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

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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.

Process, Beauty

“The Process, The Beauty”

Time seems to pass quickly when you’re busy.
October seemed to just fly by.
Sorry for not touching base with a newsletter last month.
I got caught up in some great projects.
One of the projects was a painted saddle.
It started with a painted saddle we saw on Facebook.
From there, I collaborated with founder and President of “Horses Bring Hope”, Dina Godinez, on painting a saddle for their October Gala event.

As I do with any project, I research what’s involved, choose material and supplies for the project, and then put my artistic skills to work to bring that project to completion.

“The Process”
I looked up what others have done to paint a saddle in the past.
I used light sanding paper to take off the top shine and create a surface that paint would adhere to. I rubbed rubbing alcohol to condition the leather surface.
I decided what kind of design and details I would paint. And then went ahead with painting.
I sprayed all the painted areas with a finish.

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“The Beauty”
Having completed the project, I then shared it with my client.
This is probably the best part by far.
There is a wonderful sense of connection, when I share my art with others.
Creating gives me the chance to express myself.
Sharing what I have created opens communication between me and the people I share it with.
It’s a great feeling.

What is double the fun for me as a parent is seeing my girls enjoying a creative project.
For Halloween they thought up ideas, gathered material and supplies and created their own costumes.
We had a lot of fun Trick or Treating with friends and walking the neighborhood.
So grateful.

Have a great gathering.

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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.

“Mom Sayings”

“Mom Sayings”

Have you ever found yourself saying things that your Mother used to say to you or your siblings?

“Oh, Yes.  Part of parenthood.”

I love my mom dearly.
There was no one else that could ground me like she did.

Leave it to Mom to get right to the point.

With advice this week, I started to write down the things that she has said.
Some words were serious and right to the point.
Others with some dry quirk humor.

One that never failed to make us giggle, because of the wording of this phrase.

“When the going gets tough, The tough get going.”

( a little twister at times to remember, yet a giggle always)

I have been one to not shy away from creative projects for sure.
An artist is always striving to better themselves and stretch their skills.

Below I am sharing a couple of sneak peak pictures.

This painted saddle will be at Horses Bring Hope’s (therapeutic riding program) October Gala.
A silent auction piece.

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Gift Certificates available.

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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.

 

Cherish the Memories

“Cherish the Memories”

This past month there were a few people we knew and loved, a brother-in-law’s father, a good friend, and step father-in-law that passed away.
Reminded, though we were sad, that we’re all connected.  Family and friends were there to support one another. We gathered to comfort and be present with each other.
There was talk of memories of the person passed.  Talking about the times we had together.  Remembering the moments that stood out for us.

We are mortals.
Each life is just a unit of time in space.

Yet there are some moments when we get a glimpse that we are connected to something much bigger than ourselves.
And so we can feel not so alone but a part of it all.

The below feature art work is a portrait I did years ago.
The pony had been the family pony.  Many little children got a ride on his back.
Their granddaughter would be at the farm on a show day and would eventaully get a ride on his back.
The pony was on in his years and they wanted a portrait to remember him with.

I did this portrait of “Oliver” with their granddaughter on him.

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“Oliver and his Young Rider”
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Interested in a portrait.
contact me at: lisa@lisasart.com

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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.

 

Talent is merely a Seed

“Talent is merely a Seed”

Talent is merely a Seed.
Talent isn’t everything.

Talent is a gift within us that one can nurture and grow.  The seed of talent can sprout with efforts of time and practice.  The practice of honing and developing the skills required to see that talent emerge.
One can have a talent and yet not use it.
I can’t think what a shame it is not to put energy into a talent.
Talent is a gift to share with others and serve the world.

I like to think that these newsletters of creative thoughts and art work has fulfilled that for me in some ways.

Thank you.

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Gallop Pony
Pen and Ink/digital

This image is available on children’s T-shirts.
A great gift for a horse crazy child.
Order a T-Shirt here.

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Cadeau de 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.

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.

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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.