Monday, June 11, 2018

MOLT DOWN

I remember brushing out my Collies long thick coats and watching the large and small tufts of soft downy under coat drift slowly to the floor.  *Some knitters collected the tufts of hair, washed them, dried and carded them and spun them into fine yarns for knitting a variety of warm winter garments and hats.  The sweater below was "easy" with store bought yarn! 



A Dog and His Boy



Seasonal molts are common to animals wild and tame, to thin down that thick coat for summer or prepare for growing a new winter coat.  We notice some thickening of new hair as early as August here, before the north winds blow.  


Here is Orange, raised in the desert SW climate, he came to us with no undercoat under his short sleek hair.  That winter we kept him inside untel spring to keep him warm enough.  Two years later, we noticed he has put on a soft orange undercoat some of which he shed on me today.


Orange and Green



And then there is our furry boy, Ruff, "The Mane Event."

Here Ruff, a Norwegian Forest Cat mix, sports his "Collie" winter Mane.  Lion-like he sits at the window and watches the snow fly.  He likes to shovel snow outside too, using his fur covered club shaped huge front paws like plows, he scoots forward, creating a path for himself through the drifts.  Ruff has a triple coat, guard hairs thick and wiry, middle layer, and soft downy undercoat next to his skin.  Texture of softness and waterproofing is combined.  A cat built for winter!

Ruff even found his own local groomer.  Sometimes he comes back inside with his feet and neck ruff already trimmed!  He enjoys brushing and, like a Collie, closes his eyes while I brush his mane.  Groomer Has It.



And then there is our Tom in long ago winters, a snow cat impervious to the cold.


Reptilian


Key Words Blog Search:  Cats, Collies

Related Posts
Stars and Snow Spirit of Phoebe
Winter Wolf
Thin Ice
Call to Colors

Resources:
*Collie Cues Magazine, Hayward, CA 1980, knitting with Collie Hair

Dahlis Roy:  Visionary Artist, Author, and Tai Chi Instructor

Photos
 by Dahlis:
Rob and Sky
Orange and Green
Ruff, the Mane Event
Tom in Winter, photo by Paul, published with permission

Friday, June 1, 2018

I ASK MYSELF




*I Ask Myself, I Answer Myself

How important is it?
Usually, not very.
In choices during the daily round
That Higher Power you honor
may be impervious
to each simple, little choice you make.

Just use your head,
enlightened by your heart.

Sometimes, there is no right or wrong,
stark in contrast;
think in terms of gray,
not black and white, 
not wrong or right,
but simply, next best thing.
Do it now.






*Poem contributed by Isabel Brady Jackson, published with permission





What's Gnu?



Blog Search Key Words: poetry, creative writing

Dahlis Roy: Visionary Artist, Author, and Tai Chi Instructor

Images by Dahlis
Sancat studies shadows, photo

What's Gnu? pencil gesture drawing

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

CHOICES

Bloom Where You're Planted?

Not Always!


Years ago a neighbor gave us some clumps of flowering white violets.  I love white violets and had never seen them bloom in person before.

  

The snowy white petals reminded me of wings of white butterflies fitting about, a childhood memory.  White violets danced in the breeze, their green complement of leaves enriched their ivory bright appearance.

We lovingly planted the clumps of flowers in two beds that we thought they would like, "bloom and prosper."


This year I noticed there were sprinkles of white violet stars on an emerald grass carpet almost like a winding path beckoning out toward the back fence. The fragile blossoms also encircled themselves beneath the young hawthorn tree, a woodland scene. Then I marveled at the long rectangular tray of sparkling white violets in perfect health planted firmly and rooted in perfect harmony.  I asked my husband if he had transplanted the violets into the tray?  No, he claimed they had seeded themselves into their new space, already filled with just the right soil combination they like. They are totally at home with the dappled combination of sun and shadow.  Imagine!





River Rocks complete the picture of nature's bounty and balance.



Other plant and flower companions dot the spring landscape.  Among them are the wood violets, a sparky color combination of velvet blue and violet tones.  These are also migrating out of their beds.  Where will they choose  next? 

"Grow and Move into a New Space."

Wood violets are so welcome. I saw them blooming in the woods and edges of our yard when I was out romping with my golden Collie years ago.  I can hear the leaves crunch underfoot in the early spring woods.


Contrasts of blue-violet and lush green, sonic blends of sun and shadow.


Then then, in May, the Lily of the Valley peeks through.  I remember ours blooming in the stone basins of our front porch and along the juniper bush edges of the grey rocky steps years ago. 



You can see the green Lily of the Valley flower stem, not yet in bloom, barely peeking through to your view on the left above the largest clump of violets.

The plant has an agenda all its own...

"Every Life Has Value."


Key Words Blog Search:  Flowers


Dahlis Roy:  Visionary Artist, Author, and Tai Chi Instructor

Photos by Dahlis

White Violet Butterflies

Harmony rocks and flowers

Wood Violets, purple and green

Lily of the Valley peeks through

Sunday, April 22, 2018

TAI CHI TEACHES

**  Celebrate World Tai Chi  and Qigong Day
Saturday April 28, 2018 at 10 AM-11 AM in your time zone~






*Poem Created by Isabel Brady Jackson:


Tai Chi Teaches

          natural posture
         
          even breathing 

           flexibility

           coordination

           concentration





To which may be added

            contemplation
  
            comprehension

            compilation

            commendation

            commission

            completion







* Tai Chi Teaches, Poem by Isabel Jackson from Observaions & Affirmations Little Book of Poems 2017
Poem published with permission


** World Tai Chi and Qigong Celebration: Tsui-Lien Chang, Tai Chi expert and owner of Lotus Tai Chi, many forms and programs, Grand Opening World Tai Chi Day, April 28 Sat at 10-11 AM, open house 10AM-4 PM



Blog Search Key Words:
World Tai Chi Qigong Day
Tai Chi
Qigong

Related Post:
Universe:  Shadows of Cranes, story and poem

Resources:
World Tai and Qigong Day created by Bill Douglas, author, tai chi and qigong expert

Dr. Paul Lam, Tai Chi expert and teacher

Dr. Yang, Zwing-ming, Taiji and Qigong traditional styles and teachings

18 Form Taiji Qigong (3 parts), originally created in Beijing in 1982 by He, Weiqi and Lin, Hou Sheng 

The Yang Family traditional forms from the Yang Family linage 

Jou,Tsung Hwa,  traditional methods: books include The Tao of Tai Chi Chuan Way to Rejuvenation and The Tao of Meditation Way to Enlightenment

Special Thanks:
Gu, Jiong  my teacher and Dr. of Traditional Chinese Medicine originally from Shanghai, the Gu Family Style Tai Chi, the 88 pattern, 108 movements with coordinating  music originally developed in Shanghai area of China

Seminars at A Taste of China 1998-1999, Winchester VA 
Jou, Tsung Hwa
Dr. Yang Jwing-ming
He, Weiqi co-creator of the 18 Form Taiji Qigong
The Yang Family
Dr. John Painter

Seminars
Dr. Paul Lam, certification to teach Tai Chi for Health, Various Programs 


"Thank You for All you Teach Us~"



Tai Chi and Qigong Friends and Experts
Supportive Family including our son Rob, a student of Dr. Gu's, who taught me Tai Chi at home for 8 months until I was strong enough to attend Tai Chi classes in 1997.

Charlene X. Jiang, Dr. of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Medical Qigong


Shihan George Eddy, 88 Pattern, Gu family variation of Yang Long Form 108 movements

Andy Green, 18 Form Taiji Qigong


Unlimited Students and Friends Learning Together! 


Dahlis Roy:  Visionary Artist, Author, and Tai Chi Instructor


Paintings by Dahlis:
Universe:  Shadows of Cranes, oil painting owned by Dr. Paul Lam.  

Tai Chi on the Beach (detail) oil painting 


Sky and Sand, oil painting 

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

ONE LINERS

What is a one liner? 

A one liner is resting the pen or pencil on paper and letting it float around, creating  images in any style or shape.  The bunny is a great example, one line continuous and full of fun.  Drawing with pen on paper at night is a quiet relaxing yet adventurous event.  Free of thought in mind, body and spirit, what will appear?  Recently this bunny made an entrance.  Someone commented, "This is the real essence of a bunny!"  

What Fun~

Back in school in art class we learned about contour drawing, gesture drawing, drapery studies, detail, and more.  Black and white and shades of grey plus colors with pencil, water color, pastel, and oil.  Lights and darks with action and stillness scenes dance across our vision boards in endless harmony, disharmony.  Cascades of brightness and darkness add accents.

And now we have technology to help us!  Parades of images light up our days and nights.

Simple unplanned sketches at bedtime open windows of freedom and give a feeling of success and accomplishment at day's end.  Sleep and restorative rest can come more quickly.

"But I don't draw," you say.  

No matter!  Lines or squares or swirls, of diamonds or heart shapes and random scribbles are all good, and you can color them in if you like.  Crayons rule!  Real easy and no clean up~

A bit of fun goes a long way.




These sketches developed over a period of days or even weeks.  Usually I try for three quick drawings per night, real quick.  Sometimes one or two are drawn, or sometimes nothing at all. 

All OK






"Look Out, here I am!"  A terrier is on the alert.  His true watchful protective personality comes alive with a few lines.  This is a more scribbly drawing than the bunny above.  A few circular lines are in the dog, keeping it simple and edgy yet complete.





The young hound stares wistfully at us, inviting.  This drawing almost looks like it's made with loops of string.




Moving right along into more fanciful energies, a tree appears and then a dancer in motion springs from the its truck and branches.  This drawing contains some elements of the gesture (fluid motion) drawing technique.  Quick as a wink, a picture is born, fun and playful.




Night time is near and the stars come out.  Star Speed feels wispy yet powerful, universal yet personal, ethereal yet solid.



"The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper,"
W. B. Yeats



Related Posts:
Drawing the Curtain 
Curtain Call
Ruff Sketch
Time Castle
The Reel World
Life and Depth
Deer Dreamer
Escape Artists

Resources:
The Yoga of Drawing, Jeanne Corbonetti, Uniting Body, Mind, and Spirit in the art of Drawing

The Natural Way to Draw, Nicholaedes

Vermeer a quiet visionary artist, ahead of his time

William Blake, The Seer and His Visions, Milton Klonsky

Claude Monet, impressionist master, Monet's Years at Giverny, Beyond Impressionism, Metropolitan Museum of Art

Meditation:
Deepak Chopra, M.D. 

Tai Chi and Qigong
Dr. Paul Lam, Born Strong, book, Dr. Lam's inspirational story

Dr. Yang, Jwing-ming, Traditional Chinese Instruction Taiji and Qigong


Dahlis Roy:  Visionary Artist, Author, and Tai Chi Instructor


Drawings by Dahlis, pen on paper
Bunny Love
Look Out, Watchful Terrier
Wistful Dachshund
Dancing Tree
Star Speed