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Friday, October 30, 2015

Garden Gold ...

 Autumn
carries
more gold
in its pocket
than
all
the other
seasons
~Jim Bishop~
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Recent heavy winds have shook most of the leaves free
leaving
 Garden Gold on my front yard ♥
 

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

The Coloring Studio ...

~The Coloring Studio~
"Soulful Whispers"
deb dunn
 
***
I am beyond thrilled and honored
 to be the
Cover Artist for the Premiere Issue of The Coloring Studio
which will be available December 1st 2015. 
 
The Coloring Studio features 60 illustrations, expert tips, special sections and lots of bonus content ... all just waiting for your artistic touches to make it uniquely yours ♥
Available just in time for Christmas ~ what a perfect gift it would make with a package of beautiful colored pencils and a pretty little sharpener.
 
As with all Stampington publications, you know the quality and content will be exquisite and unmatched.  I can't wait to see it in person and start coloring!!
 
Thank you so very much to Jana Holstein, Managing Editor, The Coloring Studio & Stampington for making dreams come true.
 
live a colorful life
deb
xo

Friday, October 23, 2015

along country roads

It is a delightful pastime
to sit in the pleasant sunshine of Autumn,
and gazing
from this little spot
of free Earth
over such a landscape,
let the imagination luxuriate
amid the thrilling
association
of the scene!
~H.T. Tuckerman~
 
 
 
 
 
 
Along country roads

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Holiday Hare ...

*Holiday Hare*
Available in my Etsy shop
(link in sidebar)
 
I know it's only October :-)
And we don't have any snow ... (yet)
 
I didn't even anticipate painting a snowy scene when I started this morning.
 
Originally, my plan was a garden hare with his nose pointing upward,
a Sparrow resting on the tip of his fluffy nose.
 
But as I began to draw, the wind was blowing outside, it became very dark and rain drops began to hit my Sparrow Studio window. I turned on the twinkle lights and all of a sudden, looking down at my watercolour paper,  I envisioned Hare wearing a lovely plaid scarf, sitting on a bed of freshly fallen snow, with  more flakes falling from above, a star filled sky, and a skinny, lanky, tree.  You know ... the one that always gets left behind on the Christmas tree lots (so of course ... the very one I fall in love with) :-) Topped with a golden star just perfect for wishing upon ♥
***
Inspiration is always a surprising visitor
~John O'Donohue~
Some older photo of our Garden bunnies ...
With such beauty in my own little garden ...
how could I not paint one in snow ♥
***
We do not need to go out and find love;
rather, we need to be still
and let love discover us
~John O'Donohue~

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Savouring the beauty ...

Some of the last flowers ...
still looking beautiful
I am scattering seeds as I walk past the cosmos
that have bloomed in huge clusters all through the Summer and into Autumn
and given us lovely little posies for our table
a leaf dances in the air  by my shoulder and lands softly
walking through my garden
taking the time to savour the beauty ...
every little bit of it ♥
Have a wonderful Saturday

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Home is where the Hive is ...

In awe
at the size
texture
colour
pattern and detail of this magnificent hive ♥
"A work of arte;
and yet
no arte of man,
can work,
this work,
these little creatures can"
~Geoffrey Whitney~
1586
 

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving ...

For each new morning
with its light
For rest and shelter of the night
For health and  food
For love and friends
For everything
Thy Goodness sends
~Ralph Waldo Emerson~
 
 
Happy Thanksgiving Wishes

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Thankful Living: Autumnal Blessings

The high winds have blown most of the Honeysuckle leaves from the vine ...
they have been dancing & twirling about in our garden for days :-)
I've been gathering them up and pressing them between pages of books ~ getting them ready to sit under  our Thanksgiving plates next weekend ♥
October
is the fallen leaf,
but it is also
a wider horizon
more clearly seen.
It is the distant hills
once more in sight,
and the enduring constellations
above them
once again
~Hal Borland~
Welcome October