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Today’s Affirmation:

“Life is sweet at its core.”

Maple tree symbolism: Balance, practicality, abundance, sweetness in life

May each breath you take today be infused with the sweetness of life. ūüôā

Maple meditation 12-18-15

Trees are such spiritually sophisticated beings. I’m really grooving on them lately!

This piece started as a doodle. I had done some prayer work involving tree imagery for my friend Tanya English (a gifted healer, by the way, who does remote as well as in-person healings) a while back and she had an amazing connection with a golden Maple tree. She had asked me to do a piece of Maple art for her, but it didn’t come right away.

Then a short while back I started doodling on a long phone call, and this emerged. I hope to have time some day to use it as the basis for a watercolor. Tanya couldn’t wait, though, and printed it out as a coloring sheet!

Tanyas tree coloring

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Just realized I have two friends with birthdays today and tomorrow. So I hopped on Photoshop and made this card. (It’ll be personalized with their names when I send it.)

Happy Birthday card with beach scene


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It looks like Christmas here in Michigan’s UP, after a winter storm dumped about two feet of snow on us in 24 hours.

After all the digging (and swearing), it’s nice to sit back and appreciate the beauty of this time of year. There’s something dreamlike about it that, if you’re not careful, can get you thinking in stream-of-consciousness sorts of ways.

So…the snow made me think of the holidays, which brought to mind this painting I did quite a few years back, when we lived in Vernon County, WI.

Bright Spirits, watercolor horse painting

Bright Spirits, watercolor and gouache, 10″x 17″

Yes, that is Amish country, and these are Amish horses. Big, placid, gentle Belgians, taking a break outside their barn one summer¬†day as my husband and I were visiting their owners. (I changed it to a winter scene later. Who says there’s no magic in the world?)

Anyway, this painting in turn reminded me of another story from that era, which is the real reason I’m writing this post.

We were visiting another couple and admiring their beautiful new barn. Upon close inspection, the barn appeared to be made from top-quality, cabinet-grade old growth oak.

“It’s gorgeous, but why did you use such beautiful wood for a barn?” my husband asked the man.

“Well,” he replied, “the wood was growing on our own property. It was cheaper to hire the Amish to mill it for us than to go to the lumber yard and buy wood from somewhere else.”

Makes sense. But I wonder, how many people these days might have simply driven to Home Depot and purchased wood rather than look around to see what was available for the taking?

The thing is, it takes a little bit of imagination to look at a tree and see a barn. And you have to be willing to seek out those with the know-how to help you transform the one into the other.

Ask yourself: What treasures might be growing in your own backyard? Would you recognize their worth if you saw them? And who are the human treasures you know who might help you find them?

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I’ve had the idea for this one kicking around for a while. Actually it dates back to a piece I did way back when, just out of college, with a woman’s¬†silhouetted profile and leaves blowing in the wind.

Now she’s back. The picture here is the initial “sketch” in Photoshop. I suspect I’ll be changing the landscape a bit and maybe adding a few wind turbines. I’ll post more as she progresses.


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Wild watercolor horses

“Wild Spirits,” watercolor on board, 12″x8″

Put your hand over your heart. Do you feel it? Wild hoofbeats. Fling open the gates and let them run free.

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Wolf pack logoI just started a new Meetup group for creative people in the Champaign-Urbana, IL area. I’m calling it Wild Woman’s Wolf Pack and it’s just a monthly (more or less) gathering for creative inspiration – where artists, writers, musicians, businesspeople and other creative women & men can get together and inspire each other through sharing and encouragement.

A logo seemed in order, so here’s my attempt.

If you’re in the area you’re welcome to join. Here’s the link: Wild Woman’s Wolf Pack Meetup


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Women holding up earth illustration

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Actually it has nothing to do with the IRS. If it did I probably would have made it a pit bull. A drooling one.

Part of the forthcoming  Partnership With Earth website project is a sustainable living audit. Somehow the idea of a dog at the desk was appealing, to put a little lightness and humor into it.  This was my first version:

Illustration: dog at desk

I chose a standard poodle because my dog-crazy 13 year old daughter wants a puppy and we’ve been researching dog¬†breeds and have pretty much narrowed it down to that one. I like to run and she likes to train dogs to do tricks so we had to have a breed that¬†likes both activities. (I never thought of poodles as¬† runners but according to a bunch of¬†runner’s forums I visited they’re pretty stellar at long distance running.)¬†¬†Standard poodles are¬†very smart but not as hyper as Border collies (another one we’d considered.) And the no-shed thing is a definite plus. (Our Lab-Boxer mix, Jasmine, is currently in full swing with¬†her biannual ritual of sprinkling the house liberally with little black hairs.)

Anyway,¬†we ended up having the dog (the one in the picture, not the potential and as yet theoretical new addition to the family) actually filling out the audit rather than simply inviting one to do so. So here’s the final version:

Illustration: Dog writing at desk

It was pretty fun to do. All the overlapping meant having to really keep track of the layers.

Now, if only I could get Clara to train Jasmine to do the taxes!

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Illustration of man harvesting applesMore illustrations for the Partnership With Earth project. One of our goals is to illustrate examples of activities which are not only eco-friendly, but which promote bonding with others and/or with Nature. ¬†Like harvesting apples with one’s family…(I didn’t include the apple trees because they’re part of the background scene these will go into.)

Illustration: pregnant woman picking apples
Illustration: toddler peeking between legsIllustration: basket of apples

If there had been room it would have been nice to include a group of people pressing apples for cider

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