Sunday, October 20, 2013

notice things closely, and remember

Walk the boardwalk, circle the turret, pass the weeping willow
and the ducks and swans to the bench just beyond.
North Bay Park, Ypsilanti, Michigan (2013)

"And remember in noticing such landmarks that you may want to use your knowledge of them some day for telling some one else how to find his way, so you must notice them pretty closely so as to be able to describe them unmistakably and in their proper order. You must notice and remember every by-road and footpath.

Remembrance of these things will help you find your way by night or in fog 
when other people are losing themselves.

In a word, "keep cool, make yourself comfortable, 
leave a record of your travels, 
and help your friends to find you.""

When Lost in the Woods section 
Scouting for Girls: The Official Handbook of the Girls Scouts (circa 1920)

Parking lot
North Bay Park, Ypsilanti, Michigan (2013)

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

proceed to the route

Sixteen hundred miles 
from here to there and back again
through six states
over a web of interstates and highways
two turnpikes, and steel bridges in yellow,
and back roads too
the ones not in the original plan
but the yield there, oh how very precious,
the pieces of a mystery clicking in to place
and I think "what if we hadn't taken that turn"
what a loss that would've been.

All the way, and particularly the closer we got to home
the robotic voice of the GPS admonished us
"proceed to the route"
each time we took a different way
but it echoed in my head as
"proceed to the root"

proceed to the route:
continue forward after an interruption or detour

proceed to the root:
return back to the essence and source of a thing

both ways
are truth

both ways
saw me home

and both ways 
brought me back 
to here.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013


four rooms is now closed.

though some of my favorite posts remain open, 
some internal links may not work.

I'll continue to share photos at flickr 
connect with me on instagram: j_peregrine.


thank you for visiting
wishing you the very best of everything in 2013 and beyond

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

bridge crossing in three steps

(loved this original, but after I took the photo, I overworked it.
Drat.  Kept going, though)

(close up)

(Ta da!)

"she made a wish
at the bridge she crossed when she came to it"

acrylic paint, mixed media, collage on 8" x 8" x 1.5" gessoboard

Find me on instagram (jeannine_p)

Thursday, June 14, 2012

The Daisy Yellow Zine #5

as selected by random number generator:

Judy H in NC and Grace (liberal sprinkles)!

Yay!  Winners will be contacted via email by Daisy Yellow.

Thanks to all for sharing your thoughts! 

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Friday, June 8, 2012

let's talk about love

"Love is the answer to everything. It's the only reason to do anything."
(Ray Bradbury)

What he said!

This is easy to forget, especially with creative things.  One minute you're completely on fire for your art and the next minute you're distracted by any number of things.  No matter how far you wander, though, your heart will lead you back.  It's true! 

Also true: The Daisy Yellow Zine #5 is smokin' hot off the digital presses and ready to download and inspire you!  In addition to the colorful art, gorgeous photography, and helpful prompts and ideas you are used to from Daisy Yellow, it includes articles from many contributors, including one from yours truly called A Reminder From the Heart Department that speaks to this very topic.

In honor of the release, Daisy Yellow has generously donated 2 complimentary copies for me to give away through this blog.

To enter the drawing, please leave a comment below (please include your email address and name - you can't win if I don't know who you are) and list 3 things you truly love about practicing your art, with "art" used broadly to include writing, knitting, cooking, gardening, etc. 

Entries will be accepted through 11:00 p.m. my local time (U.S. EDT), Wednesday, June 13th.  Winners will be chosen by a random generator tool and notified by email.

3 things I love about mixed media/art journaling:

1. the random paintings that result from wiping excess paint off brushes onto deli sandwich paper

2. the triumph I feel when I finish binding a new journal to work in

3. rearranging collage materials, the process of adding and subtracting and that click (aha!) when it all fits together

Over to you!

Double your chances of winning!  Get a second entry by adding me on twitter @boodzoo and letting me know you left a comment here so I can match it up!

Saturday, March 24, 2012

isn't that something

(mixed media, clear gesso, collage, acrylic paint,
watercolor paint, ebony pencil).

A "mistake" that blossomed into something.

(P.S. There are no mistakes)

Thursday, March 22, 2012


(mixed media collage, image transfer, acrylic paint, oil pastel, pencil on hot press watercolor paper)

my "found" poem cobbled together
from text in a book, reads:

the walls are built
weighted with stones
there are no windows
only illumination
to the doorway

Thursday, January 5, 2012


Last year, my goal was doing.  Not striving, frenzied, accomplishment-driven doing, but mindfully working at those creative things important to me. Doing and not just thinking or talking about doing and not getting distracted by activities that feel like doing but are sometimes just exercises in avoiding the uncomfortableness of sitting alone in a room with a blank something - piece of paper, canvas - and trying to fill it up with something from inside.

The schedule I had at the beginning of the year was a faint memory by the end of it and one of the hardest things to reconcile myself to (I'm still not there, actually, and might never be).  But while I hate getting home when it's dark, and while I struggle with all the time I'm forced to spend when I actually get home prepping for my next work day (because I work far away from home and have to be pretty organized), despite all that, maybe even because of it, I managed to plug away, a word here, a stroke of paint there, and stay true to my intention of doing. 

There is something about a condensed window of time that distills creative energy and burns off hesitancy and doubt - there just isn't any time to indulge in that. Working in this way, I cultivated a contentedness with incremental progress instead of throwing up my hands in despair because I didn't write complete poems or paint paintings in giant, gulpy, swept-away sessions.  In fact, I didn't finish very much of anything.  And I'm ok with that too because for me the doing is the thing.  The only thing.  Anything after the doing, after the finishing, is something else entirely. 

The important thing is taking one step forward, followed by another and another, and - will you at look at that - we're walking!

Two resources that help me tremendously in this endeavor of doing:

Do the Work by Steven Pressfield (I about fell off my chair when this appeared on my amazon recommendations early in the year - that "Do" in the title seemed planted there just for me).  And by the way this one's free to read on a kindle.


The Getaway Car: A Practical Memoir About Writing and Life by Ann Patchett, a long essay about her experience as a novelist but appropriate for all creatives and can be had for the princely sum of $2.99 (again for a kindle).

Thursday, October 27, 2011

herb & dorothy

“Some people are born to make great art and others are born to appreciate it. . . . It's a kind of talent in itself, to be an audience, whether you are a spectator in the gallery or you are listening to the voice of the world's greatest soprano.  ... There have to be those who witness the art, who love and appreciate what they have been privileged to see.”  (Ann Patchett, Bel Canto)

Herb & Dorothy, a documentary about art collectors Herb and Dorothy Vogel (a postman and librarian, respectively) shows how far your good eye and passion can take you.

And it made me smile.

It will make you smile too.

I promise.


Amazon prime members can stream this for free.  It's available at all the usual places.