Tuesday, January 31, 2012

i can't help but wonder...

come see! come see!
come look at the stars
with me...
did one shine more brightly
the day i was born?
which star in the sky
is my name written on?
will it fall to earth
and be done
when i die;
or shine brighter still
when i'm gone?

-stacy wills (1/31/2012)

Sunday, January 22, 2012

stay here

thinking gives off smoke
to prove the existence of fire.
a mystic sits inside the burning.
there are wonderful shapes
in rising smoke
that imagination loves to watch.
but it's a mistake to leave the fire
for that filmy sight.
stay here...
at the flame's core.

-rumi (1207-1273)

Sunday, January 15, 2012


"icon" (9" x 12" mixed media)

"The real miracle of individuation and reclamation of the Wild Woman is that we all begin the process before we are ready, before we are strong enough, before we know enough; we begin a dialogue with thoughts and feelings that both tickle and thunder within us. We respond before we know how to speak the language, before we know all the answers, and before we know exactly to whom we are speaking."

-Clarissa Pinkola Estes (b. 1945)

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Saturday, January 7, 2012

melting butter moon

that melting butter moon,
o what a charmer -
came tapping on my window
like a lover before dawn.
meet me in the field, he said,
and i, irresistibly drawn,
went out to join him there.

-stacy wills (1/07/2012)

Monday, January 2, 2012

life book 2012 is underway!

life book 2012 is underway and i am thrilled to be taking part in this year-long art journaling course. along with my mandalas and other artwork, i plan to chronicle my progress here. i am thinking of 2012 as my "year of living artistically."

i love exploring new techniques and mediums, and tam (aka willowing) is a very nurturing, encouraging, and supportive teacher.

this is my first painting for the course...still a work in progress...like me!