Cherish the Memories

“Cherish the Memories”

This past month there were a few people we knew and loved, a brother-in-law’s father, a good friend, and step father-in-law that passed away.
Reminded, though we were sad, that we’re all connected.  Family and friends were there to support one another. We gathered to comfort and be present with each other.
There was talk of memories of the person passed.  Talking about the times we had together.  Remembering the moments that stood out for us.

We are mortals.
Each life is just a unit of time in space.

Yet there are some moments when we get a glimpse that we are connected to something much bigger than ourselves.
And so we can feel not so alone but a part of it all.

The below feature art work is a portrait I did years ago.
The pony had been the family pony.  Many little children got a ride on his back.
Their granddaughter would be at the farm on a show day and would eventaully get a ride on his back.
The pony was on in his years and they wanted a portrait to remember him with.

I did this portrait of “Oliver” with their granddaughter on him.

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“Oliver and his Young Rider”
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Le Cadeau du Cheval
Several artists in the Equine Art Guild were a part of this unique tribute to the horse. Click on the image above to read all about it and the artists who participated in it’s creation, as well as see where it will be coming to a location near you in the coming year!

Soldier Portraits
Darla Dixon organized a group of artists who will create no-charge compassionate portraits for the families who have lost a loved one in Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom. We are looking for artists to join our efforts, and also for non-artists who will help spread the word about this free service and token of our gratitude to families who have sacrificed so much.”
For more information, contact Darla (darla@darladixon.com) or visit SoldierPortraits.org.

 

Love is What We Need

Love Abounds

“Love is What We Need”

There’s that song by The Beatles ” All You Need Is Love “.
I know.  Just Another Love song.
Yet , What happens when Love is in the mix?

We should love ourselves first. We are then in a place to share that love with others.

We can feel love for someone special to us.  We can chose to create a life together.

We can be in love with doing something specific.
It can turn into a passion for doing work in the world, that in the end makes a difference.

Love brings people and things together, where fear and anger break them apart.
Love helps healing, where hate break us apart.

We can open up ourselves to someone, or something in the world when we turn toward it with love.

My husband was stationed years ago in Italy when he was in the military service.  One of the gifts he brought home to his family then were some beautiful animal rugs.
He held onto the one with Lions on it.
When we got married we hung the Lions in our livingroom.
One day he pointed out that the tails of each lion were each covered by a plant in the art work.  He wondered if the tails were close to each other or not.
That was one small detail left for the viewer to decide on.
So he asked me to do a painting of it but make it so one could see the tails.
So I did.

Here’s my painting of it.

Lions

Tails close to each other.
We were engaged at that time.
We’ve been married over 20 yrs now.  Through lifes ups and downs, love has helped us be open to each other and the possibilities.

Love is there.

Love is what we need.

Best,
LG

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Le Cadeau du Cheval
Several artists in the Equine Art Guild were a part of this unique tribute to the horse. Click on the image above to read all about it and the artists who participated in it’s creation, as well as see where it will be coming to a location near you in the coming year!

Soldier Portraits
Darla Dixon organized a group of artists who will create no-charge compassionate portraits for the families who have lost a loved one in Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom. We are looking for artists to join our efforts, and also for non-artists who will help spread the word about this free service and token of our gratitude to families who have sacrificed so much.”
For more information, contact Darla (darla@darladixon.com) or visit Soldier Portraits.

See the Good

Happy New Year

“See the Good”

A new year.

The month of December was and usually is a time for me (and of course for a lot of people) to reflect on the past year.  One could easily quote the movie title here, “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”.  Reflecting can bring up the good, bad and, hopefully not so much, the ugly memories. Sorting through them can clear one’s mind.   

Sometimes we find it too easy to look at what went wrong, or what went bad.  We should reflect on the good memories as well. Those good things should be looked at and given attention.  
There was a time in my life, quite a while ago, where I had a lot of challenges.  I remember thinking, “This is not what I want in the future”.  At that time one of the things I had to do was to break off a relationship I was in. And I did.  

As I worked through the feelings of seeing what I didn’t want, there came a point I found where it occurred to me that I had to make a decision. “What do I really want?”.   
With effort over time, I have achieved what I do want.  
Life does have its twist and turns, yet we can make decisions that change it for the better to have more of what we really want.

PS: oh I thought I’d share one other thing.  

My youngest daughter at times has mentioned she likes the piano.  
Well, presently, we don’t have a keyboard,  The one we had died,  
So she downloaded a Piano App to her phone.  She is liking it a little.  

Yet for me an App just doesn’t quite do it.  I tried the piano app, yes.  But after having had piano lessons when I was young for five years and enjoying playing the piano, the App just didn’t cut it,
Similar to some people who still like to pick up a book and hold it, and turn the pages as they read. There’s something wonderful about holding and feeling something physical.   Well, that’s what happens to me when I play a real piano.  I like sitting down on the piano bench, feeling the keys under my fingers. I know enough to know what sound each key makes. I hit a key to hear that note. Then further it to hitting more keys and playing them to hear the music that I want to hear. 

I’m sharing a short  YouTube video:
Perfectly Imperfect
This was taken a couple years ago when I was feeling a need to get more out of my comfort zone.

Best,
LG

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Several artists in the Equine Art Guild were a part of this unique tribute to the horse. Click on the image above to read all about it and the artists who participated in it’s creation, as well as see where it will be coming to a location near you in the coming year!

Soldier Portraits
Darla Dixon organized a group of artists who will create no-charge compassionate portraits for the families who have lost a loved one in Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom. We are looking for artists to join our efforts, and also for non-artists who will help spread the word about this free service and token of our gratitude to families who have sacrificed so much.”
For more information, contact Darla (darla@darladixon.com) or visit SoldierPortraits.org.

Give Thanks

“Give Thanks”

This Year in America has been quite an interesting one.

I know a lot of people have felt tensions on views and opinions.
We’re all indiviuals, with thoughts, minds and view points.
The variety of perspectives can be as many as looking through a kalidoscope.

May we take the time to see each other just as we are.
And be Thankful for what we have, who we are and those around us.

Give Thanks for all.

Without Thankfulness and hope, where would we be?

Our lives are an amazing miracle.

Love,
Lisa G.

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Several artists in the Equine Art Guild were a part of this unique tribute to the horse. Click on the image above to read all about it and the artists who participated in it’s creation, as well as see where it will be coming to a location near you in the coming year!

Soldier Portraits
Darla Dixon organized a group of artists who will create no-charge compassionate portraits for the families who have lost a loved one in Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom. We are looking for artists to join our efforts, and also for non-artists who will help spread the word about this free service and token of our gratitude to families who have sacrificed so much.”

For more information, contact Darla (darla@darladixon.com) or visit SoldierPortraits.org.

 

Cup Runneth Over

“Cup Runneth Over”

Well, there was a delay in me writing this month’s e-newsletter.
You might say we were so busy our “cup runneth over”.
We did a lot of purging and moving stuff out and rearranging things in our home so our oldest daughter could have her own room and space in the upstairs room.
The room had been our office, my studio space.
Yet we decided there was a needed change so we did it.
I also ended up being sick for a week or so with some dizziness.  Ugh
So there was a lot of personal care required this month.

Life serves up such things.  Things can change in ways one might not expect.  Yet we must do what we can and do our best.

We did have a wonderful relaxing weekend going camping with the family.  It was a good experience and fun.
We went to the white Mountains in NH.
It had been a while since we visited there.
I was reminded how much I enjoy seeing the mountains, which are just amazing and majestic.
It was a good soul recovering trip.

Remember: we must refill our cup when it is empty.

Best,
Lisa G.

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Soldier Portraits
Darla Dixon organized a group of artists who will create no-charge compassionate portraits for the families who have lost a loved one in Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom. We are looking for artists to join our efforts, and also for non-artists who will help spread the word about this free service and token of our gratitude to families who have sacrificed so much.”

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Death and Taxes

“Death and Taxes”

In the month of April, Tax time is coming to a near close.

I was reminded of something my parents have said to me.
There are two constants: Death and Taxes
(with a touch of humor)

Well, Yes. Hmmmmm

Both my parents worked for the Internal Revenue service, which equates to this.

Dad was always sure to remind us of praticalities. And about doing what we needed to do.

In running any business, there wil be the things that one enjoys immensely and other things that feel more mundane and tedious. Yet having a business requires the whole package, essentailly.

I’ve noted over time that being in a business can feel like a whole other animal.
I’ve found it can feel like being turned inside out and upside down at times.
It requires growth, learning and stretching. And sometimes it doesn’t feel so good.

Yet the moments when things come together, with each success, you can see the bumps in the road were there for some reason guiding you along.

Best to you on your own journeys.

Lisa G.

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Le Cadeau du Cheval
Several artists in the Equine Art Guild were a part of this unique tribute to the horse. Click on the image above to read all about it and the artists who participated in it’s creation, as well as see where it will be coming to a location near you in the coming year!

Soldier Portraits
Darla Dixon organized a group of artists who will create no-charge compassionate portraits for the families who have lost a loved one in Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom. We are looking for artists to join our efforts, and also for non-artists who will help spread the word about this free service and token of our gratitude to families who have sacrificed so much.”
For more information, contact Darla (darla@darladixon.com) or visit SoldierPortraits.org.