Saturday, September 29, 2018

September Flying Carpet 2018

In September
The Flying Carpet
saddled up and was rarin' to go to Texas
on a whirlwind trip

 
On the road, the wrecked billboards advertised blue sky
in the spaces between rotted boards and shredded ads

“Icy bridge” signs proclaimed unseasonable disaster

In Amarillo at the Coyote Bluff Cafe

 


translucent pack horses hauled neon beer signs



After a Texas shaped waffle for breakfast (!)
on the way to Dallas
“4,000 Cowboy Hats
20 miles ahead”

At the Turquoise Coffee Shop at Chillicothe

Cowboy and cowgirl silhouettes
sun-blasted plants
black thumbs


a sense of abandonment
 


We drove
 "Till the wheels fall off and burn”


No words needed



So glad I
 “waltzed across Texas with you”

Thanks to my sidekick, Zachariah


 








Friday, August 31, 2018

August Flying Carpet 2018

In August The Flying Carpet 
clicked it's heels together and heard,
“There's no place like home”

 Waking in the morning…
the garden after welcomed rain




Returning inside…
Looking though the door 

to the first collage studio



Entering the mysterious




Opening the drawers…
wondering what will change today?









 Trying to keep track of the daze
 

 Wandering back out the door





 To the main gallery space
where Zachariah's paintings
have been shown all month




Many visitors 
also seeing composite paintings
in his studio




And then back out to the garden
Good Morning!
How about a cup of tea?




Truly,
"There's no place like home"

Special thanks to Zachariah
for collaborating 
on the studio/ gallery photographs


Tuesday, July 31, 2018

July Flying Carpet 2018




In July the Flying Carpet lent a HAND
and was one of 1,700 volunteers
for the 15th annual
International Folk Art Market
in Santa Fe

The HANDiwork 
of many many artists
and cooperatives 
from 56 countries worldwide
began with artist demonstrations
in supporting businesses downtown
 




and continued 
with the entry parade…
HANDS raised in welcome 
and celebration…
many embraces


At the Market
everyone is dressed to the 10's (!)
especially the Movers and Shakers

 

the Collectors
 



the Shoppers


 and the Artists


wrap it up and take it home!


It was HANDS down 
a fabulous event





Sunday, July 1, 2018

June Flying Carpet 2018


In this time of chaos and confusion*
Where you can't tell 
what's real and what's invention**
 


The primordial 
geometry of simplicity
will give a rest 
to the eye and the spirit***
Within the walls of the tea room
there is a moment
of orchestrated 
awareness and harmony**** 

The silent pause
before serving sencha tea
stops the swirling world*****
 Concentration on the perfection
of creation
helps us regain perspective******


Laughing with those we love
and empathy 
for the broken hearted
brings equilibrium******
*Meow Wolf
Santa Fe

**Meow Wolf
Santa Fe

*** Stage set for Madame Butterfly
Santa Fe Opera
Stage opens to allow the audience
to view a perfect sunset
(Thank you Anita)

****Strawberry Moon Tea Event
Jo Shin An Tea House Santa Fe
(Thank you Caroline)

*****Sencha tea event
at Tai Gallery Santa Fe
(Thank you Satori)

******Thank you Racine for all the adventures




Thursday, May 31, 2018

May Flying Carpet 2018

In May the Flying Carpet says,
"I left my heart in Japan…
had to go back and find it…

I searched for it 
in the exquisite geometry
of shadows on Hagi walls



in the ancient ritual 
of Taikodani Inari Shrine
in Tsuwano


in the preservation of 
time-honored life way
in Omoricho

 

in the massive Shimenawa
at Izumo Shrine


in the indescribable perfection
of the Adachi Garden in Yasugi 

 

in the elegant simplicity  
 at Kennin-ji Temple 
in Kyoto
 

in the attention to detail
of each bamboo wonder

 

and found it finally
caught up in the branches
of the revered  cherry tree
at Senbon Shakado


But I left a tiny tiny bit 
to await my return... "

Monday, April 30, 2018

April Flying Carpet 2018

In April
The Flying Carpet
experienced 
life as a waking dream
in Japan reflections



In Kyoto 
at Kitano Temple
the spent cherry blossoms
“carpeted” the ground


In Hagi 
at the Merchant's house
the garden 
was like a watercolor
superimposed 
upon the painted screen


In Yasugi
Hiro Ajiki, ceramic artist
and follower of the Way of Tea
reflects on his life
and his love 
of Rabindranath Tagore's poetry
in faded photographs

 

Long remembered
with amazement...
mother of pearl
Japanese and Chinese
Fine Art Curios
 

At Kawaii Kanjiro's 
Residence and Museum
mingei is alive and well

 

In the misty morning
at the 
Kyoto Botanical Garden
100's of species of begonias
intoxicated us in an abun-dance

 

and the lotus pond
paid homage to 
Harry Callahan calligraphy


One wonders and wanders
 in beloved Kyoto


Who was that Masked Man?
 

Special thanks to Esprit Travel
Steve first who began it all
Nancy and Andy par excellence
and the best adventurers all