On Lily’s Pond

IMG_2788

A rejuvenating retreat with Lily, Bitsy, Cherish and Zelda!!!

IMG_2755

IMG_2670

IMG_2677

IMG_2702

IMG_2844

IMG_2868

IMG_2681

IMG_2817

IMG_2770

IMG_2701

IMG_2802

IMG_2851

IMG_2736

IMG_2680

IMG_2765

IMG_2705

IMG_2774

IMG_2812

IMG_2776

IMG_2764

IMG_2768

IMG_2781

IMG_2779

IMG_2823

IMG_2828

IMG_2825

IMG_2811

IMG_2855

IMG_2789

IMG_2746

IMG_2725

IMG_2869

IMG_2870

©Loriginal Designs

 

 

Advertisements

In Honor of Memorial Day

“No pain, no palm; no thorns, no throne; no gall, no glory; no cross, no crown.”

William Penn

The above photograph was taken of my grandfather, G. Clifford Mitchell with my mom, Connie A. (Mitchell) Marchell, on his return from surviving a ‘million dollar’ wound while serving our country at The Battle of the Bulge in World War II.  Some of you have read postings about Grandma Marge whose first husband was G. Clifford Mitchell.  This first year without Grandma with us, I planted her favorite flowers, red geraniums, at their memorial stone.  Looking around I saw volunteers with little American Flags being placed alongside a majority of the stones at Calvary Cemetery.

In honor of all the men and women who serve and have given their lives for the gift of our freedom, it is a time of deep reflection for the many sacrifices made by the bravery of those who committed to serve The United States of America.  Many families experience great challenges by being separated from their loved ones when they are called to serve their country in the military.  And some are called to make the ultimate sacrifice.  We have so very much to be indebted to these selfless individuals who believe in this great gift they provide for our country.

Let us hope that there will someday be a time where we will no longer require to fight for our freedom but to be able to cooperate and collaborate with one another.  I suppose that is what the new heaven and new earth are all about, where the lion lies down with the lamb and peace reigns supremely across the lands.

“We shall find peace.  We shall hear the angels, we shall see the sky sparkling with diamonds.”

Anton Chekhov

A Tofino/Loriginal Romeo Series Photography/Art

“Our duty, as men and women, is to proceed as if limits to our ability did not exist. We are collaborators in creation.”

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

Through the inspirational, pristine and professional photographs taken by Tofino Photography, following are Loriginal Designs oil on canvas colorful painting interpretations together with Tofino Photography’s corresponding extraordinary photography.

Both the photography and the art prints are available for purchase through Tofino Photography. Contact the link for Tofino Photography below for more details.

https://tofinophotography.wordpress.com/

20131114-20131114-IMG_0726

Romeo’s Sunset Rapture” by ©Tofino Photography

Romeos Sunset Rapture resized

Romeo’s Sunset Rapture” Oil on Canvas ©Loriginal Designs

20170411-IMG_0975

“A Tofino Sunset Series” by ©Tofino Photography

A Tofino Sunset Series resized

“A Tofino Sunset Series” Oil on Canvas by ©Loriginal Designs

Eagle Eclipse 462017

“Eagle Eclipse” by ©Tofino Photography

eclipse resized

“Eagle Eclipse” Oil on Canvas by ©Loriginal Designs

©Tofino Photography

https://tofinophotography.wordpress.com/

©Loriginal Designs

A Once In A Lifetime Love…

“It is good to have an end to journey towards; But it is the journey that matters, in the end.”

LeGuin

030

On this day, May 20, 1961 my parents, John V. Marchell and Connie A. Mitchell were married.  It was a bittersweet wedding for my mom’s father, G. Clifford Mitchell, had passed from a heart attack less than a month prior to their wedding date.  Their love for me is crystal clear as I was the honeymoon baby.  Dad would often say to me that I was a ‘much loved child.’

I do believe that Grandpa Cliff’s Spirit has been with me always, as he was a graphic artist who, at an early age, was asked to work for Walt Disney.  He declined the offer and went into business for himself with many of his creative works promoting IBM in their beginning stages with their first place of operation located in Endicott, New York.

goldilocks

So on this day, I honor my parents unconditional love and everlasting guidance still evident miraculously in my life as love transcends our human understanding.  It is through building a firm foundation by focusing on the gift of union which makes the relationship stronger and resilient to withstand any storm.  With the extraordinary gift of a once in a lifetime love,  one hundred percent belief, trust and faith in one another with open heart awareness; together the two open their arms wide to embrace the unknown.

As their hearts joined together pictured in the glowing setting sunset clouds, I know that their gift of new beginnings is approaching for me as their message permeates my soul.

01-jpg

“It’s time to unite your hearts, for together your energies  combined are magnetic, magical and infinite in their abilities to manifest miracles.”

Mom and Dad

panoramic 1

“One does not discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore.”

Andre Gide

©Art and Photography by Loriginal Designs

Highland Lake, PA

(©wedding photograph, unknown)

Reflections on Judgement 

“You can develop good judgement as you do the muscles of your body – by judicious, daily exercise.”

Grenvile Kleiser

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

My favorite reference book is Roget’s Thesaurus for the various meanings behind the proper usage of words. Under the word judgement are five separate meanings!

  1. Intellect
  2. Discrimination
  3. Decision
  4. Condemnation
  5. Sentence

Through our lives lessons we learn to access intellectually the power of sound judgement in arriving to conclusions in decision-making in our lives.

The use of discernment in terms of discriminating what serves the highest and best for all concerned is utilizing another aspect of sound judgement in our lives. This can also be used towards spiritual discernment.

Our freedom and power of choice comes into play when we are calling upon utilizing out tool set in making decisions based on judgement.

Criticizing and lower vibrational fear based thinking is involved in condemning others acts, beliefs and behaviors without compassion when judgement is used in this context.

And then there is the legal system associated with controlling and manipulating others in sentencing them due to the judgement ascertained upon their actions.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

“I love when things are transparent, free and clear of all inhibition and judgement.”

Pharrell Williams

It became apparent to me this morning that the summons I recently received to serve on jury duty placed me in an awkward state of mind. Who am I to pass judgement on someone else? Have I lived their life, was I raised in their environment, have I experienced the social, moral, mental, spiritual and emotional influences that they have had and walked a mile in their shoes? And even then, who am I to judge? The log in my eye requires much more attention than the speck in my brother or sister’s eye.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

“Let the refining and improving of your own life keep you so busy that you have little time to criticize others.”

H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

It also became apparent to me when someone commented on something inadvertently directed towards me, it made me dig deeper in questioning myself to find the meaning to the feelings which were conjured up within me.

We all know that we are not to take things personally, yet there was a hidden message in what was said that made me “chew” on the concepts as I kept asking for a deeper understanding as to be clear about the message this messenger brought to me.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

“Judge not lest you be judged. For with the judgement you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?”

Matthew 7:1-3

Worthiness and self-love are core issues of the heart which are oftentimes disregarded in our early growth and learning process which eventually catches up to us.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

“What is not fully exposed earlier in life is revealed and made up for in development.”

Author Unknown

So the truth of the emotionally charged comment revealed an insightful level of understanding for me that was two-fold. First and foremost, when someone is unfairly judged, they unconsciously direct that towards others. Secondly, by it “affecting” me, it shows that I still have more inner self-healing to work on in that area of my life. It’s always about the refining and improving of yourself on this personal path of enlightenment, as all messages are a present to open and reveal the gift of inner growth.

So I am forever grateful for this message, for it has revealed a much deeper appreciation of conscious awareness towards others as well as teaching me what is most important in taking care of myself. It all comes down to compassion, unconditional love and forgiveness.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

“Circumstances and situations do color life but you have been given the mind to choose what the color shall be.”

John Homer Miller

The conclusion to my summons? It is clear that I will most probably not be selected for jury duty as it is not for me to judge – it is, however, essential to be compassionate towards all as our life is a journey of the heart.

rose

©Loriginal Designs

A Holistic Harvest on Keuka Lake!

20171022-IMG_1811

“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.”

John Muir

20171022-IMG_1809

IMG_1808

IMG_1789

IMG_1805

“No synonym for God is so perfect as Beauty. Whether as seen carving the lines of the mountains with glaciers, or gathering matter into stars, or planning the movements of water, or gardening – still all is Beauty!”

John Muir

IMG_1773

IMG_1776

IMG_1782

IMG_1772

“Everything is flowing — going somewhere, animals and so-called lifeless rocks as well as water. Thus the snow flows fast or slow in grand beauty-making glaciers and avalanches; the air in majestic floods carrying minerals, plant leaves, seeds, spores, with streams of music and fragrance; water streams carrying rocks… While the stars go streaming through space pulsed on and on forever like blood…in Nature’s warm heart.”

John Muir

IMG_1784

IMG_1788

IMG_1810

Mum's Rose

“One is constantly reminded of the infinite lavishness and fertility of Nature — inexhaustible abundance amid what seems enormous waste. And yet when we look into any of her operations that lie within reach of our minds, we learn that no particle of her material is wasted or worn out. It is eternally flowing from use to use, beauty to yet higher beauty; and we soon cease to lament waste and death, and rather rejoice and exult in the imperishable, unspendable wealth of the universe, and faithfully watch and wait the reappearance of everything that melts and fades and dies about us, feeling sure that its next appearance will be better and more beautiful than the last.”

John Muir

IMG_1802

IMG_1813

IMG_1787

IMG_1801

“How little note is taken of the deeds of Nature! What paper publishes her reports? …. Who publishes the sheet-music of the winds, or the written music of water written in river-lines? Who reports and works and ways of the clouds, those wondrous creations coming into being every day like freshly upheaved mountains? And what record is kept of Nature’s colors – – the clothes she wears – of her birds, her beasts – her live-stock?”

John Muir

IMG_1798

IMG_1796

IMG_1812

IMG_1792

“Nature is always lovely, invincible, glad, whatever is done and suffered by her creatures. All scars she heals, whether in rocks or water or sky or hearts.”

John Muir

IMG_1808

IMG_1781

IMG_1803

IMG_1807

“When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.”

John Muir

IMG_1778

“Amos the Bordeaux Mastiff descendant of Turner and Hooch (aka Beasely).”

Thank you Paul and Sharon Kayes!

http://www.bighousebordeaux.com/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turner_%26_Hooch

IMG_1814

©Loriginal Designs

©John Muir

©bighousebordeaux.com

©Turner and Hooch

Special thanks to Paul and Sharon Kayes and meeting Amos the Bordeaux Mastiff!

Welcome to Chenango Valley State Park!

IMG_1639

“When sparkles dance upon the water, our souls twinkle like stars in the evening sky.”

L.D. Marchell

“Nature’s infinite palette splashes vibrancy upon the autumn day.”

L.D. Marchell

“We are drawn back to Mother Gaia, connected with her compassion and ever-constant love for all; in our returning back, we become one united with her; calling us to love her as she has unconditionally given infinitely and ceaselessly to us.”

L.D. Marchell

The breath of life, passionate, rapturous, invigorating, revitalizing; Let us welcome God’s love with open arms.”

L.D. Marchell

“All roads lead home to where the heart is.”

L.D. Marchell

IMG_1630

“Friendship is two spirits allowing each other to soar and fly.”

L.D. Marchell

IMG_1633

IMG_1634

“Take time to travel apart for the answers you seek are within.”

L.D. Marchell

IMG_1648

IMG_1642

“Faith is believing in things not yet seen but felt with the heart.”

Hebrews 11:1

IMG_1649

“Walk ever softly, tenderly taking in the wonderment of the present.”

L.D. Marchell

IMG_1651

IMG_1631

“Wherever your heart is, there also is your home.”

L.D. Marchell

IMG_1650

©Loriginal Designs

IMG_1644

An Autumn Saunter Around Quaker Lake

IMAG1273

“The water’s edge mirrors to us the glory of God’s creation.”

L.D. Marchell

IMG_1251

“The reflections of our inner self become evident upon the waters’ welcoming our heart home.”

L.D. Marchell

IMG_1276

IMG_1289

“Timelessness is the hush of heaven.”

L.D. Marchell

IMG_1245

“In flight we travel as our awakening state becomes one.”

L.D. Marchell

IMG_1267

IMG_1265

“As autumn is upon us, new life is at its door. Rejoice in its glorious finale, unencumbered now to soar.”

L.D. Marchell

IMG_1294

IMG_1252

“Golden yellows and brilliant burgundy accents upon us now; as only the Master Artist could envision somehow.”

L.D. Marchell

IMG_1256

IMG_1269

“Only God can make a tree.”

Grandma Marge Stolarcyk

IMG_1290

IMG_1270

IMG_1253

“Our adventure to awakening’s pathway is the journey to the heart.”

L.D. Marchell

IMG_1258

IMG_1260

“Being open to all of our heightened senses, living presently in the moment, relishing the gift of life.”

L.D. Marchell

IMAG1274

“Let there be a world to see, let it be of inspiration. Let there be a world to see, let it be of God’s creation.”

John V. Marchell

IMG_1274

IMG_1278

“In quietness and calmness we release and welcome all that is our connection to Mother Gaia.”

L.D. Marchell

IMG_1287

IMG_1301

“Through all of life’s twists and turns, it is the colorful, blissful treasured moments that ignite passion of the soul.”

L.D. Marchell

IMG_1272

IMG_1295

IMG_1275

“Now abideth these three things: Faith, Hope and Love. And the greatest of these is Love.”

1 Corinthians 13:13

IMG_1297

IMG_1284

“Memories of childhood laughter echo as the water softly lapping into shore, recalling summer fun and hearts overflowing joy.”

L.D. Marchell

IMG_1279

IMG_1283

“To the revitalizing waters we are drawn, as if it holds for us all the answers we seek; Tranquility is its messenger as it renews our mind, body and soul.”

L.D. Marchell

IMG_1293

©Loriginal Designs

©John V. Marchell

©Margaret D. Stolarcyk

Quaker Lake, Pennsylvania

Arrowhead Parable Book Signing!

IMAG1502

Arrowhead Parable Christian Store Book Signing

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Julie C. Tedesco, Rob Nearing (Calvin J. Boal), Lori D. Marchell Carlsen (L.D. Marchell)

IMAG1500

“London Calling Jesus”

Author:  Julie C. Tedesco

 

“St. George’s Cross and the Siege of Fort Pitt:  Battle of Three Empires”

“Valiant Warrior:  Knight of the Third Crusade”

“Last Run of the Whisperer”

Author:  Calvin J. Boal

 

“My Father’s Greatest Gift:  Life Lessons from a Black English Labrador Retriever”

Author:  L.D. Marchell

IMAG1505

“Sharon Whalen and L.D. Marchell:  my fourth grade teacher from MacArthur School!”

IMAG1506

“Visit from my friend Lisa!”

IMAG1508

“Thank you to Arrowhead Parable Christian Store and everyone who visited the book signing!”

©Loriginal Designs

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Relaxing Afternoon At Dorchester Park

IMG_1063

“Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the autumn tree.

Emily Bronte

IMG_1058

IMG_1062

“Love is like the wild rose-briar; Friendship like the holly-tree.”

Emily Bronte

IMG_1065

“I’ll walk where my own nature would be leading; It vexes me to choose another guide.”

Emily Bronte

IMG_1104

“I see heaven’s glories shine and faith shines equal.”

Emily Bronte

IMG_1094

IMG_1103

“Honest people don’t hide their deeds.”

Emily Bronte

IMG_1084

“I have dreamed in my life, dreams that have stayed with me ever after, and changed my ideas; they have gone through and through me, like wine through water, and altered the color of my mind.”

Emily Bronte

IMG_1061

“But first a hush of peace, a soundless calm descends; The struggle of distress and fierce impatience ends.”

Emily Bronte

IMG_1099

“If I could I would always work in silence and obscurity, and let my efforts be known by their results.”

Emily Bronte

IMG_1087

“A good heart will help you to a bonny face, my lad…”

Emily Bronte

IMG_1092

“I have to remind myself to breathe, almost to remind my heart to beat.”

Emily Bronte

IMG_1066

“…But most where trees are sending; Their breezy boughs on high; Or stooping low are lending a shelter from the sky.”

Emily Bronte

IMG_1071

IMG_1075

IMG_1074

IMG_1072

IMG_1078

“I wish I were a girl again, half savage and hardy, and free…”

Emily Bronte

IMG_1082

“I cannot express it:  but surely you and everybody have a notion that there is, or should be, an existence of yours beyond you.”

Emily Bronte

IMG_1089

IMG_1085

IMG_1076

IMG_1070

 

IMG_1100

“With wide-embracing Love Thy Spirit animates eternal years; Pervades and broods above; Changes, sustains, dissolves, creates and rears.”

Emily Bronte

IMG_1102

“No coward soul is mine.  No trembler in the world’s storm-troubled sphere.”

Emily Bronte

IMG_1105

IMG_1064

IMG_1106

“From the midst of cheerless gloom I passed to bright unclouded day.”

Emily Bronte

IMG_1056

IMG_1107

“I am now quite cured of seeking pleasure in society, be it country or town.  A sensible man ought to find sufficient company in himself.”

Emily Bronte

IMG_1067

© Loriginal Designs

©Emily Bronte Quotes

 

 

Spiedie Festival & Balloon Rally 2017!!!

“It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.”

Walt Disney

The 33rd Annual Spiedie Festival & Balloon Rally held at Otsiningo Park, Binghamton, NY was held on August 4 – 6, 2017.  With countless vendors, amusement park rides, face painting, music, volleyball, 5K run and balloon rides just to name a few of the festivities, this event has grown tremendously throughout the years.  For those of you who are not familiar with the word ‘spiedie,’ it is cubed chicken, pork, lamb, veal, venison or beef marinated in a spiedie sauce then placed on metal skewers over a charcoal pit.  Once cooked, they are eaten on a fresh piece of Italian bread.  Developed by Camillo Iacovelli, Agostino Iacovelli and Peter Sharak from the Southern Tier of New York State from 1939 on, their popularity has expanded nation-wide.  Today there are countless deviations to the original recipe at the annual spiedie cook-off held at the festival every year.  There are several spiedie marinate companies available for purchasing spiedie marinade sauce online.  For those of you who do eat meat (I am a vegetarian), here are a few local distributors.  Enjoy!

https://www.spiedies.com

http://www.spiedie.com

 “Cast your cares on the Lord and He will sustain you; He will never let the righteous fall.”

Psalm 55:22

IMG_0824

“The fruit of the Spirit is Love, Joy and Peace.”

Galatians 5:22

IMG_0863

“…For God is always ready to give a bountiful supply of wisdom to all who ask Him…Ask in Faith.”

James 1:5 – 6

IMG_0818

“Yet God has revealed this wisdom to us through the Spirit.”

1 Corinthians 2:10

IMG_0829

“Love is not enough.  You can’t exist as the reflection of someone’s love.”

John Powell, S.J.

IMG_0839

“Now it is characteristic of play that one plays without reason and there must be no reason for it.  Play is its own good reason.”

Lin Yutang

IMG_0865

“If we treat people as they are, they will stay as they are.  But if we treat them for what they might be, and might become, they will become their better selves.”

G.T. Smith

IMG_0887

“A life lived in love will never be dull.”

L.F.B.

IMG_0902

“A Happy Elephant Doing a Handstand!”

IMG_0910

IMG_0909

IMG_0908

IMG_0907

IMG_0906

IMG_0892

 

© 2017 Spiedie Festival and Balloon Rally Expo, Inc.

©Loriginal Designs

 

 

 

Rain and Light

20121020-IMG_8689
Tofino Photography

“And when the storm comes, and the mighty wind shakes the forest, and thunder and lightning proclaim the majesty of the sky – then let your heart say in awe, “God moves in passion.”

Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet

A remarkable storm came through during the night which produced a brilliant lightning and thunder orchestrated display.  Mother Gaia marvels us continually through her ever-changing display of colorful radiance and rumbling staccato statements of empowerment.  She is to be honored for her magnitude of infinite manifesting and creative abilities, extraordinary resilience and timeless moments of grandeur!

zNfX2jbmyj49ieIrhYUFlATZLl5QIY_rUXOzh2VAHXLG4DFsBZxKB6Xea43HmV1XxvhWlKvZfcRfvmDb690rMqIBqouQO9BAXrKJcZPlDVn6wuSemP4CzA7qdreYB_E7X4ZSQDFDjb5oYaqu9Lx_wjOwtzHqT6wnvIR-osdFiDrXE7cjWGBXajUzB_
Tofino Photography

“Every shower and dew, bless the Lord; praise and exalt Him above all forever.  Dew and rain, bless the Lord; praise and exalt Him above all forever.  Light and darkness, bless the Lord; praise and exalt Him above all forever.  Lightning and clouds, bless the Lord; praise and exalt Him above all forever.”

Daniel 3:64; 68; 72-73

And so it is with our lives, we experience moments of great joy and depths of painful sorrow.  Two emotions on opposite ends of the same vibrant spectrum.  By facing tragedies in our lives head-on, this produces courage and integrity of character.  Through this deep inner work, it allows for the heights of joyous rapture to be experienced soaring us to new heights.  Maybe that is why we are so drawn to the beauty of nature in all of its wonder and glory, for it reflects back to us our own inner journey of the heart.

20101122-20101122-sunset-pano-2
Tofino Photography

“Therefore let your soul exalt your reason to the height of passion, that it may sing.”

Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet

It is during these times of sublime lucidity while observing an incoming storm, that the creative spirit within is ignited with ecstasy; just as that surreal mesmerizing gaze into a fire which seems to transport you to another place and time.  There are these uncanny connections which appear to bring serendipity into our lives, similar to the weather in their arrival; on their own time, in their own way and on their own terms – as if these magical moments were actually cued to appear in our lives when least expected.  Such then our lives are like the weather, to be embraced in the present moment of awareness or relinquished forever.  Therefore, be mindful and fully, consciously aware to experience the great vastness and expansiveness of the infinite drenching of the soul.

20101122-20101122-Sunset Pano #1
Tofino Photography

In Memory of Prince

 

 

 

In thankfulness, appreciation and gratitude to Tofino Photography for providing the extraordinary photography!  Follow Tofino Photography

https://tofinophotography.wordpress.com/

©Tofino Photography

©Loriginal Designs

©Prince

A Tofino/Loriginal Romeo Series Photography/Art

“Our duty, as men and women, is to proceed as if limits to our ability did not exist. We are collaborators in creation.”

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

Through the inspirational, pristine and professional photographs taken by Tofino Photography, following are Loriginal Designs oil on canvas colorful painting interpretations together with Tofino Photography’s corresponding extraordinary photography.

Both the photography and the art prints are available for purchase through Tofino Photography.  Contact the link for Tofino Photography below for more details.

https://tofinophotography.wordpress.com/

20131114-20131114-IMG_0726

Romeo’s Sunset Rapture” by ©Tofino Photography

Romeos Sunset Rapture resized

Romeo’s Sunset Rapture” Oil on Canvas ©Loriginal Designs

 

20170411-IMG_0975

“A Tofino Sunset Series” by ©Tofino Photography

A Tofino Sunset Series resized

“A Tofino Sunset Series” Oil on Canvas by ©Loriginal Designs

 

Eagle Eclipse 462017

“Eagle Eclipse” by ©Tofino Photography

eclipse resized

“Eagle Eclipse” Oil on Canvas by ©Loriginal Designs

 

©Tofino Photography

https://tofinophotography.wordpress.com/

©Loriginal Designs

Living Beyond Duality

IMAG1043

“Trust in the Lord with all of your heart and lean not on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct your paths.”

Proverbs 3:5-6

Just as the sky reflections are mirrored in the water, our perception of knowing is being reflected back to us in order to question our integrity.  As no two sunsets are the same, we are being asked to move beyond our familiar ways of thinking on the linear plane and move into a multi-dimensional existence.  In order to take these new quantum leaps of faith, our familiar way of doing things is being asked to transform every day.  This means that how we may do something one day will not be the same as the next.  As our whole world is changing and evolving so rapidly, so will our response one day will be different from the next.  This is not to be termed as being inconsistent. However, it is learning how to soar from one experience to the next as life is no longer linear in living, thinking and actions; we are now living in a circular multi-level existence, where timelines are occurring simultaneously.

 

IMAG1036

“God will supply all of your needs according to his riches in glory.”

Philippians 4:19

Like the various hues and reflections in the evening sky at Highland Lake, the peace of God washes over your soul.  Timelessness is evident in the ever-changing weather patterns, color configurations within the sky, smoothness to waves of the lake and season changes from the trees.  Time stands still in enormous pockets of peaceful awareness as the vibration and energy present speaks volumes to the depths of ones body, mind and soul.  Feeling connected to the magical wonder of the lake, she speaks ever so softly to a place deep within about inner tranquility only apparent when one quiets the mind and listens with the heart.

IMAG1052

“Whoever knocks persistently, ends by entering.”

Ali

And so I speak about the miraculous beauty surrounding us and ask that these precious moments we are so blessed to experience be treasured in our hearts now and always.  For by asking you receive and by receiving you may find and by knocking the door will be opened up to you, when it is time.  Timing, that is, and patience are the final factors necessary in creating miracles.  You must be still and they will appear everywhere!  And so it is.

IMAG1033

“Life is a mirror and will reflect back to the thinker what he thinks into it.”

Ernest Holmes

 

©Loriginal Designs

 

On Eagle’s Wings!!!

“You who dwell in the shelter of the Lord, Who abide in His shadow for life,  Say to the Lord, ‘My Refuge,’ My Rock in Whom I trust.  And He will raise you up on eagle’s wings, Bear you on the breath of dawn, Make you to shine like the sun, And hold you in the palm of His Hand.”

On Eagles Wings by Michael Joncas (Psalm 91)

Eagle Eclipse 462017

This is the last in The Three-part Romeo Series of oil paintings inspired by Tofino Photography.  My eternal gratitude for the empowering photographic compositions which bring one to a place of such beauty, tranquility and peace!

As I took a break from painting the second layer of oils onto the canvas yesterday, I went outside to walk barefoot in the lush, soft grass.  As I walked around my prolific blooming garden, I knelt in the grass next to my Sacred Heart of Jesus Statue that I have placed in front of my white with pink-tipped flowering Peony plant, whose buds are just beginning to form.  The statue is with Jesus dressed in his white robe with the red over shawl, as some of you have seen in my photographic image of the setting sun in my posting entitled Jesus Walks Among Us.  If you look into the setting sun over Highland Lake, you see an image of what appears to be an individual wearing a white robe with a red shawl.  It also appears that this image has an individual alongside him as the red material seems to be wrapped out around another image. When my Dad was alive, I recall him sharing with me a dream he had which impacted him for the rest of his life.  It was a vision of Jesus, shining in his glory in a purple glowing cloak with his ethereal eyes gleaming compassionately to envelope ones soul with peace. So I ended up repainting the Sacred Heart of Jesus Statue’s heart and his wounds in red and the cross, chain and shield in gold and the collar of his cloak in gold.

I do believe that the Romeo Eclipse is an important message for us all, that we are to be living heaven on earth now, and that the lion shall finally lie down with the lamb.

“Let there be a world to see, Let it be of Inspiration, Let there be a world to be, Let it be of God’s Creation.”

John V. Marchell (My Dad)

“The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the suffering and afflicted.  He has sent me to comfort the broken-hearted…Beauty for ashes; Joy instead of mourning; Praise instead of heaviness.”

Psalm 61: 1, 3

©Loriginals Designs Oil Painting

©Tofino Photography, Eagle Eclipse April 6, 2017

https://tofinophotography.wordpress.com/

You Belong To Me, Now and For Always!!!

“All you birds of the air, Bless the Lord; Praise and exalt Him forever.”

Daniel 4:80

On this Mother’s Day, Grandma Marge will be flying around as a hummingbird in her angelic realm for certain! The above painting of a hummingbird in acrylic I painted on one of her party dresses and used the beaded hemline to create a border around it. She was so thrilled when I brought it for her to see, and am so very thankful for the time I spent with her throughout my life! But especially during the time from when my Mom passed and I moved back to New York from California. Our relationship merged into that of Grandmother/Mother and Granddaughter/Daughter. It is these memories that are cherished in my heart for always!!!

I was with her a few hours before she passed. It was the Feast Day of The Blessed Mother’s Assumption. During that most sacred time, she emphatically asked me to put her “poppuchies” on now (slippers in Slovak), put a hat on her head now and she wanted to sit in her chair as if to wait for the angels to come to carry her home! When she had spoken with Father Tim earlier that week, she said that she just wanted to go home and be with Jesus, her best friend! I recall the gathering of birds that flew by me that evening, their haunting calls were not of common birds. As some of you have read from my previous postings, Grandma gave me a gift of spiritual stigmata on my left hand the following day of her passing and it disappeared when I brought her rose embellished urn vase to her resting place at Calvary Cemetery seven days later.

In memory of her unconditional love and forgiveness, I am posting a short video of her singing at United Methodist Homes accompanied by Ralph with his harmonica. She sings “You Belong to Me, Now and For Always.” Ya Ti Muc Muc Muc Lubiem Starinka!!!

©Loriginal Designs

The Afternoon of Life

“Thoroughly unprepared we take the step into the afternoon of life, or still we take this step with the false preposition that our truths and our ideals will serve us as hitherto.  But we cannot live the afternoon of life according to the program of life’s morning.  For what was great in the morning will be little at the evening and in the morning what was true at evening will become a lie.”

“The Structure and Dynamics of the Psyche”  C.G. Jung

20170411-IMG_0975

“It’s is like this:  when I was a child I spoke and thought and reasoned as a child does.  But when I became a woman my thoughts  grew far beyond those of my childhood, and now I have put away childish things.  In the same way we can see and understand  only a little about God now, as if we were peering at His reflection on a poor mirror; but someday we are going to see Him in His completeness face to face…There are three things that remain – faith, hope and love – and the greatest of these is love.”

1 Corinthians 13:  11 -13

In honor of Tofino Photography for providing the extraordinary inspiration from “A Tofino Sunset Series” to create a mixed oil and glaze on canvas piece as a “Loriginal” creation.  This is the second of three in the Romeo Series artwork interpretations.

©Artwork by Loriginal Designs

©Photography by Tofino Photography, “A Tofino Sunset Series” April 12, 2017 posting

 

You Light Up My Life!!!

Romeo’s Sunset Rapture Revisited

20131114-20131114-IMG_0726

“All things, whatsoever you shall ask in prayer, believing, you shall receive.”

Matthew 21:22

As an Artist, Pianist and a Creative Life Coach, I am continually opening myself up to a variety of inspirational experiences to expand my horizons.  Tofino Photography has brought a whole new perspective to my landscape, seascape and wildlife palette’s perspective!  The pristine, untouched captivating beauty of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada is a kaleidoscope of color full of richness, solitude and preserved nature.

This oil painting is an interpretation of “Romeo’s Sunset Rapture”¹ with similar composition, texture and colors, yet allowing for the essence of deeper hues intrinsic to the moment captured in timelessness to be preserved.  Through these splashes of vibrancy, frequency and light, our spirits quantumly soar!

“This is the mastery that is inside the DNA…of love, unity and peace…For when the DNA is working at 100%, you have the empowerment of the Creator fully manifested within…The efficiency factor is not chemical, but informational.  It’s about multidimensional energy…not chemistry.”²

 

©Loriginal Designs

¹Tofino Photography March 17, 2017 ©

https://tofinophotography.wordpress.com/

²”Kryon Book Twelve:  The Twelve Layers of DNA (An Esoteric Study of the Mastery Within)” © pages 104-105

http://www.kryon.com/

 

This is the Day!!!

“The transcendental state of Being lies beyond all seeing, hearing, touching, smelling, and tasting – beyond all thinking and beyond all feeling.”

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

There are sacred moments in time where all the senses are so attuned that you feel saturated in the love of the Universe! It is places like Highland Lake which have brought that sense of awareness in timelessness. Prior to having internet and cell service there, it seemed to magically bring you to a place of peacefulness, wonderment and awe as moments seemed to span lifetimes!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

There is a glorious Willow Tree named “The Lady of the Lake” whose graceful limbs with lacey leaves reach towards the heavens! Her hour glass womanly figure-shaped trunk has weathered many a winter’s wind and basked in the summer’s vibrant glory! An earlier limb was used for children to swing out into the lake as they would splash cheerfully into the water! Through the years, she had to relinquish this part of herself to the past, full of memories of her lifetime!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

On the pathway walking around Highland Lake there is a stoic moss covered tree known as “The Lord of the Forest” whose stately presence breathes embodiment to all of nature.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Further along the pathway around the lake, there is a section where the stream and pond flow out into the lake. Oftentimes you will see turtles and bullfrogs, together with dragonflies and you may even encounter a fairy or two!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

As you continue along the pathway, the senses of sight, taste, smell, hearing, feeling and knowing are awakened in the freshness of the fragrant, soothing air. It is moments like this which span our awareness of time and we become one with all that is around us and within us. This bliss full state of consciousness allows for incredible insights as the mind drops into sacred heart-centered alignment and inner knowing. You may see a spiritual rainbow cone, or even an orb or two!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Peaceful mornings and throughout the day, the lake transforms her appearance into something new! There is much to be learned from her deep lesson of inner knowing.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Cloud formations pass throughout the day, bringing colorful rainbows, angelic wisps of glistening crystals, as the sunlight reflects brilliantly off the textured glassy water.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

And so after a splendid sunset, the campfires begin to emerge surrounding the water’s edge. Oftentimes, the fireflies will gather around the sloping hills as the crickets and peepers and tree frogs begin their harmonic evening melodies which accompany the sparkling starts lighting up the gradually darkening vast evening sky.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Sunfish Sailboats sport around Highland Lake with moments of gusty winds and other peaceful doldrums. There is a gentleman who has configured a way to sail his rainbow colored sailboat around the lake using just the one arm that he has – remarkable the ingenuity of the power of invention, determination and necessity!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Then there is the early morning choir of birds singing, as the stillness of the morning air and water invigorates the soul. Timelessness revisited.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Various boating activities and music festivals as well as floatilla competition are just some of the many activities at Highland Lake. Not to mention the fireworks! They simply begin on the Fourth of July weekend and continue throughout the season!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

And so our lives are to be lived to their fullest, richest, reaching for the stars, pressed down and flowing over! As my Mom would say, “Keep Joy in your life, Jesus wants it that way!” and as Grandma Marge would say, “Happy, Happy, Happy!!! Joy, Joy, Joy!!!”

“Rejoice in the Lord always! And again I say, rejoice!”

Philippians 4:4

©Loriginal Designs Photography