Sunday, May 17, 2020

Wolves and Endangered Species Day

Hello!

I just realized that I missed Endangered Species Day, which was May 15. A very important day to recognize and learn about the importance of all species that are vital to our world.  Even animals that we may never see belong to the balance of the natural world. Some are in danger because of man's footsteps, others may be because of nature's choice. But whatever the reason, the ecological balance includes us and supporting projects near or far makes a huge difference.

I was so fortunate to spend time with Wolves and get to know their habits, personalities and their part in the wild. They are a key essential for balance, especially being a top predator. I'm sure many have heard about the impact with the reintroduction to Yellowstone. There were many species of birds, mammals and plant life that had flourished because the Wolf came back. The Wolf is an incredible animal and one of many that are in need of human support. There is a reason why they are here and losing that balance affects all of us. 

It is always a good time to learn more and become involved, even planting a tree makes a difference or picking up trash. Any involvement makes a difference, no matter how small.

There is also donating or getting involved on a larger scale, World Land Trust is making a difference with so many areas across the world to help wildlife and the surrounding natural habitats. 
To learn more go to: https://www.worldlandtrust.org/


Stay safe and well! Remember to look for the natural world around you...and support!

Take care,
Christine







Monday, May 11, 2020

So many birds!

Hello!
The variety of weather has definitely made this Spring an interesting event! There have been so many birds arriving and enjoying the warmer temperature and then this week...snow! At least we didn't get what northern Maine received. But it was windy and cold, so the Spring birds had some adjusting to do. We made sure the feeders were all filled and ready.

It did give me a great opportunity to get a lot of photos for my paintings, but I felt bad they had to endure such an awful day. The sun came out later in the afternoon but the wind was still unpleasant.

Today has made up for the late snow storm, the temperature is over 60 and the wind is quiet. Soon the hummingbirds will be here!


Stay safe and well! Remember to look for the natural world around you...


Take care,
Christine


This poor Baltimore Oriole is trying to eat his Grape jelly.

There is a Turkey behind the snowflakes!




 


Sunday, May 3, 2020

Sunshine on a Branch


Hi!!
I decided to post again today because the weather is amazing and the Forsythias
are in full bloom. Besides the Daffodils and Crocuses, these bright yellow flowers
make the wait for Spring worthwhile. Every branch is filled with sunshine!


I also took my sketchbook and made a quick rendition of the yellow buds. There was also a thought to add some color, why not? So I got my watercolor pencils and added just a bit of color to yesterdays sketch and today's. 

And I had to take more pics of the glorious Daffodils. I am so enjoying the colors that are arriving. Hope you are enjoying these gifts of color too!

Stay safe and well! Remember to look for the natural world around you...


Take care,
Christine








Saturday, May 2, 2020

Spring is finally here....

Hello,
It is May 2, and it finally feels like Spring has begun. We have had snow and temperatures well below the normal. But, that's Ok, the natural world has a plan and all we can do is wait patiently. During this uncertain time it's a perfect opportunity to connect with Nature and appreciate the little wonders.

I was able to have my morning coffee outside for the first time this year. The sun was warm and the birds were singing in agreement that this was a perfect start to the day. Coffee does taste so much better outside...

My plan for today is to start my new mini-sketchbook. I just got it and I am looking forward to taking a pencil and sketch the little blossoms or leaves coming to life. Walking everyday around the yard gives me the opportunity to see so many trees wake up. It's a beautiful time of year!

Hope you are all well, stay safe and look for Nature around you.

Take care,
Christine

The first sketch of many in my new sketchbook!
My subject...

A little color this morning.

Nature is so beautiful.

Look at that blue sky!





Friday, April 17, 2020

Listening to the Wolf




Hello,
After writing yesterdays post, I wanted to share a painting that I created while accepting the challenges of grief.

Anyone that knows me, knows that I love Wolves. I always have. They are my top animal totem, bringing me guidance, living with Nature and being true to myself. This particular Wolf, Taz, was not ordinary and certainly has spoken to me even after she has left the physical world.

To be accepted by her was a gift. She had a terrible start to life but was eventually cared for and received the respect she deserved. Very few could go in her living space, she was not fearful but choosy who she tolerated. I was lucky to meet her list of requirements and even in dreams she wanted me to be near her.

Last week as I was scrolling through pictures of her, one photo flashed a bright painting and I took that as her speaking to me. So I got a canvas and started to paint. This photo created a vision of her leaving the restricted living area and walking to freedom, which she had never known. This feeling of freedom is something that I yet to have felt.

The paint flowed and created colors that were bright and almost intimidating. But her calm look and slow gate showed, to me, that she made it, her freedom at last.

A path was waiting for her...is one waiting for me?

Hope you are all well, stay safe and look for Nature during this uncertain time.

Take care,
Christine











Thursday, April 16, 2020

Healing





Hi,

The last post I wrote was just after I became unemployed and the attempt to wrap my brain around the world's current status. My goal was to take each day at a time and not overthink. Create every day for as long as I could.

Well, as life goes, it's doesn't always go as you plan...

I strive to be a very private person that only shares with my pack/family, but I wanted to share my journey and offer some helpful insight. The very recent loss of our parents, Dad in December and Mom this month, have made me feel empty. I know the circle of life is not new, it repeats and is the way of Nature. So many others before and so many others after...bleah, bleah, bleah.

Well, it doesn't make what you feel any less sad or empty to know the facts. You try to stay busy and it helps until you slow down. It's a cycle that you have to go through. The broken heart, the mind spinning, being angry then sad, all have to take that path of grief and it's so difficult.

I thought if I started to paint a little at a time, it would help, not so much. Then, I wanted to finish 2 or 3 projects at once, yea, that wasn't going to happen either. It was so difficult to balance the emotions and "be normal". Nope, normal was not in the plan, not yet.

The biggest therapy so far, has been to walk and watch the natural world continue to live around me. The other therapy has been music. I am so thankful my favorite band just came out with a new cd. This masterpiece has brought a sense of clarity and guidance to this journey of life. I am forever grateful...

So accepting my emotions instead of pushing them aside has made this process a little easier to handle. I am able to type this because of that. My heart still aches but my mind isn't spinning, as much. Today was the first day in a while that I was able to take a brush and paint with my heart included.


Healing from grief is different for everyone. For me, taking the time to accept the grief, watch nature, and listen to music made this emotional roller coaster ride a reminder it's about living and loving. How lucky am I to have both? Very.

Please stay safe, stay well and watch the Natural world around you.

My next post will be some of my current projects...

Take care,
Christine










 



Saturday, March 21, 2020

Crucial Time

Hello!
Happy Spring!! It is here. The start of new life, Nature is awakening in the northern hemisphere. There are an abundance of birds arriving from migration and enjoying
the seeds.


I am able to witness this event more due to being laid-off. The world is in a crucial time and things are so uncertain. It is overwhelming and scary. It is something most of us have never experienced and reading/watching the news can be informational but also intimidating. I have tried to disconnect from the daily numbers and what we "should" do.

Yesterday I went outside after it rained and just listened. The birds were so interactive and busy with their lives. The buds on the trees are starting to grow and in some places the grass is turning green. Being able to connect with Nature is healing.

Take time to admire Nature, go outside, open a window and listen, observe and breath.

Take care and stay positive!

 Christine