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mystic dreamer

In Art Watercolor Gallery, Black Bears, Wild Things on March 28, 2017 at 2:24 pm

watercolor 3/2017  8 x 10

I am dedicating this painting to honor the healing flute music of Carlos Nakai.  When I was 3 years old a groundbreaking surgery was performed on my left hand and ring finger to remove a bone tumor. The innovative operation was very successful but not much hope was given that I would ever use my ring finger again. I was just so fortunate that the finger was saved. So when I was about 6 years old and I wished to learn to play the flute I was repeatedly discouraged and told that it would be impossible for me to learn because of my stunted and immobile finger. Since I kept pleading  to try, a teacher was found and a silver flute supplied. I practiced and practiced and by the time I was 10 I won a music contest playing the flute that everyone said that I would not be able master. In the learning process my finger had become fully mobile so much so that I was able  play my instrument with excellence. Still, today I have full mobility of my hand and finger. I do believe that this magical instrument was the mystic healer for my body.

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earthsinger

In Art Watercolor Gallery, Black Bears, Wild Things on January 10, 2017 at 3:47 pm
watercolor original 1/2017

watercolor original 1/2017

‘Just slow down. Slow down your speech. Slow down your breathing. Slow down your walking Slow down your eating. And let this slower, steadier pace perfume your mind. Just slow down….’ dojo

This quote is so true for all of us. When you do slow down you see just how frantic most of our lives have become. When I lived at 5000′ in the San Bernardino Mountains I made infrequent trips off the mountain.  On the return trips back up the mountain from the flats of San Bernardino I experienced that the energy changed at about 3000′. It was palpable….the lack of busy mind and an overwhelming sense of well being…… and it was something almost tangible. The mountain held solitude and quiet in reverence. Not so the business of the population of the lower altitudes. I couldn’t say just what this was all about. I have been given a few spiritual explanations but no matter. There was a silence that became available on the mountain and not readily so in flat land. Having recently moved to a metropolitan area I can say that maintaining that peace and calm is a challenge but I know how it feels. I was taught by the nature of the mountain and I carry the peace within. I must be vigilant to live quietly now since I am surrounded by noisy chatter of all kinds.

Changing the subject……I painted this bear from the same sketch that I did of ‘Rose Bear.’ Reason being is that the plan I envisioned for the background didn’t work out. I usually don’t redo a painting but I just couldn’t see what to do with it. As soon as ‘Rose Bear’ left for her new owner I saw how to fix the background. I’m glad because I really liked this  bear. So if you think you are seeing double, this is why.

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rose bear

In Art Watercolor Gallery, Black Bears, Wild Things on December 16, 2016 at 5:14 pm
watercolor 12/2016

watercolor 12/2016

‘Show each person the courtesy to let them choose their way of life and their beliefs. Then respect it, provided they do no harm to others be it mankind, the animals or our Mother Earth.’

…..native american

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wild strawberries

In Art Watercolor Gallery, Black Bears, Wild Things on November 26, 2016 at 4:31 pm
watercolor original 11/2016

watercolor original 11/2016

‘All life is sacred and all creation related. What we do affects the whole universe, so let us walk in balance with Mother Earth and all her peoples.’

-Smiling Bear-

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earthmaker

In Art Watercolor Gallery, Black Bears, Wild Things on March 28, 2016 at 10:47 am
watercolor aceo 3/2016

watercolor aceo 3/2016

‘O Great Spirit….help me always
to speak the truth quietly,
to listen with an open mind
  when other speak,
and to remember the peace
that may be found in silence.
…………cherokee prayer

mystic bear

In Art Watercolor Gallery, Black Bears, Wild Things on January 5, 2016 at 5:13 pm
watercolor aceo 1/2016

watercolor aceo 1/2016

‘The Circle has healing power. In the Circle, we are all equal. When in the Circle, no one is in front of you. No one is behind you. No one is above you. No one is below you. The Sacred Circle is designed to create unity. The Hoop of Life is also a circle. On this hoop there is a place for every species, every race, every tree and every plant. It is this completeness of Life that must be respected in order to bring about health on this planet.’
..Dave Chief, Oglala Lakota

bear medicine

In Art Watercolor Gallery, Black Bears, Wild Things on November 13, 2015 at 8:13 pm
watercolor aceo 11/2015

watercolor aceo 11/2015

Grandfather ~We return thanks to our mother, the earth, which sustains us. We return thanks to the rivers and streams, which supply us with water, to all herbs, which furnish medicines for the cure of our diseases, to the moon and stars, which have given to us their light when the sun was gone, to the sun, that has looked upon the earth with a beneficent eye. Lastly, to the Great Spirit, in Whom is embodied all goodness, and Who directs all things for the good of Her children. ~ Iroquois

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keeper of the woods

In Art Watercolor Gallery, Black Bears, Wild Things on October 20, 2015 at 1:48 pm
watercolor aceo 10/2015

watercolor aceo 10/2015

‘May the stars carry your sadness away,
may the flowers fill your heart with beauty,
may hope forever wipe away your tears, and,
above all, may silence make you strong.’……………Native American Proverb

standing bear

In Art Watercolor Gallery, Black Bears, Wild Things on September 27, 2015 at 3:19 pm
watercolor aceo 9/2015

watercolor aceo 9/2015

Honor the sacred.
Honor the Earth, our Mother.
Honor all with whom we share the Earth.
Walk in balance and beauty.

sweet grass

In Art Watercolor Gallery, Black Bears, Wild Things on August 13, 2015 at 3:21 pm
watercolor aceo 8/2015

watercolor aceo 8/2015

Love is not an emotion. It is your existence…..Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

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