Thursday, March 31, 2011

Garden Sanctuary

This beautiful sanctuary in a private garden is my place to sit and sun myself. I love being here and I am free to scratch at the grass and between the flowers and I am never punished because I am just doing what comes naturally.

Up the stairs is a shaded porch and behind that is my home where I sleep and eat there, too. I am let outside when they open the door or when I ask by sitting near the door to the porch. But this garden sanctuary is my favorite place to live. I know I have a good life and I know I am spoiled, but I also know it is sometimes called, love. I hear that word all the time, and deep down inside my stomach I know what love is between humans and animals. I have that with my I am a lucky fellow!

Blessed be the animals that aren't as lucky as I am. I will share my garden sanctuary if a stray animal wanders into my special place.

I learned what love is. There is enough to go around.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011


It's a mild morning in my piece of the Earth. Love having the birds singing and eating and flying around the yard every day. (The cats love watching them, too!) (And I love watching the cats watching the birds :)) So many days I sit with my journal writing pros and cons about whether to keep my studio/shop, and I keep coming to the decision to keep it for now...waiting for someone to rent the old Stove Shop in front, hoping that will make a difference by being an attraction for people, and if they go there they should see my flag and sign and stop in to see what I have to offer. That hasn't happened yet and it's a guessing and waiting game. The restaurant is not open for lunch, so it makes no sense to spend time there because no one stops in when I do sit there. There is no other affordable place to move my studio, so it's Pinewood Park or home. Home is where my heart is, and I have more work I need to do at home than I'd like. My 10 cats are here and love my company, so why am I constantly looking to do something away from home? I have been pondering the fact that I actually prefer to be alone. People cause too many problems, cause stress and emotional pain and hurt feelings, and through this type of communication (email, Facebook, Twitter, blogs,) people still find a way to argue and cause undo stress. There is too much that is misunderstood, especially when communicating with those in other countries. Some, or most Europeans get insulted at the drop of a hat. Then before you know it, you're no longer communicating anymore. I feel that is such a shame, but it goes along with the territory using this kind of communication. But that's water under the bridge. I just think about how much energy and resources I have spent on relationships via email, blogs, and other social networks and the end result is still the same, I end up retreating and wanting to be alone. Then there comes a time when I want to "share" again and go back to these networks only to be disappointed once again. So I am here in the quiet where no one is scolding me for what I write, and maybe no one reads, or maybe someone reads, so what does it matter. If I want a following and feedback I should be among the masses and work at collecting thousands of followers. But that isn't what I want. With the masses comes the conflict because you can't please everyone. If you have conflict with one other person, imagine how much you would have with hundreds and thousands. God Bless the people in the entertainment field and those who are famous and very well known. You have to be super tough and a social butterfly to invite that into your life. I am living in the reverse of that, and I am comfortable with my choice. However, I still want to share my paintings and my Stones of Galilee, and have found that the one thing that seems to work is to do the work myself but place it in another's physical space to get my art to the public (masses) including other's web sites such as Fine Art America. However things are so slow economically, things are moving at a turtle's pace. So, I keep writing, sitting at my PC, and I do find some comfort and intimacy being alone with my thoughts. I could also do the same with pen and paper, and so I do both. Since I have taken a vacation from Facebook and left my blog address there, any of my FB friends can find me here if they want to. I have a new follower, Ann, and wonder if it's Ann from FB, maybe she will let me know. Thank you for stopping by! :) This conversation with myself can go on and many components involved. I am so into living by the direction my intuition takes me...I have so much here at home...and people can be so cruel "out there" I keep thinking about what Carolyn Myss said in a story about a writer, I forget which woman it was, had to be a cloister...always wore white, and had to write all the time. I wonder if I would be happy just to be at home writing and sitting in my makeshift chapel, and reading my sacred books, while at the same time living in the real world that I share with my husband. I find peace in solitude. Giving up my studio seems to be getting closer and closer, as it's only expensive storage. I am going to close on that note...I still have the upstairs cats to feed, so if anyone "out there" has read this, thank you for your interest. If no one will read this, I am at peace that I have this outlet to write down my thoughts and feelings. Good Morning ~

Monday, March 28, 2011

On Vacation

I'm on vacation from Facebook as things have gotten muddy and murky recently. I'm vacationing here in the now and will be posting the beautiful photos I've been busy collecting to use on FB, and will share them here for awhile, instead. I feel more freedom here already. It's my private space and at the same time open to all who stumble here or come here because they know I am here and want to see what I post, or view my photos, or to say, "hello." If people do not like what I post here, I will not be moved to react negatively. I am not opening myself here to criticism, and to those who may criticise, I do not have to respond.

I am looking forward to being myself in my space. I think I am going to love being on vacation!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Saturday, March 19, 2011


Hope the SUPER FULL MOON is good to you tonight! Arrives on the horizon at 7:17PM

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Josh Groban - Tickets

St. Patrick's Day is always a lucky day for me, and so the tickets to see Josh Groban were in today's mail! Now the lottery tickets bought today should also be lucky...will find out at supper time!


Sunday, March 6, 2011

My First Sale ON FAA

Finally, after a year and 2 months, I received an email from Fine Art America telling me I sold a "greeting card" of my painting, "Mandala!" A small sale but I had almost given up...thinking I wouldn't sign up again for their sales program, but I did and am glad I did.

The sale came from a buyer from San Antonio, TX which was a surprise because another recent "visitor" viewing that painting was from Chepachet, the town where my art studio is. I was sure it was someone from there, funny how it was someone from Texas!

As small a purchase as this was, it somehow gave me some motivation needed to continue to paint and look for more ways to display my art. I have shelf space in Putnam, CT at Jeremiah's Antiques, and in the other direction, I have been offered to sell paintings at Cindy's Flowers & Things in her new store in Smithfield, so maybe there is some light at the end of this dark tunnel after all.

Debating whether to keep my space at Pinewood Park or not as I am not the least bit interested in sitting there among offices and unfriendly people. The restaurant in front has opened but not for lunch yet when I would be there, and the stove shop is still FOR RENT as well as a unit above me, so things have to come together soon or I will leave and sell my art and merchandise in other's stores.

But...Keeping the faith!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011