The Magnificent Fig Thief

There is a teetering balance between the natural world and humanity.  It’s a delicate relationship.  I can’t help but feel how much I need the trees, the dirt, the bees, and the ocean - but does it all really need me?  

Paulo Coelho once said, “You can either be a victim of the world or an adventurer in search of treasure.”  So I whispered to the world, I see the beauty in your flaws, which are perfection. 

I was once given the opportunity to tour the vegetable gardens of a retired surgeon. So much knowledge and love for growing poured out of Dr. Ethridge in the few hours we had together. 

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Just outside the garden fence was a grove of fig trees, I asked him if the deer like to eat them, he said, “The ones planted closest to the garden are ours and the ones on the outside are planted for them.”  So I whispered to myself, I see the beauty in the balance of nature, which is flawless.

Can you see him?  The Fig Thief, who comes in the middle of the night, to take the offering of the gardener.  He whispers under the golden full moon, I taste the beauty of your generosity, which is fulfillment.

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To See Yourself In Another

To See Yourself in Another

It began with a fleeting thought or you could say a flash of an image.  Just a small idea that could easily go to the lost pile of the forgottens in the back of your mind. 

That’s not what I am trying to say.  Lets start in my backyard, where I often share it with alligators.  Some people are amazed that we let them stay on our property.  They are predators, and that is what makes them so valuable to our little ecosystem.   They fascinate me and scare me.  Did you know that they eat only once a week?  They keep our snake population down.  They patrol all four corners of their territory.  Their strong tails can propel them 5 feet into the air in seconds.  However, when they get big enough to eat a small dog we have them relocated. They are taken away at the end of summer and we wait all winter for our first arrival of new little gators in the spring.  

I am pretty sure I can attribute my close proximity with these reptiles to my latest favorite piece of art.  I think the pond slips images into my head.  Not so much like a thought but like another eye in my head that can see thoughts.  It saw a person and an alligator looking into each other’s eyes.  Trying to truly understand each other.

What do you see when you look into the eyes of another?  Do you see a reflection of yourself? 

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The Wide-Eyed Hunter of Gratitude

“The Wide-Eyed Hunter of Gratitude” feels as though she has always been.   I think she was buried deep in the dark tea waters of the swamp only to be pushed up by a cypress knee trying to catch some life giving air.  The worms are always there.  They are the pillagers that grow at an alarming rate.

 

 

The original 16.5” x 20” drawing was created with Staedtler graphite and Generals carbon pencils on Hahnemuhle Bamboo/Cotton Rag paper.   She was brought to life in Mississippi, where I spend several glorious working hours each day in my country home studio on a pond where life is always creating. 

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The Pillagers - Tomato Hornworms

I had twelve tomato plants last summer.  I only harvested two tomatoes.

The Pillager I

The Pillager I

Tomato Hornworm - Garden Pillager

Tomato Hornworm - Garden Pillager

The Pillager II

The Pillager II

Tomato Hornworm - Garden Pillager

Tomato Hornworm - Garden Pillager

The Pillager II

The Pillager II

Tomato Hornworm - Garden Pillager

Tomato Hornworm - Garden Pillager

The Pillager IV 

The Pillager IV 

The original Pillager drawings were created with Staedtler graphite pencils on 14 x 8.5 Strathmore Bristol Velum paper. 

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