August 5, 2022 Weekly Musings

Christine Alfery

Posted on August 05 2022

August 5, 2022 Weekly Musings


Migration Trail Accepted Into 2022 Great Northern Art Explosion

"Migration Trail" has been accepted into 2022 Great Northern Art Explosion.

The 3rd annual Great Northern Art Explosion is an open, international public art contest & exhibition held in downtown Grayling, MI being held August 26- September 11, 2022. During this unique exhibition, the public is encouraged to come to Grayling to cast their vote for "People's Choice Awards." 



Cardinals, Little Yellow Birds and a Grosbeak

Featured image: Goose

Cardinals, Little Yellow Birds and a Grosbeak, all in one day.

For the first time ever, I had a female cardinal at the feeder this morning. Had I not been looking at that very moment, I would have missed her. I wonder how many other things that I miss because I am not looking.
I certainly did not miss the two geese calling this morning on our beach. I heard them before I saw them.
What a treat seeing the cardinal and grosbeaks.



Featured image: Graffiti

As an artist, have you ever looked back at or seen some of your older work and thought, “Oh, my gosh that is just awful!” Recently, I had that experience when someone emailed me and asked if a certain piece was my work? Sit was something that I had done in the 1980’s. It was my work and I was disappointed in myself for even signing the piece. The emailer was delighted in getting ahold of one of my works and wanted to know more about it. So I shared with him why I created it and the subject matter of the work.

Soon after, I received an email from another collector who sent me a picture of the work they had acquired. They were excited about the work, as was I. I knew the work, I remember working on it and being very proud of what I had done. It was called “Graffiti.” Graffiti was definitely a work that I learned from. I still use a similar technique and painting style that I developed while painting it. I did this piece in the 1980’s also. The work is unique and one-of-a-kind, and I am proud of it. I have seen very few of the unique works I did back then, I guess folks are hanging on to them.

I have been painting a long long time and there are many of my works out there, some are good and some are bad – there is no question that I have learned from all of them. This was evident in the work I titled “Graffiti.”

The same is true today, everything I struggle with today in my life and in my work, I learn from. And everything good and bad make me and my work what they are today.


Musings: Visions Are

Featured image: Four Cranes

Visions Are……
Visions, are sensations, that cause things to happen.
Visions are raw gut feelings
Visions are not facts.
Visions do not compete with one another.
Facts do.
Visions speak for themselves.
Facts are unable to speak for themselves.


Woodpecker's Spirit

Featured image: The Spirit of a Woodpecker

I have always said if there is reincarnation I will come back as a woodpecker. I can relate totally to that determined spirit they have as they forge for a bug stuck deep in a tree- the woodpecker’s spirit.

Turning to online resources about woodpeckers, I found the below.

“Having a woodpecker as a spirit animal means you’re a keen opportunity-seeker. You know what it takes to have a successful and joyful life. Rewards never come without constant learning and spiritual development.

These people are skillful, passionate, and creative. Their motivation is ever-growing, and they are adept at balancing their personal and private life. Due to being compassionate, individuals guided by the woodpecker spirit tend to build meaningful relationships.

Moreover, such persons can love unconditionally. Once they commit to someone, they will stop at nothing to protect their loved ones. Sensitivity adorns them, and faithfulness is one of their most pronounced traits.”

Yup, I totally suit the spirit of a woodpecker.









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