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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

where nature renews itself ...

Colored scents
that fill the air
as drowsy insects hum around
in the meadow
is the place of secret magic
where nature alone
renews itself
~Kate Begquist~
Even though we have an underground sprinkler system,
we still like to walk around our garden and hand water baskets and pots.
I have a collection of very old galvanized watering cans that I've picked up at garage sales over the years. Some have been "retired" from watering duties, but I have a few that are perfect for the job with lovely large handles and spouts.  Perfect for giving baskets and pots of flowers a much needed refreshing drink in this hot, humid Summer weather.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Little One ...

Little One is getting big!
must be all the pansies & Rose of Sharon leaves
this is where I find her most mornings
having breakfast in our front courtyard
I grabbed my camera and sat by the front window watching her ...
I was deliberately keeping my window box ~ filled with geraniums and dusty miller out of the frame, but thought it looked so pretty, I wanted to add just one photo of it.
bye little one ...
see you tomorrow ♥

Friday, July 18, 2014

Nourish your soul ...

Today on our walking path, butterflies danced around us ~
I was happy to find a few quietly resting.
Never knowing what we will spot on our walks or what subtle changes have taken place week to week I was excited to see so many butterflies and dragon flies , bees and birds. There are times when none can be found & I leave without having taken a single photo.
It is often completely quiet
and we walk with
Archer, simply taking in all the beauty.
just what our souls need.
There is such an unpretentious lovely~ness in patches of simple wild flowers.
I stood watching and listening to the red winged black bird for a minute
who was singing the sweetest song.  We heard him from a distance.
I meant to bring along my binoculars.
Happily, I was able to snap a very quick pic of him as he continued on.
Even the temperature is cooler as we walk through the woods & we give thanks to all the lovely majestic trees.
I chose Nourish as my  Guiding Word for Twenty -fourteen
& this little walking spot does just that ...
You nourish your soul
by fulfilling your destiny.
Our heart
always leads us
to our destiny,
our soul
tells us
when we're there.
~Harold Kushner~
{I've published this quote before ... but it is so lovely, I wanted to add it again to today's post}
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Have a wonderful weekend

Monday, July 14, 2014

Where Bloggers Create ...

Happy to be participating in this years
blog party.
Where Bloggers Create buttons found on my sidebar will take you to tours of Sparrow Studio
from other years.
 Welcome to my studio ♥
here you will find...
 words on walls ...
cubbies filled with collections ...
lots of  magazines
containers holding brushes
 and favourite white pens (26 at last count)
my painting smock hanging on a hook by my desk
baskets filled with stamps
 childhood keepsakes like my jar of treasured marbles
 my art table waiting for new paintings
old paintings
 every thing in my studio (with the exception of my art cupboard which was built by my husband) was found at an auction, garage sale, thrift shop or, curbside with a "take me" sign which is where I found my principals desk many years ago.
 
 I love brown wrapping paper!
 one of my favourite things to do is cover my art table with it.
 not only does it keep the table clean, but it's perfect for jotting down ideas which often come to me while I am painting or crafting.
 my traveling art box
filled with paints and brushes
 and small sheets of watercolour paper
to create little cards
 bookcases filled with more magazines
 and journals filled with quotes
 my inspiration board
& another wonderful find ... an old magazine rack from a variety store
to hold magazines I have had the honour to be published in.
 canvas boards wait patiently
for their turn on the easel.
Thank you for your visit!
Thank you Karen for hosting again this year.
Looking forward to stopping by and seeing where other Bloggers Create ♥

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Sunday Serenity ...

a  hawk feather
the sweetest fallen branch with 2 clinging acorns & 8 leaves
found while walking with Archer
a scattering of white swan leaves
inspiration found

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Rich in colour ...

Happy July
 &
 Happy Canada Day!
I spent some of this past long Canada Day weekend sitting quietly in Sparrow Studio with an assortment of acrylics. Something I haven't done in 12 years ~ something I once loved to do {folk art painting was a passion of mine after spending a year in Michigan}. 
 It was one of many things that left my list following my accident.
When I picked up my watercolours again for the first time, I remember there were lots of aches and pains, but the thought of painting and using another medium took over my sensibilities.
And then of course, my fortune cookie after  our  delicious Chinese dinner read
"Your dream life is rich. Listen to your dreams"
so what was I to do!
While out looking for watercolour paper a while ago I spotted stretched canvas and thought maybe I should try acrylics again. The canvas have been waiting patiently against the wall for a while now enticing me with blank white beauty.
I should have started small :-)
but I've had this idea for a painting for a while & couldn't wait to see it come to life.
I rarely sketch an entire painting in my sketch book, instead will refer to pages I have and incorporate them into a painting.
With so many ideas, I covered a 16" x 20" canvas with owls and sparrows and sleeping fox, wild meadow flowers and butterflies, a big gazing moon and dark blue star sparkling sky that shares the space with billowing clouds... I needed to turn to a big canvas {thankfully, I decided not to go with the biggest one I have}!
 from the gentleness of the tiniest sparrow
to the free spirit of the butterfly
& lots in between ...
that blank white canvas beauty is now rich in colour.
 
as is our garden...
the daisies bloomed a few days ago
both arbours are filled with clematis
patches of yarrow share the space with stalks of tall purple larkspur
red geraniums are everywhere
still hoping to lure the hummingbirds {and hopefully get a picture}
sweet boy was interested in the lillies
and even our lunch was rich in colour.
We roasted beets and sliced them on top of an arugula salad with walnuts, sunflower seeds and dried cranberries, topped with feta cheese & made a Kale & walnut pesto to spread on slices of baguette. YUM!