Secret Ingredient

“The Secret Ingredient”
I like to cook and bake.  One of my favorite breakfast foods to make is pancakes. I have a recipe I use that I like.  Because I’m mildly lactose intolerant I add Lactaid milk instead of regular milk.  I like putting strawberry jam and cinnamon on the pancakes.I make pancakes for breakfast sometimes.  
We had a pancake mix recently that my girls used to make Japanese pancakes.  They didn’t  use the whole box.One of my daughters decided to make the pancake mix for breakfast.She followed the recipe on the box and ate them.  
Yet after, she told me they didn’t come out as good and sweet as my pancakes that I make from scratch.  
It warmed my heart. 
I told her, “There’s a secret ingredient.  It’s Love.”  

Ok, so it’s not a secret. 

We all know that when we put love into what we are doing it makes what we’re doing that much more special.  ?

Lisa G.

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.

Happy 2020

The Year 2020

Clear vision

2019 was a full year, which included ups and downs.  Some little ripples, and some big ripples. 

I left one part-time job to then start a full time job.  

I then chose to put time into my book project, a dream to fulfill.

I’ve had experiences that made me realize how important it was to have time doing things to take care of myself.  One idea was to take time to be grounded and have a moment of peace with myself. 

Our lives can feel so busy.  We need to take time to be calm and still to rejuvenate.

I enjoy going for walks in the morning or evening… although  I go without headphones or music.  I do that so I can be in the present and notice nature around me on these walks. 

I also have taken the chance to participate in a Tai chi class on Thursday at my workplace.  The movements are slow and fluid.  The movements make me feel good.  They are calming.

I have loved horseback riding my whole life.  There’s a movement and flow of energy that goes between a rider and their horse, as they move together in rhythm.  

In times of change we can feel unbalanced or thrown off.  Thus a we need to find a balance, and to feel grounded.  Practicing techniques to ground oneself/body can empower one.

Years ago, I took riding lessons each week.  Over time my riding did improve.  

During one ride, I was told by my riding instructor to canter in a two point position, like a hunter rider.  I had done a two point position at walk and trot many times before. 

I asked for a canter.  I was just off position a little and sat back in the saddle.  My instructor said, “Again” confident I could do it.

I continued at a canter and adjusted my feet to the right place.  My horse looked back at me as if to say, “when you’re ready let me know.” I gathered a little mane in one of my hands, to fill a little security.  I felt, “I’m in position.”

Then we went. We galloped down the long side of the ring.  

I was steady as I ever was.  I was “Just right” in my position.  So much so that I felt empowered and strong.  Halfway down, I noted I’m still good, so I let go of the little piece of mane I had.  We continued on. As we got near the corner of the arena, with light hands and steadiness,  I asked my horse to adjust for the turn. We went smoothly through.  

It must have looked as good as it felt. 

My instructor and a student watching cheered me on.  “Go Lisa, Go!”  

It was so good.  

That steadfast feeling and strength made me feel like nothing to knock me over.  

I was truly steady amidst movement.  

Best, 

Lisa G.

Art  News

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.

Be Present

Be Present

Shoes, beach, summer

I stand at the end of the beach and feel the wet, muddy sand in my toes. I enjoy the moment the waves wash over my feet.

I breathe in a whiff of the salty air.

I look at the face of the person next to me and smile. For a moment they just look at me. Then they smile a little, too.

I talk softly to the horse. I let them smell the brush i am holding. I then brush them. Horse brings it’s soft nose to me. Then breathes a relaxation sigh.
horse, grooming, brushing

It’s being in the moment that is the gift- the present.

It grounds me.

I can feel Ok in that moment.

Take time to be present in any day.

Best,

LG

Art News

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.

Art News

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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.

Spring has sprung

Happy Spring

Spring has Sprung

First day of Spring was Monday, March 20.

I’ve been seeing some signs of spring.

I spotted some long, green leaves in the front near the bushes.  They look to be the daffidol leaves that I’ve gotten to know. So I’m looking forward to the next steps over the next couple of weeks, where the flower stem produces it’s blosom and it eventually opens.

Another wonderful event happened at the farm where I volunteer with a therapeutic riding program.
One of the boarders at the farm had a pregnant mare.
A horse’s gestation period is about 11 months.
Recently, She looked quite round and ready to foal.
She gave birth to her foal the day of the March 8th blizzard.
Babies are cute.  And this little foal was definitely very cute.
I enjoyed seeing the foal.

I’d seen some foals before.
Years ago, when I was taking riding lessons at Haskins Farm in Berkly, MA, they had a Quarter Horse stallion and breeding services.  They had one or two mares at the farm that were bred and had foals each year.
The students and I loved to go see the foals.  We’d peek in the stalls to have a look at foals.

One of the broodmares at the farm would later be placed in the riding program.  “Miss545” aka “Missy”.
I would get the chance to ride her in lessons and in the barn’s shows.  I loved riding and showing with her. I learned a lot and had a lot of fun.
She did get bred again to the stallion.  She had a filly, female foal.
Yet after that birth “Missy” developed a stifle problem, so was retired from the program.
She was sold to a good home.

Here’s a Pastel portrait of “Missy” and her filly.

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the gift horse mosaic

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.