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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, January 13, 2020

Praise the day ...

Praise the day
The ancient ways
On sacred land is where I stand
Air* water*soil*sky
Am I

I live in a beautiful spot where I can be by water and woods and I gather so much inspiration and serenity from both.
So grateful for the blessings that come from the trees, stones, soil and water.  I am in my element with the elements.
There is so much beauty and magic to be found listening to the inner wisdom and teachings of the Earth.

I have so many ideas for new paintings in 2020.
Because I paint intuitively and directly on paper or canvas (no sketches ahead of time) I'm always interested to see where the painting takes me … 
Painting gives me a venue to express my deep love and gratitude to the Earth.
It is more than a creative outlet … each painting gives me the gift of peace, serenity, mindfulness. 
In gratitude, I paint
xo d 

Saturday, January 4, 2020

Happy New Year ...

As the last few days of December neared, my thoughts went to choosing my "word" for the New Year.  Keeping really busy, I hadn't thought too much about it until after Christmas and Boxing Day had passed and I had some time to myself. Some years it comes to me early ... one of my favourite
"words" in past years was *flow* and that year, it turned out that it was exactly what I needed to do ... go with the flow. 
No resolutions for me this year. I am choosing however to live in the *now* - not pressuring
myself with musts or wants or shoulds ... and with that mindset, my "word" came to me.
I had been sitting quietly, candles lit, music playing in the background and Archer by my side, journaling. Looking down at the page I saw the words I'd written *believe* belief* beach* become*because* being * begin* {ironically, not behave :-D} 
 I had been  playing "Let it Be" on my ukulele for the past few days as well ... just waiting for me to *notice* I suppose.
So there it was ... my 2020 word ~ be

Happy New Year!
A new decade ...
12 brand new chapters to be written...
365 new chances … 
May each one be filled with love, peace, laughter & joy
deb xo

Saturday, December 21, 2019

Winter Solstice

I love creating & anything hand made, especially at Christmas time, is my favourite gift to give {and receive}.
From my hands, with someone in mind, creating something that has special meaning.
My daughter adores pugs … so I painted a little wooden disc and created a keepsake box.
When something is made by hand,
you feel the soul that went into it.
These little wooden discs were so much fun to paint.
I painted a few others and realized that they were the perfect size to top a candy dish!
Filled with caramels, mini candy canes, mints and other wrapped Christmas candies … 
Owl and moon
Mother & child
"we must teach our children 
to smell the earth,
to taste the rain,
to touch the wind,
to see things grow,
to hear the sun rise
and night fall,
-to care"
~John Cleal~
I loved the words of this beautiful quote

A box of old vintage spindles … painted,  make lovely candle holders :-D
Punch needle was a new hobby I took up this year.
Making up my own patterns, choosing colours and embellishing items made has been lots of fun.
Father Christmas holds a vintage key and lock
A little bit of furry fabric found had me thinking of toys
and "Gus" the elephant was created … 
The fabric was a little too "new" looking, so I went over the pile with scissors and then a razor
to take away a lot of the fluff. 
all that sewing left me with a few empty spools, so I decided to write out a little special message/scroll on brown craft paper & wrap it around the spool .

There was just enough fabric left after making Gus the elephant to create a mouse
who happily sits and waits for Christmas day
on a swing made from driftwood and twine.
{he still awaits some embellishing … I have a nice old bell to add & he may hold a tiny Christmas tree or stocking {still thinking}  … 
All that beach walking has provided me with lots of wild crafting material.
Made with Love & Gratitude a painted heart shaped stone, driftwood and bits and pieces of grapevine.
*Happy Winter Solstice *

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Painting * Journaling & Plays

I loved every moment painting this precious scene
& used a very fine tipped brush to create the tiniest of details
~The gifts I bring~
Father Christmas and a menagerie of Woodland animals who find comfort & joy in the warmth of a 
warm and magical cloak
As we get near the end of November, my art journal is almost full ...
the pages have been filled with ticket stubs and programs, brochures ,
quotes and of course lots of woodland animals :-D
We are in each other's lives for a reason...
thank you for showing up.
"An invisible thread
connects those who are destined to meet,
regardless of time, place or circumstance.
The thread may stretch or tangle,
but it will never break"
~Ancient Chinese Belief~
"Some beautiful paths
can't be discovered without 
getting lost"
~Erol Ozan~
I created these 2 pages after watching the Santa Claus parade with my grandsons ~ all bundled up with a tin of homemade cookies on our lap :-D 
the best way to ease into the holidays
We went to see Irving Berlin's Holiday Inn at the Shaw Festival, Niagara On The Lake.
It was absolutely wonderful filled with lots of tap dancing (I love tap dancing) and many fabulous musical numbers such as 
steppin' out with my baby* the little things in life * blue skies  * be careful, it's my heart * cheek to cheek* & the famous *white Christmas*
Now to add it to my art journal :-D

Saturday, November 16, 2019

journaling ...

"to move
to breathe
to fly
to float
to gain all while you give
to roam the roads of land remote
to travel
is to live'
~Hans Christian Andersen~
Even though it is snowing outside,
October and November's  art journaling pages have been filled with light houses,
 sandy beaches, sea shells,
sea glass, blue skies and mermaids ...
I'm still thinking of the wonderful time spent in Cape Cod and  those thoughts
are spilling out into my art journal.
"traveling is more than the seeing of sights;
it is a change that goes on,
deep and permanent
in the ideas of living"
~Miriam Beard~
beach walking/combing no matter what the weather
my journal is a spot to write down songs I've  practiced playing on my sweet Ukulele (oh how I love playing the Uke) … and a spot to write down "songs to learn"  which is ever growing 

"Let the version of yourself that you were, teach you.
Let the version of yourself that you are currently, comfort you.
Let the version that you are becoming, inspire you.
You are the version that you need 
and needed to be 
in every phase of your journey"
"You must understand the whole of life,
 not just the little part of it.
That is why you must read,
that is why you must look at the skies,
that is why you must sing and dance,
and write poems,
and suffer,
and understand.
For all that
 ~J. Krishnamurti~

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

believe in the magic ...

"A single act of kindness
throws out roots in all directions,
and the roots spring up
and make new trees"
~Amelia Earhart~
We had our first "big snowfall" here in Ontario. That first snowfall brings with it
such magic for me! Big thick flakes falling from the sky and covering us in a white
fluffy blanket (sigh)
I've been watching the sparrows at the feeders. While we have many feeders, there are only so many
perches and the sparrows outnumber them, so they have been taking
turns and waiting patiently (and some, not so patiently) for their turn
waiting in the cedars that line our fence.
Cedars, Sparrows, Snow … off to Sparrow studio I went :-D 
and created "sharing a moment"
I hope you love it!
joy to the world* merry and bright* peace* love* joy
believe in the magic

Monday, November 4, 2019

Easing back into routine ...

I missed my boy terribly and my "Velcro dog" has been living up to his nick name,  glued to me since coming home from holidays .
 I often wonder just how many steps he walks in any given day as he is beside me all the time , even when I tell him "mummy will be right back" … he follows me :-D
Archer has never been one for catching balls or playing with toys, but, he did find this stick on one of our walks through the woods. Seeing him pick it up in his mouth, sit down on the grass with it between his paws and gnaw at it brought a huge smile to my face!
An even bigger smile appeared when, upon getting ready to return home, he carried it in his mouth the entire time.
He hasn't tired of Mr. Stick and as soon as we go into the garden picks it up and carries it around with him. He's even nudged me with it a few times and we've played a bit of "tug" which still surprises me.
Proof that you really can teach an old dog new tricks!
I just love seeing him so happy & enjoying his senior years.
I've been doing much the same :-D
Easing back into routine ...
rising early, tea, candles lit, morning meditation, yoga, 
woodland walk with Archer and journaling.
My Etsy shop has been taken off of holiday mode &  is up and running  ...
and before I start on another painting (so many ideas) I'm enjoying working on my art journal, adding quotes and Cape Cod thoughts.
Hope you are having a wonderful Monday in your corner of the world!