The Carter Holman Blog

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Photos by Dillon

" Sun Rise" inspired by our last trip to Phoenix.

Peonies on the garden path.
Right in front of Mr. Lincoln --the rose
With my friend Kimberly in thought.

When you make the inner like the outer, and the outer like the inner,
and the upper like the lower…
When you make the male and female into a single one,
so that the male will not be male, and the female will not be female…
then will you enter the Kingdom of God.

Gnostic Gospel of Thomas

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Red Shoe Photographer


While I'm painting,

grass growing,

flowers blooming,

things moving around inside and outside,

Dinner on the table,

cats lounging---

Whatever is happening!

Our photographer makes his rounds

and at the end of the day pictures appear

reflecting our daily lives.

Quite a luxury.

Photos by Dillon

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Time in the garden

Inside I'm working on The Day of the Dead--
Paintings for a show in October.

Outside I'm working on shaping and coloring my garden.
In Oklahoma I was raised to call it "the yard."
Garden meant an area where you grow things to eat-
a vegetable garden. Then there was the flower garden.

Today--I like to think of it all as "The Garden."
It's my outdoor canvas and all I need to do is look
which can be dangerous for Greg, because I always
see some way to improve--to refine. That's the fun of it.
My creation outside is like a ripple that keeps expanding.
I know when a painting is finished.
I paint the edges and give it my signature.
Maybe a garden is just on a much larger scale.
I can't do all the creating by myself.
The work required and it's possibilities seems to have no end!
I guess, it could be thought of as a series of paintings.
There are so many different areas.....

I'm working on the edges now, but the signature is not in sight.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Red Shoes

The two vases there in the back were a gift from
my daughter Roxanne.
Greg called them"Japanese Dresden."
Fine examples to my eye.
I like the red shoes on the girl.
It's that orange red you see so much from that period.
And they didn't use it any where else --but on the shoes.
Very special.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Red Book Rubaiyat

A book of Verse underneath the Bough,
A Jug of Wine, a Loaf of Bread--and Thou
Beside me singing in the Wilderness--
Oh, Wilderness were Paradise enow!
from "Red Book Rubaiyat"
Omar Kyayyam
rendered into English verse
by Edward Fitzgerald
Arranged and illustrated
by Linda Carter Holman
Copyrighted by Linda Carter Holman
Red Shoe Publishing

Friday, May 1, 2009

Rain and Shine May Day

This affair is like the bright sun in the blue sky, shining clearly,changeless and motionless, without diminishing or increasing.It shines everywhere in the daily activities of everyone,appearing in everything.Though you try to grasp it, you cannot get it; though you try to abandon it, it always remains. It is vast and unobstructed, utterly empty...- Letter to Hsu Tun-chi from Zen Master Ta Hui

Funny how an idea can lay there for so long
like frying bacon
Turning and turning
Then all of a sudden it’s ready.
My "Red Book Rubaiyat" is beginning to brown.