Winter’s End and Art

As God sends spring at winter’s end and Birds return to build again – as dark woods quicken into green beneath the kiss of April’s rain, so shall I wake one happy day and feel the pulse of life anew, looking out with fearless  eyes towards a broader brighter view – discovering forgotten dreams and happiness long denied – learning how to live again, by many sorrows purified. As new sap rises in the bough and bursts  the folded buds apart, so will hope bring forth her flowers and joy return unto my heart. -Strong

New 4×4″ oil on canvas. In the spirit of Easter – from Friday’s work.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/511121620/oil-painting-4×4-in-the-spirit-of-good

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Spring: Walk Softly

Walk softly on a woodland path, put each foot down with care,

for those who own this bit of world are around us everywhere.

Walk gently on a woodland path,for trespassers are we.

On land that owned by furry ones-bird butterfly and bee.

5×5″ oil on canvas @etsy

https://www.etsy.com/listing/496390244/painting-5×5-bird-eggs-nest-love-of

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Also ebay auction running here. @ebay https://www.ebay.com/itm/371903688936

 

A Time Between -Winter Scene

A time between and yet so dear, bright hopes of fall just past..While looking forward to the spring amidst the winter blast, for February is a span; it tells of things to be, a bridge connecting fall and spring we travel happily. – GA Schultz

#artandinspiration

New oil painting by Michele Bruce Carter https://www.etsy.com/listing/514799395/painting-4×6-rural-snowy-fencerow

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Transition- February and Orchard Pears

A little while and then I will reclaim

Familiar places,edges with beads of gold,

And sight an orchard in a pool of flame.

Forgetful of the stinging sleet and cold.

And soon the birds will fill our hearts with song,

Pouring their cheer all day long.

 

New Pears Stilllife 4×6″ oil on canvas #dailypainting https://www.etsy.com/listing/500897136/painting-4×6-pears-fruit-stilllife

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Winter and Art

I have seen beauty,tossed and curled,cover up a careworn world.

Ermine drapes the shabby woods. In lacy shawls and goose-down hoods.

Earth wears white for just one reason. Snow and ice must come in season.

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Find these original painting and many more by me in my Etsy Store. Shop or simply like your favs and share. 🌸 http://etsy.me/2eGO2du

 

 

Summer isn’t supposed to last forever…

 

“Cold front is approaching”, is the prettiest phrase I’ve heard in months. Summer isn’t meant to last forever dear. 

I’m setting the stage in my studio for some instant inspiration , a pathway to winters door and some nature inspired artwork. I think some can relate to this type of experience. ☺️

 

Autumn danced in like a fairy queen touching her wand ever so lightly over the farm,changing everything,creeping along in a graceful,quiet,assured way,sweeping the pathways clean that lead to winters door.

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New 

Listing this today 4×4 inch oil on canvas.
The print is available here 

 

 

Old Book Collection Marilyn Sentiment.
 
 
 

 

 

Foretold by a Crow & Saved by a Hawk

It may seem strange to some that I am outdoors in all types of weather.. Rain, snow and sleet are a little more tolerable to me than when the temps reach over 100 degrees. But its true the devil IS in the details. If I do not get out and clear my mind of how many times 7 goes into 27 and 612 for my sons math assignment and  how many test and quizzes I will be grading later for my 10th grader, I start to lose the drive that leads to a productive and creative life.

And if i had not been reeled back into the peace of nature by the screeching of the hawk outside my open window. All would be lost again! Very busy school days at the 4C.

Anyway it is pouring this afternoon across the Kansas hills and valleys. This area which is either farm or range land is not known for its great woodlands it is quite the opposite. Although the tree-lines which grow naturally in the draws and run offs that mostly consist of Elm, Locust, Oak and Cottonwood are lush and leafing out. The underbrush is a tangle of sumac, ragweed ,ivy and naturally a new crop of Elm saplings. Well to make a long story short I realized in the silver pouring  rain under the dark skies I was standing in a thicket of eeriness!

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Do you ever look into a the woods and think you see or feel something or someone staring back at you? I swear in the steady rain, I saw a brownish black mane of hair blowing with the wind behind a tree that was well over 4 feet taller than me. I stood staring at it to move but I freaked out and decided not to wait it out as I am completely unarmed and unable to defend myself if it were a threat of some sort. I have seen many big cat tracks around this area and it is teeming with other wildlife I have seen such as turkey and deer, goose and duck, eagle, coyote and fox.

Anyway lesson learned. DO not leave home without your machete, sidearm or some type of fixed blade. =P

My teenage daughter offers her opinion to “What is”; A hairy bipedal cryptozoological creature!  Personally I dont think Kansas’ open prairies and fairly  limited woodlands are great habitat for Bigfoots (Bigfeet?). But I dont know maybe there is a ” Prairie Bigfoot.” Something to think about.

In the Studio Today:

After all of that, I was able to put a couple of thoughts together for a poem about this photo I took. I added a few zillion layers to the photo to get the effect I wanted. It is in my store here for Instant Digital Download. I dont always have time or the space to push traditional paint around on a daily basis so I use all means available for a little creativity.
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Signs of Summer

Colorful blooms upon the vine

lure the winged bright eyes.

While nature with a lavish hand

spreads grandeur throughout the land.

Sweet is the smell of flowers,

soft is the sound of rain.

Crows foretell what the summer will yield;

flowers, the garden and the grain in the field.

-Michele  Bruce-Carter 2016