Coming down out of the freezing sky with its depths of light, like an angel, or a Buddha with wings, it was beautiful, and accurate, striking the snow and whatever was there with a force that left the imprint of the tips of its wings — five feet apart — and the grabbing thrust of its feet, and the indentation of what had been running through the white valleys of the snow — and then it rose, gracefully, and flew back to the frozen marshes to lurk there, like a little lighthouse, in the blue shadows — so I thought: maybe death isn’t darkness, after all, but so much light wrapping itself around us — as soft as feathers — that we are instantly weary of looking, and looking, and shut our eyes, not without amazement, and let ourselves be carried, as through the translucence of mica, to the river that is without the least dapple or shadow, that is nothing but light — scalding, aortal light — in which we are washed and washed out of our bones. Author

Friday, 15 April 2016

Left of Center....New Challenge

Today's canvas is a design team make for the wonderful Left of Center Creative Challenges. A new challenge is just about to begin. The theme for this weeks challenge is Spiders..hence the spiders lurking on my canvas. If you cannot bear spiders..and I have many friends who would hate this challenge...then you always have the option to go LOC. For all details of that, please read the guidelines on the LOC blog.

For this months challenge, we are so lucky to have been sponsored by the fabulous team over at Sami Stamps. There are so many wonderful so hard to choose..but in the end I decided on this image of the two foxes.

For this canvas I began by painting the background with my acrylics. I first painted the dark blue sky and added the grasses in black. I then added a cut out moon which was covered with a light gold gilding wax. I then coloured the foxes with my promarkers, cut them out and added them to the canvas. I finally added the  'spiders'. I just loved the calm face on the fox..she is just not How I wish I could be so calm..I'm just so pleased that my cats love nothing better than chasing and eating them. My bathroom has never been so spider think word has got out in spider communities and they have called a ban on my house.

The weather here in the mountains today just cannot make up it's mind whether to rain or to throw a little sunshine at us. I had the nurse today to take my blood. God bless her..she is so calm..surrounded by the cats who so want to know what she has in her bag, what she is doing and why hasn't she come just to fuss Mind you she has managed to put up with me for quite a few she is used to the chaos that reigns in this house.

My cleaner has just I can feel virtuous later. He has come to put my rubbish out and to hoover my stairs. Of all the things that I can't do..hoovering the stairs is the worst..I can't balance on the stairs..let alone carry the he pops along and it's done in a flash. It's strange when you aren't able to do things..the strangest things get so on your nerves..and with me it's the stairs. And they always need doing because of the animals running up and down all day. Simon the kitten doesn't help..he has a passion for cotton buds..and if he finds any.he will scatter them all over the house..not content with just the upstairs either..they end up everywhere. I keep hiding them in different places and he still manages to find them. All the kittens are now sat all around me because the hoover is's the only time that they're's

Well the coffee is calling and then I have some work to catch up on. I will be back later with another design team make. So until then..take care and happy crafting.

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