And the bells did sing, Wedding Portraits 2015

  It’s been a blessed year with numerous family weddings. Three of my cousins were wed – one in spring and two over the summer. 

Each image was created using layers. The transparency of watercolor, a favorite of mine, adds a light, glowing element to each image. 

  
The backgrounds contain text important to each of the couples – from pi-day to vows to scripture. 

Joyously, gold ‘confetti’ falls in shining squares as a frame around each couple. 

  
Congratulations, cousins! 

(Each couple also received coloring pages of their wedding – I frequently use layered pieces and projection to keep my paper pristine and white). 
       

    
 
  
  

Haiku & Photography

1,776.

Distant lightning strikes,

Revealing the cityscape

In predawn darkness.

~

1,777.

Late night dinner and

TV; Book of Mormon was

Silly earlier.

Dawn from the 14

1,778.

A dawn-rider by

Bicycle, Apollo-like

I greet the new day.

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1,779.

Three-thirty, smiles shine –

Scholars, Parents, Teachers too.

Happy afternoon.

~

1,780.

With the windows down

I join the rush; we’re busy

Ants on rubber tires.

~

1,781.

Sixth Street, lined with trees

And traffic lights, is a calm

Respite as I ride.

~

1,782.

The sign is obscured

As an Autumn sky hangs low

On Los Angeles.

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1,783.

A first glimpse, city

In golden light; Have I been

Asleep all this time?

~

1,784.

Visiting with friends –

City walks and subway trains

Fill the space between.

~

1,785.

Time to be abed;

Good night, New York. I’ll dream in

Lights as you run on.

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1,786.

The city quiets

From the weekend and the storm.

Underground bustles.

Commute in Clouds

1,787.

Shoemaker-Rosen

In the old Bowery Book.

Congrats to dear friends.

~

1,788.

Warning. This haiku

Is wedding drunk. Please excuse

The wretched grammar.

~

1,789.

Ah, to bed, to bed,

Underneath the Chrysler lights.

Good night, NYC.

~

1,790.

Goodbye to Betty –

In her pink, Juicy Couture –

Still beyond compare.

~

1,791.

A brief lunch with friends,

Sharing our accomplishments

In the Garden State.

~

1,792.

Fleeing Frankenstorm

Early. Our late-night flight ends

In Los Angeles.

~

1,793.

Mercurial and

Auto-immune like mother.

A bright sunny day.

~

1,794.

Home, underneath a

Heavy moon; his soot-stained face

Glows thick from the feast.

~

1,795.

The mornings pile like

Fallen leaves, multicolored

And spent at my feet.

~

1,796.

Sinking stones weigh down

Your gut when the living dream

Becomes a nightmare.

Breaking Dawn

1,797.

Ah, the street sounds flow,

A traffic sea crashing on

The changing street lights.

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1,798.

Thick, misty commute;

The radio plays, changing

Songs with the street lights.

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1,799.

Shrouded in the dark,

Street lights make lonely waypoints

Along the sidewalk.

~

1,800.

Sirens and traffic

Sounds are the only life signs;

Day begins with night.

~
These haiku first appeared on Twitter in October, 2012. Photographs are from spring, 2012. My first 1,000 haiku are collected in Status Haiku. May all beings have peace.

Haiku & Photography

1,751.

Oh, Thank the Maker:

Home, out of traffic, Project

Runway DVRed.

~

1,752.

Saffron feathered clouds

Wave as summer sets and I’m

Happy beside you.

Monterey

1,753.

Bathed in golden light,

I mimic the sun, rising

In my own splendor.

~

1,754.

Belting out tunes, the

Windows down as I head home;

Oh, how sweet the change.

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1,755.

Oh, it’s mighty sweet,

The fountain of your ReTweet –

Klout score in full fete.

~

1,756.

It felt like Christmas;

Boyfriend said, ‘The Challenge is

On tonight, Baby.’

~

1,757.

Orange wrapped wishes

Greet the day – happy return

On my day of birth.

~

1,758.

Refrigerator

Filled with Gluten Free treats makes

For guerrilla raids.

~

1,759.

Phone games run as I

Wait at wash. Laundry; early

Sunday morning chore.

~

1,760.

Like the changing light,

I’m pure possibility,

A glimpse of what might.

~

1,761.

It changes again,

Mercurial like me, yet

In the light I’m free.

~

1,762.

Ah, my weekend chill –

The couch, the runway, and me.

Traffic hums outside.

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1,763.

Dawn ignites the glass,

Reflecting morning upon

The towers downtown.

Monterey
1,764.

Happy city block –

Fragrant airs, the traffic walks –

Summer flash in fall.

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1,765.

City skyline comes

To life with the blush of dawn

And some twinkling lights.

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1,766.

The wasp contemplates

Flowers while we have thoughts on

Post photography.

~

1,767.

Transitions take time;

Orange-tipped, September leaves

Wear a hint of Fall.

~

1,768.

Busy, the book calls

Out to me – the page and word

Say, ‘Oh, Set us free.”

~

1,769.

Quiet city streets

Greet my predawn ride to work;

Take that, commuting.

~

1,770.

Under the setting

Sun we celebrate our friends

On their wedding day.

~

1,771.

Day begins again,

Cool with Autumn’s chilly breath;

Like the leaves, I change.

~

1,772.

The city skyline

Whispers with light, ten-thousand

Possibilities.

Monterey

1,773.

The October Dance:

Scholars spin through schoolhouse doors

While birds migrate south.

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1,774.

As farmer to crop,

Sister Fates to newborn soul,

Harvest time and live.

~

1,775.

Dawn chasing by bike;

The street lights click off as the

Day begins to spread.

~

These haiku first appeared on twitter in September and October of 2012. Images are from 2008 near Monterey. My first 1,000 haiku are collected in Status Haiku

Haiku & Photography

1,651.

Forested laughter;

Leaves in the wind and birdsong

Thrilling in the air.

~

1,652.

Wedding sounds echo

Across the lake; Ganesh smiles

On the happy site.

Instagram Shots

1,653.

Feasting under white

Canopies, the guitar plays

While we celebrate.

~

1,654.

Shimmering, like light

On the surface, we practice

Weightlessness and play.

~

1,655.

Fortuitous bug

Crawls across my mat; yoga

By the lapping shore.

~

1,656.

Leave-taking; bitter-

Sweet, hoping to renew with

Family again.

~

1,657.

Summer-embraced blue

Cloud-wrapped above – I’m cooling

In waters of you.

~

1,658.

Thunderclouds layer

The sky; below, trees and I

Anticipate rain.

~

1,659.

Overpass osprey

Surveils rivers and concrete:

Urban avian.

~

1,660.

Glow-bugs by roadside –

My heart skips at first sighting.

Cali-boy travels.

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1,661.

Municipal art –

Pub crawl in South Dakota;

Simmering summer.

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1,662.

Stories flow from tap

On a Monday afternoon:

Heady summer fun.

Instagram Shots

1,663.

Sultry and slow like

The Mississippi rising

With the summer sun.

~

1,664.

On the rolling plane,

Westward to escape the heat;

Lakeside we will play.

~

1,665.

The cicada call

Up and down the street, summer’s

South Dakota song.

~

1,666.

We three layabouts

Are merged onto this long couch:

Independence Day.

~

1,667.

A thundering crash

And night blooms to day under

The exploding sky.

~

1,668.

Homeward on the wind

We’ll fly, chasing westward the

Sinking, summer sun.

~

1,669.

Surfers and the waves

Crash; my canvas captures this

Oceanic sight.

~

1,670.

Bicycling back from

The coast, Saturday falling

Behind afternoon.

~

1,671.

Pollen hunting, it

Alights, bud to yellow bud,

To capture summer.

~

1,672.

Yoga and errands

By bicycle: this big

City life suits me.

Instagram Shots

1,673.

The farmers market:

Cornucopia colors

On a summer’s day.

~

1,674.

Twenty-one speed waves

And I make revolutions:

Body in summer.

~

1,675.

Car serviced, yoga

Done: Gluten-free In-n-Out

Completes the morning.

~

These haiku first appeared on Twitter in June and july, 2012. Photos are from my new Instagram account.  Feel free to follow me for my favorite things – like the dog, flowers, and food.  

A Wedding Watercolor

This is Lake Vermilion.

Lake Vermilion

The site is home to my new cousin-in-laws’ family cabin in Minnesota.  Last weekend they had a lovely wedding ceremony on a small peninsula of the lake.  Afterwards we all played, swam, and got creative.  As a gift to the new couple, I decided to paint the scene – finishing the whole piece later that night.  Both the bride and groom were overjoyed when I presented the painting.

Bonsai detail - Lake Vermilion
The bride was especially touched. Her family has had this land since the 1940s. She has spent many occasions here, including her wedding day last weekend. “My bench and bonsai!” she cried on seeing the painting, “I love it!”

Bench Detail - Lake Vermilion
Lake Vermilion is watercolor and ink on paper, 9×12.