Wednesday, November 15, 2017

TREE LIGHT


The light at 8:00 a.m. on November mornings oftentimes creates miraculous visions. If only I were able to paint these scenes.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

NEGATIVE SPACE II


Found "artwork" on the sidewalk.

Monday, November 13, 2017

NEGATIVE SPACE


Found "artwork" on the sidewalk.

Tuesday, November 07, 2017

THE SEED-DREAM



If one of the seeds of Yggdrasil

should drop from the paw or the cheek

of Ratatoskr the Runner

and somehow find fertile loam

in which to sprout

will a new world arise?

If so what dream lies within

those woody walls?

Monday, November 06, 2017

RATATOSKR


"Ratatoskr" by Troy's Work Table.

Sidewalk chalk, chalk pastels, charcoal, and charcoal pencil on recycled story paper and  12" x 12" concrete board.

Thursday, November 02, 2017

HARVEST



Ratatoskr runs and runs

and runs the lengths of Yggdrasil

the Great Ash the World Tree—


runs the trunks of the Nine Worlds—

deciduous and evergreen—

maple and yew and alder


pine and fir and spruce—

gathering the seeds of plenty

from each incarnation


and each variation—

cone and nut and berry

green and sweet and filled


with summer life

for the fallow days

of winter time

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

RATATOSKR



there are more pressing tasks than trying to settle old squirrels

for Ratatoskr is neither young nor old but timeless

and not to be settled from his frantic frenetic fevered search

for nutmeat to cherish ingest enjoy

and gossip to gather bear deliver

between the raptors in Yggdrasil's canopy

and the dragon that nibbles at the great tree's Nine Worlds roots

no, let us not delay the work of this near-divine rodent

rather, let us encourage the digging and chattering and scurrying

along the whorls and burls of the bark and branches

hoping that he will drop a tidbit for us

a relic from one of the other worlds

a glimpse of things we may feel but not necessarily know

Sunday, October 29, 2017

SEASONAL GOURD CARVING


 "Octo-punk'n." Danish squash, acrylic paint, 24 lb. bond paper, masking tape.

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Danish squash and masking tape.

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"Dia de los Muertos." Danish squash.

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To be or not to be, a Danish squash skull.

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"Ash the Jack-o-Lantern." Pumpkin. Carved by The Child.

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"Classic Jack." Danish squash.

YGGDRASIL with SHADOWS



Yggdrasil with shadows

is a playground for Ratatoskr

multiplied


One broad leaf is an island

of light in the darkness for one

drill-tooth


One broad leaf is an island

of dark in the brilliance for another

Ratatoskr


Each broad leaf is an island

each with its own chittering rodent—

a collage


of colors and geometries

and bodies upon the gallows

branches

Saturday, October 28, 2017

YGGDRASIL as MAPLE



Yggrasil as maple—
one avatar among many


Ratatoskr attempts
to grab the samaras

as they flutter toward
the soft waiting soil

to crack them and eat
their nutmeat


before they can become
Yggdrasil 2.0