The Elves of Misty Glen

Misty-GlenThe elves of Misty Glen have just now been told by their elder leaders that they must yet again leave their home and find a new place to live. The humans have posted signs and machines are coming to clear the land. It’s becoming harder and harder to find wild places, which are farther and fewer between. The elders are worried that the very old and the very young will not be able to make the journey. And what then? Is it only a matter of time before there is no wild wood, no place to call home?


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Graphite Drawing- 9" x 12"
Graphite Drawing- 9″ x 12″

Ellaby hasn’t seen or heard from his best friend in days.  This was unusual and prompted Ellaby to go and stop by where Lem lived in a wonderful cozy home under the roots of a large old elm tree. It had belonged to many generations of his gnome family.  It was right next to  a stream where he and Ellaby would float paper boats down it, talk to passing frogs, and play with other creatures that lived along the merrily gurgling stream.

As I said before Lem had been missing for too many days and when Ellaby knocked on his door he heard nothing at first. But then his ear pricked up when he heard a weak croak, “Hellooo?”  Lem quickly poked his head in the door and there propped up on a pile of pillows was Lem looking feverish and miserable.

“Where have you been?” asked Lem crankily. “I could have died right here and no one would have cared.”
“I came to see you as soon as I realized you hadn’t come to town. It’s only been a few days,” answered Ellaby in a soothing voice.  He was very patient because he knew Lem was only ever cross when he was ill.  “What can I bring you? …Some nice root soup or a warm compress for your chest? Some new books? Cough syrup? Witches Good for What Ails You All Purpose Elixer?”
“No,”  Lem answered, “No not much …I just need some company… and a cup of tea… and maybe a slice of ginger root toast…and plump my pillows please…and open the window just a hair will you please…. a cold cloth for my brow…. and some of those flowers just down the stream would be nice… hmmm  I guess that ‘s all.”

Ellaby looked at his friend and what he thought and what he said were two different things. He just looked at his dear friend and said, “Alright, in a jiffy. We’ll have you up and running around in no time.

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A Witch of Another Kind

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Before I get started with posting a new drawing and story, I just have to get an apology out of the way….probably more to myself than you unless you also had expectations about how often I would post.   Anyway if you did have  expectations, I am sorry that I have been a tad absent lately (A TAD??)  How about only posting a couple of times in around six months!  I know!  Really that’s so disgraceful.  Even though I am apologizing, I wish you to know that I lay it entirely at the feet of my recalcitrant inner child, or maybe my rebellious lazy inner teenager.  Anyway the job hasn’t been getting done.  So as the stern disciplinarian that I am …no? …..No,  I didn’t buy it either. You see the problem is exactly that. The inner young one says I don’t wanna sit at the computer ! I want to go play!  And being a pushover, I give in. Well no more.  Times are changing! … least I think they are.

"Arelia" Graphite 9" x 12"
“Arelia” Graphite 9″ x 12″


A Witch of Another Kind

This is Aurelia. And as you can clearly see she isn’t what you would typically think of as a witch. Girl’s got style.  No old haggy black threads for her. The only concession to witchly fashion that she makes is in her accessorization.  She carries the typical broom, which I will remind you is also her ride.  I’ve heard through the grapevine that she’s been talking to some decorative artisan about bedazzling her broom with rhinestones and maybe a few semi-precious gems.  A bit of gold here and a bit of sterling there.  It will be quite impressive, but I can’t help but wonder how comfortable it will be.  It would not be the first time that fashion got in the way of comfort.  I think you ladies know of what I am speaking.. er writing.

If you are used to seeing witches with ugly old black pointy hats you will notice the exquisite chapeau that Aurelia is sporting.  It’s a lovely lavender hand felted model adorned with exotic bird feathers, silk flowers and black and white striped satin ribbons.  Rumor has it that she has a different hat for every outfit.

Well I could go on and on about the rest of her ensemble but I want to get to the really exciting part which is the fact the other witches are starting to sit up and take notice.   Appointments are being made for manicures and facials.  And very fashionable boutiques that cater exclusively to the witchy set are starting to pop up here and there. And you know what that means?!  When a person starts to feel good about how they look they start to feel and act less crabby.  So for us that means maybe a few less instances of  being turned into toads and worse.  I for one, am very appreciative of Aurelia’s trendsetting style revolution.

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Even Trolls Have Mothers

"Welcome the Baby-" graphite 9" x 12"
“Welcome the Baby-” graphite 9″ x 12″

Maybe you never thought about it, but even ogres and trolls have mothers.

One thing we all have in common- parents. And today we honor the yin, softer side of parenting. I know that an unlucky few would say their moms are ogres. But I’m fortunate to have a different kind of mom. What I love about her is that she is as beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside. She has always tried her best to do the right thing, to be loving, kind and supportive of not only her family but others as well. She’s a brilliant artist and she is the glue of my family. I love you Mom!

My Mom -Betty Russel Gates

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Nominated for a Liebster Award- Who’d a Thunk it?


I was nominated for the Liebster Award by Pretty Pony Designs .  Thank you PPD!  Normally I don’t participate in these but for some reason it must have been just the right moment to ask me, because here I am accepting it. 🙂

The rules for accepting this award are that you:

* Thank the person who gave you the Liebster Award nomination and link their blog to your post.

* Answer the questions they asked you.

* Nominate 11 bloggers for the award.  The bloggers must have 200 followers….or around there.
* Create 11 questions to ask your nominees.

* Let your nominees know you nominated them once you’ve posted about your Liebster Award.

* Add the Liebster Award badge to your blog!

Here are my answers to PPD’s questions:

1. When did you start blogging?

I think it was about four years ago. I wanted another way to share my art and my creative writing.

2. When was your last vacation?

Last September. We went to Cannon Beach in Oregon.

3. What camera(s) do you own?

A Nikon D70 and a Nokia Lumia Camera phone

4. What’s your favorite food?

Any kind of stew or soup- the brothier the better

5. Who inspires you?

People who speak the truth

6. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?

Where I live right now- Puget Sound

7. What is your favorite season?

This is a hard one. I like them all and I’m ready for the change when it happens. There are different things about each that I love.

8. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Five years wiser,  more skilled and more experienced

9. What kind of music do you listen to?

I listen to a lot of Americana, Acoustic, Folk, movie music, singer songwriter kind of things

10. If you could have one super power, what would it be?

In my presence anyone would have to tell the truth and I’d go to Washington DC and stand in the Senatorial and Congressional Houses and watch them squirm

11. What does love mean to you?

Love means compassion, understanding and forgiveness. It means accepting someone unconditionally for who they are and appreciating their difference. It means wanting to share your time and energy with them.


My Questions For My Nominees

1. Why blog? Because you love writing or because you love what you write about or both. Or is it something                    else? Why? Why? Why?

2. If you could change one thing about the world…forever…what would it be?

3. What’s the worse thing about your life and what can you do to change it?

4. When you go to sleep at night, what’s the the thing that keeps you from going to sleep quickly and easily?

5. If you were given a million dollars and you had to spend it in one week what would you do with it?

6. Is it easy or hard for you to say your sorry? Why?

7. Do you blindly trust what a Doctor tells you or do you research it to make sure it’s the best course of action                for you?

8. Do you feel that you are obligated to leave the world a better place after you die?

9. Are you optimistic about the future and why?

10 Do you wish I hadn’t “honored” you with these questions…..  🙂 

Who Knew?- Squirrels!

I found this video on YouTube of a man playing with a baby squirrel. It’s adorable! This is not my normal sort of post but I couldn’t resist. Enjoy!

“This is the squirrel we rescued back on 4/5 after her Mom and siblings disappeared in a hail storm. This is her third week living outside for three weeks now.” Denton Birdwatcher Videos

The Arrogance of a Satyr

"The Arrogance of a Satyr" graphite 9" x 12"
“The Arrogance of a Satyr” graphite 9″ x 12″

If in your wanderings you have come upon a satyr or two, you will probably be in agreement that they are a most arrogant lot. They have a very high opinion of themselves when it comes to wooing and winning the fairer sex. They don’t feel like they particularly have to try very hard to get the attentions of fair maidens.  Quite bluntly they are the “bad boys” of the fae kingdom. Of course in their defense many girls and women (who should know better) have quite literally thrown themselves at the feet of a satyr hoping for a kiss or two…or more.

Keep in mind that Satyrs are not the marrying kind. They will love you for a night, maybe even a day or two, but they will leave. And please don’t fall into the trap of thinking that if you love them enough, and do all the right things that they will stick around because you are so wonderful that they couldn’t possibly be satisfied with another female’s attentions. You see it’s not about quality for them, it’s quantity. It’s conquest.  The moment you give in, you’re fate is sealed.

Knowing that, you might mistakenly believe that it’s worth a little pain of parting to spend time with him. But let me make this perfectly clear. It is you who will never be satisfied with the attentions of another man, a human man, a good man. No. You are spoiled forever. Think about that, before you go sniffing around a satyr. You have been warned!

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