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.

Flies, Spiders, and Mice, OH MY

Happy Hallo October

“Flies, Spiders and Mice, Oh MY”

There are lots of people decorating for Halloween.  Bushes are covered with stretchy fake webbing, and lighted ghosts and goblins are on lawns.  This is all in anticipation of Trick-or-Treaters coming by for something sweet.

Yet in any house, at any time, one can find unwanted visitors;  Flies, Spiders or maybe a mouse!

I  do really like animals.  But I don’t like some these creatures in my home.  Actually, I’m okay with a few spiders in the basement.  They eat the insects that I don’t want in my house.

I try to be creative and caring about nature. I approach getting them out of my home in some quirky and odd ways.
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In fact, just before I wrote this I was folding laundry in my bedroom when a small spider was suddenly there, dangling in front of me.  Unlike Miss Muffet in the rhyme I did not run away.

Here are some things I do to get rid of these critters….

With the spider I grabbed a large plastic container… one I got from a chinese restaurant when we ordered soup- reusing it – and scoop spider up into the container.  They are not too difficult to get into the container.With it in the container I then went outside and shook it off into the bushes.  All was well again.

With flies: I don’t want to expend my energy trying to race around after something so small that can hide anywhere  and try to splat it with a fly swatter.  I instead open a couple of windows wide, one in the kitchen and one in living room.  I close the bedroom and bathroom doors and wait.  Well
actually I go back to what I was doing before the fly was noticed.   It will inevitably land on the screen to try and get out of the house.  Then I quickly close the window and trap it in the window. Next the tricky part, I open a window a little and push up the screen and close the window. Eventually the fly goes outside, and all is well again. It works….  Not instantly, but it is a lot easier than chasing it around the house.

Then there is a mouse.  hmmm, a mouse.  We haven’t had many, but we have had one or two here and there.   The mouse is entering dangerous territory when it comes into the house.   We don’t mess around with them.   I will admit here they have this ability to actually spook me… especially at 4 in the morning when I’m not really awake yet  and finishing going to the bathroom.   I’ve had one literally zip by me within inches of my feet, to escape the human (me) in the night.  I can’t help but think about this.  I wonder why the mouse didn’t just stay hidden until I shut the light, left the bathroom and went back to bed.   But the mouse panicked and ran past me.    I guess you could think of that as brave too…. or maybe too brave,    Me, I ended up letting out a scream and started shaking because I was spooked.  That spelled the beginning of the end for that mouse.

We had a mouse in the house just a week or so ago.  And I will tell you it was rather brazen.
My husband told me he was watching TV when it went across the floor. In front of the TV, when the lights were on, people awake and around.  It looked right at him.  Froze.  When he moved the mouse zipped away.   What was it thinking…that it wouldn’t be seen?

I came out of the bedroom when he told me. A little while later, when I was standing in the livingroom it zipped by me.    I must say I’ve never seen anything move so fast as a mouse in the way it does.  In a moment its there, then its gone.   Spooky!   Another evening it zipped under my chair at the table while I was on the laptop computer.    We had traps around in the kitchen and the living room.  My husband had put peanut butter in them, saying that mice like it.    We had our neighbors cat come in for a time.  No sign of the mouse then.   I do wish I wasn’t allergic to cats, because If I wasn’t I’d have one.

Another evening my youngest daughter and I were sitting on the couch. She didn’t see it , but I did. It did seem a little more intelligent.  It tried going by the other side of the table in hope that the obstacle would prevent me from seeing it.  But I didn’t miss a beat on that one.  I saw it.  I yelled out “Noooo”.  Not that that helped. It ran and hid.

One of our neighbors mentioned some don’t like peanut butter.  My husband put cheese in the traps.  Next day, mouse was caught.   You might say here: “When all else fails.  Cheese.”

Lisa G.

Feature Art:

Great Horned Owl
scratch board

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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.