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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horse, mare and foal,equine, art, pastel

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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.

Quotes

“Quotes

A new school year has begun.  Our daughters each entered a new school this year.   Our oldest is in high school, while our youngest in Junoir high.
“My,  How time goes by.”

Some of the conversations we have now with our daughters are really wonderful and interesting.

Our youngest daughter, the other night, asked us about quotes.

Answer.com:
Quotes are inspirational, funny, wise, etc. things that people have said. Most of the time sayings are put into the same category.

Here are a couple of my favorite quotes.

“If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music he hears, however measured or far away.”
Henry David Thoreau

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
Marianne WilliamsonA Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of “A Course in Miracles”

The Fall Equinox was just the other day.  Here’s one for Autunm.

“Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.”
GEORGE ELIOT, pen name of Mary Ann Evans (1819-1880), author ofSilas Marne

What are some of your favorite quotes?

Lisa G.

Feature Art:

sleepingfox

Sleeping Fox
Pastel

Prints available at fineartamerica.

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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.

Putting Smiles on Faces

“Putting Smiles on Faces”

It can be so heart warming to do something that puts a smile on someone’s face.
Even more exciting is when one can put a smile on many peoples faces.

I had a recent opportunity where I did Face painting at an event.
The Event was an Open House at Horses Bring Hope therapeutic riding program.

I got organized at my table and painted the director’s daughter’s face.  Once others noticed the face painting table, they came over to have their daughter’s and son’s face painted.
I had a sheet of some images they could look at so they could choose which image they wanted.
I asked each child what they wanted.  Then I painted their face.
When I held up the mirror for them to see it,  a smile would light up on their face.
How wonderful a feeling to be able to put a smile on someone’s face.

We all want to be able to bring happiness to others.
We all have talents and gifts.  I believe we are meant to use our talents to serve others.
And in this case to bring a smile to someone’s face.

Warmly,

Lisa G.

Feature Art:

YoungRider

“Young Rider”

Pastel Portrait

People and Pet portraits

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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 Soldier Portraits

 

 


Grateful List

“Grateful list”

Thanksgiving is this month in The United States of America.
It’s a time for family to come together and be grateful for each other and what’s present in life.

Yet we can be grateful throughout the year too.  Each day we can note what we’re grateful for.

Here’s one of my Grateful lists:

Family
Friends
My husband
Children/ my girls
House/home
Work at school
Volunteer time at Horses Bring Hope
Riding time
Art time

If you happen to make your own list, take a moment to look it over, as I do, and really enjoy it. Cherish it.

Happy Thanksgiving

Feature Art/Product:

fox, autumn

Sleeping Fox
Pastel

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Gift Certificates available.

 

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.

 

 

Ebb and Flow

Ebb and Flow

Summer is waning.  We’re into the month of August.
There are changes as we head into the end of summer.
Though days start out kind of cool, the heat comes on and the day gets hot.

I feel a need to get going early enough to get things done and to beat the coming heat of the day.

There is relief in going to the pool or the beach.  A chance to get my feet wet and relax.

Noticing the ebb and flow of my energy.
Mornings I want to get going.
By noon, I want to slow down as the heat tires me.
As the heat dissipate at evening I find I can relax and do a few more things before going to bed.
Check email
Work on some art worK.

There are Ups and downs.
Ebbs and flows like the tides.

Though we tend to want to have control, we don’t.

I have found trusting myself to know when to push-pull and when not to is critical.
When working on a art piece sometimes I’m really focused on the vision in my head.  I’m striving for it. There’s a pull to get it just perfect.  But I know from experience perfection doesn’t exist.
I sometimes have to be reminded to allow the creative energy deep in me to come through and out.  And it’s when I allow that the work really comes to be what it’s meant to be. Not through pushing and pulling alone.  But collaborating with the creative flow too.

So ebb and flow with it.

Surrender.  Allow.
Let the creativity flow.

Feature Art:

beach,summer

“Cohasset Beach island”

Pastel

 

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Art  News

the gift horse

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.