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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.

Friday, February 15, 2008

~Bing~.

"My goal in life is to become as wonderful as my dog thinks I am."
~Toby & Eileen Green

Saturday, February 9, 2008

.~Window's of My Life.~


Windows of My Life
Lyrics and Artwork by Traci Suzanne Marvel

Looking...through the windows of my life.
Wondering where you are.
Dreaming... that our paths will cross again,
You were my best friend for just awile.

Praying... that you are thinking about me too.
Wishing I was there beside you.

I have you framed in the windows of my life.
Visions of you pass through my heart
and rest in my soul in violet-hues.
And if I choose to see you, I can
I close my eyes and there...there you stand.

Thinking... about the treasures you gave to me.
A heart filled with love and memories.

Laughing... at the times I shared with you.
Life, is short how true.
Darling, I love you.

Listening... to the howl of the wind.
I hear your voice strong within the wind.

I have you framed in the the windows of my life.
Visions of you pass through my heart,
And rest in my soul in violet-hues.
And if I choose to see you, I can.
I close my eyes and there ... there you stand.


Looking, dreaming, praying throught the windows of my life,
wondering where you are.

Thinking, laughing, listening through the windows of my life.

"True Love."

"Love alone is capable of uniting living beings in such a way as to complete and fulfill them, for it alone takes them and joins them by what is deepest in themselves."
~ Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

Don't Be Late For Sunset"


"Ray was having so much fun playing peek-a-boo with the trees and creating sparkles on the water that he lost all track of time. If he didn't hurry back into the arms of the Sun, he'd surely be late for Sunset."
Excerpt from "Don't Be Late For Sunset"
by Traci Suzanne Marvel

.~ Cherish.~


“Today a new sun rises for me; everything lives, everything is animated, everything seems to speak to me of my passion, everything invites me to cherish it”

Friday, February 8, 2008

.~A Mother's Heart.~

" A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden, fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends who rejoice with us in our sunshine desert us; when trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts." ~Washington Irving

. ~ Saddle Up ~ .

“Courage is being scared to death
but saddling up anyway”
~ John Wayne

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

.~ Red Winged Morning.~




“Welcome every morning with a smile.
Look on the new day as another special gift from your Creator,
another golden opportunity to complete what you were unable to finish yesterday.
Be a self-starter.
Let your first hour set the theme of success and positive action that is certain to echo through your entire day.
Today will never happen again.
Don't waste it with a false start or no start at all.
You were not born to fail.”
~OG Mandino

~.Learning to Fly.~

Learning to Fly
Lyrics by Tom Petty
Watercolor by Traci Suzanne Marvel

Well I started out down a dirty road
Started out all alone
And the sun went down as I crossed the hill
And the town lit up, the world got still
I'm learning to fly, but I ain't got wings
Coming down is the hardest thing
Well the good ol' days may not return
And the rocks might melt and the sea may burn
I'm learning to fly, but I ain't got wings
Coming down is the hardest thing
Well some say life will beat you down
Break your heart,
steal your crown
So I've started out, for God knows where
I guess I'll know when I get there
I'm learning to fly,
around the clouds,
But what goes up must come down
I'm learning to fly, but I ain't got wings
Coming down is the hardest thing.

. ~She's P. Jammin' ~.


“One of my many goals in life is to be
vibrantly healthy
yet wear my pajamas all day every day."
~TSM

~.Remembering Bryan.~


"“Always tell people how you feel about them.
If you tell them, it may break your heart,
but by saying nothing you might break theirs.”
~Anon

.~Invincible Winter.~


"In the middle of summer, Gene's imagination treated him to an invincible winter day."
~ Excerpt from Ricky Gene's Marvelous Summer Vacation ny Traci Suzanne Marvel

.~ Eyes of My Heart.~

“We must move from asking God to take care of the things that are breaking our hearts,
to praying about the things that are breaking His heart.”
~ Margaret Gibb

~ . See Me . ~

"When you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it's your world for the moment. I want to give that world to someone else. Most people in the city rush around so, they have no time to look at a flower. I want them to seeit whether they want to or not."
~ Georgia O'Keeffe

`~Noble.~

“Promise me you'll never forget me because if I thought you would I'd never leave.”
~ Winnie the Pooh

. ~Handsome . ~

"It's beauty that captures your attention;
personality which captures your heart."
~Anon

.~Christmas Carol.~

"If I had a rose for every time I thought of you,
I'd walk through a garden forever."

~anon

.~Sir Lambcelot.~


"The summit of happiness is reached when a person is ready to be what he is."
~Erasmus

.~ At Home on the Range .~


"To me a lush carpet of pine needles or spongy grass is more welcome than the most luxurious Persian rug."

~ Helen Keller


"And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to open."
~ Anais Nin

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.~ Down to Earth . ~

"Lord's Prayer"

"Now I lay me down to sleep. I pray the Lord my soul to keep. If I should die before
I wake, I pray the Lord my soul to take."

. ~ Speak . ~



"I thank you God for this most amazing day, for the leaping greenly spirits of trees, and for the blue dream of sky and for everything which is natural, which is infinite, which is yes."
~
e.e. cummings

.~ Good Night Star ~ .


“For my part I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream.”

~ Vincent Van Gogh

.~ Montana Whisper .~


"Come closer and let me whisper into the ear of your heart."

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

.~Happy Happy Joy Joy ~.

"Find ecstasy in life; the mere sense of living is joy enough."
- Emily Dickenson

.~Life Worth Living.~

" Three passions have governed my life: The longings for love, the search for knowledge, And unbearable pity for the suffering of humankind. Love brings ecstasy and relieves loneliness. In the union of love, I have seen in a mystic miniature the prefiguring vision of the heavens that saints and poets have imagined.
With equal passion I have sought knowledge. I have wished to understand the hearts of people. I have wished to know why the stars shine.
Love and knowledge led upwards to the heavens, But always pity brought me back to earth; Cries of pain reverberated in my heart of children in famine, of victims tortured and of old people left helpless. I long to alleviate the evil, but I cannot, And I too suffer.
This has been my life; I found it worth living."
~ Bertrand Russell

.~ Pin-Up Girl.~



“There's a side of my personality that goes completely against the East Coast educated person and wants to be a pin-up girl in garages across America...there's a side that wants to wear the pink angora bikini!”

~ Mira Sorvino


.~Behold the Beauty and Wonder.~



"The longer I live the more my mind dwells upon the beauty and wonder of the world… I have loved the feel of the grass under my feet, and the sound of the running streams by my side. The hum of the wind in the treetops has always been good music to me, and the face of the fields has often comforted me more than the faces of men.
I am in love with this world...I have tilled its soil, I have gathered its harvest, I have waited upon its seasons, and always have I reaped what I have sown.
I have climbed its mountains, roamed its forests, sailed its waters, crossed its deserts, felt the sting of its frosts, the oppression of its heats, the drench of its rains, the fury of its winds, and always have beauty and joy waited upon my goings and comings."

~John Burroughs

Friday, February 1, 2008

. ~Show and Tell ~.


I prefer winter and fall when you feel the bone structure of the landscape - the lonliness of it, the dead feeling of winter. Something waits beneath it, the whole story doesn't show.
~ Andrew Wyeth

~. Let Me Sing ~.

"I have always believed that God never gives a cross to bear larger than we can carry. No matter what, he wants us to be happy, not sad. Birds sing after a storm. Why shouldn't we?"
~Rose F. Kennedy