A Blessed Moment in Time…

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Summer of 2002, a year of daily witness and then 5 blessed days of re-membering...

From the beginning, Spirit/God/dress/Gaia/Energy/Vibration/metaphysics/communicating our Truths/ Deeper Understanding/Living Consciously was huge part of our discussions and was the foundation of our choices….

We had been chatting daily for a little over a year.  I was a web programmer and had IM windows open all the time with coworkers and friends. We spoke daily. First about MS (I was diagnosed in 1998, Dan in 2000) and then we starting sharing our understanding of the Universe. I had more of a Neo-Pagan understanding while Dan has a strong understanding of Hindu Gods and Goddesses. We became each other’s mirror, helping to reflect and and a chance to refine our expression of Self. The conversations continued as we recovered from relationships and as we practiced honoring ourselves, claiming our time to be single. We shared all our stories, with absolutely no concept of expectation of a romantic relationship.  NYC and Chicago are too far apart.

Then I watched two towers fall. I was laid off. My cobra hiccupped and I was without avonex. Dan was working. He provided me a month supply. Worth almost one thousand… I said “I can’t pay you back but if you come to NYC, you have a place to stay.

And this was then…

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   That was an amazing 5 days where we finally found each other, after our own lessons, after learning to love and honor our Divine Selves, finding our highest Truths reflected in each other’s eyes… I am blessed have all my journals from this time and I am able to reconnect with the woman I was at that time.  Things fell into place so naturally – we celebrated the moments that showed that the Universe was acting on our behalf…  there were a lot of joyous tears…

Yes, we have circumstances that others may call challenges. But Love is far stronger. We choose to live a reflective life. And I am grateful.
May we all be blessed with enough.

with Love, Light and Blessings….
Suz
Namasté

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How to paint black fur…

Disclaimer: I am, by no means, an expert. Other than growing up with a self taught artist mom, my art instruction has been limited. A few classes here and there from ages 6 through 18 and then one art class in college (3D fundamentals). As an adult, I painted with a group for about a year, learning how to paint in oils. That’s it.

The rest I learned as I go.

So- that being said, I am learning how to paint black fur.

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Still working on this... it's getting closer...

Here’s the original photograph that I’m using for reference…

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Picture taken by Teresa Hannaman from the Galena Gazette (used with permission)

I used that picture and my opaque projector to sketch out the basic form. Then next step is to start laying down paint…

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First layer of many

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After a few more hours...

At this point I realized why he looked so flat. Black, as a color of paint, is dead and flat. The key to making black live is adding other colors. I added a bit of red (more foreground) and/or blue (distance) and all of a sudden, the nose started to come forward and the ears curl…

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Still working on this... it's getting closer...

A bit more and he will be Harley. 

with Love, Light and Blessings….
Suz
Namasté

Pencil progression complete

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The finished sketches

Since this is pencil, a wonderful impermanent medium, they must exist under glass.  So I used what I had….

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Frames didn't match, so I bent them to my will and made them conform... (not really but i did strip them of their unique nature...)

I am trying to collect frames. Clearance racks, garage sales, goodwill have been treasure troves. I have discarded prints and other art to just use the frames. In this case, these two frames came from a clearance bin. One black, one a burnished gold color. In another clearance bin I found a blanket edging with Pixar’s Cars licensed characters. So I cut strips to fit each frame and used Modge Podge to affix the satin to the edges. It took a bit of patience (and sticky fingers) but with the help of some masking tape (and a bit of bias tape from the same bin), I now have a set of matching frames. 

Now to pack them up and send them to their Mama…

with Love, Light and Blessings….
Suz
Namasté