I finished June's IT! this morning -- happy I'm done and pleased with the results. We are driving down to California on Wednesday, boarding a ship on Sunday, and cruising down to Mexico. We won't be back in Oregon until July 1st and I don't think I'll have much, if any, computer time. I'm scheduling my June IT! to be revealed on June 28th and will be looking forward to seeing/commenting on everyone's interpretation of Karen's lovely butterfly.
Here's a page (tease/carrot) from my sketchbook...
On the left is a poem by May Swenson ('...it is the common occurrences that matter to the creative mind.'):
Unconscious Came a Beauty
Unconscious came a beauty to my wrist and stopped my pencil,
merged its shadow profile with my hand's ghost on the page: Red Spotted Purple or else Mourning Cloak, paired thin-as-paper wings, near black, were edged on the seam side poppy orange, as were its spots.
I sat arrested, for its soot-haired body's worm shone in the sun.
It bent its tongue long as a leg black on my skin and clung without my feeling,
while its tomb-stained duplicate parts of a window opened.
And then I moved.