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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 ~

Monday, October 7, 2019

life & art ...

 visitors to our little  cottage garden
have been wonderful (art) inspiration & each spotting is as magical as the first!
It's hard to believe that in a city garden you can have Coyote/Crows/Fox/Owls 
These 4 are painted on wood and embellished with ribbons and trinkets, but I am working on turning the images into cards :-D
Owl & leaves from our Maple tree 
making waves
I always wonder about the origin of the beach glass/mermaid tears I find along the lake.
What was it before it shattered and the water took it for a journey … softened its jagged, broken bits and returned it to the sand?
Looking down at a handful of gathered  coloured glass, rubbing my fingers along them and turning them between my thumb & finger is a walking meditation. Peace & Serenity in my hands.
"What were you, before the water took you by the hand … what lessons did you need to learn before returning to the sand?" 
Walking a new painting into existence.
Last week, along with beach glass,  I found some amazing "talking stones". I refer to them as talking stones as I see very clear images in them that speak to me. They are utterly fascinating... A crow with open beak, polar bear, bird, mouse, a woman … (images can be found on my Instagram). That day I had a very heavy gathering bag :-D
 I have had lots of ideas floating around and have  been happily painting away.
I won't be adding any new pieces to my Etsy shop this month which is on Vacation Mode starting today until November 1st, but  "making waves" will include a few pieces of beach glass with every print.
"we return
 to each other
 in waves.
this is how 
water loves"
~nayyirah waheed~ 

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

through the fields ...

"the clearest way
 into the Universe
is through a forest
~John Muir~
Happy October 1st!
Temperatures have been all over the place here in my little corner of the world. Turtle neck, jeans and boots one day... shorts, t-shirt and flip flops the next.
I was looking out my kitchen window this morning enjoying a cup of tea and all the birds in the garden.  Our  hanging baskets of red geraniums are still blooming & because I had a fresh block of suet and a spare suet cage, I decided to hook it over the shepherds crook that holds the geranium which is just outside my kitchen window. It has become a little birdie hangout! They absolutely love it and I think maybe it's because they can sit in the flower basket instead of having to hang onto the suet cage.  Another huge bonus is the squirrels haven't spotted it! They have been known to knock the suet cage off the tree branches and drag it away! I was watching a woodpecker on the suet cage and a male cardinal in the flower basket eating all the fallen suet  The female was watching nearby, sitting on a garden chandelier we have hanging in the middle of the pergola. A Carolina wren was walking up and down our lilac tree(we now have 2 in our garden) , three of the feeders were filled with Sparrows, two turtle doves and a chipmunk were on the grass below eating fallen seed , and 2 blue Jays (we call the Blues Brothers) were on the deck eating peanuts. And then ... a hummingbird flew to the geranium, then rested a moment on the bird feeder hook and off she went! What a wonderful way to welcome in a new month!
I hope your corner of the world is filled with magical moments too.

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Thankful Thursday {things I love} ...

So many hummingbirds visited our garden this Summer ... one afternoon while having tea on the deck, i looked up and spotted 6!

The trumpet vine growing along our fence is always a favourite stop over for the hummers, but normally we see 1 or 2 at a time.
I wanted to remember the moment in a painting ... thinking about the hummers and the bees and birds in our Sparrows Garden .
It changed directions many times. The story written in pencil ever so lightly ... then a layer of watercolour paints, followed by watercolour pencils, then a bit of acrylic paint, some white ink, a bit of stamping ... and finally, marker making everything pop.
Each time I walked into Sparrows Studio, I picked up a different medium... a little bit of everything ... just like our garden!
the words intertwined with the paint...
I watched you in the garden
as you went about your way
with fierce determination
on a sunny day in May

You knew just what you wanted
the moment you arrived
and I had planted many offerings
so you'd never feel deprived

And even though I knew you wouldn't stay for long
and that this moment wouldn't last
It will always be the sweetest thing
of a Summer past

we were having dinner the other night when out of the corner of my eye I spotted something ...
it was the sweetest little hummer spending a few moments on the red geranium I have next to the kitchen window … and then in a flash, she was on her way
a fresh block of suet has been a favourite spot for not only the hummers
but the two Jays we have had in our garden this summer
The Blues Brothers as we refer to them :-D
as well as the Cardinals
thankfully, the squirrels haven't bothered with it so there's been lots for the birds
found feathers
I save my jam jars (large and small)
hello sweet visitor
this is what the cosmos look like in the garden today
but they are still attracting monarchs, bees and birds
saved two butterflies at the beach a few days ago ...
gathered them on a long piece of found driftwood and took them over to a nearby bush
and then the next day, while walking with Archer a monarch landed on my hand :-D … pure magic!
gathering leaves & twisting them as I walk into leaf roses
dragon flies have been circling me for the past few years ...
I've been looking for a dragon fly necklace or earrings to honour them 
"We should certainly count our blessings,
but we should also 
make our blessings count"
~Neala Maxwell~

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

life is your art ...what are you creating today?

I love badgers ... everything about them fascinates me ... I also love painting badgers ...
I painted this little badger face a while ago & it has sat in Sparrow Studio on a shelf just waiting to be finished. I fell in love with this particular piece (when you are smiling the entire time you are painting, it's always a good sign) ;-) 
life is your art
what are you creating today?
I wanted to do something different and tossed about a few ideas … should I embellish with ribbons and trinkets? perhaps a miniature weaving with twigs and dried reeds from my garden? 
and then yesterday, while walking through the woods with Archer, I was thinking about this piece and the idea of a miniature macramé hanging came to me. Some twine to hang a piece of Lake Ontario driftwood completed the hanging which I really love x
Creativity is experimenting
taking risks 
breaking rules
making mistakes
having fun
~Mary Lou Cook~

Monday, September 9, 2019

be a bumblebee...

Hello September... 
Autumn splendor ... my favourite season 
Every time I head into the garden with the intention of doing a big end of season tidy up, I  see the bees who are still tucking in and enjoying the flowers... so for now, I've just cleared out the spent and left the rest.
After such a hot summer, it's been wonderful to enjoy cooler mid 70 temps
August seemed to pass in a flash
Soon the pond will be closed,
all the garden statuary washed and put away for another season
Yesterday, I picked up 2 gorgeous pots of Chrysanthemums
while grocery shopping {a sure sign of Autumn}
I've been collecting acorns found in the woods on morning walks with Archer
and noticing the leaves changing colours 
bumblebees are not physically designed to fly.
their body is too heavy for its light wings, 
wings that shouldn't be able to keep it up in the air.
bumblebees refuse to accept their limitations.
they fly in spite of what it's been told it cannot do.
it knows its strength.
be a bumblebee.

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

in her studio ...

In Her Studio Autumn 2019

Honoured to be published in this gorgeous magazine with so many talented artists!
You can find me on pages 136-140 in the Aug/Sept/Oct issue of
in her studio

Sunday, July 21, 2019

summertime ...

~love this creed from Meghan Telpner's book Undiet~ 
Each fairy breath of Summer,
as it blows loveliness,
inspires the blushing rose