(almost) back in the groove

(almost) back in the groove

it has been so restoring to spend several days making assemblages and playing in my studio again. i hope you could tell that the last two days of images were more engaged and inspired than the recent past. at least it felt that way to me. “i’m back in the groove,” i told myself. then, today, i had a relapse. i looked up around 5:00 and it was almost dark outside, and i was reminded that i have this little daily practice called STILL blog that doesn’t go away even when i’m busy catching up from two weeks of a circus atmosphere in my house.  fortunately, the wind had spent the day playing, even if i hadn’t. it left me this little gift of windblown and photogenically random fall leaves. i grabbed my camera and made it just under the wire.

assorted october leaves

minneapolis, minnesota

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self portrait

self portrait

an inadvertent portrait of my own mind. basically rigorous and orderly. leaning toward quiet playfulness. not everything in exactly the right place. pretty much holding it together. but reaching for something intangible at the edges.

patchwork of yellow and green elderberry leaves

  • Marty Rockett says:

    Mary Jo, You continue to inspire and amaze me with your creativity. Yesterday’s wreath and your portrait of leaves today takes my breath away.

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  • Ginny says:

    Made me gasp!! It’s beautiful and splendid on black. And I can relate to your description.

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  • Janice says:

    All I can say is WOW.

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the gales of november came early

the gales of november came early

today the winds arrived from the northeast and made whitecaps on the lake and took down most of the fall leaves. i had been piecing this assemblage together on my desk for the better part of a week, adding bits and pieces as i found them. i like how it turned out, and hope you do too, but what i like most is that i was back at my desk, playing with an assemblage, photographing it with plenty of daylight left. in short, normal life had resumed. it’s good to be back.

bits and pieces of autumn

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why no sheds?

why no sheds?

i have found almost every part of most of the common birds and mammals that live in my region, from bones to fur to feathers to scales to skulls. but despite sometimes daily visits from whitetail deer in our woods and our yard, including quite a few good sized bucks, i have never found a shed antler. i have heard that mice and other rodents will gnaw them, but it’s hard to believe that such small creatures can make entire thick-beamed 10 point buck antlers just disappear. i am not a deer hunter, but i do dream of trophies hiding in the woods.

elk antlers

 

  • I really love this composition. Thank you for sharing this.

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done

done

thank your for bearing with me these last few weeks. i feel as if my images have lacked some freshness and animation. i’ve spent the last two weeks in the middle of a major home rehab and the last two days involved in a photo shoot at my house for better homes and gardens. it has been a wonderful and completely draining experience. we made some magic over the last two days that i hope will be borne out in the final story next fall. it couldn’t have gone any better, but i am dying to return to my real life, and to making art. thank you for being patient with me and for being a part of this journey.

squirting cucumber (Ecballium elaterium)

languedoc, france

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