Coming into canopy, again….

Crispy and cluttered and coming undone
I come,
crawling into the lap of love,
my “what if”s coaxed
into caring,  capable hands.

and I go calm as living breezes
croon over me soft
with kisses of courage
and nuzzles of comfort

-this love is clever enough,
doesn’t even need my strength,
just wants me,
my real,  true colors.

I go still
as soothing shelter coaches my soul
to cast off the cares,
toss the control,
and let it captivate me,
this clean cooling light
that cradles,
and companions.

Yeah,  I’m covered.
It’s all covered.

I wrote these words last July and posted them here then,  too.
Just needed them again….needed to tuck in beneath them
and let them work on the tight knots in my soul.

Always I thank you for coming around to let me share.
And what do you think of these paintings I’ve been playing with
for outdoor spaces?
I’m kind of over the moon about this happy experiment
….they do make the woods sing!


  1. Mary on July 28, 2012 at 8:11 am

    I absolutely love these beautiful, bright heart cheer paintings! I can see oodles of wonderful texture in them too.

  2. JBR on July 28, 2012 at 9:57 am

    Jen, glad that you are sharing once again! You are a delight! Blessings my dear.

  3. rachel awes on July 28, 2012 at 10:20 am

    you make my woods sing too!
    i adore your paintings on trees!!!

  4. Simone on July 28, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    How wonderful! Your paintings add a lovely touch of colour under the green canopy of the trees.

  5. Lindsay on July 28, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    I haven’t read that post some time ago,
    Still busy reading your archive ever now
    and then 🙂
    Your poetry is so deeply inspiring, so tender
    and calm while your paintings make
    my heart jump of joy.

    Thank you. <3

  6. Michele Bergh on July 28, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    So beautiful and comforting…these words of yours. Thank you for being you.

  7. missing moments on July 28, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    Love the words and the art! Singing woods …love it!

  8. Bren on July 28, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    I think they’re brilliant and others do to, hope you sell them all! Love when you not only show up in words, but on canvas 🙂

  9. Pat Petersen on July 28, 2012 at 10:16 pm

    Absolutely beautiful. I love every one of them!

  10. Kathy on July 29, 2012 at 7:29 am

    I love your paintings in the woods, Jennifer! Sing! Sing!

  11. Becky on July 29, 2012 at 10:01 am

    sweet, sweet, sweet!!! they seem meant for that space:)

  12. Becky on July 29, 2012 at 10:01 am

    sweet, sweet, sweet!!! they seem meant for that space:)

  13. Brianne on July 29, 2012 at 11:43 am

    THIS resonates deep, the whole thing, but especially, “…doesn’t even need my strength,
    just wants me,
    my real, true colors.”
    OH, to know, experience and GIVE love like this.
    Love your paintings, your perspective, your place here in space.

  14. S. Etole on July 29, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    You bring the woods new life with your vivid colors and words of beauty.

  15. elk on July 30, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    stunning the way you have hung these painting ..the trees love it and so do I!!

  16. Lynn Fisher on July 31, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    I’m in love with your awesome art gallery! And your words…thank you for re-posting!!! Your colors are so wonderful.

  17. Barbara on July 31, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    I adore those paintings!! And I love how you have them displayed with the trees. Love your words, too. So glad you re-posted them. I hope the knots are gone!

  18. eydie on August 1, 2012 at 1:24 pm

    The trees breath in
    brilliant colors of sunset orange,
    electric lime, razzeled-dazzle raspberry,
    lilac luster, and bittersweet blues.
    Oh, how I adore your paintings.

  19. jeanie on August 1, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    I was about to say I didn’t know which I liked best, the paintings or your eloquent words! I thought you were just showing them outside because they look amazing, but the fact that they are outside paintings is amazing. can you imagine walking into a garden with these? I’d swoon!

  20. Lynn on August 2, 2012 at 7:02 am

    Love the paintings! Such happy feelings jump off the canvas and I love the idea of hanging them outside! The poem is a lovely accompaniment. Lovely.

  21. kathryn on August 2, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    your paintings are very much like your photographs…colorful, cheery and fun!! what a wonderful way yo surround yourself!!

  22. Louise G on August 3, 2012 at 11:59 am

    with colour
    in the trees


  23. kamana on August 3, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    beautiful happy paintings. happy weekend to you my friend.

  24. Kel on August 4, 2012 at 1:41 am

    since it is summer where you are
    i imagine those cool green leafy canopies
    would bring respite and relief
    with your splashes of colour dotted throughout
    feels like you’ve made a living room for the living trees

  25. suz on August 4, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    ooo that last one is scrumptous
    and yes indeed…rest

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