I love discovering new (to me) things to see and do in my home town of Seattle. Today, my friend Carol and I drove to south Seattle, parked near 5th Avenue South and Lander Street, and then walked along the light rail tracks on the SODO bike trail. We wanted to see the murals that line the tracks, which were painted in 2016, 2017 and 2018. They are a remarkable community art project, and fun to see.
For more photos, I invite you to view my slideshow at this link.
“There is no literature or art without love and contemplation.”
— John Burroughs, from Under the Apple-Trees
Please feel free to stop by the Greenwood Public Library to see a show of my paintings during the Phinney-Greenwood Neighborhood’s BIG Art Walk on May 10th and 11th. Now in its 22nd year, this event will feature the work of artists at over 70 venues up and down Phinney and Greenwood Avenues in Seattle.
For this exhibit, I will be pairing my paintings with literary quotes and poems that I’ve gleaned from my years of reading. Watercolor artists paint with a brush. Writers paint with words. The exhibit, “Watercolors and Words,” will be a delightful union of the literary and visual arts.
Here is a preview of two of the pairings:
“Forward they come, with flaunting colors spread,
With torches burning, stepping out in time
To some quick, unheard march.”
— Amy Lowell, excerpt from “A Tulip Garden”
The Wild Geese
by Wendell Berry
Geese appear high over us,
pass, and the sky closes. Abandon,
as in love or sleep, holds
them to their way, clear
in the ancient faith: what we need
is here. And we pray, not
for new earth or heaven, but to be
quiet in heart, and in eye,
clear. What we need is here.