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The ordinary arts we practice every day at home are of more importance to the soul than their simplicity might suggest ~ Sir Thomas Moore ~


Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Cover Artist

I am thrilled to be the Cover Artist for the March/April 2020 issue of
The Country Register of Michigan.
Michigan holds a special spot in my heart and so many wonderful memories.
Our family spent an amazing year in Michigan .
As a young mum with a newborn & 5 year old at the time, I will always remember the kindness
and helpfulness shown everywhere I went. 
Who would have known then (30 years ago) that my Art would be on the front cover of this wonderful magazine!
So very grateful!

Monday, February 24, 2020

Painting threads through everything ...

Happy Monday...
sharing a little art & some inspiring art quotes
~sharing a sweet moment!
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I am seeking
I am striving
I am in it
with all my heart
~Vincent Van Gogh~
***
I had so much fire in me
and so many plans
~Claude Monet~
***
Where the spirit
does not work
with the hand,
there is no art
~Leonardo Da Vinci~
~animal spirits~
***
The world always seems brighter
when you've just made something
that wasn't there before
~Neil Graiman~
***
Everything you can imagine
is real
~Pablo Picasso~
***
Let's get a little crazy here!
~Bob Ross~

~you are~
***
The only thing I know
is that I paint
because I need to,
and I paint 
whatever passes through my head
without any other consideration
~Frida Kahlo~ 

Sunday, February 9, 2020

Sam I am ...

We have a lot of squirrels in our garden.
Black, grey, even one  red ...
And even though we see so many, they each have their own little personalities and markings that make them unique.
Like Sam
His black coat is flecked with white which is really noticeable up close
but what makes him really stand out
is his tail!
his tail and those nails!!!
The first time I spotted his tail I didn't think it was a squirrel on our back deck … 
"Be not deceived
with the first
 appearance of things,
for show 
is not substance"
~Proverb~
"Appearances often are deceiving" ~Aesop~ 

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Wisdom in Silence

Wisdom in Silence

Wise winged spirit
you sit in silence.
And take your time
in the forest alliance.

You've claimed your space
you know your worth.
Strong and wise watcher
this is your gift since birth.

Your time is precious
you spend it well.
The Earth is guarded
from where you dwell.
***
I am always in complete awe in the presence of Owl.
During daily walks through the woods with my black lab Archer, I have spotted a few watching over the woods. There is a definite respect felt for this magnificent bird.  Woodland walks are such wonderful inspiration boosts  and Owl spotting was a treasured muse.
Wisdom in Silence is a print created from my original mixed media canvas using vintage papers (books and dressmakers) music sheets and stamping.  The wise winged spirit poem has been written in pencil underneath the paint … my love note to Owl.

A lovely print to honor life milestones and changes * graduation* friendship * hardships * a thank you for love & patience shown * for someone who needs a "gentle reminder" of their worth.

Time to walk around the garden and make sure all the feeders are filled.  We are anticipating a big snow storm heading our way.

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Be

I will
sit and rest
listen 
to my breath
nurture
my soul
and allow myself
to melt 
into the moment
absorbing 
this place of peace
to
just
be
***
As I was refilling the bird feeders in our garden, I could hear the happy chirps of Sparrows hidden deep within the branches of our cedars.
Such joy in the moment.
Once all the feeders were topped up, I headed up to my studio and created a mixed media collage on canvas of my morning.
Vintage book pages and music sheets lay the foundation with Sparrow who has the wisdom to take in the given moment and just be.
I've created a print from the original mixed media canvas.
A gentle reminder to sit and simply be. Sometimes, we need a gentle reminder.
Paying homage to the Sparrows & my "guiding word" for 2020  Be ... 
Blessed Be,
deb x

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Little red squirrel

We have someone new to our garden ...
and I am totally smitten!
At first she was running along the fence so quickly that my camera couldn't focus in time and I missed every opportunity to get a photo!
Then, I'd spot her again … I knew she was interested in the freshly filled feeders and dish of  cut fruit and nuts that I had placed under the feeder.
There were 5 or 6 black and grey squirrels already eating it and a swarm of black capped chickadees arrived which was amazing to see!
Then a Blue Jay and our Red Cardinal couple arrived.
 I decided that I was missing out on too much by trying to get a photo 
and put my camera down.
I knew she was very curious about everything!
Later in the afternoon, she was back and not only was she comfortable to eat under the feeder,
she walked on to the back deck as well once she realized there were walnuts waiting.
She looked up at me a few times... the lady sitting on the window seat with Nikon in hand clicking away as quickly as possible.  That would be me :-)
She looks much bigger in the photos
but she is really quite small with the sweetest eyes outlined in white.
And quite quirky and comical so she will fit in wonderfully in our garden!
We've been tossing around names (I've been thinking she's a girl but not sure) :-O
I'm partial to Dorothy (thinking of those special, magical red slippers)

Monday, January 13, 2020

Praise the day ...

Praise the day
The ancient ways
On sacred land is where I stand
Air* water*soil*sky
Am I

I live in a beautiful spot where I can be by water and woods and I gather so much inspiration and serenity from both.
So grateful for the blessings that come from the trees, stones, soil and water.  I am in my element with the elements.
There is so much beauty and magic to be found listening to the inner wisdom and teachings of the Earth.

I have so many ideas for new paintings in 2020.
Because I paint intuitively and directly on paper or canvas (no sketches ahead of time) I'm always interested to see where the painting takes me … 
Painting gives me a venue to express my deep love and gratitude to the Earth.
It is more than a creative outlet … each painting gives me the gift of peace, serenity, mindfulness. 
In gratitude, I paint
xo d