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

Art News

“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.

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

Art News

“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.

Marvel of Life

Sharing a poem and thoughts.

“Marvel of Life”
We witness nature. We witness days and nights. We witness seasons.And the cycles of life.
There is birth and death.Rain and sun.There is blooming and aging.
Life cycles continue on. 



A Journal note:
May 1, I went for my daily walk around  our neighborhood.  Within a mile of our house is an elementary school and playing field.  As I walked by the playing field I saw a yellow bird on the fence.  I identified it as an American Gold Finch.  When I finished my walk, I excitedly created a checklist of birds on ebird.com mobile app.  I told my daughter what I saw.  About an hour or so later, My daughter noticed the American Golden Finch in our yard at our feeder.  She got her camera and took a picture of it.  
We live in a city and don’t expect to see many unique birds.  Yet we have seen some.There are a pair of Wild Turkeys in our neighborhood.We noticed a lot of Robins in our area.  One pair is nesting in a neighbor’s tree.  
Our earth is filled with amazement and awe.May we be inspired by nature and how is perseveres. 
Best, 
LG





 
  
  
  
  
             Black Capped Chick-A-Dee 
 



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.

At Home


“At Home”

During this unprecedented time, we must stay close to home to be safe.What does this look like to you?

For me, it’s been a time to:
Spend time with my immediate family. My Hubby and my 2 daughters. 

Talking, hiking, baking together.Taking walks out in nature. 

I do my exercise routine, which includes a walk outside around the neighborhood.  It’s good to be out, seeing the trees and sky.

Bird Watching:  I enjoy bird watching.  I have  a bird feeder and a suet holder.  We have a few different birds that show up  at our feeder: House Sparrows, Mourning Doves, a male and female Cardinal. I enjoy seeing the birds.  

Connecting with people on the phone or online.  We’ve touched base with family and friends.

Gardening:  I bought some seeds and  started some plants inside.  I’ve felt grounded seeing flowers and greenery about.  Our Daffodils bloomed and I noticed tulips coming up.  

Creativity:    I’ve had time to get more work done on my book project.  I’m working through creating the illustrations.  

So, though it’s a tough time, We’re managing.  
My mom used to say “When the Going gets tough, The Tough get going.”

Take care,Lisa G.



 
  
  
  
  
 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.

Secret Ingredient

“The Secret Ingredient”
I like to cook and bake.  One of my favorite breakfast foods to make is pancakes. I have a recipe I use that I like.  Because I’m mildly lactose intolerant I add Lactaid milk instead of regular milk.  I like putting strawberry jam and cinnamon on the pancakes.I make pancakes for breakfast sometimes.  
We had a pancake mix recently that my girls used to make Japanese pancakes.  They didn’t  use the whole box.One of my daughters decided to make the pancake mix for breakfast.She followed the recipe on the box and ate them.  
Yet after, she told me they didn’t come out as good and sweet as my pancakes that I make from scratch.  
It warmed my heart. 
I told her, “There’s a secret ingredient.  It’s Love.”  

Ok, so it’s not a secret. 

We all know that when we put love into what we are doing it makes what we’re doing that much more special.  ?

Lisa G.

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.

New Chapter

“New Chapter”

“The only Constant is change”

We’re in 2019. Last June I moved into a full time job working as a Direct Support Professional. I work for an art and music based day program with disabled adults. I’m in the School services department. I’m enjoying the work. I have 2 regular participants twice a week. There’s a bit of collaboration and open talking, which feels rich.

This was a change from working a part time job at an elementary school. I felt the change was in an upward direction.

I’ve also been teaching my 16 yr. old to drive now. Though sometimes a little hair raising at times, there’s also been progress.

Looking back at last year, there were a few transitions and changes. One was leaving the part time school job. Then taking on this full time job.

Another was my Mom passing away.

A 3rd was noting that I didn’t have the amount of time to volunteer as much with horses. In adjusting, I noticed I felt a loss, even where I had some gain in some areas of my life. I needed to fill that void. So I have decided to take on a past dream of writing and illustrating a book. A big project. I don’t know where the road will twist and turn. Yet I know if I don’t go, I’ll regret not putting in the effort. So I take a step forward. OK, a little hint. It has a horse in it, of course. The little girl who loved to draw and loved horses hasn’t lost her dreams.

Any suggestions, feedback, information is welcome.

I don’t intend to walk this road alone.

Best, LG

pastel portrait
Pastel

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.