I paint with my back to the world

Yesterday I moved home and studio. Body and mind need R&R. What could be better than a cup of tea and some wry wise reminders from painter Agnes Martin about what matters? I love what she shares about staying in bed until she knows exactly what she wants to paint. Ahhh.


Agnes Martin - Gratitude 2011

Agnes Martin – Gratitude – 2011


I don’t have any ideas of my own
and I don’t believe anybody else’s,
so that leaves me a clear mind …
– Agnes Martin




textile and transformation


Wonderingmind Studio: Miriam Louisa Simons - Ankida. Painting on silk.


Silk Habotai, card, textured wood panel, mosquito netting, woven metal fragment, acrylic paints, fiber-reactive dyes
Painting on silk, assemblage
643 x 312

This piece illustrates a poem:

mountains of green
mountains of blue arise:
gratitude wells up
and fills my eyes

When I moved from Europe to tropical Queensland to care for my frail aged parents in their last chapter, I would sometimes take respite time at Ankida, a rainforest sanctuary in the Gold Coast hinterland. I felt like a Zen hermit tucked away in a grass hut amongst mountains that rolled westward for ever. It was a good place for poetic ramblings and painting; I felt blessed beyond words.

15.09.12 + praying, brush in hand


daily details 15.09.12


watercolor on Arches paper


It doesn’t have to be
the blue iris, it could be
weeds in a vacant lot, or a few
small stones; just
pay attention, then patch

a few words together and don’t try
to make them elaborate, this isn’t
a contest but the doorway

into thanks, and a silence in which
another voice may speak.

– Mary Oliver

31.08.12 + full moon favorites


daily details 31.08.12

recycled box, textured card, acrylic paints, gold leaf, net, twig

At 11.59pm local time (midnight!) the moon will be full for the second time in August. Which means …  it’s a BLUE MOON, a phenomenon that happens only once in every 2.5 years. Celebrations are called for!

To honor the unlikely achievement of posting a daily detail without fail this month, I’m offering my thanks to the dear fellow-bloggers who have been kind enough to repeatedly and consistently leave *likes* or comments over the past 31 days.

I don’t “do” normal blog awards – much preferring likes and comments – but these bloggers are all nominated for my

F U L L  M O O N  F A V O R I T E S  A W A R D

And the good news is that they don’t have to do anything but sit back and enjoy a few hits on their pages!

A deep bow of gratitude for your support …


slow muse

matt george


leanne cole

cheryl moore




jackie at shook

art does matter


cara brownstein

PS: Find excellent astrological information on this Pisces Full Moon at The Power Path.