the great pumpkin

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My Father used such great terms of endearment, words like “pumpkin” – “sugar” – “honey” – and at this time of year, I am reminded how utterly charming and whimsical nature becomes. The tendrils do create such beauty as they seem to be grasping for our attention. Rather than think scary thoughts, I am thinking magical thoughts of pumpkins as stage-coaches and Autumn as a time of gathering up love in it’s endearing ways. Try calling someone you love “pumpkin” and see how they react.
Is everything around you all things pumpkin? Bring a little spice to your weekend or better yet, a great pumpkin.

cabbage galore

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Have you noticed all the cabbages around you this season. They seem to be everywhere I go and this one I spotted last week on a rainy morning while running errands. I have also been using lots of cabbage in my kitchen, braised red cabbage, sauerkraut and cole slaws. Did you know that cabbage has lots of great nutrients, vitamin K, Vitamin C along with dietary fibers.

Last week, I had the pleasure of talking about art with Karolyn of The Relished Roost and we both aspire to paint more freely and sometimes just taking an object and blowing it up is just the thing to get one started.

Pardon me if my postings are spotty at best, I have been having a few follow up medical tests done and they seem to take so much of my time and focus that I find myself rather bogged down with staying on top of my health. May this serve as a gentle reminder to each of you to follow up with your annual check-ups, and all the necessary appointments that really are so important.

fall foliage

pve - circle leaf photoOne morning, on my walk with my dog, I collected fallen leaves and artfully arranged them in a circle or wreath if you will.
leaf parade -photoInspired by the rainbow of colors and the beauty of nature fills my world with such awe.
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What is circling around you right now and inspiring you to live in the present?

paper snob

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Many ask what is my go to paper for painting? I use a lot of smooth Bristol Board but love Arches Aquarelle paper 140 lb. cold press. It comes on a block or you can purchase single sheets. I love the watermark on the corner and the deckled edge. Do you have a favorite paper?

botanizing

PvE Design -botanical516Last Spring, I had the pleasure of meeting Fran of Green Street Blog and her little girl E in a lovely park where I played as a child in Kentucky. We quickly discovered from our blogs that we shared many interests and one was a love for nature and bringing that indoors. Fran had posted her lovely entryway in her home as she slowly has been transforming her home with her soft touch.  She created a lovely mood board and I decided to create this botanical illustration for her in hopes that she might hang it in her foyer. I love knowing that my art finds it’s way back home to Kentucky where I was born and raised.
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I often imagine myself living in the 17th Century and “botanizing” by studying and illustrating nature. I shall be adding this print to my etsy shop this week. It is printed on the loveliest watercolor paper. Let me know what sort of prints you might like to come home to?

fall treats

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Fall is a time when treats come to mind. I am not talking candy either. Over the years, I have learned that one deserves to treat oneself to something special as a reward for reaching a goal or for accomplishing a task well done. It might be a new accessory, a watch, a bracelet, a pair of new jeans or those over the top boots that would be life changing.

Is there something that you have been looking to splurge on? Treat yourself to something you have accomplished or achieved. It might be something at your local thrift shop or something you have been longing for.  It might even be something as simple as a cup of tea with a friend or a long walk.

Take time out for a fall treat.

discoveries

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Today serves as a reminder that we must never lost sight of creating new discoveries and taking time for explorations. I miss those days when my little one’s would proudly pull out some handmade surprise from their back pack which correlated to learning lessons about a holiday or someone who made history.

Wishing each of you a Happy Columbus Day. Take time to explore and make new discoveries.

nature study

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I spotted these wonderful illustrations done by Nigel Peake. I thought they were really lovely and so simple. Little nature studies remind us of how fast the seasons come and go. Wishing each of you a lovely weekend. Take time to get outside, spend time communing with nature.

The winner of the kindness give-away goes to Jennifer of A Well Styled Life.

cat’s meow

ea550b393469e0f127057992b2f3c447 I seriously could not help myself after “Have some Decorum” posted on Giovanni Battaglia who is one cool cat in the fashion jungle.  How chic is she donning this fit and flare coat and adorable bag.  I love her smile and how excited and happy she looks.

Now that I have been following the Paleo plan, my inner hunter and gatherer needs to include a bit of the wild side, maybe a leopard accessory or something bright and bold.

Even settling for something camel might be just the thing paired with something feminine, fun and furry!  Do you have any fashion muses that are inspiring your wardrobe and and making you smile!

 

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kindness- giveaway

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Autumn is such a special time of year. Walks in nature inspire so much with all the brilliant display of foliage. Last year, I created this illustration for a lovely family. They ended up using another illustration which was more holiday than this one but I love the Fall and the casualness of just spending time in nature together. It was such a gift for me to create such a special work of art for this family. All I can say is they exude kindness which I tried my best to capture.
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This sweet dog, Ella was another act of kindness to me that I illustrated and had notes printed for Joan over at For the love of a house. What a sweet soul.

As the seasons come and go, I focus on living in the present and feel incredibly blessed to have a gift for art and the ability to use my eyes, my hands and my heart. After reading “Living Beautifully with Uncertainty and Change”- I am reminded that kindness and care is a commitment which is requires keeping our hearts and minds open and to nurturing kindness and compassion.

Be fully present.
Feel your heart.
And engage the next moment without an agenda.

Today, I would love to share my gift of a one custom work with one of you. Consider it a random act of kindness. Pass it forward. Do something kind and see how it causes your heart to be open and abundant. Leave a comment about your last act of kindness. How did it make you feel?

*Winner shall be announced in friday’s post.