Monday, December 26, 2011

.~Happy New Year.~

I picked this sketch to launch the New Year as I sketched it at the beginning of my visits to my mom when she was so ailing.  My most favorite memories are my mom wearing scarves. This sketch came from my heart and is in memory of my mom~  Wishing You True Love In Heaven~ oxoxoxoxoxo Traci

Saturday, December 24, 2011

.~Merry Christmas Eve 2011.~

Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.  ~Norman Vincent Peale

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

.~Sew Van Gogh,~

.~Christmas Lane.~

Oh I so love this image and found it here:

.~ Hello Christmas 2011!.~

I discovered this wonderful image on The Sunday Sisters Blog

.~Vintage Christmas Colors.~

I found this wonderful Vintage Christmas Design here:
I think it is fantastic!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

.~Be Still.~

"Within you there is a stillness and a sanctuary to which you can retreat at any time and be yourself."
                                                                ~ Hermann Hesse

Monday, October 24, 2011

.~Hide and Seek.~

I search for unrevealed treasures within the visual world.
                                                                                    ~John F. Johnson

Sunday, October 16, 2011

.~About Face.~

Yesterday while on my daily walk, I came across a house that had 3 different chairs scattered about in many different directions. Curious as to why they were scattered about, I pretended to sit in each chair and see what the view was.  The first chair faced a withering tree.  The second chair faced the neighbors yard which hosted an array of rusted metal objects.  The third chair faced the front door of the house.
The whole scene made me a bit sad, as I felt whomever lived, here might be facing the same kind of issues in their own life.

It made me very conscientiousness  of my own life and where my chairs are facing.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

.~Autumn Leaves.~

“Autumn is a second spring where every leaf is a flower”

                                                                                    ~Albert Camus

Monday, September 26, 2011

.~Painting in Progress.~

I have a new painting under construction.  Right now I am auditioning quotes to go with it.
What do you think of this one?

Thursday, September 8, 2011

.~Live Life to the Limit~

“Somebody should tell us, right at the start of our lives, that we are dying. Then we might live life to the limit, every minute of every day. Do it! I say. Whatever you want to do, do it now! There are only so many tomorrows.” Pope Paul V1

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Sunday, August 28, 2011

.~Lareen Fender.~

Lareen Zoe Toub Fender
July 25th, 1932 - August 25th, 2011

I love you mom.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

.~Peas in a Pod by Susan Erickson~

I found this card at Open Sesame in California.  The artist's name is Susan Erickson. I just love her style.  To see more of her artwork visit the Lafayette Gallery's website.


 I am only a child playing on the beach, while vast oceans of truth lie undiscovered before me "
                                                                                                                                          ~Isaac Newton.

Monday, July 18, 2011

.~ Life is Fleeting #2~/

Life's a voyage that's homeward bound.
                                                                                            ~Herman Melville

Introducing a New Series. ~Life is Fleeting.~

One life - a little gleam of time between two eternities.
                                                                                              ~Thomas Carlyle

.~ So Me.~

Saturday, July 16, 2011

.~ Yours Fawnly.~

I discovered this little fawn crossing the street the other day.  I wonder where Mama is?

.~Eternal Gaze.~

There is something about horses that quiets me.  I could watch them all day and never grow weary.

.~ Daisy Jane. ~

  Daisy Jane has the prettiest mane.  Women pay big money to have hair this color.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

.~ Shop Wisteria.~

                                                   Floral Arranging: Orange and Olive
                                                    Photograph From Wisteria's Blog

I found this photograph on the Wisteria blog. These two colors - orange and olive - seem to follow me whereever I go this summer. If you have a moment visit Wisteria's blog.  It is filled with inpsiration!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

.~ Tub of Fabric Needs A Home.~

Working on Debi Hubbs Vino Art Quilt design led me to look for background fabric which led me to dump out my stash on the floor which led me to create this tub of fabric that is filled with all kinds of gorgeous fabrics, but I think they need a new home. Anybody interested in buying this entire tub of fabric? If not, I am going to sort it and sell it on eBay. If you want it in its entirety, I will sell it at a good price as all $$$ goes to help finish off paying Cowgirl's vet bill.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

.~ Live and Let Live.~

Sugar Mountain
Painting by Traci Suzanne Marvel

~ Quietly forgiving and moving on is a gift to God ~ and yourself.
                                                                                      ~ Unknown

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

.~Domo Arigato.~

For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food, for love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends.
                                  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

.~ Live Simply.~

I have a simple philosophy.
 Fill what's empty.
Empty what's full,
 and scratch where it itches.
                                                                          ~ Alice Roosevelt Longworth

.~ Side Roads.~

Stop a moment, cease your work, and look around you.

                                                                                                        ~Thomas Carlyle

Sunday, July 3, 2011

.~ Bonding.~

"I hold this to be the highest task for a bond between two people, that each protects the solitude of the other." Rilke

.~Remember This.~

Fun is good.

                                                                                              ~Dr. Seuss

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

.~.Let God Be God.~

So you see life has been pretty tough for awhile.  People I love have been very sick.  I mean life threatening sick.  For a long while now, I have been  worrying about everyone.  All this worrying has made me very anxious, sad and depressed.  Today I reached out to God and asked for help.  Basically He told me to "Snap out if it!"  Well not in those exact words.  Really what He said was don't worry, "just let Me be Me".  "Which is the equivalent to "let God be God."

So I went out and got this balloon.
 I wrote on it the names of the people I love who are sick. 
 I am going to let it go.
  Let Go
Let God be God. 
 He will take care of my family. 
I know this because
 I Believe He Will.

.~Wilbur and Nicholas.~

Thursday, June 23, 2011


I sketched this out the other day and have decided to turn it into a painting.
  I can't wait to see how it turns out. 

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

.~Wilde Side.~

“I knew that I had come face to face with some one whose mere personality was so fascinating that, if I allowed it to do so, it would absorb my whole nature, my whole soul, my very art itself.”
                                                                                                                      ~Oscar Wilde

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

.~Be Like Water.~

I took this photograph of these two Koi fish at the Cincinnati Zoo this spring. When I cam across this quote by Bruce Lee, it seemed to fit the photo perfectly~.

Friday, June 3, 2011

.~ Take the Gentle Path.~

Take the Gentle Path
By Traci Suzanne Marvel
Acrylic on Canvas Board
11" X 14"
For Sale in my etsy store
"The best thing to hold onto in life is each other."

                                                                                 — Audrey Hepburn  

Thursday, May 5, 2011

.~ Name the Giraffe Contest.~

Artist Debi Hubbs
Quilt Pattern by Bigfork Bay Cotton Co.

Artist  extraordinaire Debi Hubbs initially painted this lovely African Giraffe.  Here is a picture of a print that she sells on eBay Anyway...Bigfork Bay Cotton Company licensed this design to add to Debi's ever growing  collections of art quilt patterns.

The giraffe didn't have an official name, so Debi and Bigfork Bay Cotton Co. thought it would be a great idea to have YOU name the giraffe.  Isn't that so fun?

To submit a name simply email You can submit as many names as you like, as many times as you like.  In case of duplicate names the first one who entered the name will be selected. 

And the winner gets?  The winner gets an autographed pattern by Debi Hubbs and a matching fabric kit.  We need a name soon, so the contest ends June 5th, 2011.

Pattern won't be ready until end of June, but you can call the toll-free number 866-245-5718 and pre-order.  I think the fabric kits will go fast on this so it would be smart to get on the list!

Good Luck to you all and I can't wait to see what name Debi picks!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

.~Perrito by David King.~

While at the Sewing and Quilting Expo in Puyallup this past March, I took photographs of my friend Jane bringing David Kings's Art Quilt Perrito to life.  Fusible web applique is so easy to do.  If you can trace, cut and iron you can make this quilt!  You can order the pattern from the Bigfork Bay Cotton Co.
They also sell the fabric kit and matching Aurifil thread!
Take a look at the slideshow and see how easy it was to make this top!
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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

.~My Mom.~

Dear Friends,

I am in California right now. 
My mom seems to be losing her battle with cancer.
Life is hard right now.

I have so much to write, to share...
Maybe when I get home to Montana, the words will flow better.

I don't think life has ever hurt so much.

I will write more later and I have so much to share.

Please say a prayer oxoxo


Monday, March 14, 2011

Sunday, January 16, 2011


By Traci Suzanne Marvel
10" X 10" X 1"
For Sale on ebay
Acrylic on Stretched Gallery Wrapped Canvas
Sides are painted - Ready to Hang
No Frame Required
Signed on Front by Artist
Signed Titled on back by Artist
Going to Live in Washington
About the Painting:
"Grief is like the ocean; it comes on waves ebbing and flowing. Sometimes the water is calm, and sometimes it is overwhelming. All we can do is learn to swim." (Vicki Harrison)

This painting was first inspired when I read about Katherine Dunn's donkey Giacomo passing. - I was overcome with grief for her. I could feel her broken heart. I got out my paints and created this little painting to honor Giacomo and all the other senior donkey's that Katherine helps.

And also...My dog Cowgirl recently past away on December 2nd, 2010. She fought a brave battle with bone cancer. So this painting is also a tribute to her. As I go through the grief process of losing my precious dog, I feel as if I am roaming the earth aimlessy while sending my heart beats up to heaven in search of my best friend.

A portion of the sale of this painting will go to Katherine's Giacomo fund and a portion will go to help paying for Cowgirl's last vet bill.

A little side note: This painting won a 2nd place ribbon in the summer of 2010 at the Eureka, MT County Fair :)
This painting is so much prettier in person. This photograph does not do it justice."

About Me

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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.