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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 ~

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!

Friday, November 1, 2019

November ...

It's been a wonderful, relaxing, 3 week vacation.
Autumn is my favourite season and the colours have been absolutely gorgeous as we travelled
2,400 miles !!! 
Our last stop before leaving for home.
We headed up to Blue Mountain, Collingwood
and although it was a rainy, cold day, we went for a beautiful hike taking in
the sights and scents of the trees surrounding us.
I am always drawn to trees, tree roots and bark.
"I believe the world
is incomprehensibly beautiful.
An endless prospect
of magic
and wonder"
~Ansel Adams~
"All the trees are loosing their leaves,
and not one of them is worried"
~Donald Miller~

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Cape Cod Memories

"My soul is full of longing
for the secret of the sea.
And the heart of the great ocean
sends a thrilling pulse 
through me"
~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow~
We travelled 1,800 miles …with the view of spectacular colours of Autumn {sigh}
pumpkins and charm everywhere :-D
lots of beach walks
and beautiful homes
"For her the ocean was more than a dream,
it was a place she needed to visit to find herself.
And when she returned to the city,
you could see 
the sun in her eyes
the wind in her hair
and taste the infinite salt on her lips"
~Jose Chaves~

I think I love the ocean
because it's calm, beautiful, infinite.
But also angry, harsh, and magnificent.
And that intrigues me.
A {few} visits to Ben & Jerry's was a must
 as I had my wisdom teeth out a few days before leaving … 
Strawberry Shortcake ice cream {which is my favourite B & J flavor} was a wonderful treat!
A tour of the Ben & Jerry factory

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~