Thursday, February 26, 2009

Amanda's Angel

I've always thought cats might have wings. Perhaps their wings sprout when people aren't looking? Maybe they're invisible to the human eye? What do you think?
This little angel kitty is too young to know a cat simply doesn't show one's wings to a human being.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Cherry Tree Maiden

Walking the campus of Corban College in Salem, Ore., I happened upon this lovely maiden gazing over the steep pathway below. I am sure she wishes she could join the crowds of students passing by--instead, she is fated to watch from her perch on the hill. If you enlarge the picture, you can see a tiny smile upon her face. Perhaps her wistful joy comes from the laughter of the young people she observes.

I am certain she is a small flowering cherry tree. As spring approaches and new leaves unfurl, I shall be back to record her spring colors. I would love to see her with a crown of cherry blossoms.

Be sure to click on the pic for the larger version--I think that is how she is best discovered.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Cloud Perch

Here you see a small faery, caught in a moment of repose. She perches atop the shoulders of her giant cloud friend. How lovely to ride across the skies with one she trusts and loves so much. I wonder what she is thinking. Though secure in the strength of her large companion, she still seems pensive and thoughtful.

How wonderful! Thank you Cheryl, for bestowing such a lovely award. I am truly honored. You made my day!!!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Snow Twirl

During our last big snowstorm I found this little faery dancer in the delicate twirls of a curly willow tree. I love snow, especially the way it transforms our sometimes drab world into a beautiful, magical place.
Once in a blue moon there is a snow storm in late February. But it doesn't look like we're going to see more snow this year! Spring is kissing away winter's cold, and soon the flowers will bloom.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Angel Naptime

The littlest angel has been very naughty. He knocked over the golden candlesticks, lost his halo, and pulled out an eagle's tail feathers in passing. He even tripped the mighty angel Gabriel, who fell end over tea kettle, to land head first in the great river flowing from the golden throne. So now the small, wayward one has been sent to bed early.
Can you find him?
When people study this "Cloud Painting," they often see many different things. One young boy saw a bearded man, other folks have pointed out various children's faces, and one lady saw, of all things, a mouse! What do you see? Can you find him? I'm sure he must have a sprinkling of freckles across his nose. There is something about that pouty little-boy face, which would tug at any Mom's heartstrings.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Manly Man Tree

As you can see, this photograph by my beloved sister Clytie is AMAZING! You can see why I gasped in amazement. I didn't have to paint much--it was all there to begin with!
You can find Clytie's wise and humorous insights along with her wonderful photographs at

Friday, February 6, 2009

Swamp Thing

This is a REAL departure from the norm for me. I rarely draw frightful things.
The story behind this, er, swamp monster, starts with the awesome talent of my sister, Clytie. She has a wonderful blogsite, by the way--you can check her imaginative writing and photography at
Last week she sent the most amazing picture of a tree in the form of a man's face. The tree is located in the forests of my childhood. It is such an incredible photo, I gasped when I first saw it.
However, what you see here is the lower lip and chin of the tree, along with what I am sure must be the "Swamp Thing" of my childhood nightmares.
Judge what you see here for yourself...I'm convinced! (I think it's coming to get me!)