Tag Archives: Trees

Firelight Branches

Firelight Branches by Karen Gadient, 2017

Firelight Branches. Gel pen and digital mixed media.

Autumn burned brightly, a running flame through the mountains, a torch flung to the trees. ― Faith Baldwin

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Filed under Art, Color, Ink, Mixed Media, Painting, Pen, Quotes

Mixed Media Monday: Festivity

Festivity by Karen Gadient, 2016

Festivity. Gouache, watercolor, and digital mixed media.

Posting a little early this time, while it’s still Christmas-y.
Hope you’re having a happy holiday season!

Never worry about the size of your Christmas tree. In the eyes of children, they are all 30 feet tall. ― Larry Wilde, The Merry Book of Christmas

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Filed under Art, Color, Gouache, Holiday, Mixed Media, Mixed Media Monday, Painting, Prompts, Quotes, Watercolor

Glasgow Botanic Gardens

Glasgow Botanic Gardens by David Gadient, 2016

We spent most of our second day in Glasgow at the Botanic Gardens. It was perfect sunny weather and lots of people had come out to enjoy the day. If we lived in Glasgow, this is a place we’d go to every week. I love our Desert Botanical Garden, but the high temperatures in Phoenix make it difficult to enjoy a walk there in summer. So this was a real pleasure. Plus: so much green!

Glasgow Botanic Flowers by David Gadient, 2016

We explored all of the buildings too, which were free to enter. We really enjoyed The Kibble Palace (nifty 360° views at that link), and we nearly had it to ourselves, probably due to the humidity inside―which, while heavy, was a pleasant change for us, with so little humidity back home.

Kibble Palace by David Gadient, 2016

The variety of plants inside the buildings is amazing. There’s even a section of desert plants―a bit of Arizona in Scotland. Of course, we didn’t take pictures of those, since we have heaps of them here, but David snapped quite a few shots of other, less familiar-to-us, plants.

Glasgow Botanic Plants by David Gadient, 2016

Elsewhere in the Gardens, we found the abandoned railway station. We could look down to the platform area below, but the beauty was at our level.

Abandoned Underground by David Gadient, 2016

There was also part of the West End Festival on display: The Ideal Hut Show. Colorful and clever sheds by artists and designers. This isn’t even all of them. Kids and adults alike were having fun examining these little pieces of architecture―such a fun outdoor installation!

Ideal Hut Show by David Gadient, 2016

We took a wide walk to cover the entire Garden, and were greeted by plenty of pigeons and squirrels. The squirrels were particularly gregarious; David made friends with one while we stopped at a bench.

Squirrel by David Gadient, 2016

If you’re ever in Glasgow, be sure to check out the Botanic Gardens. It’s an oasis in the West End and a wonderful way to spend some hours.


Filed under Animals, Holiday, Journal, Life, Nature, Scotland, Travel, Vacation

Backwoods Ghosts

Backwoods Ghosts by Karen Gadient, 2016

Backwoods Ghosts. Ink, acrylic, and digital mixed media.
For a print and other items, please click the image.

Night is a world lit by itself. ― Antonio Porchia, Voces, 1943, translated from Spanish by W.S. Merwin

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Filed under Acrylic, Art, Digital Artwork, Drawing, Ink, Landscape, Mixed Media, Nature, Painting, Quotes


Arising by Karen Gadient, 2016

Arising. Ink, acrylic, and digital mixed media.

Valor is stability, not of legs and arms, but of courage and the soul.
― Michel de Montaigne

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Filed under Acrylic, Art, Color, Ink, Landscape, Mixed Media, Painting, Quotes

Portland Japanese Garden

Portland Japanese Garden - Photo by Karen Gadient, 2014

I’m reorganizing our photos and figured I’d share a few here on occasion. This one was taken in the Portland Japanese Garden in late springtime. Things look quite different in autumn and winter, so be sure to check out their site―or visit, if you live close enough! It’s a beautiful and relaxing place to spend an afternoon.

One touch of nature makes the whole world kin. ― William Shakespeare


Filed under Color, Landscape, Nature, Oregon, Photography, Quotes, Travel

A Poison Tree

Poison Tree by Karen Gadient

I thought I’d share another poem. I carried a handwritten version of this one in my purse throughout high school (like most teenagers, I was angsty). I still have the original paper, more than twenty years on, but in a keepsake box.

A Poison Tree by William Blake

I was angry with my friend:
I told my wrath, my wrath did end.
I was angry with my foe:
I told it not, my wrath did grow.

And I watered it in fears,
Night and morning with my tears;
And I sunned it with smiles,
And with soft deceitful wiles.

And it grew both day and night,
Till it bore an apple bright;
And my foe beheld it shine,
And he knew that it was mine.

And into my garden stole
When the night had veiled the pole;
In the morning, glad, I see
My foe outstretched beneath the tree.


Filed under Digital Artwork, Friendship, Inspiration, Journal, Life, Poetry