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.

“Mom Sayings”

“Mom Sayings”

Have you ever found yourself saying things that your Mother used to say to you or your siblings?

“Oh, Yes.  Part of parenthood.”

I love my mom dearly.
There was no one else that could ground me like she did.

Leave it to Mom to get right to the point.

With advice this week, I started to write down the things that she has said.
Some words were serious and right to the point.
Others with some dry quirk humor.

One that never failed to make us giggle, because of the wording of this phrase.

“When the going gets tough, The tough get going.”

( a little twister at times to remember, yet a giggle always)

I have been one to not shy away from creative projects for sure.
An artist is always striving to better themselves and stretch their skills.

Below I am sharing a couple of sneak peak pictures.

This painted saddle will be at Horses Bring Hope’s (therapeutic riding program) October Gala.
A silent auction piece.

Feature Art/Product:

“Sneak Peak”

saddle, painted, art, equestrian, tack

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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.

 

Trash or Treasure

Trash or Treasure

One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.

We got together with some of our cousins and visited Spectacle Island in Boston Harbor.
Their son is going through Junior Ranger status.

It was a wonderful trip.

The girls enjoyed their first boat ride. And we all enjoyed a day on a small island.

There are a couple of tours that are scheduled on the island. A History tour and “Sea Glass“ tour. Mother and son went on the History tour, while the rest of us went on the “Sea Glass” tour.

The island was used for a while as a dumping place. Some of the trash consisted of glass and ceramic things. With the tide the glass would be washed up on the beach then back out again into the ocean. Over time the glass would change in some ways, yet continued its ride with the tides in and out. They call this glass “Sea Glass”. Many different colors of glass can be found on the beach- brown, blue, green and sometimes red. We found a red piece. Each piece’s age-year in time can be determined by the colors.

We found some pieces that looked like they were from old china plates.

The rule of the island is no one can take any glass home as a souvenir. Yet they encourage visitors to search and find the sea glass and make a design with it if they please. “J” made a sailboat sailing on the water with brown, blue and white glass. “A” went for the more nature collection of snail shells, mussel shells and part of a crab shell.

They enjoyed it.

The later part of the afternoon was spent enjoying a small section of beach. Oh, and a short walk with “A” to get a glimpse of Boston lighthouse – though far out and smallish looking.

It was neat to go to the island.

There is grass and small trees on the island, Because of it being a dumping place the Parks Dept. had to choose only certain plants to plant there. No deep rooted trees due to the possible creation of holes in the soil, which any smell underneath could be released.

Looking out back toward Boston I realized that this and George’s island (another island) were probably the islands I used to wonder about. I worked in a state office at 100 Cambridge St. in the late 1980’s. From the cafeteria’s windows on the 14th floor I could see out to the harbor. Way out one could make out some island forms. On clear days you could sometimes see a large barge way out there near the islands. I didn’t know anything about the island’s back then. I just noticed them out there.

Cool to visit and learn about them.

Oh, the things to learn and see when exploring.

Feature Art/Product:

Boston Lighthouse“, Pastel

I did this Pastel of Boston Lighthouse from a picture I took when I was on a Whale Watch cruise years ago.

Originals and Prints of my work are available for sale at my website.
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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.

Look, See

“Look, See”

Now that spring is turning to summer, travel has increased for folks. And along with that there is road construction—or destruction at times, as my mom has said.

On the S curves part of Rte. 95 that bypasses Pawtucket, they’ve rebuild one of the main bridges. We often travel on Rte. 95 to go visit family.

I happen to notice once or twice while on the highway that at a couple of overpasses there was a mural that was painted on the retaining walls.

Here’s one of them.

I remember another one, but couldn’t find it. Perhaps it was temporary.

Here’s a link about the project.
Highway Beautification
I thought it was cool. So I’m sharing it.

Art is everywhere.

Well not exactly ‘everywhere”, but it’s around us. It’s in our lives.

Who stops to admire it?

Are we so inundated with sounds, images, messages and such that we don’t stop and notice.
Or do we?

Do we filter out the noise? Do we focus on what enriches us?

Just asking.

If you feel compelled to share your experience or art you saw that made you stop and look , Leave a comment at my blog post.

Feature Art/Product:

“2 Zebras”

This scratch board image was created from a picture I took at the Roger Williams Zoo.
When we go to the zoo we have to look for the animals sometimes. They have spacious enclosures.
I like how they seem to be looking at us.
Check out Great Gift items at Lisa’s Art & Horses

Gift Certificates available.

Please feel free to contact me with questions on art/products and/or comments at lisa@lisasart.com

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.