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

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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

Gems

After a long hot day, the evenings are relaxing and cool.
I sit outside.
A light breeze blows through the trees.
I tilt back my head against the back of the chair.
Chimney swifts fly high above the trees, zig zagging like acrobats as they chase after
flying insects.
A humming bird comes by to sip the sugar water I put out in the humming bird
feeder. It’s a beautiful green. His wings are a blur as he hovers and sips.
These are simple moments to enjoy.
Best,
LG
P.S. My newest scratch board is below.

“Chimney Swifts above the Tress” mixed medium

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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.

Greener New Shoots

We head into warmer weather season. 

Heard around the neighborhood are the sounds of whirring lawn mowers, and buzzing of weed whackers as people work to freshen up their yards in anticipation of grilling outside, parties in the sunshine, and enjoying the warm weather. 

Preening. Pruning.  Brushing away the browned and decayed plants for greener new shoots  to flourish.

Where in my mind, do I need clearing?

What is working and what is no longer working?

What thoughts do I need to brush away to allow my minds new greener shoots to stretch up and grow?

Best,

LG

“MOURNING DOVES”, WATER COLOR PENCILS

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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.

Leaf Peeping

In Autumn, my dad liked to go for a ride through Blue Hills, near Randolph, MA. We would go “Leaf Peeping”.

“Leaf Peeping”: go for a ride to see the colorful Fall leaves on trees in the area .

We’d take the time to note the landscape of colorful Fall leaves with yellows, reds, oranges and browns.  

It was a moment to be present and see what there was to see.  And enjoy it.  

I still like going for such a ride.  

To let go of the busy-ness and just be present. 

Animals are always instinctively present . 

Us humans can have a hard time being present sometimes.  Our minds and thoughts so busy.   

Yet if we slow down for a time, we can relax and find joy.  

Whether it’s when I take a walk outside to hear and see birds.

Or spend a minute or two with our rabbit.  He enjoys a nice head rub.

Or when I let our bearded dragon rest on my shoulder as he looks out the window.  He always looks like he guarding his home.

It’s therapeutic.

Namaste,

LG

“Sleeping Fox” Pastel available in prints

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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.

Something to See

My recent bird sightings:
Canada Geese with Goslings
Mallard Ducks with Ducklings
Black Crowned Night Heron
American Robins
Chimney Swifts
Red Winged Black Birds
Mute Swans
Great Blue Heron

I’ve also seen:
Cotton Tail Rabbit
Napping Turtle


One time at dusk, my daughter and I saw bats flying about the tree tops at
Blackstone Park.


There’s always something to see.
Best,
LG

EPSON MFP image

Just Ducky” Pastel 11x 14

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.

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,

.
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

It’s Spring Time

“It’s Spring Time”


I was looking out the window, when I noticed two Mourning Doves near the tree.
One approached the other. The Dove that was approached moved away. The
Male dove chased after it. Then they went back to eating.
Thus the beginning of mating season.
It’s Spring Time here.


As active bird watchers, my daughter and I have witnessed many birds courting.
There was the American Robin. Strutting and showing off as a female was foraging
in the yard. He followed her around the yard where ever she went. She would just
move to another spot. He’d follow. At one point she seemed to have had enough
and flew. He flew right after her. My daughter interjected, “My Lady”.


Then there were the Mourning Doves. The Male would be near a female. The
female was eating away. The Male would do a little shimmy up next to her. She
would hurry away. Slowly but surely the male would approach her again. She
would hurry away again. At some point she’d fly up to a tree branch.

It’s good to take in time to witness the natural happenings around us. It reminds us
that there are seasons, times and life abounds, even when things can seem dark.
Best,
LG


Mourning Doves, Watercolor Pencils 11X14 $300

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.

Note Joy

“Note Joy”

In dark times we can find ourselves wondering and feeling anxious.
Yet we can note things that make us feel joyful, even in a small way, to help us move forward.

My daughter and I like to go bird watching.
We have a feeder in our yard and so we can watch and note the different birds that come to the feeder.

We also like to go to parks and scenic places.
One place we like going to is Blackstone Bike Path near Albion Falls. The water Fall is soothing to listen to as the water rushes over the dam. A walk down the bike path takes you to a section where the river is slower moving. In little openings in the trees we can spy to see and find birds.
One day we stopped for a few minutes at one of the little openings in the trees. It was about late summer and the brush was still thick.
Yet at one point I noticed some brown and a little white just above a bush.
I said quietly, “Did I see what I think I saw or was it my imagination.”
My daughter said, ” I saw it too.”
What was it?
Well it was brown and a little white like a deer’s tail. So it must of been some deer behind the bush.
It must of noticed us and moved off. We saw just a glimpse of it moving off.
How cool.
On another walk there, we were walking along talking. We heard some birds flying over. We looked up to see a flock of Starling fly over the trees. Their bodies darkly silhouetted against the blue sky. A few more Starling in a second flock flew over a moment later. We felt such joy in seeing them flying together above us.
My daughter wondered how it must be to be a bird: To fly anywhere high above.

Currently the weather is getting colder.
Yet there are still things to note.
It snowed the other night. The snow gently falling and gathering on the ground.

Note Joy.

Best Wishes for this Holiday Season.

Warmly,
LG

Deer scratch board

Deer scratch board

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.

Day by Day

“Day by Day”


The non-profit I work Full time for has not yet opened back up.
I work with disabled adults and they are high risk. So planning and evaluating have
been going on in upper management.
I attend the weekly staff meetings on Mondays and check email for news and
information.
I’ve had moments, as i’m sure a lot of us have, of feelings like we’re just going
through the motions every day.
I get up, exercise, make breakfast, do errands and etc.
Yet there are ways to find joy in any moment too.
We’ve driven to the beach to watch the sunset.
We’ve gone on a few hikes to take in a different view point.
We found a new game to play in the house, Funnel Pong.
I have been taking some time to do figure drawing and hone my skill.
I did finish writing and illustrating my book. It’s off to publishers to review.
It felt good to finish a project.
Staying creative is a must.
Steady onward,
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