Aug 19, 2011

Moving Day


I've moved! Things are getting really busy in the world of digital collage art, so I won't be maintaining 3 blogs anymore. I've decided to merge all my blogs into one so that I can share all aspects of my artful journey in one place.

I'll be giving away weekly digital collage freebies, posting nature pics and sharing my thoughts on all kinds of personal and art related topics.

I hope you'll join me there! (Click on the image above to go there now, and sign up to have my posts emailed)

Wishing you everyday bliss,

Aug 7, 2011

Sometimes You Just Gotta Smile...

It gets too easy at times to complain about our lives and what makes us unhappy.  You don't have to look too far to find something to be angry or sad about.  But staying in that negativity will make life pass you by.  The little things that make life beautiful will go unnoticed and before you know it, another season, another year, another lifetime will be over.  I get stuck in that rut too at times.  It's hard to pull myself out, but acceptance is the key.  If I can't change people or situations, I just sit with the knowledge that I have a choice in how the rest of the story plays out.  That surrender brings me peace and puts a smile on my face.  

I hope you're having a wonderful Sunday.

Jul 14, 2011

A Glimpse of The Garden

I often talk about my quiet lifestyle and the place where I spend most of my time.  My garden has been a source of great joy and solace over the last five years, since we moved to this house.  Alot has happened in this time and the garden has grown into a little piece of Heaven for us.

This is the first summer that we haven't needed to put forth much effort in it.  Aside from the occasional weeding and adding a few potted annuals, we've been able to sit back and enjoy the scenery.  So for my friends and family who haven't had a chance to see it this way, here's a little tour around my cherished backyard.

Herb box

Hummingbird feeders can be seen from
the dining room window.  We have a pair of
these little guys hanging around, but  not today

The bird bath is always in need of fresh water, it's a popular spot
for all our feathered friends

These roses remind me of my grandmother.  She used to have
many bushes lining the far side of her house

Darren's vegetable garden

I sometimes see chickadees flying in and out of this feeder's nostrils

Dixie's path

Path leading to the composter and pet graveyard

Baby Blue, a new addition to the jay family

Woodpecker couple.  Their little one was foraging on the ground
below but got spooked by the pigeons

Chippy No-Tail,  born last Spring, and here to stay

Another juvenile jay, always close by and eager to be fed

This is just a glimpse of my favourite place.  And even if pictures don't do it justice, I hope you enjoyed the tour :)

Jun 28, 2011

Desktop Background

It's been a while since I made a downloadable pic for you, so here's one from the garden.  It looks really nice  large, so you could set it as background on your computer.

Enjoy :)

Jun 12, 2011


Like a painter choosing his palette, I've chosen each plant's place in the garden.  Each spring I wait with anticipation to see if they approve, or if they'll hold back for another year.

Still, the columbines trick me.  They will not be told where to grow.  Their seeds are blown around and carried by my many winged friends to create their own destiny.  I like that.

Garden Pretties






Jun 1, 2011

Favourite Things: Old Stuff

There's just something about old stuff that makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside...

Old doors, windows and floors...

Rusty metal...

Glass bottles and jars...

...and faucets and water pumps

May 16, 2011

I Dream In Digital (And Other Confessions Of A Hopeless Artist)

As I sit here listening to the white-crowned sparrows singing and feeding just feet away from me, my mind wanders.  I try my hardest to stay in the moment and enjoy the sights and sounds; no matter how hard I focus, my mind drifts towards images of digital art and the next project I want to start.  Darn. Art got the best of me again.

Even in the garden, today, art is winning.  Winning over sunshine, warm breezes, tasty iced tea and birds.  And if truth be told, it has taken hold of my soul and shows no signs of letting go.  If I could explain it, living with art goes something like this:

1)     Every moment of every day is filled with images that have a life of their own and they stand in line in the recesses of your mind, waiting to be born.
2)     You’re only really happy when you’re creating and even then, you wish you could be this happy doing everything else or that there was nothing else that needed doing so you could just make art.
3)     Even in your happiest moments away from art, you catch glimpses of beauty so wonderful that it inspires yet another piece that you must now create.
4)     You negotiate with yourself ways to get all else out of the way so that you can get back to your art as soon as possible, but ultimately other parts of your life lose that battle (especially housework).
5)     Even when you have a huge repertoire of artwork, you still feel compelled to create more because the images keep coming into your mind, even in dreams at night.
6)     You never really feel that a piece is finished, so you must intuitively abandon it a point in time and hope it’s the right time.
7)     You actually work longer hours at something that, for a long while doesn’t even come close to giving you an income like a day job that would slowly squeeze the life out of your soul, but for some reason you never tire of it.
8)     You live and breathe art, every moment and it makes you happy and sad all at once but you will never look back on this path with regret.
9)     Recognition, praise or glory are not what drive you to live this life of seclusion and wasted guilt.  There’s no glamour.  You create because it’s your purpose and that silent knowing keeps you going. 

As quickly as my mind left this perfect moment to confess what art is for me, I’m brought back by a sound from above.  I sip my cold drink and catch myself smiling.  My laptop comes out of sleep mode and the desktop wallpaper is one of my winter pictures (and I wander off again and think to myself  ‘I really must update this picture, or touch it up, or...’).  Sigh.  Overhead, an eagle soars and with it, my heart.

May 3, 2011

My Favourite Things: Trees

Nature is truly breathtaking.  If I had to choose a favourite thing that I love most in nature, it would be tough to pick just one.  Everything moves me and makes time stand still.  Since I have many favourites,  I begin a journal of favourite things, with trees.

I love trees that make flowers,

And trees that make homes.

Trees with red leaves,

And trees with buds soft as kittens.

I love pieces of trees found floating or beached.

I even love trees that aren't really trees, but are taller than me.

But I think most of all, I love old trees.  The ones that leaves 
have long forgotten.  
With gnarly, knotted limbs, tall and stark, majestic.

Even though life is leaving them, they do not leave us.  
They change form but stay long after they've had their last breath, 
sentinels of the forest and the wildlife within.

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