Three Amigas and One Amigo

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StoryStarters 7:

Well of course they were friends, everybody could see that they grew up together.

But they were even more than best friends forever, they were a grove.

And not just any grove. They were a grove of LightBringers. Whenever darkness threatened the land, they would call out to the Light with their hearts.

And because their roots were intertwined and their hearts beat as one, whenever they called the Light would come.

But one day a deep, deep darkness came upon the land, darker than anything they had ever known, and they were afraid.

And this time when they called the Light…

 

8”x10” Acrylic on 140lb watercolor paper. $25, free shipping US only. Includes printed StoryStarter & Certificate of Authenticity.

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The Time Between Day and Night

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It was Tree’s favorite time.

Now most two leggeds, especially the big ones, couldn’t see them. Or wouldn’t. But Tree could, and she loved them. And they played wonderful, happy games every night.

Well, truth be told, big two leggeds did see them, but they thought they were stars, or leaves or flowers blown on a twilight breeze.

But a little one who watched from a bedroom window saw. And the little one knew these were the magical beings known as sprites and fairies.

And then one evening the little two legged just knew something must be done and so next morning the little one ran out to discuss a plan with Tree…

 

8”x10” Acrylic and india ink on 140lb watercolor paper. $25, free shipping US only. Includes printed StoryStarter & Certificate of Authenticity.

StoryStarters 5: On The Fence and Loving It

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Bird didn’t care why the fence was there.

It didn’t seem to keep anything in or anything out. It wasn’t really much of a fence when you think about it, but it wasn’t falling apart or anything.

Actually, it was a pretty nice little bit of fencing.

So the fence was just sitting there in the middle of… well, nothing in particular. No houses, no yards, no buildings or schools or streets. Just this cute little fence.

And it felt cozy and safe and Bird thought of it as her very own special fence. After all, it’s not every bird that has her own fence.

That’s why when…

 

8”x10” Acrylic on 140lb watercolor paper. $25, free shipping US only. Includes printed StoryStarter & Certificate of Authenticity.

StoryStarters 4: The Suspicious Tree

The Suspicious Tree

“That’s not a real shadow,” said Moon. “The shape’s all wrong.”

Tree thought about it. And what she thought was, the shadow was just fine. So she decided Moon was just being persnickety.

“So what else is wrong, smarty pants?”

“I don’t know,” answered Moon. “I only know about light and shadow. That’s my thing, you know.

“But we’d better try to figure it out because if the shadow’s not right other things are bound to be off too…”

 

8”x10” Acrylic and india ink on 140lb watercolor paper. $25, free shipping. Includes printed StoryStarter & Certificate of Authenticity.

Fluttering Hearts

Fluttering Hearts

Hearts swell and beat and break, but they also flutter, did you know? Yes, hearts also flutter — in a most wonderful way, oh, yes they do.

It’s when they are filled with love and joy and fun and lightness that they flutter about the sky like butterflies, borne this way and that by the winds of wonder at the beauty they see everywhere.

Sometimes we don’t see the beauty, but hearts always can find the beauty. And then they float with a lightness that is itself a beautiful thing to behold. They are borne tenderly on the breezes of love, to places that our eyes sometimes just don’t see.

What places you ask? Wonderful places, places like… are you still listening?

 

8″x10″ Acrylic on 90lb watercolor paper $25 free S&H

The Looking Tree: StoryStarters #1

The Looking Tree

Obviously, not an Everyday Saints portrait. I’m still doing portraits, but I got hit with an inspiration.

I’m calling these StoryStarters. These are 8″x10″ on watercolor paper, sold very inexpensively with a printed beginning of a story included. The idea being that a parent or grandparent reads the beginning of the story and takes it from there.

Improv storytelling.

Of course the kids can read it too and the story could go in a different direction every time. Plus, an inexpensive frame, put it up on the child’s wall, and you’re encouraging imagination, reading, and a love of art.

I’d love to hear any thoughts, feedback etc. I have several done, but I’m only going to post them one at a time. Enough talk. Here’s the first StoryStarter:

THE LOOKING TREE

Did you know that trees have eyes? Indeed they do. Did you think all those leaves were just for photosynthesis?

No, my friend, those leaves are eyes for looking. Oh, they may not see the same way we do, but see they do. They look. They pay attention. And they know.

They see things we cannot see. What things? Ah, well….

Saint Ryleigh

Saint Ryleigh

I’ve been wanting to try the two different golds for a while, this is the first time it made sense. I used a Rich Gold for the background, and a Bright Gold inside the halo.

Here’s a quote from Sanaya which I think fits my portrait work:

“Sainthood.  Is that not what you joke about when someone acts in a way that approaches perfection, that includes sacrifices, and is so far above the norm of human behavior that it begs recognition?  Do you know such a person?  All of you contain the potential for such behavior, but do not press yourselves or stress yourselves to achieve such distinction.  You are doing fine just the way you are.  Nothing is expected of you.  You are here to try on different clothes, to experience different roles until you find just the right fit.  Should you stumble along the way and find some of your choices result in ill-fitting outcomes, try again.  If you do not achieve sainthood in this lifetime, all is well.  Shine your light.  That is why you are here.  If your light feels a bit dim, choose differently.  It is that simple.”

Saint Richard

saint richardWhat do you have to do to be a “Saint?”

What if you don’t have a spiritual bone in your body (or so you think)?

What if all you do is work, try to make a living, and have some fun along the way?

Or what if you’re just a selfish no-good bum who doesn’t care about anyone else and causes harm to others?

(Not suggesting that Richard is any of these things!)

You’re still part of the great thing called Life. Your life itself is a sacred thing and worthy of respect. Maybe your behavior isn’t, but your life itself is.

Life demands respect.

Period.

PS — If you’d like to join me in bringing some love to this broken world of ours, consider joining me here.

Saint Rook

Saint Rook

Rook is an artist I met at a powwow. I have no idea whether she is descended from royalty, but she has a tremendous queen-like strength and dignity.

Even if we don’t have Rook’s impressive and gentle presence, it’s good to remember that beneath (above? behind? within?) our physical earth suits we’re all magnificent beings inhabiting this planet, this body, this period of time in an endless journey beyond time and space.