Resilience

“Resilience”

Welcome to March.

March has had beautiful warm days to then cold, windy snowy days…and back again. It’s very typical weather for the month of March in Rhode Island and the whole New England area.

Plants are starting to break through the ground.  I’ve seen some Crocuses come up. They are the first flowers to come up between the end of winter and the beginning of Spring. They come up during a time when the weather can be cold and snowy one day, then warm and sunny the next . The Crocuses adapt by staying closed up when it’s cold and windy. When the sun comes out and warms up a day, the Crocuses then open up their pedals to soak in the sun’s nourishment.  Though they only bloom for a short time, they show their beauty and resilience in life.

For living things to survive and thrive, they must be adaptive and resilient.

It’s part of life.

Sometimes we have winters in our lives, where we must step up and persevere through whatever we’re facing.

There are spring and summer’s in our lives too.  Whether it’s seeing a situation through, a project or goal, the spring/summer in our lives is when we can celebrate our successes and achievements.  Those warm, sunny days can make us feel fully alive and joyous.

Where ever we are in our life, we must rise up and meet the season.

We can do it.

Warmly,

LG

 

Feature Art:

tiny snow caps, snow, blackeyed susans

Tiny Snow Caps”

scratch board

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le Cadeau du Cheval
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.

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.

See the Good

Happy New Year

“See the Good”

A new year.

The month of December was and usually is a time for me (and of course for a lot of people) to reflect on the past year.  One could easily quote the movie title here, “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”.  Reflecting can bring up the good, bad and, hopefully not so much, the ugly memories. Sorting through them can clear one’s mind.   

Sometimes we find it too easy to look at what went wrong, or what went bad.  We should reflect on the good memories as well. Those good things should be looked at and given attention.  
There was a time in my life, quite a while ago, where I had a lot of challenges.  I remember thinking, “This is not what I want in the future”.  At that time one of the things I had to do was to break off a relationship I was in. And I did.  

As I worked through the feelings of seeing what I didn’t want, there came a point I found where it occurred to me that I had to make a decision. “What do I really want?”.   
With effort over time, I have achieved what I do want.  
Life does have its twist and turns, yet we can make decisions that change it for the better to have more of what we really want.

PS: oh I thought I’d share one other thing.  

My youngest daughter at times has mentioned she likes the piano.  
Well, presently, we don’t have a keyboard,  The one we had died,  
So she downloaded a Piano App to her phone.  She is liking it a little.  

Yet for me an App just doesn’t quite do it.  I tried the piano app, yes.  But after having had piano lessons when I was young for five years and enjoying playing the piano, the App just didn’t cut it,
Similar to some people who still like to pick up a book and hold it, and turn the pages as they read. There’s something wonderful about holding and feeling something physical.   Well, that’s what happens to me when I play a real piano.  I like sitting down on the piano bench, feeling the keys under my fingers. I know enough to know what sound each key makes. I hit a key to hear that note. Then further it to hitting more keys and playing them to hear the music that I want to hear. 

I’m sharing a short  YouTube video:
Perfectly Imperfect
This was taken a couple years ago when I was feeling a need to get more out of my comfort zone.

Best,
LG

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tinysnowcaps_thumb

Tiny Snow Caps
scratch board

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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.