Saturday, October 31, 2009

Message From Beyond?

Sadly yesterday I had to put my 15 year old dog Smokey to sleep. The vet came out, so he was at home surrounded by people and dogs that loved him.  He peacefully slipped away.
Like my grand daughter said it was a good death.
We should all be so lucky.

I got ready for bed. My fire was just coals and I threw a little more wood in. The damper was almost closed.
I have done this so many times before.
My smoke alarm had gone out a couple of weeks ago and I haven't replaced it yet.
I woke up in a panic. The room was filled with smoke. It was 4 am.
 I flipped on the lights.I checked everywhere to see if something was on fire.
Only the logs blazing in the wood stove. I open the doors and turn on the fan. It was so smoky in here.

Then I thought of him and felt a sense of comfort.

*note to self: get a new smoke alarm

Friday, October 30, 2009

Friday Top Five

LA Glass

Rustic Diva Designs

Wabi Brook Studio

By Your Side


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Thursday, October 29, 2009

Another Day In Paradise

Flaxen Mane Flying

Yesterday I had a one of those days. Couldn't find anything I needed. Equipment did't work right or just broke when I touched it. By early afternoon I had gotten nothing accomplished.
 I’m getting really frustrated so….
I saddle up my mare Missy and go for a ride.  I mount the sorrel quarter horse. My tension starts to melt away in seconds. Listen to the sound of her hoof beats  we pass thru the corral into the upper pasture. Tonka trots behind us. The hills are blazing with color in the golden afternoon sun. I can see the blue misty mountains in the distance from the high pasture. A hawk cries and circles overhead. I breathe slowly and in rhythm with the rocking of her gait. We get near the top and start a slow trot. The horses in the lower pasture can see us now and one whinnies. They take off at a gallop. White, black and bay with manes and tails flying in the wind, heaven.
 Slowly we head back down the hill. It's feeding time. I thank her.

I would like to know how you get your zen back after one of those days.

Please leave a comment and share your relaxation technique with us.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Madonna and Wolf

Madonna and Wolf
6"x 6" gallery wrap painting
shipping $9.

A woman and wolf look into the light in this divine painting. The pale textured yellow lights up the purple, lavender and blue of this soulful scene.

Madonna and Wolf is a petite 6”x 6” gallery wrapped acrylic painting with the staple free edges painted black. Madonna and Wolf is over 1 ½” deep.

While it’ll arrive ready to hang it is also suitable for sitting on a desk or shelf. Finished with two coats of protective varnish and signed lower left.

Don't forget to follow for entry to the amazing giveaway.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Tuesday with Tonka

This is my very first Halloween and I'm so excited! My favorite grand spent the weekend with us.
 We were hanging out at the barn and I asked her "Terra what is Halloween anyway?" "Well Tonka" she answered, "Halloween is about trick or treat." "Oh Terra I know about tricks and treats! That's when I roll over and Mom gives me a cookie." "No Tonka not exactly like that. It's about scary stuff too like spiders. "I eat spiders." I bark. "I know Tonka I just saw you eat a grand daddy long legs. It's about cats."

"Ruff, I love cats. Here kitty,kitty."

"Black cats."
"Goody, we have black cats."

"Boo! Did I scare you?" She didn't scare me.I'm a big boy. Well maybe just a little.
So we played with the cats and fed the horses.
Later I asked again. "Terra, tell me more about this Halloween stuff."
"OK Tonka. You have to act scary."
"Like this?" "You need a costume.I know we'll make you a cape and you can be Dracula bunny. No you can't eat your cape. Be scary."

"Like this?" "Perfect!" she said. Perfect she said to me. Maybe I am a good dog. Maybe she has forgotten why Oliver has to always be a pirate. I didn't mean to eat his eye. It was an accident. Maybe I should be a pirate.


Monday, October 26, 2009

Monday Meditation

Coming Home
6"x 6" gallery wrapped acrylic
shipping $9.

Three women walk from the violet and turquoise forest headed home. The sunlight twinkles through the textured trees. Cool blues and aqua play against the violet purples.

Coming Home will arrive ready to hang or at over 1 ½” deep sit on a desk of shelf. Two coats of gloss protective varnish will be applied. Edges painted black.

Monday Meditation: Abundance

Harvest season is the perfect time of year to appreciate abundance.
Next time you eat a piece of fruit meditate on it's special qualities. Think of the possibilities for new growth and renewal. Focus on the taste, color and texture of life's little miracles.
Say a thank you for nature's abundance.

Saturday, October 24, 2009


shipping $9

A woman and child stand looking out on to the plain remembering what?

Remembering soothes with quiet earth tones and horizontal lines. The diagonals add a bit of punch to this tiny textured painting along with the dashes of turquoise peeking from the under painting.

Remembering is a petite 6”x 6” gallery wrapped acrylic painting with the staple free edges painted brown. Remembering is over 1 ½” deep. While it’ll arrive ready to hang it is also suitable for sitting on a desk or shelf. Finished with two coats of protective varnish and signed lower left.

A beautiful weekend in the Ozarks to enjoy. I will be putting siding on the barn and building a stall for my old mare Missy. I am thinking of it as an installation project.
Yall have a great weekend!


Friday, October 23, 2009

Shamar Jewels & Shamar Custom Design

Friday Favorites
Shamar Jewels
Shamar Custom Design

There are many more lovely things in Shamar Jewels etsy shop.
Visit soon and check out her gorgeous items and great sales.

If you would like to be on my Friday Favorites please leave a link to your shop in the comments.
Don't forget to enter my giveaway!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

My First Giveaway

Sun Dancer
YeeHaw! I am so excited to launch my very first giveaway! The prize is an original from the Spirit Horse series. Sun dancer is a textured 6"x 6"acrylic on gallery wrap 1 1/2" deep canvas. It will come galloping your way ready to hang on the wall or sit on your desk.
Sun Dancer will be awarded just as soon as I reach 100 followers. So follow, follow. I have way too many ponies in my barn.
For yet another chance to win, that'll be two entries for you, kinda like ponyin. You can trot right over to my fan page on face book here.
Just push that little ol become a fan button and your done.
For one more chance sign up for my newsletter. That's like a whole herd of chances.
Then you'll already be signed up for all the next giveaways and specials just for my herd.

Don't forget to visit my etsy shop LancasterArt for more art. I'll be adding a clearance section pretty soon for great bargains. It's over here.
One more thing. I'll be featuring my favorites on Friday. If you would like to be included leave a comment with your shop link.
Yall have a great day and keep your cinches tight.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Tuesdays with Tonka

Hi every every one. Mom said I could take over her blog on Tuesday because Miami has her own blog now. She doesn't really type her trainer does it. She says Miami is real smart. Ha! I don't need no stinkin trainer.

Anyway on to the tail for today.

Mom was painting at the new barn on Sunday. I was watching her and giving her a few pointers. She got to the very bottom and jumped back. There was a copperhead that tried to bite her hand just under the wall. It was pretty cool or it might have got her. She's not near as fast as me and can't seem to smell much at all. She used her cell thingy and barked to uncle Bob. He came out directly with his gun but the copperhead was gone. Mom looked for it and so did I.

Mom usually makes us leave the crawly ones but this one she said may hurt the grand kids. ( She calls em that cause they are so grand. ) And maybe it was a momma snake and there would be more to hurt kiddos. So she was sad and worried.

The next day Mom was at the barn again playing with the sticks that are too big to throw. I was walking around the pasture smelling things. Oh what is that I bark to myself. It's the snake Mom doesn't like. I bark to Mom. I bark again. She sure is slow. But here she comes and sees it. And here comes Smokey. He is old and just has one eye. (They say a bobcat took the other. They should caught that cat and got it back. ) He can't hardy see or hear but knows about alot of cool stuff. Mom tells us to back up and barks on the celly thing again. Uncle Bob comes out with his gun and make a loud noise. Mom gets a littler stick and picks it up and tells me I am good boy for finding the scary snake. She cuts it's head off cause it could still bite. It bit the poor stick. She gave the rest of it to me to play with. It tasted funny but much better than the doormat I ate for breakfast.

Oh Mom said to tell yall we are having a giveaway so keep watching. I don't know what a giveaway is but hope it involves cookies.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Box of Chocolates

"The relationships in art are not necessarily
ones of outward form, but are founded on inner sympathy of
meaning." Kandinsky
Box of Chocolates
11" x 30"
shipping $15.

Wanna see more?

My etsy shop lancasterart

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Blue Horses

Blue Horses

Triptych 24" x 36"

Three 12" x 24" gallery wrap canvas


shipping $22

Five horses in aqua, blues and lavender whinny through the mist their spirits touching. I hear them in my dreams.

A cool dreamy original painting perfect for a bedroom, bath or anywhere to inspire calmness and imagination.

Blue Horses will gallop in to your life and heart ready to hang. The staple free edges require no frame and these pones require no feeding.

Another in the spirit horse series.

Top Ten Things to do on a Rainy Day

Top 10 Things to do on a Rainy Day
#1 take a nap
#2 read
#3 daydream
#4 cook
#5 drink herbal tea
#6 call someone you love
#7 snuggle with a pet
#8 watch a classic movie
#9 shop on etsy
#10 get wet...

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Finding My Muse

The Dancing Sky
I've been asking for help from my spirit guides after starting the book Seeing in the Dark by Colleen Deatsman and Paul Bowersox.
It is a book full of shamanic exercises for among other things restoring balance. Balance is somethng I have struggled with since moving in with elderly parents a few years back. (Dementia sucks.) It seems to be helping me finding my muse and hopefully I'll find that elusive balance.
I am directed to continue with the spirit horse series. The ideas, well visions are just flowing. The Dancing Sky really rolled out even with constant interuptions I get while in the studio.(sigh)
After two days off playing with the grandkids I'm raring to go on the blue horses that are barely started. They already look interesting. Now just to get them to match the visions of sugar plums I have in my head.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Rainbow and Tepee

Looks like a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.
We are entering the rainy season here. This year it seems the rainy season never ended. After spending a few more nights in the finally flea free tepee I decided to move out for the winter. Yesterday was the only day this week we weren't supposed to get rain and we didn't.
I loaded every thing on the truck and drove out the pasture. Looking back the rainbow appeared.
It's strange enough to have a rainbow on a sunny day, but to have it ending at the tepee on this day in particular was beyond unusual.
I have been focusing this week on asking my spirit guides for help.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Miami Goes to School

After spending weeks alternating between barn building and trailer loading lessons, my little darling Miami has gone for more training. She is having thirty days of training under saddle. She is about forty miles away, so I'll only be able to see her once a week. Here is her training blog.
I'm still working on the barn and hope to have it pretty much finished before cold weather sets in.
Back to more painting now. I am working on the spirit horse series.