Windows of My Life

I am an artist by nature. Not a day goes by that I do not crave to create something. Paul Klee once said this about how his art came to life, "everything vanishes around me and works are born as if out of a void." That is exactly what happens to me. Whether I am composing a photograph, creating a painting, writing a song or designing a textile piece the world outside me becomes silent and all I can hear see and smell are the going ons of what lives inside me. I personally invite you to peek into the windows of my life.

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Oh give me just one day to free my mind,to create to listen, to walk, to quiet my soul,to cool down,to carry on~ My photographs and other artworks are inspired by the wonder, simplicity and quietude of every day life. In every photograph,sketch, painting or textile piece, I hope to capture the spirit, the mood, the song of my subjects. I was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. My creative spirit awakened when I moved to Northwest Montana where there was plenty of room to roam with my camera and places to be alone with nature and its inhabitants. All my photographs are professionally printed by acclaimed Bozeman, MT artist/ photographer Rob Outlaw on archival quality fine art paper. My frames are custom built by artist Richard Moore of Wind and Snow Art Gallery in Polson, MT.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

.~Glacier Peak Holistics To The Rescue.~


This past summer was a bit "ruff" for Cowboy.
Day after day I noticed new symptom's manifesting
Weepy left eye
Rash under his back legs
Dry nose
Back leg tremors
Swollen knee joints
He looked miserable and I could tell he was in great discomfort.

Next step?
A trip to the vet's office.

My vet - who I value and highly respect - wanted to address his back leg tremors and swelling first. 
Cowboy's sister, Cowgirl, passed two years ago from bone cancer and the vet wanted to get that ruled out first.
To my relief the X-Ray showed no signs of bone cancer.
But what it did show was chronic arthritis.
(Cowgirl is the beautiful dog in the upper left hand corner.
I miss her so ~)
So what to do now?
My vet said that there was three things that she could suggest to help Cowboy

An operation was out of the question.  He was far to old to put him through that.
I did purchase the Glucosamine she recommended.
Reluctantly, I also purchased the Rimadyl.

Why reluctantly?
Have you ever read the possible side effects of Rimadyl?
This is straight from the Rimadyl Side Effects Website
Potential Side Effects Of Rimadyl Include:
  • A loss of appetite and unwillingness to drink
  • Changes in urination patterns: sweet smelling urine,
  •  blood in the urine, and/or urinating far more than usual
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Vomit or stools containing blood
  • Changes in skin, including scabs, redness, itching
  • Change in normal temperament: lethargy, drowsiness, restlessness, aggressiveness, hyperactivity
  • Stumbling, staggering, partial or full paralysis
  • Seizures
  • Dizziness
  • Jaundice: yellow whites of the eyes, skin, and mucous membranes
  • Death
Fortunately for me, on the very same day,  I went to Heaven's Peak Organics,
 my local health food store, and asked about any known herbal remedies for dogs and arthritis.

Heather, the owner of the store got a BIG SMILE on her face and said," YES! Inflapotion!
 Inflapotion is the answer!"

I thought to myself, "what do I have to lose?"
 I purchased it and began mixing it in Cowboy's food right away.
 I saw a difference in just 24 hours.
 And within 48 hours he was acting like a puppy again.
He loves the taste of the Inflapotion.
So much so, he dances around his food bowl when I give it to him.

If you go on Glacier Peak Holisitc's website
 they call Inflapotion Senior Magic!
And it is indeed.

The story gets better... .

So now that I had Cowboys arthritis in check, I needed to get to the bottom of his
 scratching, licking, weepy eyes and rash.

I purchased Glacier Peak Holistics  Healthy Dog Nutritional Assessment.
 This Assessment was going to tell me what Cowboy's
food and environmental sensitivities and triggers are.
It was also going to suggest holistic remedies that may be beneficial to get his body back in balance.

The Healthy Dog Assessment results showed that Cowboy
 has sensitivities and triggers to the  following:
  Beef and Salmon.
Also to all grains.
Sweet Potato's
Canola oil
Wood Smoke

A probable concern was his immune system was low.

Interestingly, I was feeding him a diet that had those exact food ingredients.
We do heat our house with wood.
We did recently have a spider outbreak in our house.
My husband had just sprayed for weeds around our property
which has fescue all around which Cowboy eats often.

I immediately switched his food to  Zygnature Duck Formula
and his itching and scratching decreased right away and within 3 weeks time stopped all together.

The rash?  That went away almost immediately.

As for addressing the environmental issues, some of them were out of my control like the wood smoke for example.  I found out that if I could at least boost his immune system that his body would tolerate the environmental issues better.

I  started giving him Glacier Peak Holistics's Daily Defense
 which is a anti-parasitic and immune booster.

Later on, I will give him a cycle of  Peak Immune which
has been formulated to "Super Charge" the performance of the immune system.

GPH also suggested I give Cowboy enzyme and a pro-biotic because I feed him kibble.
 Cowboy now gets  Enzymedica Digest Basics and Pro-Bio mixed in his food too.

I bet you think I am making this all up.
I'm not.
This is a true story.

My dog Cowboy is not scratching and not itching.
He does not have a rash any longer.

What he does have is energy and he can go on walks again!

Want to know the happiest ending of all?
Not only is my best friend Cowboy feeling 100% better,
but Glacier Peak Holistics was looking for a Sales Representative.
I applied for the job and got it!

Now I spend Monday through Friday helping pets across the globe find their way back into balance.
Not a day goes by that I do not hear praises from our customers about how
 Glacier Peak Holistics
helped their dog or their horse be happier and healthier.

Thank you Glacier Peak Holistics for all you do for the canine and equines of the world.
I am especially grateful for the help you have given Cowboy.

I can clearly see why your tag line is...
"Glacier Peak Holistics making miracles happen...naturally."

You've helped him and so many other dogs and horses
 get their "quality of life back with out compromising their longevity."

Cowboy and I are eternally grateful!
.~ox ~.

To learn more about Glacier Peak Holistics please visit their website:

Sunday, November 3, 2013

.~Closer To Heaven.~

Cowboy Cooper Marvel
(January 31st, 2000 - Present) 
It was at the end of February 2000 that Cowboy came into my life. 
I'd been away on a business trip.
The hours were long and arduous.
To add insult to injury,
 I got stuck in a snow storm
 which delayed me from coming straight home.
The roads were completely shut down.
When the weather finally cleared up,
the roads were still snow packed and icy.
I was driving 25 miles an hour.
The only highlight of the drive was hearing
 the Dixie Chick's song
Cowboy Take Me Away
for the first time.
I remember crying through the entire song
as it so represented the core of who I am and how I want to live my life.
"I said I wanna touch the earth I wanna break it in my hands
I wanna grow something wild and unruly
I wanna sleep on the hard ground in the comfort of your arms
On a pillow of blue bonnets in a blanket made of stars

Oh it sounds good to me
I said

Cowboy take me away fly this girl as high as you can into the wild blue
Set me free oh I pray closer to heaven above and closer to you
Closer to you

I wanna walk and not run, I wanna skip and not fall
I wanna look at the horizon, and not see a building standing tall
I wanna be the only one, for miles and miles
Except for maybe you, and your simple smile

Oh it sounds good to me, yes it sounds so good to me,

Cowboy take me away, fly this girl as high as you can into the wild blue
Set me free, oh, I pray, closer to heaven above, and closer to you
Closer to you  ... .

I finally got home safe but utterly exhausted.
Little did I know that my life was about to change forever. 

I opened the door and to my surprise there was
a little bitty puppy
with a red bandana wrapped around his neck
waiting for me.
My husband informed me that he named him Cowboy.
Why yes, I think so.

It was at that moment that Cowboy stole my heart.
I cannot imagine my life with out him.
His unconditional love fills my soul
and just like the song says
he has a way of flying my spirit as high as it can
into the wild blue.

Oh and that" simple smile" of his does indeed take me away.



Tuesday, July 23, 2013

.~Woolin Rouge Color Palette Of The Week.~

.~Sea Me.~

"When the ship first came to Australia,
Cook wrote the natives
Continued fishing, without looking up.
Unable, it seems to fear what was too large to be comprehended."
~Jane Hirschfield ~Poet

Thursday, July 18, 2013

.~Fish Parade.~

Original Watercolor
Fish P15" X 18"
Original Watercolor
By Traci Suzanne Marvel

Story Behind The Art:

One day many, many, many summers ago, I set up a little table underneath the shade of an Aspen tree. On the table I had watercolor paper, watercolors, brushes, in pens, pitcher of water and some paper towels. Oh and yes, I do think there was a bottle of Duck Pond Pinot Gris involved.

My goal was to unleash my creative spirit by painting whatever was in my head at the moment.
Fish Parade was one of the 5 paintings that occurred serendipitously that afternoon.

I just came across the portfolio that the five paintings were tucked away in and I thought I would bring them out into the light and put them up for sale.

If it were me, I would find a fun funky old frame, paint it a wild crazy color and put this painting in it.


Please let me know if you have any questions and make sure to check out the other 4 paintings in the series:  Traci Suzanne Marvel's Original Paintings