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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Go forward ...

"Dare to live the life you have dreamed for yourself.
Go forward
and make your dreams come true"
~Ralph Waldo Emerson~
I recently found some gorgeous "spun gold" paint
and thought it would be the perfect little embellishment to my newest painting
Go forward
only a little is needed {it looks like gold leaf}to add sparkle and interest
flecks can be found on the canvas &  bird feathers & the depth and interest created feels like movement in the wings ~  making me feel as though sweet bird has just landed
birds and blooms
2 favourite topics
Spending this damp cold and rainy Tuesday happily painting away in Sparrow Studio.
Hope you are having a wonderful day too.
xo deb & the sparrows

Sunday, April 23, 2017

treasures from the trail ...

I'm always writing about my love & fascination/admiration with trees
{here on the blog & over on my Instagram account}  -
and how my gathering bag is always filled {as well as pockets} with woodland
finds on our daily walks with Archer.
We have a large bowl on our coffee table that holds my gatherings and where I put them when we arrive home & it is gloriously filled to the brim. Each season brings with it different types of gatherings ~ acorns * pinecones* skeleton leaves * leaves of changing colours* branches * twigs* bark* feathers * rocks*
I also have a weaving/mixed media fabric art wall hanging in my Sparrow studio & I will often tuck in small pieces of  bark, skeleton leaves & feathers that I find here {she is looking really lovely with all her adornments} :-D
I thought I would show some of the ways I use my finds & what I do with some of them.
"The diversity of the phenomena of Nature
is so great,
and the treasures hidden in the heavens
so rich,
precisely in order that the human mind shall never be lacking
in fresh nourishment"
~Johannes Kepler~

I recently found some wonderfully shaped branches
faces were painted
and then larger pieces of bark were added to the back
wrapped with twine & a loop added to the back for hanging
I'm always drawn to and love branches where knots have fallen leaving  natural holes behind
these I've created into little
sparrow spirit sticks
each painted with a nature inspired sentiment/word
wrapped with fabric/twine/ribbons
and embellished with beads
and some with found feathers
"Nature is man's teacher.
She unfolds her treasures to his search,
unseals his eye,
illumines his mind,
and purifies his heart,
an influence breathes from all the sights and sounds
of her existence"
~Alfred Billings Street~
"You will find something
more in woods
than in books.
Trees and stones
will teach you
that which you can never learn from masters"
~St. Bernard~
I hope you find some lovely treasures from the trail on your walks too.
d xo

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Happy Earth Day 2017

~every day is earth day ~
Take nothing but pictures
Leave nothing but footprints
Kill nothing but time
Nature is painting for us,
day after day,
pictures of infinite beauty
~John Ruskin~
Be a gentle friend to the trees
and they will give you back
beauty, cool and fragrant shade
and many
singing birds.
~I dream a world~
We do not inherit the Earth
from our ancestors,
we borrow it
from our children
~Native American Proverb~

Friday, April 21, 2017

the phases of a painting ♥

~One Day~
I thought it would be fun to do something a little bit different and show some of the "phases"
a canvas goes through from beginning to end.
Of course, there are so many & once I am in the pure bliss of painting, stopping to take a photo {especially with paint covered hands} wasn't possible ... I found myself actually forgetting to take a photo so there are lots of phases that have not been documented - but the really big ones have been.
Hope you enjoy this little painting journey ♥
Choosing the size canvas to start.
And the anticipation as it is unwrapped.
and it begins ...
writing my anticipated canvas 'story'
by simply writing ... words coming to me as I go along.
One Day
One day as she sat
very quietly
it all became clear to her.
She was ready
to listen to the gentle whispers
of her Soul.
The pieces of the puzzle
began to fit
once she was aware
of where the truth patiently sits ♥
highlighting my focus * intention
blissfully covering the canvas
with a menagerie of colour {in the most delicious names}
wine *leaf green * peacock blue * African violet * hunter green *Copenhagen blue *  plum *cashmere tan *deep periwinkle blue*  orange spice * olive green * butter cream * plum chiffon *Williamsburg blue * cream* white
flicks and splatters of paint brushes
and lots of hands on ...
imagine my surprise when my precious grandson {who was spending sparrow studio time with me}
looked at the canvas which was sitting on my art easel
and made this observation ...
"LaLa, she is watching over the ocean ... I see a fish and a whale ... and her hands"
What a surprise to stand back myself and see that the "swirls" created by dipping my fingers into paint and "skipping" them across the canvas had created *open hands* ...hands  protecting the earth ♥
Since I feel such a connection of art and spirituality & always feel guided by above while painting, this observation was divine indeed xo
face details become more apparent
lots of lovely drips and fluffy clouds appear
"Honor your being.
Release each and every struggle.
Gather strength from life's storms.
Relax into the arms of Spirit"
~Jonathan Lockwood Huie~
a bird appears :-D
gentle whispers in her ear
a little more softening of the colours
and textures added
nest and eggs
adding texture & depth to the nest
*painting mindfully I noticed this lovely white 'spirit' which appeared above the nest *
which seemed to bless this painting
the finished result ... a softening across the painting & tiny bits of detail here and there ... lots of areas for the eye to gaze & find & savour
*protection * connection * mindful living * meditation * bird whispers* mother earth* birth *
hope you enjoyed this painting journey .
Prints are now available in my Etsy shop xo

Sunday, April 16, 2017

In the woods today ...

You never know what or who you will spot in the woods ...
could it be a labra-bunny?
Everyone gets involved in Easter egg hunts in our family :-D
beautiful finds along our way ...
shedding ...
unfurling ... {isn't that a magical word}
~unfurling: make or become spread out from a rolled or folded state,
especially in order to be open to the wind ~
We had a change of weather each turn we took it seemed this afternoon.
It started out warm and sunny - then extremely windy - then the dark clouds appeared and along with it  a few drops of rain - then back to warm and sunny again!
Can you see Grey Jay {also known as Canada Jay or Whisky Jack}?
Canada's National Bird
He was singing a fine tune - for most of our walk through the forest we could hear his beautiful voice.

look at all the buds ♥
so many beautiful tangles ...
and the beginnings of something very beautiful
I absolutely love twig shelters ... it is my dream to have one for my own garden :-D
I can imagine sitting inside all cocooned up with a quilt and book ~ bliss
Buried deep beneath the surface of his character
was a hidden, yet restless ambition:
but this was perhaps at present,
a secret
even to himself.
We know not our own characters
till time teaches us
self knowledge ...
~Edward Bulwer-Lytton~

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Thankful {things I love} Thursday ...

I love ♥ walking into my little Sparrow Studio
early in the morning...
Looking down at my art table * paint brushes* paints and supplies*
taking my paint splattered apron down from it's hook
tying it around my waist
twinkle lights turned on
candles lit
music playing softly
curtains opened wide {and windows slightly ajar recently letting in a fresh breeze }
I love to start my larger canvas pieces
by writing words/thoughts/stories
on them ♥
while the layers of paint will cover them
a few words may be slightly visible {if you look close enough}

well loved brushes
jars of water
{every Full Moon, I leave a jar of water out to be infused}
this one from our recent Full Pink April Moon
a new story to be told ...
a new painting waiting to unfold ...
Newly listed in my Etsy shop
"If you have never been called
a defiant
impossible woman ...
have faith ...
there is time yet"
~Clarissa Pinkola Estes~

Thankful {things I love} Thursday ...
a freshly, unsealed canvas ♥
~Have a wonderful Thursday~
xo D