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ichiro

In Art Watercolor Gallery, Fox, Wild Things on October 9, 2019 at 3:59 pm

watercolor 10/2019

The mythical Japanese fox is Kitsune.  I always think Kitsune when I paint a fox. There are so many stories surrounding Kitsune who is immortal, magical, and a shapeshifter. No ordinary fox for sure and deeply entrenched in Japanese lore. When a kitsune shapeshifts into the form of a tree, a human or a second moon you might still discover him because of his ‘hoshi no tama’ which he must keep with him at all times. His hoshi no tama is a glowing ball or an iridescent gem which contains his soul. He must keep it with him because without it he will grow powerless and die. In human form, Kitsunes usually wear their hoshi no tamas as amulets, but in fox form, they carry the magical balls in their mouths or fasten them to their tails.

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‘traveler’

In Art Watercolor Gallery, Wild Things, Wolves on October 3, 2019 at 3:58 pm

watercolor 10/2019

“If all the beasts were gone, men would die from a great loneliness of spirit. For whatever happens to the beasts, soon happens to man. All things are connected.”
Chief Seattle

Anyone pausing to view this painting would know how precious is our wild life but there are so many humans who have not the awareness to value the many, many creations walking the plains, running in the woods, and  swimming in the seas, lakes and streams. Would that they awaken and love and value these creatures not so different from themselves. That is my intention….my prayer.

‘dreaming buddha’

In Art Watercolor Gallery, Red Cottage on September 27, 2019 at 2:49 pm

watercolor 7 x 10   9/2019

This painting is my good bye to my beautiful dog ‘Buddha.’ He was on this earth for 15 years leaving us a month ago still a happy and peaceful dog despite his aged disabilities. ‘Buddha’ brought joy to everyone he touched. I miss him terribly and will never forget his paw print in my life. Everyone who has lived with a beloved dog knows the story.

I have so many drawings of him. Especially during his last year I sketched him many times not wanting to let go but knowing that my time with him was winding down.

 

Everything in the painting was free form except for both Buddhas and the lotus. I just let it flow. And I cried much of the time.

I captured this one a few years ago midst a nap with his namesake. Strange name for a dog I thought. It just came out of the ethers and it was perfect. He never met a dog, cat or human that he did not like.

Grooming his cat ‘Hari Giri Baba.’ Notice that the cat is relaxed. He loved Buddha and trusted him.

Buddha was the epitome for me of dog’s love for human.

 

He loved the snow….the deeper the better. First snow was the best….full of excitement. He and Maus would run and run in the first snow.

 

wounded healer

In Art Watercolor Gallery, Coyote, Wild Things on September 10, 2019 at 5:53 pm

watercolor 9/2019

The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.

…….  elizabeth kubbler ross

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dreamcatcher

In Art Watercolor Gallery, Painted Ponies on August 24, 2019 at 4:33 pm

watercolor 2018

The shape of the dreamcatcher is a circle because it represents the circle of life and how forces like the sun and moon travel each day and night across the sky. The dreamcatcher web catches the bad dreams during the night.

The night air is filled with good and bad dreams. The legend of the dreamcatcher is that it captures the bad spirits and filters them in so protecting us from evil and letting through only the good dreams.   It is believed that each carefully woven web will catch bad spirit dreams in the web and disappear by perishing with the first light of the morning sun.

stands and waits

In Art Watercolor Gallery, Cranes, Things with Feathers, Wild Things on August 20, 2019 at 3:01 pm

watercolor 8/2019

Standing in shallow water upon long thin legs. Standing and waiting for prey. Herons wait for their prey to come to them. They do not chase down their meal. Always works very well. I have spent hours watching herons standing and waiting. Not boring at all because I’m watching a master fisher. Make a noise and they are likely to take to the air and fly slowly and majestically away looking like a prehistoric reincarnation. A picture of Zen……so still and present. My dog Buddha tried but was never able to catch a heron. He used to crash through the underbrush toward the wader. No brainer. Buddha always lost. He was, however, a very excellent ground squirrel catcher. He would hug the ground and almost imperceptibly advance toward the squirrel colony. At a certain distance he would make his final thrust in a burst of speed. His technique was quite good and he occasionally succeeded in a capture. 

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walks in silence

In Art Watercolor Gallery, Wild Things, Wolves on August 5, 2019 at 7:40 pm

watercolor 8/2019

I am a warrior because I am born of warriors. My soul, my spirit is eternal even when my body will be gone.

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gnosis

In Art Watercolor Gallery, Owls, Things with Feathers on August 2, 2019 at 1:38 pm

watercolor 8/2019

‘God, whose love and joy are present everywhere, can’t come to visit you unless you aren’t there’…….Angelus Silesius – a German mystic and prophet of the ineffable.

   

There is no instruction book to tell you how to be invisible. The journey requires only Faith……not too many words.  I have been seeking invisibility my entire life. It’s a worthwhile path to peace.

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allegheny sorcerer

In Art Watercolor Gallery, Ravens and Crows, Things with Feathers, Wild Things on July 27, 2019 at 5:10 pm

watercolor 6/2019

Today, like every other day, we wake up empty

and frightened. Don’t open the door to the study

and begin reading. Take down a musical instrument.

Let the beauty we love be what we do.

There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground.

………..rumi

desert walker

In Art Watercolor Gallery, Painted Ponies on July 23, 2019 at 2:45 pm

watercolor 7/2019

‘Wash yourself of yourself

A white flower grows in the stillness’

    …….rumi

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