Gratitude and Peace

“Leaf Learning”

The leaves have changed into their fall colors: reds, yellows, oranges. Such splashes of color can inspire the artist inside of us all.

It also provides some fun and education too.

Our oldest daughter collected a bag of leaves for her class project. Each child created a picture with the leaves they collected. We were very proud of our daughters creation.

The teacher mentioned that the whole class was brimming with creativity. Each childs creation was beautiful and very unique. The teacher put them up in the hall. Many teachers and students admired the class’s wonderful “leaf” pictures.

We also collected some leaves and then went online to see what tree each leaf came from. Link to Tree Leaves . As noted the “maple leaf” is a claw or hand like shape, while the oak leaf is more oblong with “fingers”.

Each season holds so much to learn.

“Gratitude and Peace”

In November we celebrate Thanksgiving in the USA.

It’s a time to celebrate with family and friends. A time to recall all we’re thankful for in our lives.

A time to reflect on those who came before us and those we might of lost recently. Those lives were not in vain but part of the greater whole that exists in our world and universe.

I’ve felt privileged to be a part of a group helping military family’s find some peace by offering memorial portraits of their “fallen soldier”.

The group’s leader Darla Dixon, a pencil portrait artist, formed this special group with 15 artist.

I recently finished my second soldier portrait for a family. It’s always an amazing experience to connect with the family member and then work on the special memorial portrait of their soldier. There is a lot of gratitude that is exchanged between each of us. I’m very thankful that I can provide some peace for a family by creating a portrait for them.

Peace and gratitude to all

Feature Art/product

“Soldier Portrait ”

Watercolour pencils

E. Family:
“Thank you for the beautiful portrait …. its great.”

“…its hanging above the fireplace, Thank you so much …”

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Art News

The Equine Art Guild’s newest Art Show online

“The Best of 2007″
the fourth in a series of virtual Art Shows by the members of the Equine Art Guild
The Equine Art Guild is proud to showcase the best of the best of artworks created by our members in 2007. Whether it be horses or otherwise, this exhibit shows off the best works that each of the participating artists created in 2007.

Visit The Equine Art Guild website at .

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 ( or visit

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