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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Thankful {things I love} Thursday ...

 
~soaking up the sun~
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Hard to believe it is the last day of July!
As we look forward to the upcoming Civic Holiday long weekend, a trip to the beach is on our  itinerary .  I have always loved being by (and on) the water and have always lived near water.  Maybe being born in the South of England, it is in my blood. 
Soaking up the sun is an older watercolour painted from memories of taking little ones to the beach.  Building sandcastles, and gathering up stones to create little markers to show we were there.  An Inukshuk creation.  Big sun umbrellas set up for shade and bright coloured beach balls, flip flops and sun hats.  Time to paint a new one as new memories are made taking grand babies to the beach ♥
Have a happy weekend.
xo D
 
I have always loved the beach.
The smell of the salty water,
the wind in my face,
the gentle roar of the waves
all combine to create
a sense of peace and calm.
~Anon~
 
 

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

side by side ...

I love purple coneflowers
& have never spotted a double headed one
until today...
everything on our walk this afternoon seemed to be in pairs ...
 the bumbles
and cabbage whites
fuzzy caterpillars
 and then there were colourful fields of flowers
along winding paths
and we were so happy to see Monarchs on our walk
after reading of an 80% decline in the population of the Monarch.
I spent a lot of time watching this beauty!
and a bit of time water gazing too ♥

Monday, July 28, 2014

what you'll discover ...

 along the walking path
 I stopped to take in the beauty
 and spotted a friend
 You have to leave the city
of your comfort
and go into the wilderness
of your intuition.
What you'll discover
will be wonderful.
What you'll discover
is
yourself.
~Alan Alda~
 As is what usually happens, once we return back home
 I am rejuvenated & filled with ideas and inspiration from our walk ...
I decided to paint some little wooden tags ♥
 
 When I admire the wonders of a sunset
or the beauty of the moon,
my soul expands
in the worship
of the Creator
~Gandhi~
The Sun
Moon
&
Stars
are there
to guide us
~Dennis Banks~

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

where nature renews itself ...

Colored scents
that fill the air
as drowsy insects hum around
in the meadow
is the place of secret magic
where nature alone
renews itself
~Kate Begquist~

Monday, July 21, 2014

Little One ...

Little One is getting big!
must be all the pansies & Rose of Sharon leaves
this is where I find her most mornings
having breakfast in our front courtyard
I grabbed my camera and sat by the front window watching her ...
I was deliberately keeping my window box ~ filled with geraniums and dusty miller out of the frame, but thought it looked so pretty, I wanted to add just one photo of it.
bye little one ...
see you tomorrow ♥

Friday, July 18, 2014

Nourish your soul ...

Today on the walking path, butterflies danced around  ~
I was happy to find a few quietly resting.
Never knowing what I will spot on our walks or what subtle changes have taken place week to week I was excited to see so many butterflies and dragon flies , bees and birds. There are times when none can be found & I leave without having taken a single photo.
It is often completely quiet
and I walk with
Archer, simply taking in all the beauty.
just what our souls need.
There is such an unpretentious lovely~ness in patches of simple wild flowers.
I stood watching and listening to the red winged black bird for a minute
who was singing the sweetest song.  I heard him from a distance.
I meant to bring along my binoculars.
Happily, I was able to snap a very quick pic of him as he continued on.
Even the temperature is cooler as we walk through the woods & I always give thanks to all the lovely majestic trees.
I chose Nourish as my  Guiding Word for Twenty -fourteen
& this little walking spot does just that ...
You nourish your soul
by fulfilling your destiny.
Our heart
always leads us
to our destiny,
our soul
tells us
when we're there.
~Harold Kushner~
{I've published this quote before ... but it is so lovely, I wanted to add it again to today's post}
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Have a wonderful weekend

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Sunday Serenity ...

a  hawk feather
the sweetest fallen branch with 2 clinging acorns & 8 leaves
found while walking with Archer
a scattering of white swan leaves
inspiration found

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Rich in colour ...

Happy July
 &
 Happy Canada Day!
I spent some of this past long Canada Day weekend sitting quietly in Sparrow Studio with an assortment of acrylics. Something I haven't done in 12 years ~ something I once loved to do {folk art painting was a passion of mine after spending a year in Michigan}. 
 It was one of many things that left my list following my accident.
When I picked up my watercolours again for the first time, I remember there were lots of aches and pains, but the thought of painting and using another medium took over my sensibilities.
And then of course, my fortune cookie after  our  delicious Chinese dinner read
"Your dream life is rich. Listen to your dreams"
so what was I to do!
While out looking for watercolour paper a while ago I spotted stretched canvas and thought maybe I should try acrylics again. The canvas have been waiting patiently against the wall for a while now enticing me with blank white beauty.
I should have started small :-)
but I've had this idea for a painting for a while & couldn't wait to see it come to life.
I rarely sketch an entire painting in my sketch book, instead will refer to pages I have and incorporate them into a painting.
With so many ideas, I covered a 16" x 20" canvas with owls and sparrows and sleeping fox, wild meadow flowers and butterflies, a big gazing moon and dark blue star sparkling sky that shares the space with billowing clouds... I needed to turn to a big canvas {thankfully, I decided not to go with the biggest one I have}!
 from the gentleness of the tiniest sparrow
to the free spirit of the butterfly
& lots in between ...
that blank white canvas beauty is now rich in colour.
 
as is our garden...
the daisies bloomed a few days ago
both arbours are filled with clematis
patches of yarrow share the space with stalks of tall purple larkspur
red geraniums are everywhere
still hoping to lure the hummingbirds {and hopefully get a picture}
sweet boy was interested in the lillies
and even our lunch was rich in colour.
We roasted beets and sliced them on top of an arugula salad with walnuts, sunflower seeds and dried cranberries, topped with feta cheese & made a Kale & walnut pesto to spread on slices of baguette. YUM!