Sunday, April 15, 2018

Just Enough



This poem I wrote while taking an amazing Ayurvedic cooking class. Much of what I retained, was to slow down- when I think I know what my body needs, when I choose produce, when I cook and when I eat. I was reminded to use natural, seasonal and local products. And also to explore many fun spices and herbs from outside my region.

Ayurveda is the sister to yoga. I find it fascinating and intriguing. I love how it explains that we are born with constitutions that relate to the seasons and how what we eat is aligned or misaligned in our bodies. There are so many facets to what I learned.

Here are a few: Food can be healing. Don't overdo. Uncomplicate. The products you use on the outside of your body and in your home matter too. Sometimes you really need over the counter medicine. Use your taste as a guide. Understand what the season gives you. : )

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Winter Interrupted

The weather was unseasonably warm today . . . it felt like summer in winter and I think we all enjoyed the break from the cold, knowing full well that sometime soon, it'll feel like winter.

A bientot


Tuesday, January 2, 2018

New Year New Work

Bonjour My Friends and Happy 2018!

Like fresh warm baguettes out of the oven, I have new illustrations in my portfolio. This is fresh work based on a few picture book ideas I have been kicking around. . . Just add some buerre and enjoy!

A bientot.


Thursday, October 26, 2017

ACS Hillingdon

If my mind and body is in the US, certainly my heart is in London, specifically outside of it, at an amazing school named ACS Hillingdon. Here's a watercolor tribute to it.



I specifically went with a Halloween palette, which for me, was more dominated by yellows and purples and accidents in between (I know all you Shreks and Gremlins and Goblins are wondering about green that's definitely an accident of yellow and purple).



I went to ACS Hillingdon from the time I was 7 until I was 17. Although both my parents are American, I learned English there from expats. Even though I was in England for my formative years, I never quite picked up an English accent. But I love England like its my home and while I'm here, in America, I celebrate the Halloween I never really had growing up. At times, I feel homesick and at other times, I feel like America is my home. Home? What a strange and funny word that is to me. I suppose home is "where you lay your hat" and "it's not where you are from, it's where you are at!"

So Long, a bientot and bloody well Cheerio . . .

Friday, August 18, 2017

Turn Around, Bright Eyes

Bonjour mes amies:
Can I just say, "Once upon a time there was light in my life and now there's only love in the dark. Nothing I can say, but total eclipse of the heart" One of my much beloved songs from the 80s will be performed on a cruise ship overlooking this Monday's solar eclipse.

I have also learned that it is a time when the air will be charged and amplified with energy . . .


How will this effect us mortals on Earth? Some animals will hide, some will feel a surge of emotions and others will use it as an occasion for a celebration.
http://www.siddhayoga.org/natural-cycles/eclipses
http://www.newyorker.com/culture/culture-desk/total-eclipse-of-the-heart-will-never-be-eclipsed?mbid=social_twitter

I will make eggs sunny side up and squish them with a large piece of homemade bread.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/irishsodabread_67445

I will invoke the notion that humans are a microcosm of the universe. I will do some sun salutations. I will fast in the afternoon and meditate. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e92_aBiHOqg

Joyeux eclipse solaire, earthlings!!

A bientot,
Helen

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Paths to Her

Namaste people!

Here's a dedication to our wonderful yoga teacher, Ayurvedic master, all around great person and so much more, Sheryl Edsall of Naturally Yoga. Enjoy and a bientot! And Sat Nam!