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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 ~

hOMe is where the heART is …

Sunday, January 9, 2022

The first week of January . . .

Easing into the New Year with lots of lovely long, serene walks.  The temps have been cold, with everything from snow, rain & high winds, but no matter what the weather, it's all perfect for blowing out the cobwebs :-)
Tiny little paintings as well as some larger sized ones have already been created for upcoming exhibitions. I thought it would be nice to add a little hand painted tag to packaging of originals. . .  and I just love painting nests!
Comfort food for Veganuary . . .  my take on cabbage rolls . . .  cabbage, lentils, celery, onion, mushrooms, carrots, peppers, roasted tomatoes - YUM

"Everything we are,

everything we feel and fight

and fear and then embrace; every fibre

of muscle and being and heart.

And why shouldn't it take everything?

What are we saving ourselves for?

Let's spend ourselves completely on living the day we are given.

And then sleep deeply and dream ourselves into tomorrow

renewed and blessed to do it all again"

-Oriah Mountain Dreamer-
Winter trails * Winter love * Winter fun

& sharing some lovely quotes xo
"Be grateful for all the moments gone but look forward to all the moments coming.

It's time to follow your heart more, darling.

To be even more daring.

To compromise so much less, to not settle when things don't feel in sync with your heart.

Let the coming year be the one where you really listen.

Where you truly listen to your heart

and spread your wings.

This is your life, so go, live it true, even from today darling.

Even from today"

-S.C. Lourie-
"You're like a little wild thing

that was never sent to school"

-Mary Oliver-

 "I held my breath as we do sometimes

to stop time

when something wonderful

has touched us. . . "

-Mary Oliver-


happy Sunday

d xo 

Sunday, January 2, 2022

Hello 2022 ...

 Happy New Year

I love the month of January for so many reasons . . .  a month of celebrations . . . a new year *  birthdays *an anniversary * winter :-)

"Here everything is so wholly what I consider beautiful.

In other words, there is peace here"

-Vincent Van Gogh-


"Maybe in any art

you have to be wholly you

in the context of whatever you're doing"

-Mariel Hemingway-

"Thought that can merge wholly into feeling,

feeling that can merge wholly into thought,

these are the artist's highest joy"

-Thomas Mann- 

While finding/reading these quotes a few weeks ago, my 'guiding word' came to me.  As it has in past years, it began appearing over and over in unexpected places. 

"There's that word again" I would think . . . often smiling as I saw it, for I am never completely sure if it's "the word" until it appears over and over :-) Another word came across my path that I had never heard before but loved the meaning of - susurration which means the whispering or rustling of. But it only appeared once.

Wholly - adverb

entirely; fully

utterly unconditionally

I'll carve out a little time this afternoon and sit with a hot cup of tea and art supplies and  begin to journal a page to honor my guiding word. It's snowing outside as I type and there is a lovely soft layer of freshly fallen snow that looks so pretty. I love when I can see all the little markings left behind from garden visitors in the snow. Tiny  little foot prints from our garden bunny show me where he has walked and is staying safe (behind our potting table which is where we suspected). We make sure that he, like the birds, have food available and the garden is filled at the moment with cardinals, chickadees, woodpeckers, a carolina wren and sparrows, a sure sign that more snow is on the way.

 And one more quote to share that I will add to my journal page . . . 

"Nothing is wholly obvious

without becoming enigmatic.

Reality itself

is too obvious to be true"

-Jean Baudrillard-

Thank you for stopping by. 

Have a wonderful day!

d xo 

Friday, December 24, 2021

Merry Christmas Wishes

May the Spirit of Christmas fill your heart

Thank you for all your visits & lovely comments.

Wishing you a Very Merry Christmas
and Love, Luck and Laughter
for 2022!
d xo 


Monday, December 6, 2021

Hello December . . .

December ... that time of year when Vintage Sparrow Studio shares space with Mrs. Claus :-D

Home made Christmas gifts are always on the "list".  I've made these Santas for years and they always make me smile.  This year they were all painted on driftwood.  I had collected so many lovely pieces on morning lake walks, so they all hold wonderful memories too.  Once painted, I added a teeny tiny hook, red and white twine and a coffee stained, hand stamped Merry Christmas tag. On the back of each tag I wrote a favourite holiday quote .
This past weekend our grandson was marching with his Scout's group in the Santa Claus parade.

Our family, all bundled up, lined along the path, waving and cheering. Seeing Santa through the eyes of our grandsons, our children watching their children with beaming smiles and our grandpups in tartan bows . . .  THAT is what it's all about! xo 
Morning devotional * meditation * journaling and tea 

I've been bundling up and having my first cup of tea on our back porch and it has been such a lovely way to start the day. 
A page from an older journal. . . 
Making tags and cards from one of my Santa paintings . . . 
Pure joy . . . 
Tinker has made his appearance and sits happily on the stairs waiting for grandsons . . . 
And the most lovely surprise this past Friday when our daughter came down on the train to spend the weekend. We crammed everything we could in the time we had together . . .  lots of walks, Christmas shopping, cooking, baking, a walk down to the lake to take in the Festival of Lights, Santa Claus parade, Christmas movies and laughs!!!

Happy Monday 
d xo

Monday, November 22, 2021

The boundless creativity of the Universe . . .

"The creative process, like a spiritual journey, is intuitive, non-linear, and experiential. 

It points us toward our essential nature, which is a reflection of the boundless creativity of the Universe"

-John Dido Loori-

Serenity and Inspiration found
All the beauty November brings
The quiet hush of a morning 
Walking meditation
And a visit with my favourite tree ;-)
Happy Monday 
xo d 

Friday, November 19, 2021

Arts Burlington Holiday Sale . . .

The countdown has begun.

Starting tomorrow, the much anticipated Arts Burlington Holiday Sale goes live.

November 20-December 31 2021 -  arts burlington . ca 

Over 60 artists will be offering everything from the six Guilds

Burlington Fine Arts Association * Burlington Carvers & Sculptors Guild * Burlington Potters' Guild*

Burlington Hooking Craft Guild * Latow Photography Guild 

 photography * pottery* carving * weaving * rug hooking* and art.

I have original art pieces priced from $50.00 - $350.

Everything from framed pieces of art to mid sized canvas. Gift ideas for everyone on your holiday list.

I will be offering Porch pickup from my home studio (Covid safety protocols followed) and/or delivery options which we can discuss ;-) 

Looking forward to a wonderful Holiday show!!

As an intuitive artist, I love working with and exploring a variety of mediums.

The seasons, water, trees, nature, folklore and the mystery and wonder of it all strongly influence my work.

I live in a beautiful corner of the world where I can be by water and woods and I gather so much inspiration and serenity from both. There is so much beauty, magic and positive energy to be found sitting quietly, listening to the inner wisdom and teachings of the Earth.

In deepest gratitude, I paint xo


Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Weekends & Weavings . . .

Had a wonderful time this past Sunday gallery sitting at Headwaters Arts in the beautiful Alton Mills Art Centre. Met and chatted with so many lovely people who were out  holiday shopping for one-of-a-kind pieces & Headwaters Arts certainly has those!

Jewelry * scarves * cards * housewares *art in many mediums * in a wide range of price points to suit every budget.

The Artful Giving Gift Show and Sale is on until January 2 2022.  
Thrilled to have some of my mixed media art panel/weavings available in this beautiful space.

Arrived nice and early Sunday so I could have a look around too and visit all the shops/art galleries within Alton Mill.