butterfly haiku

“The year’s first butterfly full of swagger” is a Japanese stylized butterfly riddle design… where the spider’s web is caught in the butterfly’s wings. Haiku by Issa, design by Meredith Eliassen, 2018.

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Playing in the role of Old Boar is a javalina from Sedona. Design by Meredith Eliassen, 2017.

An Old Boar was busily sharpening his tusks against the stump of an old tree, when a Fox happened by.

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No tree trunks were harmed in the telling of this fable. Design by Meredith Eliassen, 2017.

Now the Fox was always looking for a chance to mock his neighbors, so he made a great show of appearing anxious, as in fear of some hidden enemy, but Old Boar kept on with his tusk task.

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Cactus design by Meredith Eliassen, 2017.

Fox asked, “Why are you doing that, old friend?” With a smirk, he added, “I don’t see any danger lurking about.”

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Dragonfly design by Meredith Eliassen, 2017.

“True enough,” Old Boar responded. With a sigh, he added, “but when danger comes, there won’t be time to do this kind of preparing. My tools and skills will have to be ready for use then, or I will suffer for it.”

Preparedness for adversity is the best guarantee of peace.


Art Enables…

January 13, 2017


“Art enables us to find ourselves and loose ourselves at the same time.” Quote by Thomas Merton, butterfly design by Meredith Eliassen, 2016.

Magic eye beads of Tibet are called dZi beads, and they are often etched or treated agate revered for their protective qualities.


One of the stories about dZi beads is that they were originally insects that were petrified.


Happy Halloween!!!

October 31, 2016


“Every moment and every event of every man’s life on earth plants something in his soul.” Words by Thomas Merton (1915-1968), design by Meredith Eliassen, 2016.

Over the next few days this site will explore the Mexican Day of the Dead that emerged from the ancient pre-Columbian traditions.


Composer Thomas Hewitt Jones has started a conversation on the humming motif of former British PM with a short musical fantasy developing a motif as sung by David Cameron as he entered no.10 Downing Street on 11 July 2016. This is the piece that wrote and hastily recorded between midnight and 2am on 12 July 2016: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uhyORjJ00Rk


Reverse-drawing of “Flower Child” by Meredith Eliassen, 2016.

This was my response in approximately the same time frame (though not in two hours)… the artistic impulse is to create or compose harmony when there is seeming discord.

This “fantasy”  imagines new growth and optimism in transformation.

Flower Child with Butterfly Notecard


Haiku by Issa: “Weaving [image of a butterfly], I am no more than dust.” Design by Meredith Eliassen, 2016.

one word at at time

July 6, 2016


“one word at a time. i believe i believe that all the people should stop their fight i believe that one should blow a whistle or sing or play on the lute” Words by Robert Lax (1915-2000) from “In the Beginning was Love: Contemplative Words of Robert Lax,” edited with an introduction by S. T. Georgiou (2015), design by Meredith Eliassen, 2016.

“one word at at time” Notecard

This drawing below comes from 2014, when a neighbor asked me to draw a picture for her granddaughters to celebrate Purim, the annual feast in memory of their deliverance from when Haman commenced his campaign against the Jews. Esther remains a role model for someone who used only logic/rhetoric to convince her husband, the king, to save her people. Esther speaks not only to women but to marginalized oppressed groups caught in an intersectional exile.


Esther drawn for Ruth by Meredith Eliassen in 2014. When I look into her eyes, I see my mother.