Star Struck

Dear Friends,
The giant husband and I walked through 2014 summer nights. Now, with another educational season upon us and its accompanying lunacy, we’ve altered our exercise routine. Our sneaker feet have shifted to 5 AM. It was a little strange at first: the quiet of our home, the blackened windows, and the silence of the street save our morning conversations spoken in hushed tones.

Early AM before too many electric lights interfere, the liquid sky is like indigo wine and the stars vibrate like golden glass. I’m embarrassed to say I’d forgotten the exquisite beauty of the stars.  So many stars, so many constellations I don’t know the names of…  I promised myself to never forget the sky’s treasures again. They are worth drinking in and wishing upon.

Star Gazer

Star Gazer


Thank you. May you dream bathed in star glow and powdered with dream dust…


10 thoughts on “Star Struck

  1. Ooo, I love this illustration, AnnMarie! And your prose — poetic! Kudos to you and your hubby for getting up so early and walking. I remember one summer when my husband and I did that, too, and I really enjoyed being out in the fresh morning, before it had been untouched by anyone else (or at least it felt that way to me!). 🙂 Enjoy your walks!


  2. Dear AnnMarie, It’s been a while since I visited your wonderful blog. I forgot how much that I love the way that you write. Your words are so visual and lyrical, and I felt as though I was walking right along with you. On last night’s Harvest Moon, I was disappointed that it was quite cloudy and the stars that I love so much were scarce. I am happy to know that you were afforded an incredible view. Thank you for a lovely post. Blessings, lydia


    • Lydia,
      How generous of spirit are your gentle words – thank you they mean much to me. Perhaps, my words are sometimes lyrical, because I sing most of the time – even as I type this I’m singing to Carousel 🙂 I was disappointed in myself for missing the stars. I can’t let that happen again! Sorry you had cloud coverage for your Harvest Moon.
      You have a wondrous wednesday 🙂
      AnnMarie 🙂


  3. I love your illustrations! Which software do you use? I am a Graphic Designer but I still need to explore a lot more in this field and you’re pretty inspiring! 😀


    • Aren’t you kind. Thank you, I greatly appreciate your generous words.
      I stopped using Illustrator and Photoshop in the 1990’s when I left my art directing job.
      All my animals and creatures are done the old-fashioned way, with pencil and/or brush. I’ve been on a Prisma pencil kick of late. If you’ve never used colored pencils – they’re my hands-down favorites. Beautiful buttery colors that almost melt into each other.
      I did finally get a functioning scanner, so instead of taking pictures of my art with a phone, I can scan – yippy!!!
      Sorry, I didn’t have a better answer for the software, but if you have any other questions feel free to shoot me an email anytime, I’d be more than happy to answer or at least try 🙂
      AnnMarie 🙂


      • Whoa. That’s amazing art then! No wonders the shading and all is so apt. No software can achieve the old-school method of perfection.
        I did use colour pencils last it school 😛 That’s 6 years back! I need to start sketching once I get some time on my hands. I am horrible when it comes to drawing animals and faces. I am better at imaginary art.
        Thank you so much for your response, AnnMarie. If I have any query I will surely email you 🙂 Have an awesome October 😀


      • My creature drawing arose out of a desire to do something other than wildlife. I enjoy drawing/painting people and animals. I don’t enjoy landscape…
        Years back when my kiddies were little and I had to chase them around, I knew I couldn’t carry my painting supplies, nor could I think enough to work on a manuscript so I came up with the next best thing – transportable art: construction paper and colored pencils. I began drawing lots of animals – for much of the wildlife I had to use reference images and I’d combine them to make them more original. After drawing many animals I wanted to push the envelope. I began drawing from my imagination – and my drawings were more successful ’cause I had the wildlife practice. All the ‘whimsi’ characters I do now on my blog are from my imagination and I enjoy challenging myself to make them look believable. I still have much to learn. I look at things I’ve done and say to myself ‘well, that just stinks, why did I think that was good…’ –
        Thank you for your kind words and truly if you ever have any questions – if I’ll do my best to help –
        If you can draw well from your imagination or you enjoy ‘surreal…’ I’m sure you can do amazing things with illustration software 🙂
        AnnMarie 🙂
        Happy Wednesday!

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