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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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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

satori

In Art Watercolor Gallery, Big Cats, Wild Things on February 24, 2019 at 3:42 pm

watercolor 2/2019

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A florida panther. Yes….almost extinct…..its numbers are so low.

 

‘Listen to the wind

it talks

Listen to the silence

it speaks

Listen to your heart

it knows’

ghost of the woods

In Art Watercolor Gallery, Big Cats, Wild Things on January 22, 2019 at 4:35 pm

watercolor 1/2019

These big cats are called Puma, Cougar or Mountain Lion. They are solitary animals.  Her power comes as she moves through the world unseen, taking only what she needs, and silently marking territory so conflicts won’t be necessary. She is a ghost of the woods just like your soul is.

 When I lived in the mountains she had her den across the road and down hill a bit. Despite being practically on my doorstep I never, ever saw her. Just paw prints. I use ‘she’ because female seems appropriate.

And…yes….they are facing extinction.

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orca love

In Art Watercolor Gallery, Two Spirits, Wild Things on January 16, 2019 at 4:13 pm

watercolor 5 x 7 11/2018

This painting was a commission for marriage spirit totems. In the sketch I quickly drew some sea plants just to complete the picture which was really all about the sketch of the hummer and the orca. When a customer orders a commission I like to give them some idea of what I plan to paint. I ultimately left the idea of underwater because a hummingbird doesn’t fly in the sea. Then it was my new plan to get a bit magical with the two totems. Tibetian clouds did it for me and some gold paint. Definitely more to subject than the sea plants. She loved it.

If you are thinking that I have stopped painting….I haven’t. I’m having multiple health issues and have been for some time. My heart is not working properly and I spent some time in the hospital this December. I would love to paint with the vigor that I had before, but that is not in the cards. Actually I switched to the tiny aceo cards in about 2009. No more galleries or big works. The cards were selling well on ebay and they were much easier for me to handle. It took me awhile to get used to the tiny format but I have grown to love it. I so appreciate all the kind comments that all of you write about my art. It gladdens my heart to give joy through my art and I have no plans to stop. Just a little more slowly for me.

Many blessings, Gretchen

seishin

In Art Watercolor Gallery, Fox, Wild Things on January 8, 2019 at 5:40 pm

watercolor 1/2019

The Japanese word for fox is kitsune. In the Japanese culture foxes are celebrated as magical spirits somewhat as western faeries. They are also protected and revered for just the beautiful animal that they are. The name of this fox means ‘spirit.’ Foxes teach us that sometimes to see the truth we must disappear into the background and become invisible.

‘Animals share with us the privilege of having a soul’……Pythagoras 

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sensei

In Art Watercolor Gallery, Coyote, Wild Things on October 29, 2018 at 3:08 pm

watercolor 10/2018

O’ Great Spirit

help me always

to speak the truth quietly,

to listen with an open mind

when others speak

and to remember the peace

that may be found in silence.

………Cherokee Prayer

 

I love coyotes. Perhaps it is their inquisitiveness most of all that I adore. I walk with my dogs every day in the Guadalupe Oak Grove wildlife preserve. My day is perfect when I have a coyote sighting and especially perfect when they follow me on the walk. These coyotes are quite small compared to the Mountain coyotes, but coyotes they are indeed. Makes me feel like I am running with wolves. Being with wild animals invokes the Cherokee prayer above. The wild things teach me stillness They take me to the depths inside myself where stillness abides. I am rejuvenated with great love. So, you see, coyote is truly my sensei, my teacher when we gaze into each other’s eyes.

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marriage totem blessing

In Art Watercolor Gallery, Two Spirits, Wild Things on October 17, 2018 at 2:25 pm

 

Watercolor 5×7 2018

This was a commission for a wedding gift. Very interesting relationship ….a beaver with a snake. The beaver has a very grounded and industrious nature while a snake embodies cosmic consciousness and transmutation. I wonder how this couple’s marriage will evolve. I wish them harmony.

heart’s desire

In Art Watercolor Gallery, Ravens and Crows, Things with Feathers, Wild Things on August 12, 2018 at 3:03 pm

watercolor 3 x 5 6/2018

Follow your dreams for they are whispers from your soul.

‘Heart’s Desire’ is a commission that I formed around a previous aceo painting. It is painted slightly larger which gives me the liberty to include more detail. There can only be so much included within a 2 x 3 art card so I like the larger size occasionally.