“The Joy of Color” (sheets of paper painted with homemade egg tempera)

This year, I taught myself how to make egg tempera paint from scratch — egg yolk, water and powdered pigment. Calling Johannes Vermeer and Andrew Wyeth! And Koo Schadler, a contemporary mistress of this ancient medium who teaches online. My inspiration for this project was an infection among my chicken flock. The medication rendered their eggs inedible for several months. I felt so guilty discarding all those beautiful eggs! To mix a metaphor, lemons became lemonade. See today’s entry on my Art blog for another result.

“Veni Sancte Spiritus”

Just in time for the Feast of Pentecost (June 5), this series of watercolors went on display at the Queen of Angels Monastery in Mount Angel. The paintings depict four symbols of the Holy Spirit — wind, water, fire and the descent of the dove. Your may visit this Benedictine Monastery weekdays; the painting are in the main hallway. Address: 840 South Main Street in Mount Angel.

Monthly Discussion Group via Queen of Angels Monastery

Since this past September, I have been leading a monthly discussion group, sponsored by the Shalom Center at the Queen of Angels Monastery in Mt. Angel OR. Called the Creative/Spiritual Life Circle, the group is dedicated to exploring our innate, God-given, inter-connected identifies as creative and spiritual beings. It’s not an art class, not a workshop, not a coaching session — just a conversational exploration of what all this means to our lives.

All are welcome! We convene (Zoom) on the 3rd Saturday of the month. I present a theme, offer some thoughts for reflection — and the group goes from there. Let me know if you’d like more info, or contact the Monastery at www.benedictine-srs.org

Voting Is an Act of Patriotism

On July 27, the Biden sign went up in front of our house, followed in August by the Biden/Harris sign. Today, I know that my ballot has been safely delivered to the Oregon Board of Elections. The election is 11 days away. Vote as if your life depends on it — because it does.