Poem of the Week: The Facts of Aging

by Mimi Gould
Atlanta, Georgia Branch

So much to do before I pass
and here I sit upon my ass,
my energy is gone there’s none to spare
I lay on the bed, still in my underwear.

 

I wasn’t warned about getting old
I tried to do what I was told
but none advised me about fatigue,
and laziness and the lack of speed.

 

I munch on ice cream and candy bars
and wonder how my waist got large.
I truly want an exercise routine
but end up with People magazine.

 

It’s disgusting to me, this aging event,
I can’t even remember how my days are spent.
The golden years are simply phony
with time to spare, it’s pure baloney!

 

I’ll wake up tomorrow and hear myself say,
hooray, I’m vertical for another day.
And suddenly the day goes by,
hours seem like seconds, the time just flies.

 

The months and years are gone like a breeze.
I need more days, dear GOD, if you please.
A new year is here, I must take control
of mind and body and this lazy soul.

 

I’ll rid the cupboards of cookies and sweets
and try my darndest to get off my seat.
The stationery bike awaits my butt,
and perhaps a dance class to strut my stuff.

 

I’ve letters to write and a canvas to paint on
and a memoir to write before I’m gone.
I used to run just like a bunny,
batteries charged, yes, that was me.

 

Now I’m down to a turtle pace,
the only speed are wrinkles on my face.
Dear GOD, please hear my prayer,
bless me with vigor and enough to share.

 

Art of the Week: Sunny Sunflowers

Kay Duffy
Santa Clara Branch, CA
“Sunny Sunflowers”
Watercolor
www.kayduffywatercolors.com

 

 

The freedom, spontaneity and speed, the “wet and loose” of watercolor, suits Kay Duffy’s temperament.  She says her approach is “juicy”, incorporating bright colors, broad strokes, and strong shapes to depict feelings and impressions of the natural landscape, flowers and trees, buildings, foreign lands and exotic places.  Duffy finds the freedom of painting on location, en plein air, to be the most enjoyable way to paint. Inspiration for studio work comes from sketches and slides taken while walking in the community, working in her garden, hiking in the wilderness or traveling in foreign lands.

 

Duffy’s recent, more experimental work utilizes an original technique of texturing oriental papers with watercolor pigments. These papers are torn, arranged and collaged to create interesting abstract images.  Metallic foil, pastel and opaque media are also utilized to enhance the image. To see more of her work visit her website.

 

 

NEW from Pen Women Press: Celebrating 120 Years of Pen Women

“Pen Women foster and support creative development in women of all ages.”

– Lucy Arnold, Editor

 

Pen Women Press is pleased to announce the publication of Celebrating 120 Years of Pen Women, a limited-edition, commemorative coloring book that celebrates what unites us, excites us, and makes us Pen Women.

 

Only 100 copies have been printed and are available from NLAPW exclusively!

 

Celebrating 120 Years of Pen Women features 30 beautiful illustrations by NLAPW members Anne R. Baehr, Barbara Baum, Anita Benson Bradley, Mary Dall, Patricia Daly-Lipe, Chella Gonsalves, Caroline Henry, Darby Hobbs, Barbara L. Jendrysik, Kathryn Kleekamp, Lisa Livingston, Mary Ann Miller, Suzanne M. Packer, Debbie Patrick, Molly Read Woo, J. A. Slack, Bonnie Jo Smith, Katie Turner, Mara Viksnins, Barbara Waterman-Peters, Patricia Watkins Dick, Melissa Woodburn, and Lucy Arnold.

 

Published by Pen Women Press (January 7, 2018); 64 pages. ISBN# 978-0-9815693-7-6

 

Price: $16.00 ($12.00 donation to NLAPW, Inc., plus $4.00 S&H. Visit the NLAPW Bookstore website to order today and to also see S&H rates for multiple copy orders.) Please allow 4 – 6 weeks for order fulfillment and delivery.

 

Kathleen Vermaelen

Managing Editor, Pen Women Press

Publications Chair, 2016 – 2018

NLAPW, Inc.

Art of the Week: Bug-Eyed Beetle

Elizabeth J. Parrish
Stockton-Lodi Branch, California
“Bug-Eyed Beetle”
Digitally Enhanced Photograph
www.tomorrowsimagestoday.com

 

Driving down a country road, Elizabeth Parrish was initially drawn to a rusty truck on a property in Lodi. After handing a business card to the woman there to let her know that Parrish was a photographer, she graciously let Parrish wander around while she was busy on a project in the barn. The color of a VW car was Parrish’s favorite, opera pink. Intrigued by the headlight overtaken by nature, noticing the sand in its curvature, and seeing how the spider thought it a perfect place to spin its web, Parrish composed the shot. With a little help from Photoshop™, the rest became a magical experience.

 

Art of the Week: Myth, Magic and Metaphor

Patricia Daly-Lipe
Washington, D.C. Branch
“Myth, Magic and Metaphor,” Oil
www.patricialipe.com/paintings

 

 

Patricia Daly-Lipe’s paintings come from the heart. Most are unplanned and develop as the paint goes on the canvas. Such was the case with this painting. It was a result of wiping leftover paint with a palette knife onto an empty canvas.  The Princess and the unicorn found their ways in the paint. Daly-Lipe then added the dragon. This painting represents good and evil with the Princess asking the unicorn (who represents creativity/good) to look in the mirror so he won’t see the dragon (who represents evil).

 

Poem of the Week: Winters

by Virginia Nygard
NLAPW Vero Beach Branch

 

Across the barren, snow-steeped ridge

skeleton trees appear dry and bare,

yet seem to wake as I near the bridge,

and my heart skips with childish fear.

 

They point my way and begin to wail

as one, in chill and windy voice,

You, too, will pass like this one day.          

You have no other choice.

 

 

Art of the Week: Beauty Veiled

Beatrice Doone-Merena
Boca Raton Branch NLAPW
“Beauty Veiled”
Oil on Canvas

 

Beatrice Doone-Merena is a contemporary realist artist who has mastered Renaissance oil painting techniques to which she adds her unique contemporary perspective, lively sense of color, and bold compositions.

 

Doone-Merena was inspired to create a relaxed version of beauty with “Beauty Veiled” by a love of portraits. She wanted to break away and create a fun interpretation of the traditional portrait.

 

See more of her work at: www.beadoone-merena.com

 

Poem of the Week: Poetic Mystery

by Natica Angilly
Diablo/Alameda Branch, CA

   

Spirit dreams

the dance of the poem.

Consciousness flows.

Moving atoms take the space.

Poetry dances.

Mysteries unfold.

 

Art of the Week: Hampton Shores

Lisa Rose
Vero Beach Branch
“Hampton Shores”
Soft Pastel, 18 x 24

 

After completing her professional training for Interior Design at Cornell University, Lisa Rose served her apprenticeship in all phases of interior design and planning at Braswell-Willougby Inc.

 

Ms. Rose spent three years there, developing the “studied casual opulence” that is now her trademark. During this period she worked on such projects as the interiors of private jets and yachts, which were subsequently published in Architectural Digest and House and Garden.

 

In 1978 Lisa Rose founded Aubergine Interiors. Aubergine Interiors has gained national attention with features in prestigious publications including House Beautiful, House Beautiful Home Decorating, Florida Design, Interior Design, Maison Francaise, Home, Cosmopolitan, Woman’s Day, The New York Times, Professional Office Design, The New York Post, The Daily News, and Ladies Home Journal.

 

Now retired, Ms. Rose spends her time managing her real estate properties in Vero Beach Florida and Sag Harbor, New York and volunteering at the Environmental Learning Center and the Vero Beach Museum of Art.

 

She has just taken up Pastel painting and has set up her studio and web site. https://lisarose22.wixsite.com/lisa-rose-pastel

 

Art of the Week: Jeweled Koi

Diane L. Lawrence
Topeka, Kansas Branch
Watercolor
www.dlawrence.faso.com

 

Diane’s focus as an artist has always been color. She tries to achieve colors so intense that the viewer is drawn to the artwork like a moth to a flame. Nature is her inspiration because of so many surprises in color and pattern. The purpose of her paintings is to make us more aware of the beauty of our surroundings.

 

Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, Diane graduated from the Kansas City Art Institute with a B.F.A. in Painting and Printmaking. After the Art Institute she went on to earn a teaching certification from the University of Missouri in Kansas City. Her teaching experience began in the public school system of Independence, Missouri. After moving to Kansas in 1975 Diane continued teaching in her studio as well as other venues. She has taught workshops and given demonstrations in Kansas and Missouri in Silk Painting and Watercolor. Because of her experience, Diane was selected as an instructor for Silk Painters International Conferences in 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016 and 2018.