Monday, September 30, 2013

My garden friend shows her personality

Shadows from overhead trees are always with me as the painting comes to life.

Using chalk helps me define and adjust areas.
Later I can apply more paint.

I must work quickly if I want to finish before cold weather comes.

Perhaps by Spring she will have some sheet metal friends.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Painting large

Soon I hope to start some metal work paintings.

Inspired by friend and artist Dori Stuffer.
 I will first start by painting a large size on the door to the shed.
I thought to myself. what would I like to see when I am busy in the garden?
A friendly woman who is kind to animals.

 Yes that is a welcome sight anytime.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Wonderful Timmi

What unites us is never far
from where we sit.

When visiting my friend Dori in Germany
last month I had the unfortunate experience of watching 
a car drive backwards upon her resting beloved dog Timmi.

I was able to get out the words No! stop! in enough time for
 the unwitting driver to stop the car, but not before inflicting 
damage to the elderly dogs legs.

After an assessment by the veterinarian it looks like poor Timmi is a fighter
and will grace the Stuffer house with his presence for a while to come.

Timmi is a beautiful white dog with deep soulful eyes and a deep connection
 to his family. During the time I spent with Dori and her husband I was able to
help care for the injured dog. At times we would leave our beds in the middle of the night under the light of the full moon to carry Timmy from his favorite spot in the meadow to the house or to bring him water and reassurance.

Charcoal drawing Ramona Felse

Pen drawing Ramona Felse

Slowly, slowly Timmi's legs got stronger and is now able to walk without help but the first days we took him everywhere we would go.

 Neighbors came to see how Timmi  was and
family and friends would call by phone or stop by with well wishes.

Strangers would help us lift this great dog into the car. 
Wonderful, beautiful people all coming together to offer their 
support and kindness.

Returning home I felt that I had received a great unexpected gift.

Life truly is what happens when we are busy making other plans....

Friday, September 06, 2013

A late summer journey

When you can imagine a life for yourself and dream
of taking risks and floating skyward,
life can carry you.....far

and so it was that I found myself miles from home
in a little village in the Bavarian region of Germany,

a place that wrapped it's arms around me and said,

My journey took place with artist Dori Stuffer,
an artist who's work I have long admired
 since first encountering her charming and luminous paintings
on her blog and website.

Upon arriving to the Forest of Bavaria, it is easy to see where 
the artist draws her inspiration.

Seeing these paintings before my eyes in her home was an 
incredible experience. I cannot describe for you the 
wonderful warm feelings that come from her work.

Deeply contemplative, always joyful,
The Art of  Dorothea Stuffer.

 (photo from Dorikult blog)

Life size sheet metal doe. (photo from dorikult blog)

Dori's shares with me her metalwork technique.

Our friend watches. 

This is Dori's wonderful dog Timmy.

Timmy was to change the course of my visit with Dori almost
immediately upon my arrival.
 (This story to be told at a later post)

Everyday we go to the farm where Dori keeps a small
flock of sheep, a red pony,

and chickens!

I visit the beautiful and humble St. Wolfgang Chapel.

Metalwork creations by Dori Stuffer
see more about pilgrimage markers here

Painting and words Ramona Felse

I come to this place 
with brave foot and humble heart
in this journey of body and spirit
I open myself to receive 
all that is blessed
 and holy

The chapel is the final destination on the route of the pilgrimage of St. Wolfgang.
A project undertaken that includes many hours of planning but when completed will last a lifetime.
Watch it unfold here.

Painted over a year ago and donated to the chapel, I see the painting 
hanging in the chapel behind candlelight 
and I write a few words in the guest book.

My visit ends much too soon and I am sad to leave,
for I have made many friends .

and many wonderful and  unforgettable memories.

with Hildegard at St. Wolfgang Chapel

holding pigeons with Dori and Xaver.

A last look over my shoulder before I leave, goodnight and god bless,
.....till we meet again.