Home Studio: October 17th

I am currently enrolled in an online class with 426 other people from at least 15 different countries. The class subject is the study of the spirituality of St. Francis of Assisi. Growing up as a non Catholic I didn’t know much about St. Francis other than he seemed to like birds and you could buy statues of him to put into your garden. Then I discovered his teachings of the spirituality found in nature so I wanted to learn more.  Below is a poem by St. Francis that we discussed in class last week.

The Sacraments

I once spoke to my friend, an old squirrel, about the Sacraments—

he got so excited

and ran into a hollow in his tree and came

back holding some acorns, an owl feather,

and a ribbon he had found.

And I just smiled and said, “Yes, dear,

you understand:

everything imparts

His grace.”

This poem struck a chord with me. The squirrel had his sacred items – his treasure – his connection to what is sacred in the world. I have a similar collection in my studio, bird’s nests (intricately beautiful and mysterious), feathers, sea shells, stones, hazel nuts, pine cones . . . all are mysterious beautiful and a testament to creation.

I have spent the last two days away from the studio. I injured my right hand by not protecting it enough when I was engraving with my dry point needle. My index finger went numb, it still isn’t fully back yet but it should be fine by tomorrow. I have some finishing touches to do on my plate and then I should be able to start printing tomorrow afternoon.

Plate engraving in process

Plate engraving in process

Original Ink Drawing

Original Ink Drawing

The drawing is of an Olive Tree which is one of many I photographed and have drawn from my time working in Cyprus this last February. I drew this one in ink in preparation for a Lithograph print, I decided to do a dry point engraving of it, as well.