in winter driftssleep under hibernating treespure and white. Snowdrops. Crocusestoddler flower girlsdowny arms raised high,present mauve, yellow, white nosegays to the sun. Crocuses Daffodilschildren—stocky, solid, and beautifulheads down, concentrateon standing straight. Daffodils Salmonberrieswhimsical young loners and dreamerslight out-of-the-way places.with stained-glass lamp shades Salmonberry Blossoms Trilliumtrinity of puritystirs with the clear voiceof… Continue reading Progress of Spring
Crocuses - painted by Violet Nesdoly - Watercolor, 4 x 11 inches. Happy Spring! I have a seasonal ditty for you today. SPRING ISN’T Spring isn’t pallid snowdropsshyly coiled in chilly Feb.It isn’t jewel primulasor burgeoning rhodo’s red. Not hyacinths poking through dirtor blossom bursts of plum.Not heather clumps abuzz once morewith bees that float… Continue reading Spring Isn’t
It was a thrill to hear, yesterday, that Sir Ernest Shackleton’s ship Endurance was found in Antarctica’s Weddell Sea. If you’re interested in the story of the exploratory expedition to Antarctica, during which the Endurance was crushed by sea ice and sank, I recommend Shackleton’s riveting book South. I read and reviewed it in 2020.… Continue reading South: The story of Shackleton’s 1914-1917 Expedition – Review (repost)
There is a row of trees growing along a street at the end of our laneway that turns from ordinary green to spectacular red during one magical week in October every year. Last week was that week. I took a few photos and even wrote a poem. Enjoy “Runway on the Avenue” and your fall… Continue reading Runway on the Avenue
Did you know that practically every day of the year is a celebration of a cause, or society segment, or historical event, or something? Check out Brownielocks.com for lists of celebrations that range from the sublime to the ridiculous. Last Friday (October 1), for example, was International Day of Older Persons. Today (October 6) or… Continue reading Random act of poetry–on Aging
Today is the Autumnal Equinox–officially the first day of Fall (or Autumn). In honor of the changing season, I give you an ode celebrating one of Fall’s most popular gifts, the handsome and versatile pumpkin. To Pumpkin You kept the new world’shungry pioneers and pilgrims alivewith your soft sweet fleshand nutty seeds,their feet warm with… Continue reading Welcome Fall!
The Watercolor Flower Artist's Bible: An Essential Reference for the Practicing Artist by Claire Waite Brown My rating: 5 of 5 starsMy newest art book is the gorgeous Watercolor Flower Artist’s Bible: An Essential Reference for the Practicing Artist, edited by Claire Waite Brown.This is quite a comprehensive volume. It starts out with a section… Continue reading The Watercolor Flower Artist’s Bible – Review
I can hardly believe we're already into week four of our Lent project. This week I sent Laurel the prompt--a painting I did, inspired by a photo I took on a summer holiday trip we made to Salt Spring Island some years ago. I love her psalm-like prayer poem in response. My painting and the… Continue reading A Lent Conversation – Week 4
The poem that Laurel sent me as an art prompt for Week 3 made me so happy. I love spring and one of its most compelling signs is the bird symphony and activity we hear and see on our daily walks on Nicomekl Trail, a footpath that follows the Nicomekl River. I love how Laurel… Continue reading A Lent Conversation – Week 3
Pine boughs mittened, each finger cuddled in quilted fleece. © 2018 by Violet Nesdoly (All rights reserved) This morning we awoke to a winter wonderland! The Capture Your 365 prompt today was “Prompt Free.” How convenient-- a perfect invite to capture the snow on a crystalline morning.