july

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july came running in laughing wildly

the desert spilling out of her hair

she joyfully blows mysteriously adventurous sandy kisses all through the magnolias, marshgrass, spanish moss and me

funny and crazy brilliant as i’ve always dreamt

of caravaning through the sahara

and here, right in my own backyard

the sahara’s caravaning through me

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🇺🇸 Happy 4th of July, Beautiful People of the USA!!! 🎆

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Thank You, Wonderful Ishita, for the Sunshine Blogger Award! Cheers and Rock on!!! ❤️

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‘busted’ | acrylic on reclaimed wood 18½” x 89″ • approx. 47cm x 226cm

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For those of You who may not be familiar with brilliant Mark Twain’s ‘The Adventure’s of Tom Sawyer’; there’s a wonderful scene in the book where Tom gets in trouble for playing hooky from school. As a punishment his Aunt Polly makes him whitewash the fence. He hates the chore and decides to convince his friends that it’s a great honour and privilege to be given such a responsibility. He ends up charging them money to paint the fence for him! It’s pretty funny!

When my beautiful man brought me this fantastic piece of wood to paint….that story came to mind straightaway. This is what I imagine might have happened had Tom’s friends figured out his con and spotted him off fishing as they worked. I truly don’t remember what he did while they did his chore-apart from collecting the money and feeling pretty amazing about the whole thing; but I sent him off fishing. “Becky” is Becky Thatcher, a young beauty who captured Tom’s heart the moment he saw her and was his first kiss.

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‘watching Orion bathe’ | acrylic on reclaimed wood 16″ x 48″(approx. 40.64cm x 122cm)

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This is my take on Artemis, the Greek Goddess of the hunt, wild animals, chastity and the Moon; unwittingly falling in love with the great hunter Orion. This ultimately lead to his death and to her placing him in the sky as a constellation. There are many wonderful versions of this myth. I wasn’t sure which to share; so that’s the skeleton of it!

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After I posted the above, Jo, one of my wonderful blogging friends,  let me know the dog’s expression is confusing. It occurred to me that it might be fun to post the story/explanation of why he looks the way he does! Thank You Jo, and here goes:

As I noted above, there are SOOOO many versions of this myth…but everyone pretty much agrees that Artemis, Zeus’ (the head/father of the Greek Gods) daughter and twin sister of Apollo, asked her father if she could be a great huntress, live in the forest and remain a virgin always. He granted her wish and gave her 7 nymphs as companions and a beautiful pack of hunting dogs. There are many variations on exactly who gave her the dogs and what they were. I read somewhere they were whippets and thought that was pretty cool. The version of their story I am most familiar with is that, upon hearing Artemis wanted to remain a virgin and was a great huntress of amazing beauty, many  men wanted to marry her and came to her forest to try to meet/court her. They were chased away or killed by her nymphs or Artemis herself. Orion was an amazingly strong and handsome hunter of great fame. When he heard about Artemis he wanted to come see her for himself. When he arrived her nymphs went to attack him. Amused, he allowed them to chase him a little and then turned tail and chased them. One story says it was for something like 7 years! Anyway….at last….completely exhausted, sobbing and hysterical they screamed for help. Artemis asked Zeus to save them and he threw them into the heavens where they became the Pleiades (or the Seven Sisters). Artemis, infuriated, went searching for Orion to deal with him herself. His strength, beauty and humility in her presence stopped her in her tracks. They hunted together and over time became great friends/companions. Hunting all through the days together and dancing, singing, telling one another stories by the fire at night. Sleeping under the stars. Artemis found herself falling in love. The story varies SOOO greatly here in all tellings! Some have her brother, Apollo, becoming spellbound by Orion, taking him as his own lover and ultimately tricking Artemis into killing him because he became insanely jealous of their friendship. But the version I am most familiar with says that Artemis decided she was going to become lovers with Orion and upon hearing that, her brother Apollo killed him as she was to always remain chaste. She was beyond grief stricken over his death and took Orion up to the heavens where she placed him in the sky as his own constellation.

Funny thing is, I had neither intended to paint her so sweet/vulnerable nor her dog so angry looking. I’d planned to paint her strong and huntress like!!! That’s how I’ve always seen her portrayed and the way I’d always thought of her. I plan my paintings in my head but don’t draw before I paint. I just let things come out and when she and her dog came out like this I was a little surprised and actually decided this was all wrong and I’d finish this woman and paint Artemis later. Then I reread the story and about flipped!!! It makes perfect sense her dog would be protective and that she’d be vulnerable! So that’s a very long-winded why!

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Happy Saturday, Beautiful People!

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in our lunchbox (blowing kisses to Prince)

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Just after I titled this, one my absolutely favorite Prince songs popped into my head. The word “lunchbox” brought it up…and man…it seems to SO go with this painting!!!

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Starfish and Coffee

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the one and only BEAUTFUL, MOST BRILLIANT Prince

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It was 7:45 we were all in line

To greet the teacher Miss Kathleen

First was Kevin, then came Lucy, third in line was me

All of us were ordinary compared to Cynthia Rose

She always stood at the back of the line

A smile beneath her nose

Her favorite number was 20, and every single day

If U asked her what she had 4 breakfast

This is what she’d say

Starfish and coffee

Maple syrup and jam

Butterscotch clouds, a tangerine

And a side order of ham

If U set your mind free, baby

Maybe you’d understand

Starfish and coffee

Maple syrup and jam

Cynthia wore the prettiest dress

With different coloured socks

Sometimes I wondered if the mates were in her lunchbox

Me and Lucy opened it when Cynthia wasn’t around

Lucy cried, I almost died, u know what we found?

Starfish and Coffee

Maple syrup and jam

Butterscotch clouds, a tangerine

And a side order of ham

If U set your mind free, baby

Maybe you’d understand

Starfish and coffee

Maple syrup and jam

Cynthia had a happy face, just like the one she’d draw

On every wall, in every school

But it’s alright, it’s 4 a worthy cause

Go on, Cynthia, keep singin’

Starfish and coffee

Maple syrup and jam

Butterscotch clouds, a tangerine

And a side order of ham

If U set your mind free, baby

Maybe you’d understand

Starfish and coffee

Maple Syrup and jam

(starfish in your coffee, you will love it, told ya so)

(starfish in your coffee, you will love it, told ya so)

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There’s a great video on youtube of Prince singing this on the muppet show! I’d never seed it before. He’s just beyond wonderful. I tried to post the vid here but they won’t allow any of them to be shared….so here’s the link if You want a huge smile! Cheers, All!

https://youtu.be/GDWfT10RFG8

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saturday says…

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saturday says i love you

relax, let go, please stop

even if our saturday’s tuesday or friday; it matters not

there’s got to be a moment or an hour or a few

when the world disappears and slips away

we are left with our hearts, our breath, our truth

and all the gifts that are here every day

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‘after hours’ • acrylic on reclaimed wood (11 ¼” x 23 ½”/28.57cm x 59.69cm)

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Hey Beautiful People!

My lovely man keeps an eye out for boards for me to paint on when he’s out and about. I flipped when he gave me this one because the natural grain in the wood was CRAZY cool! A large round face, the shape of these eyes and an outline of a smile was in the very wood itself. Immediately I knew what I would paint! Actually, she pretty much painted herself; I was along for the very happy ride!

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