In April I sent out a series of cards featuring snow geese. Some of the recipients asked how I made them.  Each card in the series is different, but with common elements. The card is Canson-mi-tientes paper which has been enhanced with watercolor crayon and over-written in white colored pencil with text from a poem by Carolyn Forche. The snow geese are hand-drawn, and then painted with acrylic paint.The envelopes feature a collage created with scraps of mulberry and other papers, plus a vintage stamp.  This is the poem segment that inspired me and is found on the reverse of the cards. The card below was sent to Pascal Coupechoux in France.

"At the moment when the snow geese lifted, thousands at once

after days of crying in the wetlands

At once they lifted in a single ascent, acres of wind in their wingbones

Wetlands of morning light in their lift 

Moving as one over the continent, as a white front, one in their radiance,

in their crying, a cloud of desire..."

By Carolyn Forche

Selection from: The Recording Angel in the Best American Poetry, 1991.

Mark Strand, Editor

New York: Macmillan Publishing Company

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Comment by Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) on May 6, 2017 at 2:26pm

Ooops..maybe "Snow Geese"...BLUE too?

Comment by Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) on May 6, 2017 at 2:25pm

They have flown to Greece and landed!

thank you so much, Carmela!

see blog:

Comment by Toni Hanner -- tonipoet on May 1, 2017 at 12:53am

Glorious.

Comment by Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) on April 30, 2017 at 10:13am

Excellent...hoping the snow geese might fly to Greece? :-)

Comment by Keye C. on April 29, 2017 at 10:37pm
Beautiful work. It's also nice to get a glimpse of the creative process.

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