Hello my dear friends, I am feeling more and more like myself everyday...trying to catch up on emails, orders and general life "stuff" that does not stop just because I have been temporarily out of commission! A few months back when all these tests started, I was about to share with all of you my new art that has become very close to my heart. Sit back and grab a cup of coffee or herbal tea and let me tell you a story...
Last year I was in Flagstaff and met the sweetest Raven named Lily at the Arboratum. I spent so much time with her my husband was about to leave me there and just come back and pick me up later! I was so touched and in awe to be so close to her and give her little sticks and twigs that she so gently took out of my hand and proceeded to place in a pile not far by. I had one of my favorite cookies from Paradise bakery in my purse...a sugar cookie with sprinkles...I had too-I broke off a little piece and fed it to her only to see her eyes grow wide and hungrily hop over to see if I had more! I gave her another small piece and laughed out loud to see her beautiful black beak covered in white sprinkles of sugar cookie with head cocked to the side trying to understand my outburst! My first thought was her saying "Cookie...What Cookie?"! That image has been in my head ever since and I often told myself that one day I would paint that image because I wanted to remember it always as it never failed to bring a smile to my face.
A few months ago I painted that picture-not in the way I ever expected or imagined...art is often like that though. The memory came forward as a sweet raven with a more illustrated and folk art feel which I just fell in love with her all over again. Other images came forward like a fever, I was enchanted and could not wait to paint more...life sometimes has other plans though, and as some of you have most likely felt at times...my new found art had to be put on hold.
Now, here I am done with tests, done with surgery and I found that creative spark flowing through me once again-I could not wait to get better to get back in my studio to paint and create. There is NOTHING like art to heal the body, mind and Spirit...beautiful! It was in this healing that "Raven & Me" was born-I hope you enjoy my new paintings and art and that it touches your heart in the way it has touched mine. The prints and whimsical creations will soon be in my Raven & Me Etsy Shop