Saturday, April 21, 2018

baby birds & a poem

 Look at this precious mourning dove who decided to lay two eggs in a pot on my deck. She seems very comfortable here as she is in a spot we pass regularly.

It makes me so happy that signs of Spring are everywhere in my yard and out in the marsh. It was a long winter!

 I've been working on writing, revising and gathering my poems for the upcoming poetry workshop I was invited to in June with Marge Piercy in Wellfleet and I am reminded of a poem I wrote a few years ago called "baby birds" that was published in "In Celebration of Mothers" an Anthology.

 I felt inspired to write the poem when my own 'baby birds'-- my son Nathan and my daughter Bella first went away to College.

                                                  baby birds
 by Linda Maria Steele
Today I watch over the birds in the marsh as if
they’re my own.

Give them wings,
so they can fly,
they say.

What they won’t say
is how much
You won’t want to let them go.

How much your soul will ache
for them to
return home.

What remains is the coming and going of the geese, spotted hawk
and egrets on the path.

Instead of worrying about my own
flying away safely,
I wonder if I’ll see the heron today instead.

Has the swan egg hatched?
Is that the song of a baby black bird?
I see the Osprey flying
over its nest.

When my children were young
I told them
Watch for cars.
Wash behind your ears.
Be home on time.
Eat right.
In their absence an emptiness fills my heart.

My love for them needs a place to land,
with an eagle eye I pay close attention
to the birds that welcome me to the marsh.

There’s relief in seeing
the heron return after
the long harsh winter.

Barely visible out on the edge of the water
I spot a newly born heron.
And I know all is well.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Feeling Inspired

A sneak peek at my recent photo adventures around town.

The sun this morning has me feeling inspired for the Spring and Summer season.
I will have my  photographs on view thanks to the Sandwich Arts Alliance at the Pilot House Restaurant in May and at Fisherman's View Restaurant in September. They are both fabulous and fun places to grab a bite to eat and enjoy the water too. Be sure to stop in soon!

What are you feeling inspired by lately?

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Starry Night Revisited

A sneak peek at two works I am in the process of creating for an upcoming exhibit called Fakes and Facsimiles at Falmouth Art Center. The exhibit is an invitation to create and revision existing works in a newly inspired or reimagined way.

When I originally saw the call to enter I wasn't sure I had anything in mind or ready to show.

Then recently when I was doing a bit of Pre-spring cleaning I came across a text-book I used when I taught Introduction to the Humanities years ago at Richland College and Collin County Community College and when I flipped through the pages and came across these works I had an idea! 

I drove to Staples in town to make a color copy of each and then came home to Collage and frame them into a revised interpretation. I chose a very cool blue paint for the back ground of "Starry Night" and a shiny metallic silver paint for the background of the second one.

Can you guess what the second one is a revision of?  

There will be a reception for the show on Friday April 6, from 5-7 at the Falmouth Art Center on Gifford Street in Falmouth. Stop in to see them for yourself. 

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Daily Walks & Getting Creative

"Creativity is really the structuring of magic." - Ann Kent Rush

     Marsh walks over the past year have inspired so much creativity in my daily life. I'm feeling excited (and finding the courage) to get more of my work out there. I took the image above from the Shining Sea Bike path around dusk at the Great Sippewissett Marsh.

    In April, I will have two mixed media art pieces  in a show at the Sandwich Library and two other mixed media art pieces in a show at Sandwich Town Hall.

     So excited and grateful to share them with the community. I'm still writing (working on a poetry collection and have freelance writing assignments) although making art and taking photographs lends itself to a certain kind of magic that inspires me. Besides, making more art gives me more to write about.

Please check back soon to see images of recent art work. And I'd love to hear about what creative adventures you are embarking on.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Be Open to Unexpected Gifts

I took this image on a recent marsh walk. When I noticed the heart shape in the cloud in the bright blue sky I felt as if I'd been touched by something special. That particular day when I saw the heart it was near the pond and as I continued on the path to the overlook at the Great Sippewissett Marsh it was an exceptionally clear day and there were very few people on the path.

When I returned to the spot where I took the photo only about 20 minutes later the cloud had already disappeared. I was grateful I captured the fleeting image. As I walked home that afternoon I knew it was because I was open to receiving this unexpected gift and I wanted to share it with you.

A simple joy can become a reminder to us all that life always has gifts to offer as long as we remain open to that possibility.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Tending the Marsh

Welcome to my new blog!

I feel so blessed to have celebrated ten years on my original baking related blog. I plan to keep it there because there are so many fun memories from time spent in my kitchen and I am sure I will visit it now and then when a fun food related item comes up.

I'd love to share my latest creative endeavor which is about how the simple practice of taking daily walks at the marsh has influenced my writing and art.

To tend to something means to care for or look after. Ever since moving within walking distance to the Great Sippewissett Marsh in West Falmouth three years ago I have developed a daily practice of what feels like tending to the marsh. I wrote a poem with the same title and the idea of  'tending to the marsh' feels like what I do now that I spend so much time there.

This notion of tending extends to other areas of my creative life.
I am in awe of the way the marsh can change day to day, hour to hour and even moment to moment.

My daily practice has inspired an enormous amount of creativity from writing to creating art and taking inspirational photographs. Please follow along on my most recent creative adventure to see what develops. My hope is that my new passion will inspire greater creativity in you.

Below is a link to a recent piece I wrote for Cape Cod Magazine that introduces my love for and photographs of the marsh.

The Many Gifts of the Marsh

baby birds & a poem

 Look at this precious mourning dove who decided to lay two eggs in a pot on my deck. She seems very comfortable here as she is in a...