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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 …

Thursday, April 8, 2021

Art Auction ...

 Mark your calendar, it's almost time for the annual Dundas Valley School of Art Auction.

My painting "Small Wonders" will be part of the DVSA Auction and up for bids April 12-17th.

One of my most favourite subjects  ~ nests and eggs, this piece is painted in Acrylic on canvas.

 Sized at  8" x 10" , it's a lovely piece to place anywhere in your home, alone or in a grouping on the wall. 

Due to Covid and recent provincial shut-downs, the Auction will be held completely on line.

All details can be found on the Dundas Valley School of Art website.

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

WIP ....

I thought it would be fun to show how one of my horses comes to life and work in progress before I went any further. Normally I get so absorbed into painting that I don't stop to think about taking photos along the way.

Using one of my painting boards (the re-cycled cardboard that I keep on my desk underneath paper as I paint) the painting reveals itself and  I just begin there .... 

I think I've only painted one of these recycled boards that wasn't a horse .... that one became an Owl
As soon as the eye appears, the story begins ... the unfolding ... 

A new story to be told .... a new painting to unfold 
I love all the layers that are already there .... paint splatters, pen testing, and on this board, a stamp as I tried out some ink. It will now become part of the painting tucked underneath layers.

"When you hear hoof beats,

think horses, not zebras"

~Chloe Benjamin~


Sunday, April 4, 2021

Happy Easter

spells out beauty
the rare beauty
of new life"
-S.D. Gordon-


Saturday, March 27, 2021

a great simplicity . . .

In the garden today ... so much beauty to be found in a simple skeleton leaf 
the doves have been moving about in the garden . . .  I am hoping that they will not choose the eaves to nest this year and will return to a spot in our backyard pergola which is nice and protected from the elements. This pretty little feather was found in the grass.
Missing my Archer . . .  and not sure if it's because he is always in my thoughts, but this stone looked just like him . . .  and then the heart shaped stone beside him . . . 

"When you seek love with all your heart,

you shall find its echoes in the Universe"

This nest has been in our Maple tree for ages and I was so surprised to find it on the front lawn this morning! And while I grabbed the camera to take some photos, I looked up to see a gorgeous Starling weaving a strip of wild reed. It was absolutely fascinating to watch as she flew up and down to pull it . . . nature is absolutely awe inspiring! 

"Nature has great simplicity

and therefore

a great beauty"

~Richard Feynman~ 

 And while eating breakfast this morning, I noticed this perfectly formed heart shape in the bark of our lilac tree! Love and beauty right under our nose.

~happy Saturday~

d xo

Sunday, March 14, 2021

Spring forward . . .

because the soul
needs to fly

Is there anything more charming than a swing? Especially an old, wooden, well loved swing, hanging from an old and very loved tree!  Those were my thoughts as I painted Daydreaming . . .  because what better place to daydream than on a swing. 

"Cling, swing, Spring, sing,
Swing up into the apple tree"
-T.S. Eliot-

"Grown ups are complicated creatures, 
full of quirks and secrets"
-Roald Dahl-

Friday, March 12, 2021

Signs of Spring . . .

There is something so lovely about spotting the first Robin ~ we have one in our garden & then spotted one walking. Although we still have snow, it's melting away quickly due to  very mild , sunny and windy  days. It feels like Spring.  

 Have a wonderful weekend.
deb xo

Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Pussy Willow Legend . . .

The first Spring blooms in our garden are that of the Pussy Willow. This year we had the time to cut them nice and early while the catkins were still tiny. Three hours later, I had filled two urns with clusters of furry catkins, created a wreath for both garden gates and still had a potting table filled to the brim.

I carried an armload inside (wedding bouquet style) ;-) and started decorating .  The tallest branches went into one of our antique crocks that sits by the fireplace and the shorter ones I turned into our Easter themed "kitchen tree". Little tiny eggs I painted last year and attached twine to were hung here and there. The eggs are so tiny that in order to paint them I had to rest them in the cap from the acrylic paint.


bumble bees

nests and eggs
and of course. . .  a bunny - paying homage to my  Cinders.

I love folk lore and recently read a Pussy Willow legend I had never heard before but one I will share with my grandsons when I give them their little pussy willow bundles.  
It goes like this ...
Pussy Willow
According to an old Polish legend, a mother cat was crying at the bank of a river in which her young kittens were drowning. They had fallen into the river while playing and chasing butterflies.
The Willows at the rivers edged longed to help them, so they swept their long graceful branches into the water.  The kittens gripped the branches tightly and were safely brought to shore.
Each springtime since, goes the legend, the Willow branches sprout tiny fur-like buds at their tips where the kittens once clung. 

Now that I have read the legend, I will have to paint a little kitten egg to add to the Easter tree :-D

Happy Tuesday
deb xo