It’s Spring Time

“It’s Spring Time”


I was looking out the window, when I noticed two Mourning Doves near the tree.
One approached the other. The Dove that was approached moved away. The
Male dove chased after it. Then they went back to eating.
Thus the beginning of mating season.
It’s Spring Time here.


As active bird watchers, my daughter and I have witnessed many birds courting.
There was the American Robin. Strutting and showing off as a female was foraging
in the yard. He followed her around the yard where ever she went. She would just
move to another spot. He’d follow. At one point she seemed to have had enough
and flew. He flew right after her. My daughter interjected, “My Lady”.


Then there were the Mourning Doves. The Male would be near a female. The
female was eating away. The Male would do a little shimmy up next to her. She
would hurry away. Slowly but surely the male would approach her again. She
would hurry away again. At some point she’d fly up to a tree branch.

It’s good to take in time to witness the natural happenings around us. It reminds us
that there are seasons, times and life abounds, even when things can seem dark.
Best,
LG


Mourning Doves, Watercolor Pencils 11X14 $300

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Several artists in the Equine Art Guild were a part of this unique tribute to the horse. Click
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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.

Note Joy

“Note Joy”

In dark times we can find ourselves wondering and feeling anxious.
Yet we can note things that make us feel joyful, even in a small way, to help us move forward.

My daughter and I like to go bird watching.
We have a feeder in our yard and so we can watch and note the different birds that come to the feeder.

We also like to go to parks and scenic places.
One place we like going to is Blackstone Bike Path near Albion Falls. The water Fall is soothing to listen to as the water rushes over the dam. A walk down the bike path takes you to a section where the river is slower moving. In little openings in the trees we can spy to see and find birds.
One day we stopped for a few minutes at one of the little openings in the trees. It was about late summer and the brush was still thick.
Yet at one point I noticed some brown and a little white just above a bush.
I said quietly, “Did I see what I think I saw or was it my imagination.”
My daughter said, ” I saw it too.”
What was it?
Well it was brown and a little white like a deer’s tail. So it must of been some deer behind the bush.
It must of noticed us and moved off. We saw just a glimpse of it moving off.
How cool.
On another walk there, we were walking along talking. We heard some birds flying over. We looked up to see a flock of Starling fly over the trees. Their bodies darkly silhouetted against the blue sky. A few more Starling in a second flock flew over a moment later. We felt such joy in seeing them flying together above us.
My daughter wondered how it must be to be a bird: To fly anywhere high above.

Currently the weather is getting colder.
Yet there are still things to note.
It snowed the other night. The snow gently falling and gathering on the ground.

Note Joy.

Best Wishes for this Holiday Season.

Warmly,
LG

Deer scratch board

Deer scratch board

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“The Horse Gift“
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.

“Season of Light

“Season of Light”

One of my favorite parts of this “Season” is the lights.
For instance, I love lighting the Hanukah candles. I buy the small candles in many colors.I love placing a rainbow of different colored candles on the Menorah, then carefully lighting each one as we say the prayers. The sight of them lit always makes me feel warm inside.

We also love driving around the area to see the Christmas lights. The last two years we have driven around to see Christmas light displays at different houses throughout the
Providence area. Often times the displays had computer regulated lights that synchronized
to music. So cool!

True that you can search and view different locations on Youtube, yet if they are close enough to you, they are so much more enjoyable to see them in person. Just note where in your neighborhood they are. Then go visit them. With Google maps it is as easy as pie!

Have a warm, healthy, fun Season.
Best,
LG

“Candle Light”, scratch board

Lisa’s Art & Horses

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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.

Autumn Leaves

“Autumn Leaves”

I’m sad to say I lost my Mom on Sept. 29th.  It has been a tough week, yet with the support of family and friends we’ve been able to take it one day at a time.

I lost my Dad in 2010.

I am in my 50’s.   I’m seeing my girls grow up.

I look out the window to see autumn leaves changing from green to reds, yellows and oranges.

On one of my walks in the morning, I thought about the season’s change. There is a season for everything.  In autumn the leaves of the past season nourish the next spring.  There are seasons in our life.  A lot of my aunts and uncles have passed on.  Those before us supported and nourished our generation. There is a continuum. The leaves fall.  Flowers grow and bloom, then wither.  The flowers and leaves decompose and nourish the soil.  Our children will grow up and learn.  They grow with each experience. They will meet the world as it is in their time.  It will be our turn to nourish this new generation as we go forward.

Great Pond, ponds, nature, Autumn, Fall

Much Love,

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 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

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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.

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

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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.