happy easter ma & pa moss. and everyone else!
it was so nice to catch up with mary & syd friday. we sat in the garden and did a bit of sketchbookery. these are mary’s old childhood paints. she still uses them.
are you familiar with the concept of tsukumogami? they are artifact spirits from japanese folklore. it is said once an object reaches it’s hundredth birthday, it becomes self-aware and alive; sentient. it’s a lovely way to think of taking care of things we treasure versus constantly replacing with new. but the concept of course, is much more complex than this. here i present only the simplified version. when i read about it i thought of many things, but especially of being a steward of an object rather than an owner. mary’s paints are on their way to becoming alive. the thought of that is enchanting.
i painted some of my shells. former homes of live things, of sea creatures.
i have been very lucky to find a beautiful collection on my last 2 visits to the santa barbara coast.
yesterday i found 3 mermaid purses!
a baby shark, skate, or ray is born inside then eats his way out and swims off into the deep. these purses were open on one end so i knew nothing could still be inside.
i think this is my first whelk shell i’ve ever found that hasn’t been broken.
broken or not, they are beautiful.
this one still had the living predatory sea snail inside. i tossed him out into a tide pool away from the shore so he wouldn’t be found and taken, or pried from his home.
i was delighted to find this painter on the shore working on a seascape.
sunrise by the sea.
that we are alive!
i put my collection on the sea wall to have a look.
let’s do this together okay?
i’ll send you your ticket. we’ll all have separate rooms. maybe there will be a special painting salon and we can meet there in the late afternoon and watch the lake turn golden. while we paint and write.
at the end of the week we can all drift apart and explore the italian countryside.
whadda ya say?
i guess i should stop writing and climb into my chariot. head for home.
happy easter friends.
see you soon!