BE IN THIS PLACE

To see a World in a Grain of Sand

And a Heaven in a Wild Flower

Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand

And Eternity in an hour

William Blake, from Auguries of Innocence
People skating at the Rothesay Common.
Saturday Afternoon on the Common II, 2021, oil on canvas, 38.1 x 76.2 cm, 15 x 30 in, SOLD
When I'm worried about things not going my way,
Mind spinning over all the stress in my day,
I head to the park, 'round and 'round I chase.
Troubles whirl away. I just be, in this place.

Fawn standing next to bed of daffodils along stone wall.
All Things Must Pass, 2021, oil on canvas, 38.1 x 76.2 cm, 15 x 30 in, $525.
When I have a problem, and don't know what to do,
When I can't figure it out, and my heart is feeling blue,
Blooming beauties still my mind, silent stones state their case:
"This too shall pass," they whisper. "Just be, in this place."

The Pink Ladies Beckon, “Come, Sit Down and Rest.”, 2022, oil on canvas, 61 x 91.4 cm, 24 x 36 in, SOLD
When my heart is heavy, and sorrow is near
Solace arrives in beautiful blooms, they melt all my fear.
Under the grace of these branches, my troubles erase
Everything's going to be alright. When I just be, in this place.

Friendship and Sunshine on the Common, 2022, oil on canvas, 38.1 x 76.2 cm, 15 x 30 in, SOLD
When I'm rushing around, thinking I must do more,
That I have to try harder, all that superwoman lore,
Time with friends at the park, to slow down the pace
Helps me know all's okay, if I just be me, here, in this place.

Children swimming by a wharf with boats in the background.
Sunny Days That I Thought Would Never End, 2021, 61 x 121.9 cm, 24 x 48 in, SOLD
When I think something's missing, and feel I need more,
I head down my street to visit the shore.
Gentle breezes nudge sailboats, smiles soften my face.
So charming...I see clearer now...here, in this place.

Finding Light at the Nature Park, 2022, oil on canvas, 61 x 61 cm, 24 x 24 in, $575.
When my heart has been broken one more time by the world,
Dreams dashed, my plans for the future unfurled,
A hushed trail, rustling leaves, slow down the race
I exhale, I unwind, I just be, in this place.

The Doll Dance scene from the Nutcracker ballet.
The Stahlbaums’ Christmas Party, 2020, oil on canvas, 38.1 x 76.2 cm, 15 x 30 in, $450.
When I feel small and unimportant, not mighty, nor strong,
I lose myself in timeless beauty, dance, theatre and song.
I see my reflection, in this wondrous human race.
I, too, am meant to be here. I am part of this place.

Flock of birds on a wire in front of blue clouded sky.
The Watch Over Fox Farm, 2020, oil on canvas, 38.1 x 76.2 cm, 15 x 30 in, $350.
Body aching and weary, I make my way home.
Looking up I am reminded: we are never alone.
We are all part of this world, spinning in space.
We are one, each part of the whole. We are here, in this place.

Lighthouse in the foreground of ice-fishing shacks.
Finding Light in the Darkness, 2020, oil on canvas, 38.1 x 76.2 cm, 15 x 30 in, SOLD
When I let go of thought, know myself other than mind,
When I tune in to my senses, life treats me kind.
There is something special here, we are gifted with grace.
All we need do is...notice...and just, be...in this place.

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