Thursday, November 26

A Giving of Thanks

Grateful am I...

By feeling gratitude towards life,
I move towards light, wholeness, universal energy, love.
I move beyond the bounds of my own life and discover
that I am an expression or form of universal life,
of divine energy.
click on images
for closer view

Above images were done with a new tool for me,
Derwent Inktense watercolor pencils.
Thank you Donna!!

and for mega doses of grateful messages
visit Shine the Divine, where Laura collected over 100
messages from friends and bloggers around the world,
to share with us all, spreading that divine shine!


  1. You are a dear friend that I am so thankful came into my life this year.

    I know that had I not known you, I would be less than I am.

    Love Renee xoxo

  2. Karen this Mandala is gorgeous! I feel so much energy extending off the page/screen right into my heart!

    Thank you for linking to my blog and for your support since we've met on line...I am so grateful for your friendship.

    I offer you a blessing for refuah shelema (that is means complete healing) what ever form healing arises in your life.


  3. happy thanksgiving karin! I LOVE YOUR giving thanks pages... wow, beautiful and so totally cool that you and i both used eyes - me on my mehndi last night you in your sun! i am sending you extra special hugs today my friend. here's a cool poem i found on my friend jenn's blog, thought you would like it...
    love to you and john!

    – Inspired by the Onondaga Nation

    Greetings and Thanks to each other as people

    To the Earth
    mother of all
    greetings & thanks

    to all the waters
    waterfalls & rain, rivers & oceans
    greetings & thanks

    to all the
    fish life
    greetings & thanks

    the grains and greens
    beans & berries
    as one we send thanks to food plants

    medicine herbs of the world and their keepers
    greetings & thanks

    the trees for shelter & shade, fruit & beauty
    greetings * thanks

    to all birds
    large and small
    joyful greeetings & thanks

    and from the four directions
    the four winds
    thank you for purifying the air we breathe and giving us strength

    and now the sun
    for the light of a new day and all the fires of life
    greetings & thanks

    to our oldest grandmother
    the moon
    leader of women all over the world

    and the stars
    for their mystery, beauty & guidance
    greetings & thanks

    to our teachers
    from all times reminding us of how to live in harmony
    greetings & thanks

    and for all the gifts of creation
    for all the love around us
    greetings & thanks

    and for that which is forgotten
    we remember

    we end our words
    now our minds are one.

  4. nice and powerfull cut madalas

  5. This is truly beautiful - design, colours and words (except the rats :-)

    Hope you keep well, Karin.

  6. This mandala is wonderful - I love the eyes especially. Divine Shine...what a perfect phrase !

    So glad you are having a sweet and love-filled Thanks Giving Day, lovely Karin.
    Big love to you !

  7. Wow! Absolutely beautiful.
    I think I'm going to have to get some watercolor pencils!!!
    Happy THanksgiving!

  8. Beautiful words, beautiful image; manifestations of your open heart.


    p.s. I love the inktense pencils! I've used the regular Derwent watercolor pencils for years, but I like these even more. Have fun with them!

  9. As always you amaze me, with this post and the one below... I'm so glad you have new toys (pencils:) to assist you in turning out your beautiful art... I love your thoughts from Tuesday as well - I agree with a whole heart.
    Blessings to you my friend.

  10. You have a very powerful and beautiful spirit. It's like your work becomes a meditation and the focus of your thoughts transfers to the paper and glows. I love it.

  11. Karin I love the image you portray with loving words.


  12. Karin you are always an inspiration. I'm a bit late to wish you a happy thanksgiving (without the internet for several days) but I wish you a great weekend.

  13. I am thankful every time I check out your blog and see your creations...It makes me feel like all is well!

    By the way, I checked out Secret Sunday at The Altered Page and loved your book...another great material to explore...Tar paper! Who'd-a-thunk-it?

    Take care. xox

  14. Dear Renee, thank you - you couldn't have said anything more meaningful to me. You also have helped me to be more than had I not met you. Love you, K

    Hi Laura, thank you! and you are welcome, it's my pleasure to share your messages, which lift the spirit. Blessings for refuah shelema to you as well - I feel healed in this very moment. ❤ k

    Thank you so much Jennifer, and for the beautiful poem, too! Sending you and WIll hugs and love, k

    thanks lila :)

    ha! aw, come on Gypsy, rats are people, too :) xox

    Hey Kim, thank you!! and I truly hope your Thanks Giving was filled with joyful love! xox

    Thank you Susan, yeah, they were fun and really easy to use - good saturated color!

    Hi Sharmon, thank you. Yeah, I've used the Derwent and caran d'ache, but I think I liked these better - at least for working over gesso :)

    Thanks Patti, I appreciate your words and presence here. Blessings, too, to you! xox

    Thank you so much Jasmine, I am touched by your words.

    ♥♡♥ Renee, xox

    Thank you Robyn, it has been an exceptional weekend, with visits from friends, good food, and today my husband's birthday to celebrate :) xo k

    Thank you Sonia, it is - all is well :) You'll love tar paper/roofing felt!! I great cheap material to play with!! xox k

  15. Another beautiful spread. Hope you are having a wonderful thanksgiving weekend.

  16. This image evokes power when you look at it. Love the way you put it together and the colors you used. Watercolor pencils are so versatile. I love how you can make texdture with the use of a brush.

  17. hi :) visiting from 'shine the divine'.. love your artwork, the mandala is amazing x

  18. You are perfect and us sitting together would be even more perfect and me watching you and Lynne paint and have fun would be even more perfect.

    Love you.

    Renee xoxo

  19. sorry I haven't been by in a while, life is so busy right now with final projects and exams, but I just wanted to say how thankful I am that I "know" you, and I'm still hoping to make the trip to see the big red bk.


Thanks for visiting and leaving your thoughts!