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Nature Heals


It’s been three or four years since we have taken a vacation to Yosemite. I can’t even remember when we have been to Sedona, Arizona, or a place where trees are abundant. Trees are my happy place, and even though I have three huge Mela Luca trees in our back yard, I need a forest!

Sitting with nature is something I need to do every once in a while. I can feel the fresh forest air, listen to the birds, relax in Gods country. It allows me to settle down and ground myself. Visualize my routs taking hold and balancing me. It is my happy place, and I love trees,

Trees have wisdom, the birds have messages, the water in the nearby streams are cleansing. How could anyone ask for anything more transforming?

Crazy you say, well there is that! But, I never said I wasn’t crazy, or that I wanted to be normal. I’m not like everyone else, isn’t that the beauty of being who we are? All of us are different in our own way!

I always love it when people compare their children or themselves to others. As if their progress was on a scale. We all grow at our own rate, we learn, at our own rates also, and we all have different interests. You can’t really compare one to another. Everyone won’t be, nor should they be the same. How boaring this world would be if we were all alike!.

Well boaring it isn’t! Our world is anything but boaring, infact it’s down right complicated. There is so much going on in todays world that many of us can’t seem to rap our heads around it, or how to function in this complicated society.

In Comes Nature…

Nature is so important, It helps ground us. It helps us quiet our cluttered, and sometimes confused minds. If we could only give up a few minutes each day, to calm our minds. I know it’s not always possible to run of to the forest. Sometimes all we can manage is to sit on our balconies, play in the dirt in our backyards, or just our sit quietly in our livingrooms.

Try this for just three weeks…

It is said the it only takes three weeks to establish a routine, and if it helps us function more peacefully in our lives, why not try? Wouldn’t it be worth it?

Sit in a comfortable place, sit quietly, close your eyes, and think of something that makes you happy, or calm. Sometimes it’s as simple as listening to water gurgling in a fountain, or the birds chirping, maybe in your minds eye visualize yourself floating in water. Whatever helps you to feel happy. Just focus on those things quietly. Slowely take three deep breaths, and as you breathe in visualize yourself breathing in all the love and healing light the Universe is holding for you. As you exhale, visualize yourself getting rid of all the stress, and things on your mind that no longer serve you. Sit in that quiet space for as long as you like, or you are able to. Anything is more than before. After a while it will become easier, and longer. Don’t give up, it will take a while to train your mind to slow down.

I love nature, It’s perfect in it’s inperfection! We are perfect in our imperfection too. I hope this helps in some way. Much love to all of you, Karen

Top image taken from Face Book!

A Day of Inspiration


Recently my son Chris, and myself spent a day at San Diego Botanical Gardens.  it was a trip we had been talking about for months.  As it turned out, it was perfect timing.

There was a nice breeze,  a little cool, and the most beautiful flowers were just  growing there and blooming for all of our joy. Chris and myself were filled with beauty and good feelings.  We were in awe over the vivid colors and beauty of the gardens.

I know many places we live don’t have special gardens dedicated to the preservation of plants, however I see the beauty in even the weediest of places.  As an artist, even dried weeds hold beauty and magic.

Many years ago my friend Cathy Cary, had windows in her home with blue bottles and the simplest of a dried weed setting inside the bottle.   I was so impressed with the simplicity, I frequently do the same thing.

Every time I get uptight about my art not being perfect, Chris reminds me, “Nature is perfect in it’s imperfection!”  Everyone knows I don’t do perfect anyway, so why would I be uptight about perfection?

To me there is something moving about a poppy waving at me in the breeze, i love them.

Oh What A Beautiful Morning!


Good morning everyone.  I awakened this morning with the sun shinning in my bedroom window.   Bouncing out of bed all I could think of was,  how blessed I am to be living in beautiful Southern California.  The weather is moderate, temperatures are mostly perfect, and we have a roof over our heads.  Schmaltzy I know, but my heart is filled with joy at the prospects of the day.

With a cup of coffee by my side, and some Nora Jones singing in the background I’m thinking of all of you and the creativity each of you have to offer.  Many of us don’t feel like we have anything to offer, and creating anything is just not worth it.  My feeling is that everything we do is worth something.  If we create for the love of creating anything, that’s a good thing.  I have to remember, “It’s the journey, not the destination!”

Wednesday some of my friends and myself were playing with our iPads.  We were trying to find an app that allowed us even more options for creativity, and then learn to use that app.    That’s where the picture came from.  It’s an old picture of my old self with red hair,  feathers for earrings, and glasses.   An abstract watercolor from Sketch Master, one  the apps I’ve collected.  Just a start in the world of iPads, something my friends and I are just learning, and  It’s fun and different for me, but even though it’s something I don’t want to get involved in, there is something to experimentation.

I do love to experiment! 

This is pretty cool also!  A negative of a picture.  Maybe this would help with learning to negative shape paint, or sketch.  It would be a great exercise for learning to draw.  Can you see how this might be helpful?  I always try new things, it never hurts.

Have a great weekend. and look at your surroundings as if there is information to be used in your creativity!

I’ve Never Seen This Before!




Lately  while doing a lot of resting, I’ve been snooping around YouTube.  It’s amazing just what one can find when one spends enough time snooping, and resting all at the same time!  Some would call this…Multi-resting!

This little demo is a  fascinating form of art, and something I’ve certainly have never seen before.  It gives me ideas, and triggers inspiration in so many directions.  I hope it will do the same for you!

If you do experiment with this technique, or it inspires you to go in a different direction,  please share it with the rest of us.  Facebook is a great way to share what  you’ve  created, or learned, or email it to me directly, (KarenSamenow@me.com) and I’ll include it in my blog so we can all see.

Thank you all for reading Stone Soup, and  following me, in doing so, you  give me inspiration and keep me going  as well.  I hope you enjoy….

Good Morning Tuesday



Today is a beautiful day for art! Even if it’s raining, or cold and icy, it is always a beautiful day to paint!

I ‘ve been dabbling a little in art, and I’m starting to get re-inspired once again. Unfortunately, I have dry spells. As I’ve been trying to figure out why I’m having a dry spell, this is the obvious, and what I’ve come to realize is the demise of my creativity.
It has been a while since I’ve taken any trips or visited a museum. With winter, and cold wet weather, come hibernation. I guess I’m not only a Goldie Locks Girl, but I tend to hibernate like a bear the minute we have a time change, it starts getting dark early, and winter sets in for real. This is not beneficial to any artist, but particularly not to me.

We all need creative energy, and although it has been the topic of many conversations, where do we get that creativity?  I tend to hunker down at home the minute it gets dark, and in all fairness by the afternoon I get tired and run out of energy.  At that point, vegging out seems the best option.  If I cook, it needs to be started early so I haven’t any choice but to finish for dinner.  If I paint, that too needs to stop by around three in the afternoon.  Three seems to be the vegging hour for me.  I can get quit a lot finished between the hours of nine in the morning and three in the afternoon.

My husband Les and I have been talking about vacations this year, and one of the places I love going to is Yosemite National Park.  There is something about connecting with nature in a forest of huge ancient trees that washes away all the stress and dirt from the big city.  Walking amongst the trees, listening to wildlife, finding little treasures like leaves that inspire, or  a branch that has fallen, walking in the streams, and visiting a meadow with deer grazing is what I need to replenish my creative energy.  There are other things also that help with creativity, like a gallery or museum, heck it all helps.  But, hunkering down in a heated hark house away from people, and places doesn’t do it!


My blogging has been sporadic lately, and not what I had anticipated, but I’ve been blogging now for three plus years, and even if I’m on vacation, my blog has gone out  five days a week.  I don’t want to give up my blog, nor do I want to give up creating.  Not surprisingly, I want to paint, and cut back on my blog for now.

I’m still here, I’m just busy creating a masterpiece!  As a friend once told me, it’s never going to hang in La Louvre!   I laugh because years ago I was in sales, traveling sales one might say.  Each day of the week I had a large handful of clients to visit, and supply them with product for their hair salons.  What I haven’t told you is that I was driving a truck stocked with all kinds of products that the clients used on a daily basis.  Isn’t life a journey?

I loved being able to be on the side lines of the beauty business, and will always miss the people, the smell of the products,  and the exhaustion of the tight schedule that took me all over San Diego, and into Temecula in Riverside County.  This story I tell you because creativity comes from everywhere, and manifests in many ways.  I didn’t have time or energy in those days to paint, but I was creative in the way I helped the cosmetologists, and store owners.


I leave you today with the idea that we all need to go places, and do things that will inspire us, and fill us  up with creativity.  Even a walk maybe on the beach to breathe in clean fresh air is a big part of energizing. A hike in the mountains, down a path, or in a meadow.  Where ever it is, I wish you much happiness, and creativity on your own journeys.


Thursday Time Out for Art



I’ve been making an effort to sketch, and maybe paint each day.  It isn’t easy when it seems everyone want’s a piece of my time.  If I can take it early in the morning, I’m in luck.  I’m an early morning person.  As the day wears on, I lose all my energy, rendering me Toast!  Burnt toast at that.

This week I did this little sketch, and had to add watercolor just because…I could!  Simple, imperfect in its imperfection, and that’s what I like most.  As you can see, I was playing with mixing greens.  I love mixing my greens, and rarely used premixed greens any more.

Check out Time out for art on Zebra Design & Destination.