Category: Paintings

Meditation: Books and Journals

I look at the books and journals in our home and am grateful. There is a wide selection: poetry, memoirs, novels, books discarded by libraries, books from thrift stores, books given as gifts. Poets I’ve read for decades, and new poets in journals and who post on their blogs.

Morning Glory on the Vine: Early Songs and Drawings, by Joni Mitchell, was published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2019; and is a beautiful book. She wrote a forward in May 2019. And she is as grateful as ever.

Poetry called to me from the Psalms, and the hymns, from church. Then when I was young I heard Joni Mitchell, and other artists. I could write too!

Monday afternoon
in March
sun fills a bookcase
from my father

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two poems: new and old

March sunrise
shadows of trees
on cedar garage

this morning

garage painting (in words)

Yesterday, while working at the kitchen sink, I looked out the window and saw a beautiful image:

some moss on the side of the cedar garage
with a cedar tree nearby
light was shining there
with the shapes of the tree branches
amidst the green

April 4, 2013

Ellen Grace Olinger

sun on a painting

sun on a painting
from a thrift store
calls my attention
to look again

over time the picture
may fade a little
and change

become a new version
unique to this home

other days
the sun too bright
and long

I think things through
what can fade
what should stay
the same

December 2018

Ellen Grace Olinger

Tulip Watercolor is courtesy of Reusable Art.

Renoir – Vase of Flowers, 1886

Pierre-Auguste Renoir
Vase of Flowers, 1886

Courtesy of Dover Publications.
From 120 Great Impressionist Paintings.

(I first posted this work of art in October 2012 – sometimes readers help me rediscover a post, and share again.)