Tuesday, May 10, 2011

my green sky

I know flocks of girls who admire bluebirds. There's Carolyn, Barbara, Pat , Nancy, Sandi, Delila Vicki, Colette,Dana, Lori, Nina, Jody, Janet and Heather. And Carol g! and thats just the beginning. They must feel like Thoreau who said 'The bluebird carries the sky on her back'....

Every once in a while I paint a bird girl piece. This pale pink wall in my studio is holding them up for now

While we are in my studio, right outside my window, there's a blooming going on of pink and white petunias

Back in side, here's one of my first girl and birds, a swan.

I've got loads of spoons to list. They're dangling from an old rake while they wait for me to
get busy with the camera.

But instead of being productive, I decided to write down things that are pink.

I forgot mouse ears.

and cotton candy!

A pink breasted pigeon. Isn't she beautiful?

This is my best friend, Kary. she is a little shy, loves red gingham, Teddy, home, and 1962. Calls this hairdo a 'birds-nest'. And her favorite bird is the owl.

Emily Dickinson wrote 222 poems about birds, including The Hummingbird.

Here's what Pablo Neruda had to say about humming birds;

The small bird on fire

Which dances out of the pollen

Just a short drive from here the pink sweet peas are washing the hills

Standing in the middle of this pinkness I was swaying with the scent . I wanted to lie down and sleep there. But I carried that scent home with me, in the form of a single sweet pea .

Because I beleive in the Chinese proverb

'If I keep a green bough in my heart,

The singing bird will come.'

wishing you a pink spring





Librarian said...

Think Pink - and in such a lovely, spring-like manner! Thank you for a, once again, wonderful posting. There's loads I'd love to say but it would end up being more an essay than a comment :-)

Mary Welsh Hubbard said...

I love your pink wall of bird girls. They are all so pretty.

A bird in the hand said...

Oh, you must add me to your flock of girls who admire bluebirds. Or any birds... I've never seen a pink-breasted pigeon, so thank you for that!!


a mermaids purse said...

such a delightful, cheery post. i a-d-o-r-e all your creations each with unique stories to tell - beautiful x

i love your listy of pink things x

i saw a pink sky only last week ;0) in between showery storm!

best wishes,
x kazzy x

My Farmhouse Kitchen said...

well....you KNOW i LOVE*LOVE*LOVE this..... {sigh}

beautiful SPRING post

thanks for including me, my friend

kary and teddy in the farmhouse...

jaz@octoberfarm said...

what a great post! i love all of your at. those spoons are adorable on that rack!

Rose Garden Romantic said...

Very sweet pieces! I love birds and especially bluebirds!!

Patricia Griffin said...

That pink-tinged pigeon is amazing - as are your spoons and clever rake-hanger. Your blog is such good fun. Makes me smile! Thanks!

ParisBreakfasts said...

Please add me to your list of blue bird admirers.
Even moreso I admire your work...
AND this post!

Valerianna said...

Wonderful post... look forward to seeing all the spoons! They look sweet all hanging from the rake - very Wizard of OZ, that field of sweet peas that you resisted lying down in. I wonder what might have become of you if you had...

Romi and Bob said...

I have just discovered your blog and find your work so uplifting. It makes me feel nostalgic, for some reason. The bird girls are great and I love that one ois bsed on Emily Dickinson. I also adore your cups. Very beautiful and inspirational magical creations. x

gallerydarrow said...

Don't forget tickled! That's how I felt perusing your images and reading along,
*now I'm in the pink too! xoxox Ro

susan jenkins said...

Beautiful post and work Julie!! i just LOVE the girl platters and all about pink too! I LOVE pink and all that IS!
So cute of Kary, all just wonderful and the spoons! Love those!!
xx Susan

Wish on a Whisker said...

Dear Julie~ Your blog is like visiting a ~magical land~, and it always makes me so happy. Your artwork is special beyond words... Happy PINK spring! Love~ Mandy

Tracey Broome said...

Wow, I have so much catching up to do, for some reason your blog has not been posting on my blog roll, I have missed so many entries!

Lori ann said...

OMG. Will be back when I have more time to comment. I'm on my way to the airport, going to NYC, and now all I can think of is this post.

sharon said...

Your posts are like a dream to me, so pretty, and all things good. You are a poet of many mediums Julie!

Believe it or not, I have only seen a bluebird once in my life, last year in fact, and the color is still vivid in my mind.

jen storer said...

Just so absolutely beautiful. all of it. my senses are overwhelmed with the wonderfulness of it all. Thank you Julie! xx

Maggie Ann said...

Julie, what a refreshing post! You give wings to the day. =)

Michelle @ Give a Girl a Fig said...

I love the spoons on the rake...so cute. I really wish I could actually get to your shop in time to actually purchase a piece of your work!! By the time I get there you are sold out!! That's good though...for you!! :)

Love the nest spoon...so perfect...

Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes said...

Hi Julie, you can add "Mary" to that list of girls who like bluebirds! LOL!!! What a pretty pigeon, I've never seen one! Love the "pink" list too! Have a great week!


Kathryn Glover said...

What inspiring writing about all things beautiful. Colors, smells, sensations to the heart I've missed you with your busyness.

delila said...

BEAUTIFUL!!! I do love those spoons and bird girl pieces. I think there is bluebirds in Finland, pitty that i have never seen one, hopefully in this summer. Your surrounding are so beautiful Julie, is that a wild sweetpea?


Nan said...

It must be just the happiest, most joyful experience making these wonderful creations. How I love your work.

And are sweet peas wild out there???? Maybe I'll move.

TIKA said...

Beautiful ....post
Beauty everywhere!

cabin fever said...

Such a wonderful post, dear Julie! LOVE everything pink, too, and love your bird girls. The spoons hanging off the old rake is an awesome idea...

I was late seeing your blog as we are madly packing for Brimfield. Shutters & Vines and Mother Hubbard's Cupboard have a booth this year at the biggest flea market!!!!! I will be on the look-out for pink!

XO Liz

annamaria said...

I am really thinking pink these days too- and yes, there is something about girls and birds-My dear Julie, your work is such an inspiration!Just beautiful!XX

From Beyond My Kitchen Window said...

Happy pink spring to you also. I love all your pieces. I would love to have that old rake and spoons in my kitchen. Just lovely!!!

April said...

Oh the pink sweet peas are heavenly!!! In fact, there was a tiny mouse, hiding behind one, who came forward shyly, pushed by the others...."Ummmmmm, Mouse noses are pink!" she exclaimed! Your creations make me as happy as a PINK SPRING!

Diane said...

This is the first time I've visited your enchanting blog. I love all the pinks and the way you do your beautiful pottery. Diane

A time to dance said...

Julie the sweet peas are breath taking I have never seen any like that before - beautiful...I had a lovely coffee from my mug today - have I told you recently - I LOVE MY MUG!!!

kate fern said...

Wonderful post, I love your girl and bird work, I am compelled to paint and print them too! I must go and check out all those Emily Dickinson bird poems.
Best wishes :)

Julie Whitmore Pottery said...

Dearest blogging peeps
Even tho blogger had indigestion and I lost some comments, i did get to read them first and want to thank you April, Annamaria and others for your encouragement
and friendship!

sea-blue-sky & abstracts said...

Fantastic post Julie - I love the way you have arranged and displayed your latest works - and what a treat to see Kary immortalised in this way, looking so sweet alongside her favourite bird! x

Vintage Fairy Tales Rebecka said...

Okey, this is my plan,
I will grab the whole rake of spoons and run run run to The Vintage Fairy Tales cottage:)

pat said...

The bluebirds are nesting in our bluebird box.. they have been challenged by the tree shallows, but as of this morning, I think the bluebirds have won.. I assume that their rivals will take the "other box", but then there are always the wrens who will build a nest in anything that's available... so where are these "pink doves" that I have never seen before.. they're lovely. Thank you for reminding me of the heavenly smell of sweet peas... your work is oh so sweet..

Julie Whitmore Pottery said...

Pat, Well of course you have bluebirds...I'd nest at your place if i were one.
The pink pigeon is from the island of Martinus in the Indian Ocean. Was down to about twenty in the seventies, but now up to 300 due to radical conservation methods. They are huge, a foot long and the largest pigeion on earth and have direct lineage to the Dodo!

Helen Philipps said...

Hello Julie Thank you for visiting my blog - it's wonderful to find yours- I love your pottery, the bird girls are so pretty and delicate - I especially liked Emily Dickinson. Also loved your fresh take on the Staffordshire dogs, and the raised fruit designs - just lovely. Oh - and the pink things too of course! I'll be back to visit you again.
Helen x

Laura said...

inspired! all of it! i am in the pink now:)

Lori ann said...

Dear Julie,
This is an incredible post. Your art is just stunning. It's exquisite. I love it all so much. Kary must have been thrilled to see her image too, precious!

I love LOVE blue birds, sweet peas and Pablo Neruda. I love your little sketches, this is so full of so many things to love, it is one of my favorite posts ever.

Oh, and that chalkboard, you are so lovely.

Thank you for including me with the bird lovers.

Jody Battaglia said...

Hello Julie...Let's fly away to where the fun and happy bluebirds live. Have chirpy fun, Jody

Anonymous said...

LOVELY post, Julie! You can add me to the bluebird list - I love them!
You've been busy, but I'm glad that you've also found time to enjoy all the spring pretties!

Wishing you a lovely one,
~ Zuzu

Lynda said...

Love your blog, I was searching images for a pink bird...and here I am! Love it. You think like me.

dulcy said...

And how I love my new little bluebird spoon! It's precious and hanging in my kitchen along with my sweet little basket of rosemary. What a nice surprise to receive that since it's my most favorite herb, and I use it all the time. I also have been seeing pink and have just finished a little hooked pink and rosebud clutch that I'll be posting on my blog soon!

vicki said...

Oh Julie- what a beautiful, beautiful post. Your painted pottery pieces are fabulous- the ladies are so lovely on your pink wall. Love all the spoons!

I too love Pablo Naruda- when we were in South America I visited his beautiful home high on the hillside- the views from his home were amazing- his prose is te essence of soul.

That pink breasted bird- oh my!

Wishing you a beautiful spring also!


Such a very beautiful post. I love your cups on your header photo and your new birds series

Happy weekend
Carolyn x

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