Sunday, April 4, 2010


The drawing is by my aunt, Jean Eberle, whose animals speak.


  1. What a lovely drawing by your aunt, and so very rich with meaning today!

    Happy Easter to you and John! xx

  2. Margot, alias Mouse Tulip, here. Long silent but not absent. What do you mean, "whose animals speak"?

  3. Dear willow,
    yes, I think so too! My aunt sent the lamb drawing to me as a Christmas card, but it seemed so perfect for Easter as well.

  4. Dear Margot,
    your presence during long silences is as eloquent as your Mouse Tulip!

    I was afraid someone would ask this question - I asked it myself as soon as I written the phrase "whose animals speak." I do have an answer, though it could get kind of involved. But here goes.

    First of all, you notice I didn't capitalize the word "animals." This is because I don't think that Jean Eberle has Animals and Monsters the way I do. But the animals she draws and paints are so expressive of animal spirit- or more specifically, so full of the way that Monsters can learn from animals when they really listen to the animals- that I have always loved them.

    She is a woman of faith, and although she might not interpret her animals in the way I do, I see them as expressive of connection, of relationship. To my mind, connection and relationship mean prayer and God. Her animals speak to me of the way an artist can express her relationship with God through a visual creation - her animals speak of the artist's relationship with God/God's creation of the universe - through a specific individual of that creation, one sheep, one frog, one sandpiper. The animals are expressed as themselves, and with an understanding on the part of the artist of how she perceives their infinity through connecting with them, with herself, with God. Her animals, to me, "speak" of that relationship - which is life, which is beauty- simultaneously individual and at one with the universe. Sorry if this is more than you wanted to know!

    Having seen me do my worst here might not be the best time to ask this - but wouldn't it be cool if I posted one of your drawings here on P-in-B and we had a discussion about it, you and I? Or post one of Meinrad's works and talk about it from our perspectives as artist and writer?

    Sorry I missed your call - try again!

  5. Wow.I like this Jean Eberle and her lamb. You are unuasually inarticulate here, Eberle, which makes me think you are getting mighty close to the truth.

    I am not up to web critiques of my own work right now, but it is an intriguing concept for the future.

  6. Dear Margot,
    lovely comment about inarticulation and the truth! But I'd bet that Iris could explain to both of us more about communicating with animals in the way I'm trying to describe...I can't wait for Iris to meet Rosie the chinchilla. And thanks for the dialogue, my friend.