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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Thankful {things I love} Thursday ...

Canada's symbol of the North

Inuk "man"
Shuk "substitute"

"Every path serves a purpose"
~Gene Oliver~
I love spotting Inukshuks along the highway ♥
Built in the image of man and used as a directional marker.
Their strength and presence give  comfort to travelers assuring them they are never alone.
"We can choose
to throw stones
to stumble on them
to climb over them
to build with them"
~William Arthur Ward"

Monday, September 11, 2017

wildflowers ...

I have a large clump of cosmos growing in my little country garden.
They are closest to the driveway and the first flowers to greet me as I get out of my car.
I love this time of year {for so many reasons} ... the cosmos {which began many years ago from gathering dried seed pods in the Muskokas, brought home and scattered in my own garden}still have lots of pretty pink blooms, but there are lots of dried seed pods too ♥
I've been running my hand over some of them and sprinkling those back into the earth & gathering up others. 
This Thanksgiving, a little seed package will sit next to each plate :-D
You are ...
the Sun
the Water
the Air
... the Earth
I was made to be Wild
She felt most herself when in the woods with the animals, trees and wildflowers
where she could be *wild* and *free*

Monday, September 4, 2017

Ah, September! ...

hello September...
so happy to see you
loving the change in the weather
and evenings that are drawing in ...
walking through the woods
visiting with some of my ... do I dare say ... "favourite" trees
the ones that are unique and twisted and filled with personality and life ♥
{the same qualities I am drawn to in people} :-D xo
putting my hands on cool bark ...
both energy boosters and soul soothers
some with little doorways ... "Welcome Home"
"Ah, September!
You are the Doorway
to the Season
that Awakens
my Soul ..."
~Peggy Toney Horton~

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

lake Ontario love ♥ ...

"She had the Spirit
of the Sun
the Moods
of the Moon
the Will
of the Wind"
~Julie Cantrell~
I am forever grateful to live in such a beautiful corner of the world ♥
daily walks along lake Ontario fill my heart and soul
with serenity and gratitude
watching the boats
the waves ... they were crashing this morning...
the salty scent from the water and the sound of waves raising
as I walked absorbing her energy & giving her mine
seeing "images" in driftwood
and watching the blades of grass sway
wild flowers
reaching for the sun
they know what to do
sweet sitting {meditation} spot

flocks of geese
carved paths luring me towards the sand ... time for some
barefoot walking :-D
"Make your heart
like a lake,
 with a calm, still surface,
and great depths of kindness"
~Lao Tzu~

Friday, August 25, 2017

An occasional glance ...

I've been working on a few abstract pieces in my sparrow studio, going back and forth, adding and observing.
Setting them aside ... returning again ...
Turning the paper and getting excited seeing the  little glimpses of images appearing ...
Nothing in mind as I paint and swirl the luscious colours about ...
so freeing and utterly enjoyable... just me and the paint.
Often, the brushes are moved to one side and it is all "hands on" ... cool paint on my fingertips, covering the sheet of paper ~ bliss!

And with each happy "find" I smile as there is always, undoubtedly, a bird, somewhere amongst the swirls :-D
This little white treasure appeared from my fingertips ♥
Wondering where it will take me today...

"Live your life each day as you would climb a mountain.
An occasional glance towards the summit
keeps the goal in mind,
but many beautiful scenes are to be observed
from each new vantage point"
~Harold B Melchart~

Have a wonderful weekend
d xo 

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Thankful {things I love} Thursday ...

...Thankful for  all the little treasures on my sparrow studio altar
for me
is like
"Art enable us
to find ourselves
and lose ourselves
at the same time"
~Thomas Merton~

"If you ask me
what I came to do in this world,
I, an artist, will answer you:
I am here
to live
out loud"
~Emile Zola~

"Artists feel what they're carrying and feel it vividly.
In order to make their art
they must find their edges
and soften there.
Art {like love} was never about safety.
To love an artist
is to fall into a sea
of deep
wild living"
~Victoria Erikson~
sweet grass tea lights
"I am an instrument
in a shape
of  a woman"
~Adrienne Rich~

Monday, August 14, 2017

monday musing ...

"It is not easy to walk alone
in the country
without musing
upon something"
~Charles Dickens~

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Take it to the trees ...

Sunday Serenity
forest walking
tree talking
"How dear the woods are!
You beautiful trees!
I love every one of you as a friend"
~Lucy Maud Montgomery~
"Alone with myself,
the trees bend
to caress me.
The shade
hugs my heart"
~Candy Polgar~
"Now we enter the ancient wood.
In which wild forms the gnarled and mossy boughs
are twisted, what a sensation
of sacred repose"
~Henry James Slack~
"He envied the bark,
which had been,
in the course of a lifetime,
both forest
One endured; one destroyed"
~Karen Joy Fowler~

seeing things clearly
and quietly
"I never saw a discontented tree.
They grip the ground as they liked it,
and though fast rooted,
they travel about as far as we do"
~John Muir~
"Knowing trees
I understand the meaning of patience.
Knowing grass
I appreciate persistence.
~Hal Borland~