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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 ~

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Wednesday, August 12, 2020

World Elephant Day ...

August 12* 2020
Happy World Elephant Day

"Elephants love reunions.
They recognize one another after years and years of separation
and greet each other with boisterous joy.
There's bellowing and trumpeting,
ear flapping and rubbing. 
Trunks entwine"
~Jennifer Richard Jacobson~
Small as an Elephant

What a wonderful quote and so fitting for the times we find ourselves living in. Missing so many people and longing for those reunions of boisterous joy!!

Happy World Elephant Day 
What isn't there to love and celebrate about an elephant!
I heard about a documentary film called Akashinga : The Brave Ones on the news this morning.
It is about a group of women rangers who have been specially trained to protect elephants, which are  an endangered species from poachers.
 Later, I watched the trailer for the documentary which looks amazing.
Huge love and respect for this group of women who  as one said "they are like my children"!! 

"I pledge to support a world that protects elephants, wildlife and their habitat"

"Only elephants
should own ivory'
~Yao Ming~ 

Thursday, August 6, 2020

Thankful {things I love} Thursday ...

for my ears
lots of rain this week 
and a couple of evenings where the sky was black
and the roar of thunder and lightening could be heard
for my eyes
sunglasses ... always for these sensitive green peepers 
for my mouth
had a craving for french fries this week
and a 10 pound bag of potatoes in the pantry :-) 
Bless this food
before us
beside us
and the 
between us
oven fried (making them a bit healthier)
crispy on the outside and fluffy soft inside
sprinkling of salt and fresh black pepper and a splash of vinegar
for my soul
watching the woodpecker and sparrow sharing a fresh block of fruit and nut suet
"consider soulmates
to also be in the form
of friends and animals,
the wind, the tides,
the plants,
pieces of art,
and the moon.
Great love
lives everywhere"
~Victoria Erickson~
for my hands
after 4 months of being on hiatus ... my Etsy shop is once again Open for business. Yeah!
I've been busy re-stocking the shelves, trying to decide which items to add (since they had all expired). Sprinkling sparrow seeds all through the shop to guide you ... 
Worked on this print yesterday - I've yet to add it to my shop - but I will.
I had this pretty little frame in the cupboard and slipped the print inside.
It now sits on a cupboard in our powder room. 

for my feet
In this house... we dance in the kitchen
moved this long hand hooked runner to the kitchen
and my feet love it!
So much nicer to stand on while doing the dishes than the hardwood!

It's been in lots of different spots throughout the house over the years from upstairs hallway to my studio, but all 3 of our labs loved to pull at it before laying down so I think it will stay in the kitchen.
"And those who were seen dancing
were thought to be insane
by those who could not hear the music"
~Fredrich Nietzsche~ 
Happy Thursday
 xo d 

Sunday, August 2, 2020

National Coloring Book Day ...

I can hardly believe that it's been almost 5 years
since my Illustration Soulful Whispers was chosen as the cover for 
The Coloring Studio
Premier Issue
"Artists are just children
who refused to put down their crayons"
~Al Hirschfeld~ 
some of my other illustrations are scattered throughout the 112 pages of pure inspiration.
Coloring is our first primal art form... bringing back childhood memories of simply picking up a crayon and creating.
It's one of my favourite pastimes to do with my grandsons.
I remember when The Coloring Studio hit the stands and my grandson Hayden was sitting across the art table from me. We were coloring and chatting away and he said "I told everyone at school that my LaLa is a famous artist :-) ... you can see her art on the magazine The Coloring Studio". He paused for a bit and then added , "one of the girls said 'she is?' and kissed me... thank you LaLa" ;-D 

"You can't use up creativity.
The more you use,
the more you have"
~Maya Angelou~
travelling suitcase for taking out into the garden...
coloring book, pens, paper, stamps ...
creative minds
are rarely

got creative with some of my illustrations
and turned them into coloring cards
I hope you carve out some time today to celebrate 
national coloring book day ... 
sharpen some pencil crayons & color ...
inside and outside the lines
which is what I will be doing on this very rainy Sunday afternoon! 

~happy August, happy Sunday~ 
d xo

Friday, July 31, 2020

Album cover ...

The fabulous musical duo Christine Yandell & Steve Waite of Sweetbird
have just released a new album "Mockingbird" and I am thrilled and
honoured to have my painting "Sangtuary" as the album cover artwork!

Music is a piece of art
that goes in the ears 
and straight to the heart

My wonderful, supportive family sent me this gorgeous bouquet
to celebrate.  What a wonderful surprise to hear the doorbell ring and find this beauty waiting on
the front porch. 
"Perhaps there was an unstoppable magic
 inherent in music and art"
~Sarah J Maas~

Thursday, July 30, 2020

Thankful {things I love} Thursday ...

for my ears
I have carved out a little nook at the bottom of the garden, next to the pond for meditation.
Tucked into a corner, with lush trumpet vine shading me, I can sit quietly and listen to
the trickling water, birdsong and the windchimes that hang in the flowering pear tree. This little
windchime is especially special as it was painted by my eldest grandson when he was 3 for Mother's Day 
"the earth has music
for those who listen"
for my eyes
the month of July was a month of Owl painting ...
lots of fine, delicate brush strokes which themselves are meditative 
and give me a sense of serenity
"I am a lonely painter ...
I live in a box of paints'
~Joni Mitchell~
for my mouth
walking the garden and picking some lettuce and a few cherry tomatoes
tossing with a few walnuts, sprinkle of raisins and a simple squeeze of lemon
makes for a delicious lunch
"In this plate of food,
I see the entire universe
supporting my existence'
~Zen Blessing~
for my soul
I have little altars throughout my home
each one holds flowers and candles
"whatever is good for the soul
do that ..."
for my hands
it was my son's 31st Birthday last week
he and I are probably two of the few people who don't like chocolate :-)
so every year he gets a homemade double layer vanilla cake with buttercream frosting.
Delivered this to him with a knife and forks to share/celebrate with his co-workers.

for my feet
walking with Archer, I've been noticing subtle changes already ...
not only are the nights drawing in, but I've been finding lots of skeleton leaves
(which I love).
I hope your Thursday is filled with lots of things you love too!

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

with a hushed awe ...

Be selective
With your time.
Your energy.
And who you let in
to the doorway of your heart.

The soft soil of your inner life
is not a stomping ground.
Not a place for the curious taker or thief.
Not a place for the envious or judgmental. 
Or anyone who wants to keep you small.

It is a place only for those
who breath in your radiance,
vulnerability and brokenness
with a hushed awe and reverence.
Who bow before the glowing scars
and silvered shards of pain.

It is a place only for those
who intimately understand 
(and deeply honor)
the (whole) divinity
you are working to reveal.
~deborah anne quibell~ 
found this wonderful quote on IG

looking out the window of  Sparrow Studio at the trumpet vine below...
it is full and lush and it's blooms are filled with happy bees and wasps and ants
and if I am really lucky ... a hummer or two will stop by ...
I watch with a hushed awe ... 
happy Wednesday

Sunday, July 26, 2020

Sunday Serenity ...

"May my heart always be open to little birds
who are the secrets of living"
I find myself checking in on Mama Robin throughout the day .
Watching as she flies off for food, returning in a split second to feed her brood.
Tucked into the tall stems of Yarrow
and directly below her nest, we have a shallow dish that sits on a stand
filled with fresh water daily. I love watching her as she sips the cool water.
winged beauties in our garden
"She decided to free herself,
dance into the wind,
create a new language.
And birds fluttered around her,
into the sky"
~Monique Duval~