Photographs and random musings from an artist living in the California mountains
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Just DO It!
That's what this red-headed fairy who flits around my painting area in my studio seems to be saying. I have a bad case of the Winter blahs (you can see all the snow on the roof of our garden shed behind her) and I don't want to do anything except blog a bit and curl up by the fire and read. I think my creativity has been buried under the snow. I slogged along the now icy path I've beaten down in the snow to my studio, got out my paints...and just sat there staring at them. Not a flicker of inspiration, let alone a spark of energy to actually do anything if inspiration had actually showed up. It's horribly windy outside and the sky is covered with fast-moving, heavily laden gray clouds that will, the weatherman says, slow down tonight and dump several more feet of snow on us. At least I can see a little green peeking out from under the snow on the branches of the hollies, ivy, pines and cedars. Oh, yawn. I'd fall asleep right now, but it's time to go fill the feeders (again!) for the birds and squirrels.
The squirrels love the baffle I put up to keep the feral cats that I feed from jumping up and snatching the Chickadees and other birds right off the ledge of the feeder. Well, maybe not so much in summer, but in winter it makes a handy perch for them. In summer, they just jump onto the roof and scoop up peanuts and black oil sunflower seed.
And some other Wildings, big and little, who kindly share their forest with me:
"To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded." Ralph Waldo Emerson
A Young Steller's Jay
Common to high altitude forests all over the west
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Our task must be to free ourselves...by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty. ~~ Albert Einstein
June Is Adopt a Cat Month
But, there are always strays who need a loving home - so don't shop, ADOPT! Click the photo for helpful tips on adopting.
If they breathe, they live. If they live, they feel. If they feel, they love. If they love, they are aware. If they are aware, they have a soul. ~ Williams
I love cats because I enjoy my home and, little by little, they become its visible soul ~ Jean Cocteau (That's Malcolm O'Mewy on the chair)
Feed the Hungry
I think we are bound to, and by, Nature. We may want to deny this connection and try to believe we control the external world, but every time there's a snowstorm or drought we know our fate is tied to the world around us. ~~ Alice Hoffman
What I'm Reading Now:
Give a Child a Book
Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors and the most patient of teachers.
Charles W. Eliot
A person who collects or is fond of books. Also, a person who immediately feels safe, happy, even euphoric, when holding a favorite book.
Care for a cuppa?
Where there is tea there is hope - Pinero
Boulder Bay, Big Bear Lake
Click to visit Big Bear
Lake Gregory, Crestline
Click to visit Crestline
Click to visit Lake Arrowhead
A Favorite Quote
"I don't want life to imitate art; I want life to BE art." Carrie Fisher
Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. ~ John Muir, from "The California Mountains"
I'm three-quarters Native American (Oglala Sioux and Cherokee), and one-quarter Northern Italian. I live in a little cottage with my furry "children" in a beautiful mountain forest where we enjoy daily visits from the little wild creatures. I love animals (you probably guessed), books, photography, tall trees, clear lakes, rain, snow, tea, the moon, and creating all kinds of art.