Power of Art

“Power of Art”

There have been some changes in the past month or more in my life.

I’m going from a part time job at a school to working full time for an organization that works with adults with physical or mental challenges. This organization incorporates arts and music into the program to help their clients grow and become independent.
I will be able to use my creative knowledge and experience in this job. I
have experienced how art has the power of making change happen.

I was a teenager when I first met my cousin, who has cri de chat. Cri de chat is a rare form of an abnormality in the chromosomes. A person who has this will be mentally and physically challenged. As with any mental/physical challenge, the extent of it varies with each individual.
I was simply excited about having a younger cousin. I wanted to play with her. So I showed her all of my toys. I wanted her to pick something out to play with. She just seemed to have this blank look on her face and she was withdrawn.
After she went to bed, I asked my Aunt, “How do you play with her?” She told me to just be patient.
The next morning I saw her sitting in the kitchen. My mom had given her a pad of paper and a pen. I got excited. I asked my aunt, “Oh, so she likes to draw?” She said, “Yes,.but she doesn’t really draw, she just scribbles”.
I had a light bulb moment. “Drawing. scribbling. What’s the difference?”. For the first time, I saw her doing something I knew required the mind being engaged. I sat down next to her. She stopped doing what she was doing. No surprise to me. I picked up the pen. She seemed a little withdrawn. I drew a happy face on the pad. Well, she turned and looked at me with the biggest, brightest smile on her face.
I looked at her in amazement. “Nice to meet you.”.
I gave the pen back to her. She started to draw, but seemed a little frustrated. I said, “Wait, stop. I’ll show you”. I showed her, then handed the pen to her. “Now you do it”. She moved the pen as I had shown her. We would spend a lot of time drawing together. Even now, she and I still do a lot of drawing.                                                                              Inspiration and passion guide us.
Art can play a powerful part in our lives.

Best,
LG

Feature Art: 

Froggies, frogs, children illustration

“Froggies”

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L Cadeau du Cheval

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.

Resilience

“Resilience”

Welcome to March.

March has had beautiful warm days to then cold, windy snowy days…and back again. It’s very typical weather for the month of March in Rhode Island and the whole New England area.

Plants are starting to break through the ground.  I’ve seen some Crocuses come up. They are the first flowers to come up between the end of winter and the beginning of Spring. They come up during a time when the weather can be cold and snowy one day, then warm and sunny the next . The Crocuses adapt by staying closed up when it’s cold and windy. When the sun comes out and warms up a day, the Crocuses then open up their pedals to soak in the sun’s nourishment.  Though they only bloom for a short time, they show their beauty and resilience in life.

For living things to survive and thrive, they must be adaptive and resilient.

It’s part of life.

Sometimes we have winters in our lives, where we must step up and persevere through whatever we’re facing.

There are spring and summer’s in our lives too.  Whether it’s seeing a situation through, a project or goal, the spring/summer in our lives is when we can celebrate our successes and achievements.  Those warm, sunny days can make us feel fully alive and joyous.

Where ever we are in our life, we must rise up and meet the season.

We can do it.

Warmly,

LG

 

Feature Art:

tiny snow caps, snow, blackeyed susans

Tiny Snow Caps”

scratch board

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le Cadeau du Cheval
le Cadeau du Cheval

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.

Process, Beauty

“The Process, The Beauty”

Time seems to pass quickly when you’re busy.
October seemed to just fly by.
Sorry for not touching base with a newsletter last month.
I got caught up in some great projects.
One of the projects was a painted saddle.
It started with a painted saddle we saw on Facebook.
From there, I collaborated with founder and President of “Horses Bring Hope”, Dina Godinez, on painting a saddle for their October Gala event.

As I do with any project, I research what’s involved, choose material and supplies for the project, and then put my artistic skills to work to bring that project to completion.

“The Process”
I looked up what others have done to paint a saddle in the past.
I used light sanding paper to take off the top shine and create a surface that paint would adhere to. I rubbed rubbing alcohol to condition the leather surface.
I decided what kind of design and details I would paint. And then went ahead with painting.
I sprayed all the painted areas with a finish.

painted saddlepainted saddle

“The Beauty”
Having completed the project, I then shared it with my client.
This is probably the best part by far.
There is a wonderful sense of connection, when I share my art with others.
Creating gives me the chance to express myself.
Sharing what I have created opens communication between me and the people I share it with.
It’s a great feeling.

What is double the fun for me as a parent is seeing my girls enjoying a creative project.
For Halloween they thought up ideas, gathered material and supplies and created their own costumes.
We had a lot of fun Trick or Treating with friends and walking the neighborhood.
So grateful.

Have a great gathering.

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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.

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.

Feature Art/Product:

YoungRider

“Oliver and his Young Rider”
Pastel

Interested in a portrait.
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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

Feature Art Product:

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Tiny Snow Caps
scratch board

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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.