Finding Peace and Joy


2024


How do you find time for a moment of peace and joy?


In our busy lives it’s easy to get caught up in the rush and noise.


For a while now in the media everywhere there’s news about Trump trials, extreme
politicians, war in Ukraine, Israel and Hamas terrorism, etc.


I do my best to limit my time reading news online or watching T,V.


Here are some things I’ve been doing lately.


January: winter in nor’east


Bird watch from home
Watch LiveCams at explor.org: Lots of nature and animals cams, as well as short
programs to keep one abreast of what’s spotlighted on the Cams.
Drawing, sketching
Writing
Pet Time with out rabbit and bearded dragon.


Best,
Lisa G.

Sketch of Aryana Humming Bird at explor.org

Art News


The Horse Gift
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

Characters

My younger daughter and I enjoy being out in nature and bird watching.

Bird watching opened us up to learning to identify birds, as well as learning more about each bird that we saw.

We would note how they moved and acted in their surroundings.  

How they moved and acted got my daughter and I thinking about them as characters. 

I thought about Warner Bros and Disney characters.

Here are some characters I found myself identifying with the live birds and animals.

Daffy Duck: American Black Duck
Donald Duck: White Pekin Duck
Woody Woodpecker: Pileated Woodpecker

Thumper: Cotton Tail Rabbit
Bugs Bunny: Hare

Tasmanian Devil: same as name
Wily Coyote: Coyote

The list could be easily lengthened with other characters/ live wildlife.

Grateful to you all that read my newsletter.  

Please Feel free to pass this on to someone you know that would enjoy reading this too.

Best,
Lisa G.

PS: sketches of Kenji Bunny below.

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Art  News

The Horse Gift
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.

Coming Forth

It’s amazing to note and see the transformations that happen in nature.
Just last week I noticed some green leaves of Daffodils pushing up through the soil.
I was happy to see them.
Then just today I noticed some stems with buds had come up.
Slowly but surely, The flowers make their way up to the surface and eventually
bloom.
It’s inspiring.
The Jewish holiday of Passover is coming up.
Our Reform Temple will be holding a Women’s Seder.
The Seder focuses on Women and how women are leaders.
The Jews left Egypt for freedom from bondage.
They then had to travel across the dessert to a promised land. To keep them moving
forward and onward, Miriam led with inspiring music and song.
Below is the logo I made for this event.
Best,
LG

Women’s Seder Logo

Art News


The Horse Gift
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@dixon.com/) or visit SoldierPortraits.org.

Big Wide Mouth Frog

Happy Spring


Green leaves are pushing through the ground up to the light.
Buds are forming on tree branches.
Birds are singing and looking for a mate.
Animals, such as frogs and turtles, warm up in the sunshine,

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My mom always loved frogs. She would occasionally collect frog items. At one time
she had googly eyed sticker frogs that she placed on the bathroom mirror. She also
had soft stuffed animal frogs in various sizes.


Yet my favorite frog item we had in the house was a big, wide mouth Bull Frog that
sat on the edge of the kitchen sink and was a place to put a scouring pad. It’s mouth
was wide open. And it was yellow.


We seemed to have had it for years. Eventually it did have to be thrown out.
Yet the memory of it in our house will also be.


When ever I see a frog item I think of how Mom loved frogs.


Warmly,
LG

“Big Wide Mouth Frog”

Art News


The Horse Gift
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.

Fly Away

Happy Autumn


Autumn brings cooler days.
The leaves of deciduous trees change color and fall in their preparation for winter
.
Some birds migrate south to warmer climates.


In summer, I enjoy seeing the ruby throated humming bird that visits my humming
bird feeder. He hovers as he sips from each sugar water hole. Sometimes he sits
on the perch for a time to rest. He flies off so gracefully to another place in the
neighborhood.


I saw him last week. It’s September and I didn’t think He’d still be around, yet he
was. Perhaps gearing up for his travels ahead.
This week I haven’t seen him. He may be off on migration to Central America.
Such a long way to travel.


Fly away my friend.
Hope to see him in a new warm season ahead.


LG

Chipmunk, Pen and Ink

Art News


The Horse Gift
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

Wood for Hagrid

There was an article in The National Audubon Society’s newsletter about
photographing birds. The author mentioned that one could set up a perch with a
branch and place it in an area that would be ideal to take pictures of birds, yet not
disturb the birds too much.


I found a stub branch in the yard. I placed it first on a chair, then a table in the yard.
I watched for a time, but birds were not landing on it.


My focus then changed.


Hagrid, our Bearded Dragon, has been growing bigger. When we bought him he
was about 4-5 months old.
At this point he’d grown enough that we needed to get a bigger enclosure for him.
We bought a 120 gallon enclosure, from Zen Habitats.


Our daughter wanted the stub branch.


I had to prepare it before putting it in the enclosure with Hagrid.
First I bake the branch on low in the oven on tin foil. Baking gets rid of any bacteria.
I baked it for 4 hours, checking on it every 10 minutes to make sure it was fine.


Next step was cutting and sanding.
There were a couple of thinner branches and sharp points that could possibly cause
cuts or scratches to the reptiles skin. Though a reptiles skin looks tough and bumpy,
the skin is sensitive. I cut off the thin branches. Then sanded the ends of branches and bark smooth.


I had some experience working with wood before. I had taken a wood carving class
years ago. I have one carving I did of a foal. I really enjoyed the class.


It’s good experience to try working in other mediums.


The stub branch is now part of Hagrid’s home.
Hagrid can bask on it, as well as use it to rub up against to help him when he is
shedding skin.


Best,
Lisa G.

Wood ready for enclosure.
I like that the sanding brings out the grains in
the wood. It’s just perfect for his environment,
Hagrid relaxing on the wood in his enclosure.

PS: Other recent posts at View from a Highly Sensitive Person

“Beardie: Research and Reward”
“Good Morning, Kenji”
“Good Morning, Hagrid”
“Around the Yard with Kenji”
“Hagrid: Pencil Drawing”
“Hide and Seek”

Enjoy,
LG

Art News


The Horse Gift
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.

A Bunny and A Beardie

I’ve been working full time hours for my job with United Cerebal Palsey organization.  I work with disabled adults in their apartments.  It’s good purposeful work. 


I have sent out my manuscript with sample illustrations to publishers.  So now there is an amount of waiting to see what response I get.  


As any creative person, I must keep on creating.  


I’m someone who loves animals.  We had a couple of Beta fish for a time.  


Yet our daughters wanted a different pet.


I can’t have a cat because I’m allergic to them.


Well, we have two pets that you could call unique.
A Bunny and A Beardie


I’m writing about our experiences with them at my View from Highly Sensitive Person blog. I’m including illustrations and photos with my writings.
Link: https://viewfromhighlysensitiveperson.blogspot.com/


A Bunny and Beardie

Baby Bunny Kenji

Baby Bunny: Burrowing and Boxes

Baby Bunny: Inside and Out


I started with Bunny stories since we got Kenji first in January.  Then in April we got our Beardie, Hagrid.  


More post to come.  
Best, Lisa G.

EPSON MFP image

Art News

“The Horse Gift“
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.

What are you Reading?

What are you reading?
Since March 2020, I have been among those who lost their FT job. So I have been home, distancing and taking precautions.  I’ve been actively looking for another job and have had interviews.  
In the meantime, I set a weekly schedule of exercise, going for walks, etc. 
One thing I found I have time for is doing some reading.I’ve been reading the Harry Potter series.  I had started to read Harry Pottery before, but then got busy with work, family, etc. I’ve enjoyed getting the time to read. I’m on the fourth book.  
Reading gives one a chance to play in our imagination.  It gives us a different point of view to be in in the moment. 
That’s a good and welcome thing to have in our lives.
Quoted from the Society of Children’s Writers and Illustrators, “Read, read, read” 

Best. LG

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Art  News

The Horse Gift
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.