RIP precious deer creature. Follow-up to last night’s story post… I heard a ruckus down the grassy drainage corridor early this morning. The sick mom’s sister was pacing a bit at the corridor’s dead-end at my place, and looking down toward where her sister had been. Something was happening and I could see movement, but couldn’t make it out. I made my way out front and down the street to the intersecting drainage way. As I approached, a la pajamas and flip flops, I could see the coyote mom eating the now dead, sick deer mom. As I paused to take an “all is well” breath, about 50 yards further down, 12 of the the deer “sisters” stood in unison, on high alert, full whitetail stance. It seemed they were holding space for their sister and the “all is wellness” they embody with ease. No judging, no holding on, no good, no bad. They read the room. They live to the fullest, in each moment, breathing and experiencing, breathing and experiencing. I turned around and headed home. I spotted her tiny fawn Rescue, safe and sound a half hour later with some of the others behind my place. Suddenly it seemed clearer. I originally thought the mom was keeping her own fawn at a distance because she was contagious. It seemed mean, but I knew my perspective was lacking breadth. As the sweet mom knew she was ill, she was pushing her baby away and forcing her to forage earlier than normal and fend for herself. The baby would track her mom and follow at a distance. The little one tried nursing from a couple of the other moms but they weren’t having it. Every once in a while, I would see the mom let Rescue get close again for a brief period. Now it seems, the mom was pushing her baby to do hard things while she was alive, so that she would be there to comfort her during the weening process. Pushing her to do hard things alone, the baby falling and weakening, then the mom comforting and feeding, then the pushing away to go it alone again. Each time, Rescue falling a bit, and then getting back up, falling, and then getting back up. Building strength, building resilience, building life. All is well. #natureholdsthekey #tinyjoys #littlegratitudes #resilience #dominantwellbeing #whitetail

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IMPERFECTLY PERFECT SPIRIT Framed Giclée A Square Foot of Fauna Series This amazing mom is identifiable like no other. The bridge of her nose near her eyes is bent. It creates an odd bite that is a little crooked. When I first started meditating and watching and interacting with the deer behind my house, she became my first deer joy. She was instantly friendly and interested in me. She was immediately comfortable in my closeness and would eat apple and carrot slices right out of my hand. Naturally, she became one of my favorite painting subjects. She is the matriarch of of a big family and leads with grace, elegance, and calm. She is also a beacon of light. She magnifies how our imperfections are what identify and draw people to us. It’s great to be recognized. Print dimensions: 12″x12″ Matte: 1″ Natural Walnut Frame: 15.5″x15.5″ All material is sourced and made in the USA. 100% wood from sustainable farms, Off White Conservation matboard, Premium framers grade Acrylite, Archival pigment inks on Enhanced 280g Matte Archival Smooth Paper All framed orders fulfilled within1-2 weeks. #tinyjoys #littlegratitudes #natureholdsthekey #dominantwellbeing #femaleartists #sanantonioartist #deer #deerconservation #squarefootfauna #framedart

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Autumn Equinox, Texas Style – A Square Foot of Fauna Series The Autumn Equinox is a time of harvest, the moment when the Sun appears to cross the celestial equator, heading southward. It is a time that reminds me of home and country and earth. Growing up in Texas, the Longhorn is a formidable statuesque symbol of majesty and grandeur. There is something messy and transitional about moving from one season to the next. Much of my style of painting is about creating beauty out of seeming chaotic strokes. This movement of “non-linear” lines may also have been birthed from many years of lying face toward the sky on a trampoline, seeing the ever-evolving art in the clouds. Print dimensions: 12″x12″ Matte: 1″ Natural Walnut Frame: 15.5″x15.5″ All material is sourced and made in the USA. 100% wood from sustainable farms, Off White Conservation matboard, Premium framers grade Acrylite, Archival pigment inks on Enhanced 280g Matte Archival Smooth Paper All framed orders fulfilled within 1-2 weeks. #tinyjoys #littlegratitudes #natureholdsthekey #longhorn #autumn #autumnequinox #harvest #sanantonioartist #femaleartist #arthealsthesoul

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VELVET from A Square Foot of Fauna Series The male Whitetail Deer lose their antlers after rut which is in the Winter. When their horns start growing back, they are all velvet. Interesting note that during this time when their antlers are small and soft, the female deer pretty much rule the land. It’s hilarious to watch a female deer stand her ground where she wants to eat. If a male tries to move her, she rares back on her back legs and paws him away. The females have the power January through June and the males have the power July to December. 50/50 Interesting, huh? Print dimensions: 12″x12″ Matte: 1″ Natural Walnut Frame: 15.5″x15.5″ All material is sourced and made in the USA. 100% wood from sustainable farms, Off White Conservation matboard, Premium framers grade Acrylite, Archival pigment inks on Enhanced 280g Matte Archival Smooth Paper #tinyjoys #littlegratitudes #sanantonioartist #femaleartist #velvet #deer #antlers #conservationist

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