The joy of Gretchen’s art blog is the peace and Spirit in her watercolor paintings and also in the quotations or other narratives she shares.
One thing to remember is to talk to the animals. If you do, they will talk back to you. But if you don’t talk to the animals, they won’t talk back to you, then you won’t understand, and when you don’t understand you will fear, and when you fear you will destroy the animals, and if you destroy the animals, you will destroy yourself.
……chief dan george
Our condolences go out to Gretchen Del Rio on the loss of precious Buddha. We all do know that mix of pain and gratitude when we lose our younger cousins in this earthy kingdom. What a lovely artistic homage!
watercolor 7 x 10 9/2019
This painting is my good bye to my beautiful dog ‘Buddha.’ He was on this earth for 15 years leaving us a month ago still a happy and peaceful dog despite his aged disabilities. ‘Buddha’ brought joy to everyone he touched. I miss him terribly and will never forget his paw print in my life. Everyone who has lived with a beloved dog knows the story.
I have so many drawings of him. Especially during his last year I sketched him many times not wanting to let go but knowing that my time with him was winding down.
Everything in the painting was free form except for both Buddhas and the lotus. I just let it flow. And I cried much of the time.
I captured this one a few years ago midst a nap with his namesake. Strange name for a dog I…
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A moment of beauty and peace with stellar artist, Gretchen Del Rio.
Standing in shallow water upon long thin legs. Standing and waiting for prey. Herons wait for their prey to come to them. They do not chase down their meal. Always works very well. I have spent hours watching herons standing and waiting. Not boring at all because I’m watching a master fisher. Make a noise and they are likely to take to the air and fly slowly and majestically away looking like a prehistoric reincarnation. A picture of Zen……so still and present. My dog Buddha tried but was never able to catch a heron. He used to crash through the underbrush toward the wader. No brainer. Buddha always lost. He was, however, a very excellent ground squirrel catcher. He would hug the ground and almost imperceptibly advance toward the squirrel colony. At a certain distance he would make his final thrust in a burst of speed. His technique…
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