Painting

BIRD BRAINS


We were awakened in the grey dawn by the frenzied barking of an angry Jack Russell, announcing the return of Henry, our semi-resident crow. Henry and his pals come to scrounge our yard and annoy us periodically. Our prejudice is reflected in our language; after all, a group of crows is called a murder, which […]

IT ISN’T EASY BEING OLD


Crow Print by Marvin Oliver It’s a shame that just when you get comfortable being youngish, you suddenly find yourself being classified as “elderly”. You see strangers being referred to as elderly when in their 70’s. I suppose we are lucky that the longest period of our lives is called middle age. But the middle […]

PERSPECTIVES OF A CHURCH


“Ranchos de Taos” watercolor by kayti sweetland rasmussen It’s entire name is “San Francisco de Asis Mission church and it has stood in the plaza in Ranchos de Taos, New Mexico since 1816. Possibly one of the most photographed churches in the Southwest, its rear view has attracted the attention of artists from all over […]

MAKE YOUR BED


“Downtown Lady” watercolor by kayti sweetland rasmussen Making one’s bed is pretty basic to most of us, like changing your socks, returning your phone calls and possibly eating your oatmeal. It happens to be the title of a new book by former Navy Seal Admiral Andrew McRaven, whom I saw interviewed on TV. I haven’t […]

“EULOGY”


“Black Elk,” watercolor painting by kayti sweetland rasmussen “Eulogy” by Sherman Alexie My mother was a dictionary, She was one of the last fluent speakers of our tribal language. She knew dozens of words that no one else knew. When she died, we buried all those words with her. My mother was a dictionary. She […]

HAIR OF THE DOG


It is no laughing matter. We have hosted many varieties of canine throughout our nearly 71 years of wedded bliss, during which time I have been more or less on top of the cleaning game. The Health Department has never visited our home with poor housekeeping complaints in hand. However, we have been “done in” […]

OUR MOTHERS


“PERSEVERENCE” watercolor by kayti sweetland rasmussen Just as the tiny tree in this painting struggles through rocky soil to reach its independence and achieve its potential, we too struggled to loose the loving bonds of our mothers. We spread our wings and announced to the world at large “Look! We have listened; we have learned; […]