Saturday, October 4, 2014

Dearly Departed Drawings ~ Neil {day 277}

Working on tones and getting into the background.  Last night was my substitute art teacher, Mr. Kromer, celebration of his life and artwork at Mulberry Studios.  My husband and I went from piece to piece, in complete awe of such talent.  The layers upon layers of mixed media pulled from the depths of his soul, now on paper.  He is a talented artist, mentor, father, son, beautiful soul - gone too soon.  He will be greatly missed.  So blessed to know a piece of his art was set aside for me, so thankful, so grateful to have known him.   

On the way home as I was driving, a HUGE brown owl was hopping in front of my car in an instant.  Massive outstretched wings and giant eyes, I swerved around him in the road.  My husband and I have been hoping ever since that he managed to get out of the path of other oncoming cars.  We feared him already hit by a car when we came across him.  So many animals swooping into our path.  Repeated visits by praying mantis at our home - slow down, choose the path carefully.  Hawks (yes, plural - there were TWO!!) swooping in front of our car on our way to and from a pow-wow last month - pay attention to underlying messages, be observant, see the bigger picture.  Black snake in the road on the way home from the pow-wow right in our path (again swerving around) - transformation, life changes, spiritual guidance.  And lastly the owl seen on the way home from Mr. Kromers life celebration, artwork - life changes, transition, many will come for knowledge and wisdom, quiet observation. 

Never in my life or my husbands have either of us had so many close encounters with hawks (two in one day???!!! both swooping in front of us!), black snakes in the path of our car, owls (not sure I've ever seen one so close up in nature) and the abundance of praying mantis in our backyard.  All of these sightings have only been in the last two months.  My husband and I definitely are paying attention, we were together for all these sightings.  We know big changes are in store for our family, a new job for my husband that is a dream job for him (brewer at Samuel Adams Brewery), eventually moving north (closer to dear friends)and my drawings (I've already been approached for commission by several persons).  We are ready to embrace everything God and our Universe have to offer us.

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