Thursday, March 25, 2010

Totem Animals

Nice to have help in spirit. We all have animal spirit helpers and they change from time to time depending on our needs. I often see them when I do reading for folks.

I started this particular watercolor quite a long time ago and recently felt the call to go back and finish it. I like the way it turned out.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Dead is a Long Time

It has been a little over a month since my friend Kathy Blaine died. I miss her. It's not that we spent all that much time but we shared deeply and our time together always involved lots of laughs. She died a painful death (cancer). Her friends and brother really rallied to make her last days on earth as pleasant as possible under such conditions and her attitude was amazing. She accepted death in a way that astounded those of us around her. She was someone that didn't need much at all in the material world. In fact her last few years she traveled with one suitcase and a dog. That's it. She moved frequently and wanted to keep things to a minimum. Once she mentioned that she only had 3 pair of underwear (hence the need to do laundry frequently) so I offered her some of mine. She refused them, wanting to keep her possessions as I said to a minimum.

In any case, I wanted to share a bit this morning before I begin work a couple of paintings that I did while I was visiting with Kathy in 2007 in Hawaii. Her brother lives there and we had a great week together. I was in visual heaven. Be at peace Kathy. I miss you.

Monday, March 8, 2010

At the River

I just returned from one of my treasured spots in this country which is High Springs Florida.
This cute little town is "old Florida" at it's best. It's teeny and mellow and it was the last stop on my recent 3 week trip to Florida where I was hard at work doing my Spirit Essence Portraits. There is a river shanty that I am lucky enough to stay at that is right in front of this scene that I have both photographed (from last year) and painted (this year). For whatever reason I just love sitting here in this place. The wildlife is incredible. Both this year and last year I saw an eagle as well as the egrets, turtles, owls, etc. I miss it already but I don't think I could take Florida on a year round basis.