2012 was both beautiful but challenging. I learned a great deal about myself. I picked up watercolors and began my introduction to properly painting with them. I realized how beautiful strength can be and it is a dance worth learning. Worth mastering. I met new kindred spirits that showed me the beauty of a wild spirit, to let go and be. I learned to follow a woodland animal’s instinct and the art of breathing. Most things I learned from nature. I am still learning, and it will never end. A cycle, the ellipse of undiscovered meaning
Today will be partially spent reflecting, and then towards commencement it will be spent focusing on the future. Today will be pomegranate seeds, old creaky accordion music and words about dreams, it will be filled with thick woolen handed-down sweaters to evade the cold, dancing underneath the moon and the stars a bit to dim to find in the city sky.
In the new year I want knitting needles, paint brushes, books to be read, studies to be completed, history to be found, land to be explored, picnics to be had, journeys to be taken, I want poetry in the post and to dance with shadows. I want strength like a cloaked jeweled armor, I want the mountains and the woods the frost of the seasons and buds of spring.
I hope you all have a beautiful New Years and spent it with the ones you love
“Seek knowledge. Open yourself up to possibility. Keep your heart open, your head high and your spirit free. Embrace your darkness along with your light.”
Well, Winter is coming soon. I love winter. Autumn and Winter are my favorite seasons. If it were possible, everyday would be one of the two. We put our Christmas tree up the day after Thanksgiving. I still don’t know what we are going to do for that day, besides run to the movie theatres to catch Les Misérables. Anyway, the other night I had a dream about owls. It is said that the Lenape Indians believed to dream of an owl, it becomes your guardian. Symbolically, owls are truth seers, and bring wisdom. I think being drawn to owls has come at a perfect time. I believe you should do what you love passionately, take risks without fear but always have happiness in your heart. To be graceful and to see the beauty in everything is key. Sometimes I have to remind myself that I have to believe in my self in order to grow, and I have to be driven in order to succeed. I think we are a lot similar to seeds, and roots, although we can’t see growth right away, within the earth the roots are sprouting and blossoming.
“As the glow of the cabin windows turned to flickers through the trees and then to black, her eyes adjusted and the starlight alone on the pure white snow was enough to light her way. The cold scorched her cheeks and her lungs, but she was warm in her fox hat and wool. An owl swooped through the spruce boughs, a slow-flying shadow, but she was not frightened. She felt old and strong, like the mountains and the river. She would find her way home.”
Here are some woodland creature paintings up in the shop
I can’t believe November is almost gone. It feels like the days are going by faster. . I have been studying as much as I can, but it pays off and I am quite happy so far! When you push yourself to achieve your dreams, always make them your goals.
The days have gotten colder and beautiful and I am keeping my fingers crossed this pattern sticks around. As raindrops fell from the sky on my walk through the trees, I wrapped my scarf around my head and felt like little red riding hood underneath the cusp of lavender grey skies.
Cup after cup of apple cider, I sit underneath the trees and stare up to see the birds within the branches. I have been pinning gingerbread cookie & sugar cookie recipes to make for my family and friends. I really pick up baking once winter comes. Working on some knitted pieces for etsy, hoping to get them up within the next week as well as more little paintings! Also Netflixing some shows and movies to watch, as soon as winter breaks comes in.
Here’s some of my November as captured via Instagram