acrylic painting

June 7, 2015


Painting Horses of the Gap

Horses on the Gap acrylic on canvas

“Horses on the Gap” , acrylic & casein on canvas{in progress}, 24in.

We live in a rainbow of chaos. ~Paul Cezanne

My latest “horse love” painting {in progress},  including the beautiful moon lit meadows. This is heavily textured in acrylic and painted in casein with an acrylic underpainting. Casein is a medium I adore. It is opaque, very matte and dries like velvety ice cream. It is something that does take a bit of practice. I always do an underpainting in matte acrylic because the quiet look of it is a place I need to touch.

And the light, that quiet glow of the of moonlight upon the hills and valley, upon the fog that eventually rolls in most nights and in this painting once I finish it.  The only way I have found that captures nature’s soft glow is casein. The canvas is gessoed with a tint of vermillion to give it a soft backlight. Apologies as the photograph does nothing much and the painting is not completed yet.

acrylic painting on canvas

A little more progress, like the moon’s smile

And lucky readers….
A glance of my crowded studio that is always a mess!
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barn painting

June 1, 2015


Finished Painting of the Barn

Barn and Appaloosa

“Barn and Appaloosa”
Acrylic on board, 13×17.5″

My goodness...

I opened up my blog tonight to post this little painting and discovered I’ve reached 900 “followers”! Though I much prefer the term “readers”, it is nice to know someone out there comes by my offerings from time to time.

Please know how much I so appreciate you who walk with me from time to time. I love your comments and your liking what you’ve found here along the path. Though I cannot be here as much I would like, knowing when I am, I am noticed, is deeply gratifying!

It is one of the perils of our so-called civilized age that we do not yet acknowledge enough, or cherish enough, this connection between soul and landscape — between our own best possibilities, and the view from our own windows. We need the world as much as it needs us, and we need it in privacy, intimacy, and surety. We need the field from which the lark rises — bird that is more than itself, that is the voice of the universe: vigorous, godly joy. Without the physical world such hope is: hacked off. Is: dried up. Without wilderness no fish could leap and flash, no deer could bound soft as eternal waters over the field; no bird could open its wings and become buoyant, adventurous, valorous beyond even the plan of nature. Nor could we.

~ Mary Oliver, Home from Long Life: Essays and Other Writings

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May 17, 2015


Sunday REblogs

I come across some amazing offerings, sitting here in my warm bed, reading in my reader. My reader is comprised of teachings and photos from all over the world, all sorts of bents and persuasions, all meant to move in one way or the other… It hardly ever occurs to me to share them, mainly because I have “issues” with that little “REBLOG” button and the seeming lack of control it might give those of us writing blogs in the first place. As the years have flown by, I’ve softened some… Believe it or not!

The fact is we blog to share something, whether it be from our own heart or someone else’s. I’m no longer sure it matters from whom this energy flows as long as it flies outward into the universe, carrying it’s soul for others to partake from. What do you think? 

Happy Sunday💙

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May 17, 2015

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Stand still. The forest knows Where you are. You must let it find you.


I suppose today is my day to share some of the treasures being offered to anyone who happens upon them…. like you. Namaste this day… (I will always have a crush on D. Whyte… what can I say?)

Originally posted on Beyond Meds:

An incredible poem by David Wagoner shared below. Please read it. Then, following the poem, there is a relatively short video with David Whyte discussing this poem in conversation with Jeffrey Mishlove. Wonderful. Enjoy.


"Grib skov" by Malene Thyssen - Own work “Grib skov” by Malene Thyssen – Own work

Stand still. The trees ahead and bushes beside you
Are not lost. Wherever you are is called Here,
And you must treat it as a powerful stranger,
Must ask permission to know it and be known.
The forest breathes. Listen. It answers,
I have made this place around you.
If you leave it, you may come back again, saying Here.
No two trees are the same to Raven.
No two branches are the same to Wren.
If what a tree or a bush does is lost on you,
You are surely lost. Stand still. The forest knows
Where you are. You must let it find you.

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May 17, 2015

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Today’s Quote


I loved this quote and it’s cheery bearer of Sunday morning….

Much like my favorite Buddhist quote from the venerable Trungpa: The bad news is we have fallen off the cliff, the good news is there is no ground. :)

Originally posted on Soul Gatherings:


When you come to the edge of all that you know,
you must believe one of two things:
either there will be ground to stand on,
or you will be given wings to fly.

~ O.R. Melling ~

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May 16, 2015


Nature’s Crayon Box

Pink Jasmine

Spring’s Pink Jasmine

rosemary and jasmine

Rosemary and jasmine

If you want to learn how to use color, study Mother Nature’s teachings.

The tree which moves some to tears of joy 

is in the Eyes of others only a Green thing that stands in the way. 

Some see Nature all ridicule and deformity, 

and by these I shall not regulate my proportions; 

and some scarce see Nature at all. 

But to the Eyes of the Man of Imagination, 

Nature is Imagination itself. 

~William Blake

deer sunset


And the happiest of birthdays to a dear old friend! With much love…


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