In the Word Wood

In the Word Wood by David Wyatt

Sketch for In the Word Wood by David WyattAfter two long, hard weeks of recovery, Tilly is bouncing (literally) back from her operation, and the vets have given their blessing for her to start taking walks again. We had a fine, clear day yesterday, so I packed up my work and took it into the woods, rewarding our brave, patient hound with a long afternoon among the trees.  While I nested down among oak roots and moss with notebooks and reference texts scattered around me, Tilly rambled nearby, tail held high in delight; then she flopped by my side: listening, watching, nose twitching with every scent drifting past on the wind.

Though many of you already know the painting above, I'm re-posting it today in honor of Tilly's return to the woods. For those who don't know it: "In the Word Wood" is by our good friend and neighbor David Wyatt, created as part of his beautiful and very magical Local Characters series, back when Tilly was still a half-grown pup. The equally lovely drawing on the right is his preliminary sketch for the painting. To see more of David's work, please visit his website, illustration blog, and Etsy shop.

Word Wood 2

Yesterday our wood was a Word Wood indeed as I chased words and sentences through the long grass; but for Tilly, who's been pining to prowl those green pathways again, it was pure Paradise.

Word Wood 3

''It is really hard to be lonely very long in a world of words," wrote the Palestinian-American poet  Naomi Shihab Nye. "Even if you don't have friends somewhere, you still have language, and it will find you and wrap its little syllables around you and suddenly there will be a story to live in.''

This is our story. Once upon a time, on a late summer's day in the Word Wood.

Word Wood 4

Word Wood 5

Words in the wood

Words in the woodsFor those who worry about such things: No books were harmed for the pictures above. These are pages from damaged fairy tale books that I collect for use in making collages.

Tilly update

In the studio

Tilly had a disturbed night again last night, and thus so did I, so we're both feeling rather tired and fragile on this beautiful August morning. But she's able to come up to the studio with me now, sitting quietly beside me as I work -- or at least try to. (*yawn*)

She's got one more week of recovery to go, then she'll be back in her beloved woods again. As for me, I don't really know how much longer recuperation will take this's frustratingly slow,  but every day is a little bit better. In the meantime, this is our view out the window from the studio couch, so the healing power of nature surrounds us, even indoors:


Studio garden

Tilly update

Tilly's recovery

Thank you, everyone, for all your kind messages for Tilly. She rested quietly last night, which was a vast improvement on Monday night, so she's on the mend. Here she is, fast asleep and snoring in her post-op garment (which keeps her from pulling out the stitches). It's all been hard on her, but she's such a joyous little soul at heart, and we know that her joy will return with her strength.

Myth & Moor update

Light & Shadow

Dear Readers, I'm afraid there's no post today. Tilly had an operation yesterday, and although she's home now and doing well, she needs care and attention on this first post-op day.  I'll be back tomorrow.

''Some people see scars, and it is wounding they remember. To me they are proof of the fact that there is healing.'' - Linda Hogan (The Woman Who Watches Over the World)

Woodland lightThe Hound in her beloved woods last week