Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Hafiz & Kitchen Memories


On my shoes,

Boiling water,

Toasting bread,

Buttering the sky;

That should be enough contact

With God in one day

To make anyone


-Hafiz, translated by Daniel Ladinsky

Artwork - Gouache and pen, 2000. Inspired by a drawing exercise by Natalie Goldberg.
My childhood kitchen - a happy place. I remember sneaking in to steal bites of butter or brown sugar when no one was around. I remember dropping a giant, full jar of apple juice on the floor and my mom didn't get angry with me. I remember the sound of the screen door...the way it slammed shut as we went in and out. I remember the phone on the wall and when I could finally reach it and call my friend, Abby. I remember my mom grinding her own flour and making us pancakes, served with chokecherry syrup that she made with the berries that grew outside in the back yard. Sweet memories.


  1. simply rich! hafiz, your childhood memories, the artwork! simply rich! steven

  2. What a lovely post. Beautiful artwork. I couldn't help but stop and think about how much I loved the kitchen I grew up in. Thank you.

  3. happy painting. your love for your kitchen shows.