Sunday, March 30, 2014

More tree pics

I'm liking these tree limbs. They are from my beloved wild cherry tree where so many nature stories play out.  Here's the final pics of the finished limbs for anyone who might be crazy enough to want to try this. One limb even made it into the bathroom.








A vintage ceramic squirrel "chases" a moth and lizard
 perched on the tree.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Instead...

Meant to clean the house today but the weather was warm so I had to be outside. Decided to do a little pruning and brought a big limb inside. I spent the next couple of hours deciding what I wanted to do with it. I know, just a crazy artist!
This is a real bird nest.

Friday, March 28, 2014

From this...to that

People often ask me where my ideas come from. During my weekly shopping trip, I came across these gorgeous, huge radishes. I eat them like candy so I grabbed two bunches along with the last head of my favorite Boston lettuce, a bag of carrots and a lovely head of cabbage. Of course while my mouth was watering over the anticipated crunch of a radish, my eye was envisioning a chapeau to delight any rabbit, no matter what his nationality. I'm now offering this image as a reproduction and working on a new line called, Chapeau.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Who says young people don't care?!

I just want to say how proud I am of my youngest son Zach and his lovely wife Denny for once again making a difference in our world. Check out this link to see what they are doing, and if you feel so inclined, make a small donation, just because...

http://www.stayclassy.org/fundraise?fcid=298420

Monday, March 24, 2014

Catching the Winds

I love Tibetan prayer flags and always have a set flying at my house. Devout Tibetans believe prayer flags bless the air as it passes through the flags. This is believed to heighten awareness, gladden the spirit and celebrate the universe.

This resonates with me in a big way; the way I live my life and the way I try to treat every other sentient being on earth. The flags are a reminder to me to slow down, take a minute and be grateful for all I have and wish the same for the universe.

While I love the traditional prayer flags, I also believe there is great power in what we create ourselves as long as the intention is honorable. So these winds of ours have inspired me to make my own prayer flags which as they disintegrate in a garden will cast my wishes out to the universe. This blue one is for a special friend. I know I don't need more "stuff" and I don't believe he does either so I am giving him wishes for his birthday this year. Each flag I make has a little drawing of a bird sewn onto it. Keep your eyes open; you may find one waiting just for you.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

It's Here! It's Here!

Happy First Day of Spring!


"Spring - an experience in immortality."  - H.D. Thoreau

"An optimist is the human personification of Spring."
                                                - Susan Bissonette

"In springtime, love is carried on the breeze. Watch out for flying passion or kisses whizzing by your head."  -  Emma Racine deFleur

"It's spring fever...you don't quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so."  -  Mark Twain

Saturday, March 15, 2014

If today had a melody...

New prayer flags flutter under the pergola.
If today had a melody it would be a tune presented only with a flute. After a long winter, the sun broke through the darkness with a song; birds singing and light dancing to the tune of a lilting melody. I used to think Autumn was my favorite time of year, but it has fooled me for years. Spring is queen, rebirth on every wafting breeze and in every bud just waiting to burst forth.

I threw open the windows to the delight of Buddha and Erb. It's still a bit chilly but the air will freshen the rooms, and with a sprig of rosemary tucked into my freshly laundered pillowcases, I'll dream the dreams of youth.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Just Words

copyright E.M. Corsa 2014
I received a high honor today. A letter came with a check for an award I had won, and while money is always appreciated, what I am most grateful for is the fact that the person sending me the award money took the time to include the judge's words. My painting, (Inked), was described this way, "Controlled chaos, detailed placement of objects - a happy darkness." I have never received such a cool review, and I am most grateful.

Art is first and foremost about the act of creating, and then it's about the joy you experience when someone truly likes what you did. They don't even have to like it; if it brings a reaction, that's good enough. The judge may never know the impact her words and insights had on me. It is making me think in a new way - how I can explore a new realm perhaps, and that result is invaluable. I will bank those words for future use.

The miniature show at Seaside Art Gallery is on the horizon. Here are three pieces I have entered called, If the Shoe Fits #1, #2 and #3.
copyright E.M. Corsa 2014

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Sketches

And here's some of the sketches I did at the bird park.




One more pic...

My friend Eve Turek, an award-winning photographer, took this cool pic of me feeding a flamingo, and I thought I'd share it with you. I can't stop thinking about the fabulous time we had at the Sylvan Heights Bird Park. Much to my surprise, the flamingo's beak felt like satin, and he, or she, was incredibly gentle.

More news on the bird front: My first tenant has arrived; a Carolina Chickadee has taken over the birdhouse nearest to the garage. This one is always the first to be selected. It puzzles me because I have two others nearby that are exactly the same.

The best news of all is the sun is FINALLY out and the temperatures are on the rise!

Sunday, March 2, 2014

The Happiest Place On Earth...

No, not THAT place; but for me, this is it! I spent yesterday with my best pal Eve and my son and his wife at
feeding the budgies
the Sylvan Heights Waterfowl Park in Scotland Neck, NC. As I understand it, it's the largest waterfowl park in the world offering the chance to walk through the exhibits with little restriction. By this I mean, you are right up close and personal with the birds. We hand fed budgies and flamingos and met birds from all over the world.

I didn't bring a sketchbook this time because it tends to hold people up if I'm sketching. They feel like they have to wait for me which in turn makes me feel guilty. But I am planning a return trip alone, with just my paints, pens, brushes and  sketchbook. If you ever have the opportunity, you MUST go and experience these birds.


Check out the website:  www.shwpark.com