Spirits Rise

“Spirits Rise”  www.melissabluefineartandgardendesign.com   This past fall I was swinging along on one of my favorite trails in a savanna restoration and I saw this flock of crows lift off, taking my spirits up with them.  Some years ago we lost most of our crows to a disease.  Let’s see…West Nile Virus, was it?  We’veContinue reading “Spirits Rise”

Snow, snow, snow!

  I have to admit, with all this talk of global warming and several mild winters in a row, I was growing complacent here.  Not this winter, though!  We are experiencing an “arctic vortex”, a term that is causing much hilarity around here.  I prefer Arctic blast.  after blast. after blast….  Getting back to theContinue reading “Snow, snow, snow!”

Oak Tree

http://www.melissabluefineartandgardendesign.com I wanted to do something a little different here, maybe go for capturing the spirit of the tree or the setting, rather than just represent it.  I mean, we have cameras for that. Thank goodness the weather broke a little here.  It is amazing how much softer the air feels at 33 degrees thanContinue reading “Oak Tree”

The Birds, the Bees, and You

Blazing Stars Along the Dead River This was an exceptional summer for blazing stars at Illinois Beach State Park, and I wanted to share them with you.  I think I’ll probably paint a whole series, because it was just so pretty. This kind of beauty is worth hanging on to, don’t you think?  Luckily weContinue reading “The Birds, the Bees, and You”

Thoughts, Dreams

This painting springs from my years of being a butterfly monitor.  Those were glorious years that I was fortunate enough to be able to share with my children.  I couldn’t give them all the freedom and wild nature that I grew up with, as it is largely gone. But thanks to the foresight of theContinue reading “Thoughts, Dreams”

Watchful Crane

http://www.etsy.com/shop/melissabluefineart   “We can’t go back and change our beginning, but we can begin to change our ending…everybody has a future as well as a past!” -unknown I love this quote, because it reminds me that right now is a perfect time to roll up my sleeves and attend to the things that matter toContinue reading “Watchful Crane”

Hope

My family has been on a movie kick lately, and we brought home that one about fracking.   Now what is the name of that one….?  Anyhow, I didn’t get very far into it because it was coming home to me how bad this is, how big the companies involved are and the tactics theyContinue reading “Hope”

Gifts from the Summer

Before I tell you about this cool plant, I want to share with you two exciting blogs I just came across: projectlighttolife, and volunteeringabroad.  These two really are shining light into the world, and I hope you all get a chance to visit their sites and be inspired.  Stumbling across them really did feel likeContinue reading “Gifts from the Summer”

Don’t Close the Door

  I’ve been shy about sharing this piece, because it arose from a dream I had while in therapy some years back.  In the dream, I’d been sent to the store on an errand and a force was resisting my efforts to close the door.  After a bit I realized that it was God, tryingContinue reading “Don’t Close the Door”

State of Not-Wanting

http://melissabluefineartandgardendesign.com This is a little out of order, but then, that is often how I seem to approach things.  Here is a vernal pool.  It is a depression in the woods that fills with clean cold water when the snows melt, and attracts frogs and salamanders, and so is one of my favorite places.  Also,Continue reading “State of Not-Wanting”

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