Thursday, February 8, 2018

BEST IN SNOW

I am getting weary of winter white:

grey upon grey....



Snow Cat~ 

The snow leopard cub's face says it all....


Years ago I became fascinated with cats, large and small, and many other animal friends.

Finally I saw snow leopards!  Real furry ones, then I was able to draw, paint, and pencil them in various ways.  Long and sturdy,  a very thick furry coat and tail, eyes narrowed to reduce snow glare, snowshoe paws, and black lip lining with extra dark hairs to shield from UV sun rays all paint an animal built for survival in very high altitudes of 10,000 feet or more.



Intention






Drawing the Line~







Ruff, The Great Furry 

I am amazed how animals and people adapt to all kinds of climates and altitudes.  I love watching a cat or collie grow a think winter coat, just like magic!


"Snow on snow on snow, In the Bleak Midwinter long time ago."



A Collage of Colors Paint Winter: 
yellow ochre light,
cobalt blue,
brunt umber,
burnt Sienna,
titanium white,
Payne's gray



Winter Wolf~ 





"It's Snow Joke~ "




Blog Search Key Words Winter,  Snow Leopard, Tiger, Wolf, Cat

Related Posts: 

Courage
Winter Wolf
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Stars and Snow Spirit of Phoebe
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Dream Catcher



Resources:
Music
In the Bleak Midwinter, Julie Andrews sings, various versions

Let it Snow Let it Snow Let it Snow  "Oh the weather outside is frightful, but the fire is so delightful..." lyrics, Sammy Cahn, and composer Jule Styne 1945

Art Instruction:
The Art of Painting Wild Animals, 1975, A Grumbacher Art Library Book, Paintings by Art Schoenherr  

Westminster Dog Show (WKC), champion dogs world wide compete for top prizes, winter event in February


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


Images by Dahlis
Young Snow Leopard, pastel painting 
Intention, pencil drawing
Drawing the Line, ink quick sketch
Ruff, The Great Furry, photo
Winter Wolf, oil painting

Thursday, January 25, 2018

LUNAR ECLIPSE

*Moon Dancers, oil painting by Zoe



**Lunar Eclipse, a poem by Isabel Jackson

The dark of the moon is grey,
just visible under the half halo;
all the moon's light drains
into this melon rind of glowing white,
growing smaller as blurred blue spreads.

It rises higher over the trees,
moves at the rate the shadow moves;
pale orange, burnt orange, shifting to red
gathering all the sunsets and sunrises
from all around the world into itself.

The rim of light disappears
and the moon is my eyeball on an x-ray;
moon's eye pulsing with blood;
stars prickle the sky.


A long slow sunset

*** Zoe Meditating, acrylic painting by Ivy



"....and the moon like a white rose shone,"  W.B. Yates


Blue Moonset



Blogger Search Key Words: Moon, Sunrise, Sunset, Meditation

Related Post:
Eclipsed

Resources:
Lunar Event, Jan 31, 2018:  Super Moon, Blue Moon, and Lunar Eclipse

** Lunar Eclipse, a poem by Isabel Jackson, from Observations and Affirmations, Little Book of Poems by Isabel Brady Jackson, 2017.  Poem published with permission

Luna Eclipses, episode from My Little Pony, cartoon for all ages, HDX Media and Hasbro

W.B. Yates, Poetry for Young People

Music: February Stars by the Foo Fighters

Meditation: chopracentermeditation,  Deepak Chopra and Rudi Tanzi, new book Healing the Self

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

Images:
* Moon Dancers, oil painting by Zoe, photo by Zoe

Zoe Meditating, acrylic painting by Ivy, photo by Dahlis

Blue Moonset, photo by Rob

Saturday, January 6, 2018

DREAM CATCHER

Ruff Sketch


Road Blocked 

My creativity vanished into a misty sea of nothingness.... Why?  I had streamlined my household tasks so all flowed smoother and easier, but the "time" to create still escaped until, at night, just too tired to draw or paint I'd put it off until tomorrow....
tomorrow never came.

Always a daylight painter, one day a young friend suggested, why don't you switch your online time at night for reading and recreation into the afternoon, even in bits and pieces?  Then try this, at bedtime, during a quiet time of rest and music, as part of a pre bedtime meditation, take a sketch pad and draw just three quick drawings, of anything, in any style and without thinking or looking at something.  Best yet, sketching, is a no prep, no clean up type of artwork.

"Do something easy!" 

"I want easy, I want it now!"


* Interestingly, I had recently read from several sources that drawing, painting, sketching, coloring, and even knitting, beading or other relaxing crafts could aid in relaxation, enjoyment, and gentle stimulation of the hippocampus area of the brain.  This helps to gently store memory and improve over all function.  Even 2 hours a week, a little at a time, can show improvement in mood and a more positive enjoyment of life: "pride of accomplishment."    

Why not try night vision sketches, even in very low light?  Just start drawing 3-5 minutes of anything.  The first night I already had a feeling of gentleness and success at bedtime.  The second night I got a big surprise!  Without planning I waved the pen over the paper.  Little ears appeared, and as I drew I knew the cat coming in from nowhere was Ruff, our "big furry" now in full winter coat, complete with a tan fluffy sweater around his neck.  The gesture drawing technique is full of action and essence, the pen flows quickly without actually leaving the paper,"simple yet contoured." 

The above sketch is definitely Ruff!


So now I had at least four avenues of instant creativity, stimulation, and relaxation:
1-2-3 writing, three small pages of "anything at all" spontaneous writing

1-2-3 night sketching at bedtime

1-2-3 gratitude, What highlighted your day?  Even 3 easy words like  "love, joy, freedom" or other positive statements can add feelings of contentment and only takes a few seconds.

Easy knitting or craft projects, real easy, no set pattern or agenda!


No need to do every project in the same day.  Mix it up a bit.  Zoe, my friend, also added get a blank calendar and write in possible days for creative minutes or longer projects "as needed" to spur action.  Flexible and Fun.


Dream CATchers:

Dream #1: Enter the Dream
It was October and scattered golden leaves were wind blown in my dream.  Rob opened the front door and in ran Ruff, the black and tan cat in the above sketch.  He carried a skein of medium weight yarn in his mouth.  It was fully wrapped in its store package.  The yarn was mustard color.  Ruff carried the yarn to me and dropped it at my feet. Then I woke up.

And so I went looking for the dream yarn at a store.  There was a "mustard" colored yarn, but too light and yellow, not at all like the darker mustard hue in the dream.  I found instead a skein of self striping yarn, the colors of Ruff, in various shades of cream, ochre, red brown, chocolate, and dark brown.

"I'll try it!"

I designed an easy pattern, no not right.  Rip out and begin again.  Next came a "Stonehnge" scarf of rock-like block effects.  Not!  Rip again.  **I saw on the Knit Show with Vickie Howell that people were knitting "Frankenscarf" patterns including mixes of yarns and colors in spontaneous designs on wide ranges of needles, even sewing some swatches together in unique  ways for colorful wall hangings.  

Begin again, this time with garter stitch, real easy and all knit on short wooden needles.  we'll see what develops~ Knit breaks during the day help me relax and reset my energy.



Dream #2

**Yon and Mu come to life! 
Yon and Mu are cartoon cats in Junji Ito's Cat Diary book.  Every cat owner can relate to the challenges and surprises.  Yon is a short haired white cat with black spots and Mu is an adorable Norwegian Forest cat.  The art work is amazing in realism and fine detail while highlighting emotions and situations with believability.

I have a copy of the book!  I put it on my night table. One night while I was asleep and dreaming, Yon and Mu came alive in cartoon form and jumped out of the opened book and onto my bed!  I knew it was a dream at the time, but it was wonderful to have night visiting cats all the same!

I still marvel at Yon and Mu's similarity to our Orange and Ruff: Best Buddies




And today, on Jan 6, Epiphany, three years ago, Ruff arrived on our back porch, a kitten freezing and homeless in a blizzard.  Then, we took him into our home and hearts.



Related Posts:
CATaclysm  Ruff arrives
The Mane Event
Epiphany Gift
Escape Artists
Stars and Snow Spirit of Phoebe
Enter Extra Orange
Welcoming Mrs. Harris
Wander and Ponder, Chessie walks her timeline

Resources:
* Dr. Daniel Amen, book and programs  Memory Rescue 2017
  Dr. Joseph Mercola, online newsletter, various topics to help your brain function and memory improve 

** The Knit Show with Vickie Howell, youtube  and other sources, various yarns Bernat, Lion Brand, and others varieties of weights, textures, colors and blends; knitting needles, Clover, and more

*** Yon and Mu, Junji Ito's Cat Diary, ..."a series of hissterical [sic] tales....despite being a dog person J-kun finds himself purrsuaded [sic] by their odd cuteness and thus begins his comedic struggle to gain the affection of his new feline friends."  A must read for cat owners.
"The most striking appeal of Junji Iyo's work is his artwork."  Kodansha Comics

Meditation: 
Deepak Chopra: chopracentermeditation  change your life

Meditative Exercise improve memory, strength, and flexibility:
Dr. Paul Lam, Tai Chi for Health
Dr. Yang, Jwing-ming, YMAA
The Yoga Journal, Giam 

Music
Song of the day, Scarborough Fair Canticle by Simon and Garfunkel


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


Images by Dahlis
Ruff Sketch, pen on paper

Knit Easy photo, self striping yarn

Best Buddies, Orange and Ruff, photo

Thursday, December 28, 2017

MYSTICAL, WINTER ON THE LAKESHORE




Mystical, Winter on the Lakeshore
* Poem by Isabel Brady Jackson

Moon,
Is this the way your surface looks?
Ice crags and slopes
and floating alabaster craft
bizarrely shaped and silent
under a great white glow
casting blue shadows
of slowly moving figures?


I am in the moon and on it
yet in and of the earth:
a spell is fallen on me
and everything under the heavens;
enmity and unease have been dispelled


This majestic, magic moonlit night:
shaded, yet illuminated mystery, 
fixed in memory







Blog Search:  key words:  sky, moon, poems

Resources:
Poem contributed by Isabel Brady Jackson, from Observations and Affirmations Little Book Of Poems, 2017.  Poem published with permission.

Songs:  Moonglow, the Theme from Picnic, (movie), In the Light of the Silvery Moon, old fashioned sing-a-longs also include Moon Over Miami, and Allegheny Moon, 

"Newer" Tunes : Dark Side of the Moon by Pink Floyd and February Stars by the Foo Fighters

Dahlis Roy:  Visionary Artist, Author and Tai Chi Instructor

Photos by Rob
moonrise
moonset

Thursday, December 21, 2017

TODAY IS TOMORROW



Intending for today?

Planning for today?

What is/was today?



Enjoy Every Minute

Make Every Moment Count



Pick up that pen and sketch a few reindeer~



In the Zone with Pen and Paper




Semi realistic or stilted~

A few patchy snowflakes





Light and Airy

Antlers are a Challenge










Two Minute Focus

* Pick an object and stare at it for 2 minutes, a candle, a painting, a pet rock perhaps.  Clear your mind. Blinking your eyes is OK.  Bringing yourself into a state of calm helps you to achieve better health.  




Keep a calm reminder in every room.


"Today will be yesterday tomorrow...."



Blog Search Key WordsMeditation, Creativity

Related Posts:
Catch the Wind
Possibly Present
On Beams of Light

Resources:
* The Dr. Oz Show, 2 minute meditation, Dec 2017

The Bullet Journal, help organize your life in analogue form in a fast paced digital age


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


Images by Dahlis:

On Beams of Light, flash photo into blank TV screen

Reindeer and Snowflakes, pen and ink sketches

Swirls of Sunlight, coffee cup,  photo