An Artist's Quest

Birds & Other Beautiful Things

Center Pieces for this weekends Annual Forum at The Bishop's Ranch

Center Pieces for this weekends Annual Forum at The Bishop’s Ranch

This weekend I get to do one of my favorite things in my role as Resident Artist at The Bishop’s Ranch, make things pretty.  We have a big event that starts today called the Annual Forum.  It’s a time when supporters of the Ranch gather to get in touch with what the Ranch is up to and join together in community.  I get to decorate.  I get to make floral arrangements on the tables in harmony with the theme (this years theme is Creation Speaks and I choose to interpret that as birds singing). This years tables will be decked out in mason jars filled with beautiful tufting grasses growing here at the Ranch along with some Abutilon and Love in a Mist flowers from my yard.  Each Jar will have 3 paper birds communing.  I like to put poems on the table for people to take with them. Here is one of six that will be on the table:

How Birds Sing

-Kay Ryan                                                                                        

One is not taxed;

one need not practice;

one simply tips

the throat back

over the spine axis

and asserts the chest.

The wings and the rest

compress a musical

squeeze which floats

a series of notes

upon the breeze.

We are also having a church service to honors some special friends of the Ranch.  This too requires a floral arrangement.  I love wandering the Ranch with pruning shears and a bucket of water to gather flowers and branches to make a big bold beautiful arrangement that takes peoples breath away.  But wait there’s more…we are  hosting a Pool Dedication Party tomorrow for 200ish (what is with people not RSVPing these days) anyhow my Resident Artist job description covers, ribbons for ribbon cutting (including decorated scissors of course) and a floating sign for the pool with a train of rubber duckies announcing “ $125,000 more to raise”.  These along with the less exciting but crucial name tags, parking and bathroom signs are all part of my job description and on my to do list.  But I love a good problem to solve and if I can make it pleasing and beautiful to boot well then that is a job waiting for a creative answer. So wish me luck I’m off and running.

Congratulations to all you grads & parents of grads have a fun this weekend too.

Lucky dog: Resident Cutie

Lucky dog: Resident Cutie

Wouldn’t know it I discovered Lucky has worms today on our morning walk (I know that’s probably more information than you wanted) so it’s off to the vet this morning too! Ugh, BAD DOG! Too cute to be upset for long!

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3 responses

  1. Poor Lucky, I hope he feels better. Great post and thanks for sharing. Best of luck with everything 🙂

    May 31, 2013 at 9:33 am

  2. Jane

    Hi Lisa,
    I am looking forward to seeing you at the Annual Forum. As I too rush around making last minute preparations for my various roles this weekend I see your new posting in my mail box. It is a voice calling me.

    I know that diverting a few minutes to your words and art will nourish me for the last few hectic hours before I leave and head north to the Ranch. I am immediately rewarded to a sneak preview of your table decorations – always a delightful part of every Ranch event (and ideas I confess that I often end up copying for my own gatherings later in the year!)

    I smile when I read about your last minute diversion to take care of Lucky. We do not have a dog, but I too have had to drop everything and deal with the unexpected and unwanted this week. As they say, “If you want to make God laugh, tell Him your plans! ”

    Being at the Ranch and with you this weekend will however, allow me not only to rise to life’s challenges, but joyously celebrate them.

    Despite my brain telling i did not have time to join this conversation, my heart is overjoyed that I did.

    When creation speaks, join the conversation!

    May 31, 2013 at 10:25 am

  3. Wow the creativity of yours is commendable. Thank you for sharing this post dear! Using birds with flowers is awesome idea.

    Beautiful Flowers

    September 12, 2013 at 7:23 pm

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