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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.

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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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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