Kid Inside

“Kid Inside”

There is that time when we move from youth to adulthood.

My first full-time summer job was in the big city of Boston, the capital of Massachusetts. I was moving into the working world. I remember thinking, “This is serious. I must take on the role of being an adult.

This was a big step.

I remember being in the office working and feeling serious. My boss noticed and would say things to make me smile. I thought that was nice. Later a new secretary came to work with my boss. We found we had similarities. She was older and she had quite a sense of humor. We would talk and laugh a little.

I see now that felt more whole to me. We don’t have to be serious all the time. In fact there’s a kid inside of us just wanting to bounce around.

I remember the first time meeting my cousin who was physically and mentally challenged. I was a teenager then. I was excited to have a younger cousin. I had been the younger cousin in our family circle. I wanted to play with her. I showed her each one of my toys. Yet the odd thing was that she just sat with a blank stare on her face. She was somewhere in her own world.

The next morning my mom had given her a pad of paper and a pen. I saw her sitting in the corner seat . I was excited. I said to my aunt, “So she likes to draw”. My aunt’s answer seemed to have that touch of dealing with this situation all the time. She replied, “Yes, but she doesn’t quite draw, she scribbles”. I had a light bulb moment. “Drawing, scribbling, what’s the difference?” I sat down next to my cousin. She stopped drawing and withdrew a little. I wasn’t surprised. I picked up the pen. Nothing happened. So I drew a smiley face in the corner of the pad of paper. In that moment my cousin looked at me with the biggest, brightest smile. Wow. I felt, “Nice to meet you”. It was amazing.

Over the years when we visited, we would spend hours drawing together.

It turned out that was a pivotal moment in my life.

I’m now helping others who are challenged getting through each day. I have one participant that welcomed me to collaborate with him and his drawing. I come up with four characteristics for each drawing. I love the interaction and creative challenge.

It’s playful. And I enjoy not having to be serious all the time, like I thought I would have to as an adult. I have a silly, giggly side. I see things in different angles and ways. It’s fulfilling.

It’s about being whole.

Love, 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.

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

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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.

“Season of Light

“Season of Light”

One of my favorite parts of this “Season” is the lights.
For instance, I love lighting the Hanukah candles. I buy the small candles in many colors.I love placing a rainbow of different colored candles on the Menorah, then carefully lighting each one as we say the prayers. The sight of them lit always makes me feel warm inside.

We also love driving around the area to see the Christmas lights. The last two years we have driven around to see Christmas light displays at different houses throughout the
Providence area. Often times the displays had computer regulated lights that synchronized
to music. So cool!

True that you can search and view different locations on Youtube, yet if they are close enough to you, they are so much more enjoyable to see them in person. Just note where in your neighborhood they are. Then go visit them. With Google maps it is as easy as pie!

Have a warm, healthy, fun Season.
Best,
LG

“Candle Light”, scratch board

Lisa’s Art & Horses

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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.

Autumn Leaves

“Autumn Leaves”

I’m sad to say I lost my Mom on Sept. 29th.  It has been a tough week, yet with the support of family and friends we’ve been able to take it one day at a time.

I lost my Dad in 2010.

I am in my 50’s.   I’m seeing my girls grow up.

I look out the window to see autumn leaves changing from green to reds, yellows and oranges.

On one of my walks in the morning, I thought about the season’s change. There is a season for everything.  In autumn the leaves of the past season nourish the next spring.  There are seasons in our life.  A lot of my aunts and uncles have passed on.  Those before us supported and nourished our generation. There is a continuum. The leaves fall.  Flowers grow and bloom, then wither.  The flowers and leaves decompose and nourish the soil.  Our children will grow up and learn.  They grow with each experience. They will meet the world as it is in their time.  It will be our turn to nourish this new generation as we go forward.

Great Pond, ponds, nature, Autumn, Fall

Much Love,

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.

Power of Art

“Power of Art”

There have been some changes in the past month or more in my life.

I’m going from a part time job at a school to working full time for an organization that works with adults with physical or mental challenges. This organization incorporates arts and music into the program to help their clients grow and become independent.
I will be able to use my creative knowledge and experience in this job. I
have experienced how art has the power of making change happen.

I was a teenager when I first met my cousin, who has cri de chat. Cri de chat is a rare form of an abnormality in the chromosomes. A person who has this will be mentally and physically challenged. As with any mental/physical challenge, the extent of it varies with each individual.
I was simply excited about having a younger cousin. I wanted to play with her. So I showed her all of my toys. I wanted her to pick something out to play with. She just seemed to have this blank look on her face and she was withdrawn.
After she went to bed, I asked my Aunt, “How do you play with her?” She told me to just be patient.
The next morning I saw her sitting in the kitchen. My mom had given her a pad of paper and a pen. I got excited. I asked my aunt, “Oh, so she likes to draw?” She said, “Yes,.but she doesn’t really draw, she just scribbles”.
I had a light bulb moment. “Drawing. scribbling. What’s the difference?”. For the first time, I saw her doing something I knew required the mind being engaged. I sat down next to her. She stopped doing what she was doing. No surprise to me. I picked up the pen. She seemed a little withdrawn. I drew a happy face on the pad. Well, she turned and looked at me with the biggest, brightest smile on her face.
I looked at her in amazement. “Nice to meet you.”.
I gave the pen back to her. She started to draw, but seemed a little frustrated. I said, “Wait, stop. I’ll show you”. I showed her, then handed the pen to her. “Now you do it”. She moved the pen as I had shown her. We would spend a lot of time drawing together. Even now, she and I still do a lot of drawing.                                                                              Inspiration and passion guide us.
Art can play a powerful part in our lives.

Best,
LG

Feature Art: 

Froggies, frogs, children illustration

“Froggies”

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L 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.

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.

Ah, December

Happy Holidays

Ah, December.
Candle lighting:
We celebrate Hanukah. I do enjoy lighting the candles and saying prayers. Then I shut the
room lights off and just sit and gaze at the warm glow of the candles.
Christmas lights:
We bundle up and go drive around to see the lights. There is comfort in seeing lights here and
there among the darkness of the longer nights.
Family and friend gather together:
Holidays wouldn’t be the same without each other.
Warm, delicious food:
Well, food is part of the holidays.
Snow:
We had a white Christmas. yay
Cold:
when it’s cold one wants to just stay under the warm covers and rest. Do bears have the right
idea. 😀
Some thoughts as we are in the last month of this year, 2017.
How was your year?
A mixed bag of some really good stuff, with some hard times.
What worked, went right?
I got some wonderful commissions that enabled me to work and connect with clients.
What didn’t go the way it was planned?
I fall back on Robert Burns’s quote:
“The best laid schemes o’ Mice an’ Men,
Gang aft agley,
An’ lea’e us nought but grief an’ pain,
For promis’d joy!
(The best laid schemes of Mice and Men
oft go awry,
And leave us nothing but grief and pain,
For promised joy!)”.
What could be the next step?
Stay Open.

Warmly,
LG

 

Feature Art:

candle light, Christmas, Hanukah

“Candlelight”

Scratch board

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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

 

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.

painted saddlepainted saddle

“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.

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.

Feature Art/Product:

YoungRider

“Oliver and his Young Rider”
Pastel

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.

 

Love is What We Need

Love Abounds

“Love is What We Need”

There’s that song by The Beatles ” All You Need Is Love “.
I know.  Just Another Love song.
Yet , What happens when Love is in the mix?

We should love ourselves first. We are then in a place to share that love with others.

We can feel love for someone special to us.  We can chose to create a life together.

We can be in love with doing something specific.
It can turn into a passion for doing work in the world, that in the end makes a difference.

Love brings people and things together, where fear and anger break them apart.
Love helps healing, where hate break us apart.

We can open up ourselves to someone, or something in the world when we turn toward it with love.

My husband was stationed years ago in Italy when he was in the military service.  One of the gifts he brought home to his family then were some beautiful animal rugs.
He held onto the one with Lions on it.
When we got married we hung the Lions in our livingroom.
One day he pointed out that the tails of each lion were each covered by a plant in the art work.  He wondered if the tails were close to each other or not.
That was one small detail left for the viewer to decide on.
So he asked me to do a painting of it but make it so one could see the tails.
So I did.

Here’s my painting of it.

Lions

Tails close to each other.
We were engaged at that time.
We’ve been married over 20 yrs now.  Through lifes ups and downs, love has helped us be open to each other and the possibilities.

Love is there.

Love is what we need.

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 Soldier Portraits.