Thursday, June 10, 2010

The Smelling Of Roses And Watching Of Bees

Time seems to be just slipping through my fingers these days.. It's June! And I think this must be the longest gap in between blog posts I have ever left? There is no reason for this. I've been sat here painting creatures and such like that have been listed in the shop and already sent off on journeys to their new homes.

I've  more on my desk to paint and a half finished painting on the easel. My head has been filled with all kinds, so have been jumping here and there. From hares and fossils....

To the enviroment....
A  Steward  Of  The  Earth
(Words read...I pledge to be a steward of this beautiful,bountiful Earth. I listen and speak the language of my fellow creatures...)

 I found this poem which fits  beautifully with this painting..

 I am the Earth
And the Earth is me.
Each blade of grass,
Each honey tree,
Each bit of mud,
And stick and stone
Is blood and muscle,
Skin and bone.

And just as I
Need every bit
Of me to make
My body fit,
So Earth needs
Grass and stone and tree
And things that grow here

That's why we
Celebrate this day.
That's why across
The world we say:
As long as life,
As dear, as free,
I am the Earth
And the Earth is me.

Jane Yolen
The roses have taken my breath away this year. They are so gorgeous and smell so delicious I'm sure I would eat them if I could. Is it because they are the colour of sugar almonds and marshmallows? I am not really a 'pink'  type of person, apart from when it comes down to roses....

The bees love them too...

Yes, I suppose time is used up on simple pleasures, watching and looking and enjoying. Then a wander back up my path...

to put the kettle on for a nice cup of tea....

Fairy tea anyone? Right, where did I put those marshmallows?.......


  1. I love this post and what a beautiful poem it does go well with your delicate art work.

  2. What a beautiful post! Such gorgeous art work, as always. Your little foxes always take my breath away! The poem from Jane Yolen so perfectly describes the feelings I get from your beautiful artwork. And it is so you. Happy to have you back - I can understand why you were away after seeing those photos of your enchanting gardens! Theresa :)

  3. I LOVE LOVE LOVE your work..enjoy JUNE..:))

  4. Always enjoy the little journeys you take me on Karen. Great poem too :)

  5. Absolutely beautiful - all of it. :o)

  6. Delicious roses, I must buy some more for the garden! Lovely new foxy painting, is the letter underneath yours?
    I LOve the painting of the hare leaping over the fossily sea, it looks gorgeous with the gold leaf, beautiful!xx

  7. Here in the forest, I haven't tried roses yet... can't imagine they would flourish... thanks for yours, they are BEAUTIFUL! And the poem brought tears today as I listen and feel the depth of destruction going on here with the oil spill... I was sooo happy to see you had posted today!

  8. Your steward of the earth heart painting is gorgeous. I have always been a steward of the earth, starting with the name my parents gave me, Terra, which is Latin for Earth. The first group I joined as a preteen was Friends of Furbearers, now Defenders of Wildlife.
    The fairy tea party sounds like fun.

  9. Jessie.. No, the writing below is a page from a book. I just thought it looked nice as a background for the photo :)

  10. Terra.. How wonderful that your parents gave you that lovely name :)

  11. Mushroom *__* love them, you made pretty things
    I like a lot the poem, its very spiritual and cute.

    Take care

  12. Beautiful post. I loved that poem and those roses.

  13. Lovely garden,green and luscious and your artwork, fresh and delicate.It's always nice to take a peek in your world,Renilde

  14. As always Karen, truly beautiful and enchanting. Perfect in every way :)

  15. Hi ...two I planted out my lovely lovely plants gown from your seeds...cant wait to see them...and have you read of bees and mist, I think you wpuld like H
    oh number three I saw a beautiful hare last week..I was totally enchanted....

  16. Yes, tea please, but I'll pass on the other unless you've got a nice fairy cake or some fairy bread.
    Lovely new work, love the ammonites.

  17. Ah Karen, I think if I had tea in your garden I might not wake until autumn. :)

    Glad you are enjoying these dreamy days!

  18. I just love your work! Especially the foxes!

  19. I like your new work and I lost myself for a while in the thoughts of fairy tea in your garden with the flowers, lovely photos. I feel all creative myself now! thanks.

  20. A very beautiful post - I especially relish your use of fossils in your painting (I shall look in your shop shortly) and the poem is lovely. Worth waiting for.

  21. Your garden is so beautiful Karen. And your new art work is gorgeous as usual. Just love those sweet foxes. And that hare is so lovely too. Love all your art work

  22. They would, of course, be very tiny marshmallows...
    I love the picture of your path and wish I could sit beside it and watch the bees in the roses. Yum.

  23. All of it so lovely, you made my day!

  24. Fairy tea is delicious especially with a piece of chocolate.
    I love, love that pledge to the earth on your painting. The poem is beautiful is as well.

  25. What a beautiful post, Karen. It's lovely to catch up with you and see your latest work. It's always a joy to visit. Enjoy the summer and those stunning blooms. xx

  26. Ooh, and peonies, they are fabulous... and camellias!

    The magpie reminds me...

    One for sorrow, two for joy,
    three for a girl, four for a boy. Five for silver, six for gold,
    seven for a secret never to be told.

  27. Wonderful paintings and your roses look so beautiful :) Such an uplifting post :)

  28. Gimme some fairy tea! Thank you.
    No roses here yet - but roses to come! Still somewhere between spring and summer.

  29. It's been too long since I visited....but your work is as lovely as ever. I will save this's truly a keeper. It's funny, I have a couple of her books on hold at the library.


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