Nov 24, 2014

Around the World blog Hop


I have been invited to participate in the: 

'Around the World blog Hop' 

She has a lovely blog: Needle and Pen
if you stop by and see her 'Around the World Post' you will see just how very talented she is!
In this hop we are asked 4 questions. 

What am I working on?

My life has been full of the theme of creating. A few things:

for over a quarter of a century I made beaded jewelry so that i could be a stay at home, yet full time working mom:

 many styles

sewing: clothing, leather and cloth shoes


 and so on

At this time in my life I try to limit myself to drawing and painting, photography and poetry. 

A few years ago I followed the desire to learn to draw and paint
 Inspired by the desire to illustrate some of my writing geared towards children. 

Turns out my art naturally leans that way, with enough spiritual feeling and humor to entertain adults as well.


I sell my illustrations here:  Beauty Flows


How does my work differ from others of its genre?

Instead of considering how it differs, I will share a few things I have noticed in my art.

I seem to have a playful style, a wee bit of humor. 
For instance, take a look at the painting above. I love placing my characters in fun positions, and there is the tree branches mimicking the fairies arms.

Why do I create what I do?

I love the surprise and joy
that comes with each piece
it feels meditative to me
the rest of the world disappears into here and now

 How does my creating process work?

often I begin with paper and pencil or pen
first a face
then a body
I wonder at the color of their eyes, hair and clothing
then go with the instinct that first comes to me

I feel as though  I'm meeting a spirit that wants to live in our world in the form of art
 I love that feeling

next there is figuring out what they are doing, then create their environment

rarely do I have a complete idea at the beginning
Other times an idea comes from my life
I live in a wee log cabin in NW Montana:

surrounded by meadows, forest, two ponds and two creeks
there are lions, wolves, bears, fox, birds and more here
a wild land,
a land where trees steal hats:

a place that speaks to us when we listen and feel:

 the owl from the leading painting:
recently I find my world showing up in my art
which you can clearly see in the painting I share at the top; 
when i walk these woods I often looking at tracks on the paths
wondering who passed by and what they were doing, who I share this land with:

Then there is my photography
it is all nature
no setting up lights
no creating scenes
simply finding the natural beauty of our world
attempting to portray its mystery and majesty

I have another blog for that:
a sampling of my photography
and world:


I will leave you with a photo of what my world looks like today:


now to share an artist friend who will be joining the
Around the World blog Hop:
I never know what i will find when i visit her blog
perhaps sumi ink drawings
layered paintings using multi media
but I always enjoy seeing what she has shared with us!

thank you for taking the time to get to know me
and my world

This is loooong post compared to what I usually share.
I hope you enjoyed your visit. 

If you have a question, leave it with your comment and I will answer it there. 


Nov 22, 2014

DC: Rara Avis, Rare Bird

for you my kin

care for this 
with your heart
along with the sun earth and rain
later it's seeds will nurture you,
carry you into the future

i think wood elves are common in my woods
but maybe not that common for people to see
so she is my rare bird

i love the idea of a simple, mundane gift
that is full of life and will give and give over the years

as winter settles in here
i find birds hanging from the tree tops eating seeds of the cones
they are part of my inspiration
i think this will also become a rare bird:

this tree was hit by lightning
we are making it into a woodland throne
a place to be, listen and see

slowly it will be carved
and the piece leaning 
might become a table or bench
it will be the only one in my woods
a rare seat

Thank you Eric for being our DC host
and choosing a fun theme: 


Nov 15, 2014

DC: Folds

 unfolding her wings 
she took flight

she folded her eyelid over her eye
a bit of a wink
yet with her tears slowly cascading down her check
it was a mix of sweet sad and alluring


is our dear host this weekend for Drawing Challenge
she chose the prompt: folds
visit her blog to find other participants
thank you for being our host Carole!

Nov 10, 2014

Wild Turkey

I have been seeing turkeys in the wild lately

in my woods
along roads
up in the trees

inked piece above
full painting below

my model, taken in the spring

last night we got snow!

even my ponds are frozen

Nov 5, 2014

Evening Sketch

evening sketches
can be like a sweet meditation
getting absorbed in what wants to appear on the page

Sweet Week to You

Nov 1, 2014

DC: underwear

some tasks are so important that one flees into the woods
in what ever they have on
even in their underwear

the ink drawing 
before painting

below my woodland model

thank you for being our lovely host!
Visit her blog to see more 'underwear' art