Be Still

A new year.

We had some snow storms. I like to sit curled up in a blanket on the couch and watch the snow fall outside our window. I’m nice and warm in my blanket. Outside it’s cold. Snowflakes dance and lightly fall to the ground.
There’s a need to stay inside and warm. My energy level tends to be on the low side, and I feel like not doing much of anything, but sit and gaze out the window
There is a sense of stillness, watching the snow fall.
I’m reminded to be present in the moment and let things unfold. So often in business we set goals, and timelines to meet. Yet there are times when things aren’t going right or flowing the way we had anticipated. That’s when we need to step aside and relax to stay open to the
opportunities.
In creating art work, I find that being open and letting things unfold as they may is necessary. I may have an idea of what I want to create and how it should look. Yet sometimes it doesn’t quite work when I am working on it. I get frustrated. Sometimes I’ll put it aside and go do
something else. And sometimes I will throw out the paper.
I’ll eventually start again, when I’m calm. I will relax and decide not to go with my first envision of what I wanted to create. Instead, I’ll be still for a moment and then let my creative juices flow to create what the artwork will be.
That’s usually when I create the best art – when I am open to the possibilities, instead of trying to dictate them. The artwork is always so much better than I could have imagined. Sometimes it takes being quiet to get to that state.

Best,
LG

Feature Art:

winter, silence,snow,forest

Scratch board

Art News

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.

Ah, December

Happy Holidays

Ah, December.
Candle lighting:
We celebrate Hanukah. I do enjoy lighting the candles and saying prayers. Then I shut the
room lights off and just sit and gaze at the warm glow of the candles.
Christmas lights:
We bundle up and go drive around to see the lights. There is comfort in seeing lights here and
there among the darkness of the longer nights.
Family and friend gather together:
Holidays wouldn’t be the same without each other.
Warm, delicious food:
Well, food is part of the holidays.
Snow:
We had a white Christmas. yay
Cold:
when it’s cold one wants to just stay under the warm covers and rest. Do bears have the right
idea. 😀
Some thoughts as we are in the last month of this year, 2017.
How was your year?
A mixed bag of some really good stuff, with some hard times.
What worked, went right?
I got some wonderful commissions that enabled me to work and connect with clients.
What didn’t go the way it was planned?
I fall back on Robert Burns’s quote:
“The best laid schemes o’ Mice an’ Men,
Gang aft agley,
An’ lea’e us nought but grief an’ pain,
For promis’d joy!
(The best laid schemes of Mice and Men
oft go awry,
And leave us nothing but grief and pain,
For promised joy!)”.
What could be the next step?
Stay Open.

Warmly,
LG

 

Feature Art:

candle light, Christmas, Hanukah

“Candlelight”

Scratch board

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