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dragon fly

In Art Watercolor Gallery on May 8, 2017 at 10:14 am

watercolor 5/2017

 

This watercolor is really teensy….1 1/2″ in diameter. I had some tiny frames that had been hanging out in my art supplies so I made this little dragon fly to fit in one.

i dream of snow and ice

In Art Watercolor Gallery, Ice Bears, ice bears on May 4, 2017 at 2:58 pm

watercolor 5/2017

‘When the blood in your veins returns to the sea and the earth in your bones returns to the ground, perhaps then you will remember that this land does not belong to you.  It is you who belong to the land.’

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keeper of the secrets

In Art Watercolor Gallery, Ravens and Crows, Things with Feathers, Wild Things on April 5, 2017 at 11:43 am

watercolor 4/2017

 

‘Raven’s lesson is to walk without fear even if the way is not clear…trust your intuition to guide you.’

 

As it is with all original people history is recorded through verbal stories. I love the tales from Native American culture because they add to the spirit and mystery of the animals that I paint. I often get lost often reading the myths and that’s how I found this one.

“At one time the whole world was dark. Inky, pitchy, all-consuming dark, blacker than a thousand stormy winter midnights, blacker than anything anywhere has been since.”

“The reason for all this blackness had to do with the old man in the house by the river, who had a box, which contained a box, which contained a box, which contained an infinite number of boxes, each nestled in a box slightly larger than itself until finally there was a box so small all it could contain was all the light in the universe.”

In the story, the old man hides the light because he’s afraid to see whether or not his daughter is ugly. In a ploy to steal the light, Raven shrinks himself to become a hemlock needle in a basket of drinking water so that the daughter swallows him. Soon Raven is reborn from her as a raven/human child. The old man accepts him as a grandson, and soon Raven begins begging that he open the boxes, one after another, each time pleading and crying until the old man yields.

When the old man finally opens the box containing the light, Raven grabs it and flies out of the house—causing light to spread throughout the world and revealing that the old man’s daughter is as beautiful as the fronds of a hemlock tree.

As Raven flies away, Eagle sees him and tries to steal the light, causing Raven to drop some of it, which becomes the Moon and the stars.

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shaman moon

In Art Watercolor Gallery, Wolves on March 24, 2017 at 12:05 pm

watercolor 3/2017

The reason that people awaken is because they finally stop agreeing to things that insult their soul.

I have never been interested in politics or followed politics for a great many reasons, but present times, I feel, demand that I know what is transpiring in the government of the United States. What I am seeing is that seemingly soul less people have assumed authority. The common man has been duped into thinking that what is good for him and what he wants will be delivered along with his vote. Such a terrible manipulation. The entire world is watching things unravel and we citizens of the USA are being used for the soul less command of greed and power.

I function as a creative….an artist in this world. I see that it is my duty, my dharma to illustrate with my paintings caring, peace, love and humility that dwells never-ending in the soul. For we incarnates have forgotten what we came here to do. Perhaps this most recent shift will help us to remember. Remember that we are all sisters and brothers and that we take care of one another and our mother the Earth.   

shiriki

In Art Watercolor Gallery, Coyote, Wild Things on March 3, 2017 at 1:36 pm
watercolor 2/2017

watercolor 2/2017

‘Walk as if you are kissing the earth with your feet.’ 

…………..Thich Nhat Hanh

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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keeper of the grasslands

In Art Watercolor Gallery, Wild Things on October 28, 2016 at 8:41 am
watercolor 10/2016

watercolor 10/2016

Peace is this moment…..with no judgement.

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ghost wolf

In Art Watercolor Gallery, Wolves on October 25, 2016 at 4:19 pm
watercolor 10/2016

watercolor 10/2016

There are wolves who call the coast of Vancouver Island in British Columbia their home. 90% of their diet is from the sea and they swim miles between the islands of the  Pacific Northwest. They are very elusive just like the spirit bears who live on the same islands and are so rarely seen by man. Their DNA is different from their larger mainland wolf cousins and they are a reddish brown color. They move like ghosts along the shoreline. It would seem that these little seen wolves have something in common with the white spirit ravens and the white spirit bears who also live in the same area.

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master of illusion

In Art Watercolor Gallery, Ravens and Crows, Things with Feathers, Wild Things on September 28, 2016 at 3:49 pm
watercolor 9/2016

watercolor 9/2016

Rumi has some great words about illusion. This one is my favorite because it always makes me laugh.

‘Why struggle to open a door between us when the whole wall is an illusion.’

Yesterday when I was in the parking lot of the Safeway a young woman passed by me wearing a tee shirt with lettering that said ‘Minnie is my spirit animal.’ How great is that!!!

white sea deer

In Art Watercolor Gallery, Ice Bears on April 25, 2016 at 2:43 pm
watercolor aceo 4/2016

watercolor aceo 4/2016

‘You are a Child of the Universe no less than the trees and the stars’…..Buddha

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