Thursday, April 30, 2009

Waterfalls

One never knows what one might see near a waterfall. In the woods where I played as a child, places where the water fell through the forest were wondrous. Down through Leprechaun Valley there were many playful little waterfalls tumbling over rock and mossy rill. There were small clear pools where the sunlight would glisten down to reflect dapples of light up into our faces.

My family and I visited Niagara Falls a few years ago. I have not lost my love for waterfalls. Someday I shall draw the dancing mist maidens I saw there.


Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Cat Scat Angel

Here you see another of my winged kitty cat friends. He didn't realize I was watching as his wings unfurled. As you know, cats actually have wings hidden beneath their fur. (Grin)
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I know, I know! I have a great imagination. And I am wondering what mischief this angel kitty is up to!


Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Dances With Light


Here is another Cloud Painting of an angel dancing in the skies. She seems to be dancing with bits of light, gracefully wafting them around her like a misty handkerchief. You can see delicate sketched traceries of what I saw, in the smaller original photo.
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I caught this lovely angel dancing in the skies over historical Independence, Oregon, one of the most beautiful and interesting places on earth.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Butterfly Faery

Now and then I will be reposting some of my artwork. This piece of art is one of my favorites. The little faery is of the variety of butterfly faeryfolk who live in magical groves of bubble trees. I love bubbles. It would be so extraordinary to actually see the bubble tree groves of my imaginative dreams.
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Indeed, one might wonder if a person could make a bubble tree crown? Are bubble tree leaves sticky? If one had enough bubble tree leaves, could one fly up into the clouds? I wonder what would happen should one happen to pop a bubble leaf? Would the bubble tree butterfly faeryfolk mind?
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How long do bubble trees, er, bubble? Are there times when bubble trees lose their bubble leaves--and if so, do the bubble leaves float into the skies, or do they land on the ground in great foamy, sparkling bubble leaf heaps? My darling sister Clytie wrote, “More importantly, when it’s frozen, do the bubbles 'clink?'”
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Ah, these and many other questions such as this, do cross my mind now and again. (grin)

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Our Snow Angel



Our son was eleven years old when I drew this picture of him. Just like his Dad, he has the gift of making people laugh. Our little angel is not so small these days. He's 6'4 and towers over the rest of the family! I could not ask for a more marvelous son. He is kind, thoughtful, hard working, and smart. We are very proud of this wonderful young man.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Touch Not the Elf

This is my first attempt at using the computer in my art. First I did a pen and ink drawing, then scanned it into the computer where I added the stars and color.
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It is not nearly as sophisticated as what I have learned to do since, but there is a certain lovely simplicity about this drawing which speaks to me. It is whimsical, both in simplicity and title. Touch Not the Elf is one of my favorites, and I am very happy to share her with you.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Malaya Rosebud

Recently I was given eight rosebushes to plant in my yard. Seven of the eight show signs of growth and seem to be thriving. I can hardly wait for the soft fragrant aroma of roses to waft through the warm summer air. There is something so exquisitely wonderful and precious about every phase of a blooming rose.

As you can see here, roses are also a great favorite among the faeries.


Thursday, April 23, 2009

Rescued

And Who hasn't read the stories from yesteryear, where the most beautiful damsel in the kingdom is tied to a post to await a horrific and tragic death at the claws and teeth of a terrible dragon. She must give herself up to her fate in order to save her people.

Then along comes our hero, who conquers the hungry dragon, and wins the hand of the fair maiden, not to mention her kingdom.


One wonders where such stories came from. I've wondered--Is it possible an ancient dinasaur habitually emerged from his lair to eat--terrorizing towns and cities, only to be vanquished by the hero of the day? Historical truth can sometimes be stranger than fiction. (grin)

Monday, April 20, 2009

Gnome Glow


Here is another Cloud Painting inspired by what truly seems to be a gloowing gnome making his way across the skies. I was walking along the river watching the truly magnificent storm clouds chasing over the water, when I saw this fellow. He seems good natured and I imagined him humming a tuneless tune through his front teeth as he mosied across the horizon.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Angels Among Us

There are some angels among us. This lovely angel's name is Daka and she is filled with kindness, wisdom and immense humor. We are all VERY blessed to have her in our lives. I know she would laugh (and I love her distinctive laughter) because in this drawing of her I added rainbow wings to her shoulders.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Saturday Morning

When my children were small, Saturday mornings were a celebration--Bugs Bunny ruled the television set, and a myriad of toys covered the floors, draped across the coffee table and over the couch. I would sit in the midst of it all and sip my coffee, my face wreathed with smiles at the children's funny antics.

They are nearly grown now--In another year or so, we will experience what is fondly called an "Empty nest." Those years went by so quickly.

I am not sure I enjoyed my children as much as I could have. In the meantime, I smile remembering.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Guardian

These two are guarded by a giant lizard who, by the look in his eye, has great affection for these two girls. It seems he may have decided to become their protector. You would not want to tangle with such a guardian, if he took a dislike to you. (grin)

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Friends Forever

This picture was inspired by the friendship between my daughter and her friend. The two girls met when they were four years old and remained steady friends throughout the years. Though time and distance sometimes separates best friends, there are always those wonderful memories of times past.

This drawing is dedicated to best friends everywhere.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Cats!

So you are probably wondering about this drawing...it took HOURS to get all that fur drawn to my satisfaction! Elvis, our fat Main Coon, now in heaven, posed for this picture along with one of my daughters. What fun to be a cat? I think I would like that!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Light Bearer

Just this afternoon I caught this amazing image in the clouds--I did enhance what I saw a little, but not very much. To see it best, click for the larger view.
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And the darkest hour of the night, is just before dawn’s morning light…and now before this moment is gone, get ready, here comes the Sunrise.
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Hang in there. It may seem the darkness is growing and suffocating all that is good, but the light is bright and it is already surrounding you. Darkness cannot stand before light.

Sunflower Angel

Sunflowers are one of my favorite flowers. They are so cheerful and full of sunshine. If you look closely you will see this lovely lady is a sunflower angel. Her wings are hidden. I've met this angel, and she pours goodness and beauty over everyone she meets. What a blessing she is!

Monday, April 13, 2009

The Viking and His Lady

This is actually a tongue-in-cheek drawing of my darling husband and me. I was a LOT younger, and with my pen, I was able to remove most of our wrinkles. (grin) I have had the blessing of being married to a man who loves me. This man's love is a gift from God, because I do not deserve that kind of unconditional love. I am so very grateful to God for my husband.

I just read the funniest romantic story about young love at Smart Mouth Broad's blog, and was inspired to share a story of my own.

27 years ago, I had just emerged from a very terrible time in my life. I had been on drugs, living in a world which was not very healthy. And then along came a man, who saw me and loved my smile. He had been in the ministry, so on our first date I knew I had to set him straight about me. I liked him, but I was cautious. Before I met Alan, I had fallen in love with a man who, when he'd heard only a portion of my story, never called again.

Alan took me to the Fernwood Inn, a wonderful restaurant housed in a beautiful old mansion in historic Oregon City. After dinner I said, "I know you're interested in me, so I think you should know what you're getting into."

I told him about my life over those past four years, and spared none of the ugly details.

He quietly sat back in his chair and my heart pounded with sudden fear. Because you see, I liked him a lot.

Then this strong, funny man tenderly smiled and said, "When I look at you, all I see is a beautiful white rose. All I see is the miracle of what God has done in you today."

I am blessed to have this wonderful man in my life.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Comforted

For all the broken-hearted people out there--He Who weeps, offers comfort in your darkest hour. Blessings, hope and comfort to you.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

The Magician

Here the magician begins his magic. Though all is illusion, we wonder, "could this be real? Part of the genius of this boy is his wonderful imagination. He lives in a world where anything is possible.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Moth Faery

I found a photo of the most amazing moth. It's wings were the colors you see here, as well as the antennae. Who would have thought such colors actually would exist together in nature? They do, and here is the little moth faery who tends these magnificent moths as they fly through the dusky air of night.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Tiny Dreamer

Here she is, Spring's tiny dreamer. It has been so warm, I am sure the littlest faeries nap upon the open flowers in my garden. How soft and comfortable it would be to snuggle into the petals of a flower.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

With Great Sympathy

Last Thursday our dear friend Deann from Painted Garden http://paintedgarden.blogspot.com/ was by her father's side as he slipped away to heaven. I cannot imagine the pain she must be feeling right now as her Dad's passing has left a huge hole in her world. I created this badge as a way to express my sympathy for her great loss.

Years ago my friend Geri (now in heaven, too) sent this poem by Eva Sparks Taylor. I send it now to you, dear Deann.

So, I send this note to say
My morning prayer included you.
You might be braver if you knew.
And so I send this note to say,
I took your grief to God today.
Your troubled heart,
Your load of sorrow.
Asked Him for strength for your tomorrow.
Because I am your friend, I share
Your pain as well as joy. I care.
So earnestly I give you more
Than love's own gift. At heaven's door,
I lay your broken heart, and He
Leans down to comfort you, for me.

((hugs))

Monday, April 6, 2009

Cloud Cherub


This is one of my favorite Cloud Paintings. Twenty-two years ago our little one flew away to heaven. Though the years have softened the pain of losing our tiny Sterling Dow before he had the chance to live, I still think about him.
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This darling cherub is exactly how I have pictured our boy over the years. His little face is filled with love, joy and mischief.
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I am looking forward to looking into his dear face, and hugging him when I get to heaven.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Blogger Friendship Badge

Here it is! The Blogger Friendship Badge. I've learned some totally new concepts as I created this badge. This award is a special one, awarded to new friends who have shown encouragement to me and to my family.


She Sleeps Beneath the Waterfall

How often I have walked in the Forest beside some beguiling small stream, to note the sleeping nymph beneath a sparkling, dancing waterfall.


Friday, April 3, 2009

Trust

There is rarely a relationship more wonderful or filled with trust than that of a dog's unswerving love. I am grateful for all the animal friends I've had over the years. They've brought richness and beauty into my life.
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My first dog was Gumbo. She was a darling little mutt, who had many puppies--Clytie, do you remember Fattyhat, and Fattyhat Two? (grin) Then there were Poncherella Prunella P. Ratley, Pompernickole Herman Junior and Pepi Le' Piu Flea Longstocking. Friends from long ago--beloved in my sight.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Mayday! Mayday!


Can you imagine what that pilot might be thinking if this mountain lion were real? My husband thinks he might be shouting something other than "mayday!"
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I shot this wonderful little photo near our small local airport.