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.

Feature Art/Product:

horse, mare and foal,equine, art, pastel

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Art  News

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.

Special touch, hand calligraphy

Gearing up for my youngest daughters Bat Mitzvah.

So I’m putting my hand calligraphy skills to work again.

I did my oldest daughter’s Bat Mitzvah invitations.
And my hubby and I’s wedding invitations.

Back in 1996, for a special touch for our upcoming wedding, I sent my finance a special invite in a wedding envelope.
(below)

wedding, invitations, hand calligraphy, bar and bat mitzvah

Love, LG

Summertime, Camp Time

“Summertime, Camp time”

When I think of summertime I think of long, warm days outside in the sun. ‘
I also think of camp.  The girls will be going to camp.  They’ll enjoying an array of fun activities.

I’ll be helping campers at Horses Bring Hope horse camp. Being a part of sunny days with horses and kids.
I remember going to camp when I was in my teens.  I learned to ride horses at camp.  It was awesome.  One of my favorite camp horses was a quarter horse named, Ceasar.  He was a Blue Roan color.  He had black and white hairs throughout his coat.  It looked blue-ish when the sun shone on it.  He was a great horse camp horse. Steadfast.  oh, and he had a rocking horse canter, which I got to experience my first time cantering.  So nice.

horse camp, horse

Cheers to long, fun days ahead.

Feature Art:

arabian horse, galloping

“Going for a Gallop”
Pen and Ink

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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.

 

“50”

Happy Birthday

“50”

Feb 7th is my birthday and it happens to be a milestone birthday , 50.

wow.
“…how did I get here.” (line from Talking Heads song)

I’ve had mixed thoughts about this approaching age.
Though I know it’s just a number, I can’t help the many thoughts that come through.

What stands out at this point in my life?

What’s been coming up is remembering to Surrender.
Surrender… to allow life to ebb and flow.
Don’t count on an intricate plan, for I have learned how that doesn’t pan out.

One of my favorite quotes is from “Mice and Men” by John Steinbeck.
“Best laid plans of Mice and Men often go awry”.

“Ah, yes”, I say to myself when I think about that quote.  I have experienced that and have gained that wisdom, even though I may need an occassional reminder.

I can remember when I graduated college, back when, and how there was a stirring Big feeling of “Taking on the world”.
Hmmmm.
Well it didn’t pan out as I had expected and planned.  No surprise there.
There were challenges that I faced off and met.  Yet  there were also some wonderful and amazing things that happened to me that I couldn’t have even imagined.
Rather rich and fulfilling.
Things to learn. And things to embrace with wonder.

To allow.

My experiences has been that as much as I use my head to figure things out, and even use my heart in conjunction,  I will at times go with my gut feeling on things.

Maybe it’s because I’m an artist.
My sensitivity, awareness and observing levels are pretty acute.

That gut feeling has felt like an inner compass to me and has faired me well, I must say.
That gut feeling has proven to be right so many times…  spot on in fact.

With all that said, I must then continue my my journey with all I have to guide me.

Feel free to email me about your own experiences of “going with your gut” or what came up when you hit a Milestone birthday.

Warmly,
Lisa G.

Feature Art/Product:

african elephant, nature art

African Elephant
scratch board

 

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.

A Drawing to be part of HBH Raffle Basket

I will be creating a Raffle Basket of my equine art for Horses Bring Hope’s Spooktacular party in Sept.

I volunteer with this great therapeutic riding program, Horses Bring Hope. I get to witness the power of healing with horses.  I love it.

So I will be giving something special for their event.

I took a few pictures and did some sketches as I do when I in process to create a portrait.

horse art

charcoal pencil

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

 

Check out Great Gift items at Lisa’s Art & Horses

 

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.