Thursday, April 20, 2017

Tree Study

This one took a while but it sure is worth it.
A study in tree detail.
So much fun.
{Actual Size: 9" x 11"
Graphite on toned paper.}

"Tree Study"
by Camille O. Strate
© All Rights Reserved

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

into the eyes...

when you look into the eyes of a horse
you see your own reflection
a mirror of the feminine
that is you

when you look into the eyes of a dog
you see your own reflection
a mirror of the wolf
that is you

when you look into the eyes of a cat
you see your own reflection
a mirror of the predator
that is you

when you look into a mirror
what, then, do you see?

Monday, April 17, 2017

Bon Voyage....(again!)

And so, another trip 'round the Sun begins.

It's always a bit weird for me. This whole time thang. It doesn't seem possible that I have been on this marvelous Planet for six decades. But, according to the records, I have. Each asks me, "How old are you?", I always need to stop for a moment to think about it. I even do the math in my head. Like somehow, it will make more sense if I do the math.

Weird, I tell ya.

So yesterday, whilst at my darling sister's home, watching her prepare the Feast, I said aloud, "Sixty. Can you believe THAT?" My sister said that she, too, had to do the math (she is eight years my junior) and the tone in her voice suggested a bit of bewilderment too. As if it weren't possible that I could be that age. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that, despite her being the "younger" sister, she's always taken care of me as an elder sister would. Such is the makeup of our respective personas. She is much more the "grown up". I am...not so much.

Funny how that works.


This morning, when I rose from my bed, it occurred to me that I was beginning yet another voyage 'round this fiery ball we call our Sun. And my first thought was, "Guess I ought to pack my bags." An odd thought first thing in the morning. But there it was. Pack your bags and get ready for another year-long adventure. Because now, that's what it is for me. An adventure. I don't know what's coming. I have no clue about the surprises around the next turn. There is no way for me to foresee the challenges OR the bounties that lay ahead. And, near as I can tell, that is precisely what makes it so much fun. The not knowing is no longer scary to me. Now, it is what makes every day feel like Christmas morning. What new gifts will appear, waiting to be unwrapped?

I've never been good at "long-term" goals. I used to try. Really I did. But somehow along the way I realized that I'm just not one of those people. I'm a fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants kinda gal. In some ways, it's made for a pretty exciting Life. In other ways, it's been my curse. But no matter how I choose to look at it (and, let's face it, it IS a choice.), the bottom line is this:

I love my Life. It has been hard and easy and fun and scary and full of deep Love. For that, I will always be grateful. And what is to come...well, I'm happy not knowing.

That is, after all, the FUNNEST part of Life.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Water drops...

Can YOU draw a water drop?

Sunday, March 26, 2017

If you were a tree...
what kind would you be?

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Upside Down

"Upside Down" ~
{Sometimes a Magpie just wants a ride.}

Original art by Camille Olivia Strate.
Graphite and charcoal.
11" x 14"

Now available to hang on your wall.
Contact Camille for further information.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Risking One's Cliches

Most of you know I am loathe to any sort of political discussion. It's just not the way of this Hippie Cowgirl. seems we are in a space where even Hippie Cowgirls must rethink their thoughts, and suffer change, and risk their cliches in order to dream up ways to bridge what seems an insurmountable gap.
Perhaps the best thing about where we are, as a country, is that people like me are more willing to pay attention, and, more importantly, take part in the conversation. For me, it is a can of worms I've never wanted to open. Still, at this point in my evolution, I am inclined to stretch a bit more and learn as much as I can to find ways to make this insanity STOP. I believe in the good of people. I believe in compassion. I believe that if we, as a SPECIES, are to survive these toxic times we MUST find a way to move past our differences "for the good of the whole". This TEDTalk is short...and worthy of your time. (and...if it resonates, I invite you to share it with your people.)

It is supposed to be "our country".

What say we act as if, yes?