July 29, 2015


Sophie the Stomper Beagle

Sophie Beagle

Sophie Beagle

I just had to share this sweet little photo of “Stomper”.

Don’t let that sweet demeanor fool you. She’s a beagle beast and tears around the yard, chasing every mole, vole, field mouse and gopher she can. She has also taken down three baby squirrels who didn’t know better and kept wandering into her lair. It took a little time but eventually Sophie did what beagles do best. She hunted them down, leaving the remains as offerings at the back door….
So sweet….

A week ago we had another encounter that surprised even us.

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beginnings of acrylic painting on canvas

July 17, 2015


Synesthesia Painting Skies Over Horses Blue

Synesthesia Skies Over Horses Blue acrylic painting-©2015

Synesthesia Skies Over Horses Blue~Almost Finished

“Find a place inside where there’s joy, and the joy will burn out the pain.” ~Joseph Campbell

I‘ve been pondering paths of health thus the inevitable decline of such. Though my story I have written many times, always things change, shift, surprise, causing me to wake up, if only for a glimpse unseen in the noble act of being on the path.

My path disappears if I just stop thinking about it. Free in the moment, arising with the sun, setting without thinking where to go to bed…
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Skin Horse + Velveteen Rabbit

July 12, 2015


Wise Words

Somehow Skin Horse is speaking my language… I almost believe me.


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Real isn’t how you are made,” said the Skin Horse.
“It’s a thing that happens to you..
When a child loves you for a long, long time,
not just to play with, but REALLY loves you,
then you become Real…It doesn’t happen all at once.
You become. It takes a long time.”

the velveteen rabbit story

Generally, by the time you are Real,
most of you hair has been loved off,
and your eyes drop out
and you get loose in the joints
and very shabby.
But these things don’t matter at all,
because once you are Real,
you can’t be ugly except to people
who don’t understand.”

When you are Real, shabbiness doesn’t matter.”

“Once you are Real, you can’t become unreal again. It lasts for always.”

~ by Margery Williams “The Velveteen Rabbit”

the velveteen rabbit

acrylic painting

July 8, 2015


Painting Horses of Foggy Gap

acrylic on canvas-24

“Foggy Gap Ghost Horses” 2015, Acrylic + Casein on Canvas

A woman who owns horses goes where she wants ~
Lakota Sioux saying

I‘ve finished this canvas and am onto the next few.
My apologies I’ve been absent from here. Health challenges have forced me to be choosy about how I spend my time. I have been painting. The expression of emotion thru painting is healing.
I have used it for many years to express whatever needs to emerge.
The results can be surprising!

Lately it has been horses.
Horse represents many things to many cultures.
Typically Horse represents strength, freedom, bravery, patience, quickness and the ability to travel between worlds.
I suppose it’s important to know what Horse represents to me since it is I who paints them.

As they have always been in my life in one way or the other,
their meaning depended upon life at the time.
Today they represent more what I cannot do than what I can.

I have been watching for Horse.
I want to ride again. A gentle mare that won’t toss me on the ground.
So far each I have found has not been able to come home with me.
I feel strongly she is close and soon I will find her and once again, ride the hills on which I live.

In the meantime, I will paint them…

acrylic painting on canvasprevious incarnation here

O for a horse with wings! ~William Shakespeare

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