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Winter songs : two new paintings for the cold days...

Winter songs : two new paintings for the cold days...

Brrr... it's been getting really chilly here in the past few days. Samhain / Halloween, the threshold of the cold season, is just behind us, and today we've taken the winter coats, mitains and scarves out of the closet. And Xmas preparations have already started to make their way into our conversations. Winter is on its way... So today I would like to share two "twin" paintings that I completed a while ago - some of you might remember glimpses shared on my Facebook page. I guess they were waiting for the right season to show themselves on the blog... They are inspired by my walks in the woods, one of my all-time favorite things. I call them "Winter Songs".

Winter Song 1, mixed media painting on canvas © 2013 Laly Mille
Winter Song 1, mixed media painting on canvas © 2013 Laly Mille

Do you know that feeling when you take a walk into the woods? Just walking, the crunchy sound of dry leaves under your feet. No goal, no destination. The white sky showing through the interlacing branches above your head. Just walking...

Winter Song 2, mixed media painting on canvas © 2013 Laly Mille
Winter Song 2, mixed media painting on canvas © 2013 Laly Mille

And then a song... Tiny fragments of a melody at first, making their way to the surface of your mind. Humming...

Winter Song 1 (detail) mixed media painting on canvas © 2013 Laly Mille
Winter Song 1 (detail) mixed media painting on canvas © 2013 Laly Mille

 Then a few words remembered. Whispering... There's no one here, only the birds chiming in, only you and the Universe. Smiling...

Winter Song 2 (detail) mixed media painting on canvas © 2013 Laly Mille
Winter Song 2 (detail) mixed media painting on canvas © 2013 Laly Mille

 And the song wants to be sung. And the words want to be spoken. You can feel their warmth in your throat, in your belly, in your feet as you start kicking the dry leaves. Playfully...

Winter Song 2 (detail) mixed media painting on canvas © 2013 Laly Mille
Winter Song 2 (detail) mixed media painting on canvas © 2013 Laly Mille

And then another song weaves itself into the first, and little by little the well-known words make way for your own. A prayer, a poem, a conversation. Harmony...

Here in this sacred refuge, you are known, you are heard, you are loved.

Winter Song 1 & 2, mixed media paintings on canvas © 2013 Laly Mille
Winter Song 1 & 2, mixed media paintings on canvas © 2013 Laly Mille

Suzanne Joy Fernald: from beauty to tears

Once upon a time guest series

Suzanne Joy Fernald

From beauty to tears

 

Here it is! As promised, today I have the great pleasure of bringing to you a new Once upon a time guest story by the lovely Suzanne Joy Fernald.


Once Upon A Time… a path of almond trees brought beauty to tears

"Driving home from a long road trip to see Sequoia National Forest, a view of blossoms appeared in the distance off the highway.  With a sudden energy burst and exiting the highway, I grabbed my camera eagerly, running to the tree grove… and speechless.

Almond Trees Path by Suzanne Joy Fernald
Almond Trees Path by Suzanne Joy Fernald

Kneeling with my camera to encompass the blossoms, my eyes became moist with beauty through my lens.  Moving about, capturing a variety of angles, joy filled my soul beyond words.

After many pictures, running back to my vehicle, through tears expressed with faith, I prayed the composed pictures would be as beautiful as seen through my lens.  I did not own a digital camera, it was film.  The instant gratification of seeing the image immediately was not there.  However, there was a thrill to relive the moment upon seeing my developed film.

This almond tree photo entry won an award at a local fair and, as a bonus, a patron also wished to purchase it.   Meeting the patron at a coffee shop, the older woman softly spoke of the intended picture placement at her home.  “It will be at the end of the hallway, as if walking down the path myself”.

Many years later, this series of photos remains my best seller.  Seeing the path of Almond Trees brings such joy in experiencing God’s creation with speechless joy encompassing my heart."


Suzanne Joy Fernald is an American artist from California.

Lover of writing and a photo enthusiast, from a young age, Suzanne's heart sings in sharing Spirit and lifting positivity of honesty, joy and Truth to encourage others along their path and life's journey.


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