Saturday, January 24, 2015

A trail of feathers ....


we were out there following a feather trail,,,
feathers scattered all over the prairie
stuck in stems of grass
soft little flags in the wind 

one bird, lost hundreds of feathers
(may have lost its life too)
we found them one by one
some of them even flying without a body...

Monday, January 19, 2015

19


yin yang
Free
Journal sketch/silver glitter paint
He remembers this date every year... :)

Saturday, January 17, 2015

New American Gothic

"New American Gothic"  
Found Photo, Cameo and Encaustic on Wood Panel



I went nuts when I found this picture.
I knew exactly what small twist I would add...
the cameo, in my possession for the last 25 years.

Was this couple jesting on American Gothic?
Or were they really just posing in front of their house?
Either way, just look at them, much happier than the
famous version.  Notice the details - polka dot curtains.

ART is WORK and it is PLAY.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

In Plume

"In Plume"  Vintage Photo, Encaustic & Feathers
This little lady will be in my May exhibit.  
I plucked a few tiny feathers from the female bunting
that hit the window last summer.  The bunting buried
and tangled with winter roots in the back yard...

"Girls, Pearls, and a Train"  Antique Photo, Encaustic, Pearls & Grass
I've been working on several of these 'found photos'  
and am quite happy with the results.
 My friend noticed the train behind these gals!  
Some of these photos require magnifying glasses to catch
the details, the narrative.  It almost looks like dead sumac
behind them - could these be Oklahoma gals?
Anyway, they sure look happy and I love their warm coats.

A thought about January: 
 A month to strike, plow, dig deep, and give,,, 
and then just wait and see how the rest 
 of the months will yield their goodness to you.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

FREE


"Walk on Water" miniature encaustic collage

It's on my heart to share some posts this year on health/wellness related "discoveries."  
Not in a preachy fashion, but because HEALING is something close to my heart, and it's
a journey that not only I, but all of us have to travel...

2014 was a difficult year for me, but instead of dwelling on it I choose to fly on my
faith and DECLARE that God works all things together for my good. Always.  This has
been His pattern in my entire life - and it's one of the tangible ways that lets me know He is real.
 Two major things which happened.  I had to take a highly toxic treatment for 6 months.
It wreaked havoc mentally & physically. The other blow in early 2014, was the death of my father.
  It was very complicated and painful, as anyone of you would know if you've lost a loved one.    
But , , ,  the pain from last year is redeemable. 

I started yoga (yay!!!). But that's not what I want to share today.
I mention it because  'Yoga with Adriene'  is awesome 
and I had latched on to her word Fearless . . . 
However, yesterday I found my own Word,
it slipped into my spirit, into my fiber - and it fits,
so I declare my Word for 2015 is
FREE
Do you have an anchor or banner word for 2015?
~       ~       ~

And Now About Dog Health

 Sunny spot today ...

I received Zody's annual vaccine reminder from the vet,
and frankly Veterinary Clinics over-vaccinate.
I'm looking over the reminder and I'm only going to get the bare ones
needed according to an article I read from a holistic vet's viewpoint.

My little guy is probably approaching 9 and he is super healthy. 
He was found running in a neighborhood and ended up with me
in 2008.  He was skin and bones and the vet thought he was
about 1 year old back then.  He now rules an empire and I'm
his chef who mostly cooks free-range chicken for him.  He runs
from canned dog food!  I've created a little monster!
Some other things I feed Zody include:  
Rice, oats, eggs, Kefir, sweet potatoes, carrots, broccoli,
apples, bananas, & watermelon.  When we have salmon or
beef, he gets his portion of course.  I also give him chia seeds
and ground flax.  I've read that dogs can also eat cranberries,
celery, cantaloupe, spinach, green beans, oranges, pumpkin,
coconut and ground almonds.     

I've researched the best dried dog food, and found Orijen 
to be the best.  It's made in Canada.

May your pets be healthy and happy this year too!

Saturday, January 3, 2015

The Grand Canyon, Arizona


A beautiful locale in the Texas panhandle
So just this week we went on a road trip to the Grand Canyon. 
It's a 14 hour drive from our location in southwest Oklahoma to 
the Arizona canyon.  Greg & I are the best travel companions
which always makes our vacations or road trips fun and exciting.   

We were stopped by a cop in a small Texas town called Dimmitt (lol)
for going 4 miles over the speed limit, even though Greg faithfully
puts the cruise control on 75.... that's all I'll say, though I was
thankful that we only received a 'warning' from the good officer. 

Just as we crossed over from New Mexico into the Arizona
border, the sun set and we ended up driving through this
 beautiful state in the dark.  Greg wanted to see the canyon when 
we finally arrived at 10pm at the village on the rim.
Um, it was frigid and dark, not much to see...    
So we finally crashed in our room at Pinyon Pine lodge.

Senses awake . . . 

Cold sunrise 

Oh the lush plants & trees!
Toughest travel sketch ever attempted - there was so much detail!
See the people on the trail?  Takes two days to reach the very bottom!
See the mules going down?
We walked down into the canyon for a bit, but there was lots of ice on the trail and after I slipped, we went back up! ha

A camera picture or even the most beautiful painting could never do justice to what your eyes 
and other senses take in as you contemplate the depth, breadth and age of the canyon!

If you've never visited this wonder, you really should put it on your places to see!
We stayed in the Grand Canyon Village, which is host to lodges, cabins, shops, restaurants, 
grocery store, laundromat, post office, bank, church, cafes, and on and on.....
lookouts, driveway points, walkways along the rim, trails - every possible cool
thing you could want or need is here to make for an amazing experience at the GC.  

I could only afford a small weaving for my dining table.
Greg's latte and my delicious prickly-pear cordial
Our trip was cut short with a winter storm warning in the forecast.  
Our plans were to drive to Santa Fe for New Year's Eve. 
However, we packed the car around 9pm after a full day 
at the canyon, and started the long journey back home to 
Oklahoma.  We laughed, because once again, we saw
nothing of the Arizona landscape as we drove out 
in dark!  All we saw while there, was the Grand Canyon.  

Oh, how I want to return in the warm season
when all the wildflowers and cacti are in bloom!
I also want to feel the heat.

Sigh, the magic of this canyon will carry me for a while.

"Cadillac Ranch"
One last picture - in Amarillo we saw lots of wrecks on the highway due to snow and
ice.  If you've ever been to Amarillo, you know about the "Cadillac Ranch" next to 
the highway.  Ten old Cadillacs are buried part way in a field and are a free canvas
 for people to spray paint.  We didn't stop this time.

Happy travels to all of you in 2015!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Cotton and Road trip


Cotton 

Cotton, cotton, cotton
To the left and to the right, miles of cotton
Looks like snow because it's winter
But the sun is shining on the fields
It's hanging in the trees and littering the highways
Town after town, from Oklahoma to Texas
Packed like giant loaves of bread and branded KH88
Cotton, bloomin' cotton



Road trip

Ever been on a road trip
along a highway
in the middle of nowhere
and you almost expect
the alien spaceship to land
and take you,
that cow 
and the scavenger bird
as an earth souvenir?


(We went on a marathon road trip and I will be sharing more in the next post.)   
I wish you a year of amazement!