Monday, December 28, 2015

Dragon Fly's map of the USA

Not sure what is going on here. I just randomly played with watercolor and ink yesterday. I  just let the watercolor drip and absorb the paper and then go in later to add details.  The method is from Angela Wales Rockett's expressive arts class. Basically she asks us to paint in the moment with no concern for the finished product. I will be doing more of this as I find it a great way to get to center.

Now that it is finished I can see that I was inspired by the map from  "The Man in the High Castle " Which is an alternative map of the US if the Germans and Japanese had one the war.

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Merry Christmas 2015

Lucy is the most excited

Keir can't keep still

The whole gang

Keir , baby Eamon and Emily

Colette and Corey and uhhh urrr Miss Piggy

Daniella is making her Mother-in-laws old family recipe


Alicia and Alex have a moment

Sandra knows it doesn't get better that this.

And best wishes to anyone reading this entry! We are all blessed.

Thursday, December 24, 2015

That's right

That's right

I'm so grateful
for all I've been
and promise to
the life that I'm

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Great music for the Goddess within

Here is the mix of music I was able to enjoy last weekend at the Grunewald Guild Retreat center
The name of the retreat was "Coming Home to the goddess within: A four-day womans's retreat into the strength, creativity and wisdom of your own goddessness."  Angi and Angela were our leaders for four days of yoga, painting, meditation, clean eating and dancing and much much more. Enjoy the Music! I enjoyed the exposure to some new songs. 

Roar by Katy Perry

Follow Your Arrow by Kacey Musgraves

I'll Take You There by The Staples Singers

Bitch by Meredith Brooks

Part of Me by Katy Perry

32 Flavors by Alana Davis

Love Me by Katy Perry

Shake It Out by Florence + The Machine

Try by Colbie Caillat

F**kin' Perfect by P!nk

Hollaback Girl by Gwen Stefani

Wide Awake by Katy Perry

Nina Simone Feeling Good

She Walks in Beauty by Mediaeval Baebes

Hagia Sophia by Irfan

Dringo Bell by Mediaeval Baebes

Alkonyvarazs by The Moon & the Nightspirit

Donacreitun by Gary Stadler

Water Prayer Rasta mix (Matt the Alien Remix) by Adham Shaikh

We Are Water by Patty Griffin (sung by Hayden Panettiere and Nashville cast)

Walpurgisnacht by Faun

Come My Sweet by Mediaeval Baebes

Oyneng Yar by Faun

Sing to the Mountain by Elephant Revival

Drive by Incubus

Roar by Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

For LuAnn

She gave me myself back,
wrapped up in paper I picked out 
years ago but was afraid to use. 

She knew how to listen 
and that we were playing a wicked game 
of keeping score. She was patient. 
She was kind. 
She let me cuss and cry. 
She was freedom and green trees 
and    fall    breezes that echo back 
what they are told.
She gave us 
She helped me fall in love 
with him again. 
She can’t be a friend
    but I love her    and hope
one day 

she    reads     this. 

Alligator Bites

Monday, December 21, 2015

Fish Deaths

Fish Deaths

i am struggling to swim
i must gain oxygen
   there is not
i am suffocating
it’s a shame us stocked fish cannot survive
      in a lake


Monday, December 14, 2015

Expressive Arts

Here are two painting with Tempera Paint I created this weekend at a retreat in the Grunewald Guild. My friend Angela Wales Rocket teaches this technique of painting freely without any real planning. A bit like a creative meditation.  I look forward to trying this again. Soon.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Yoga Dance Retreat

This afternoon I am on my way to a Yoga, Painting and Dancing retreat with my friends Angi and Angela. I am going to Dance in the rain, and splash paint on my yoga pants! So excited to get away.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Package of cards up on Etsy

I just posted 14 of my favorite all Occasion cards up on Etsy!

Take a look. They would make a lovely gift for some one you love.



Thursday, November 19, 2015

October Monday

    I stopped   and  
closed my eyes 
   so that I could hear  
    the trees        lose their leaves..

Words by Courtney Hanes
Art by Sandra Moreano

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Best in Self

Breath in
the air
of uncertainty
and vanity
and irresponsibility
and breath out
best self.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Shirley Summers writes Life's Kiss

Shirley turned 92 last week. She and I are very excited to be working on her first poetry book together. Shirley started writing poetry late in life. She says she was around 80 years old. 
Printed below is one of my favorites

Life’s Kiss

When you’re in love you’re on cloud nine
Soon the wedding bells will chime
Someday a family there will be
You’re excited 
You are pleased
But kids don’t stay kids for very long
They grow too fast and then they’re gone
Just wait awhile and you will see
A little grandchild on your knee
A little one to love and hold
A happy thought when you grow old
When I start to reminisce 
I have to smile
And I’ll admit that this first started with a kiss.

by Shirley Summers

Thursday, October 22, 2015

I love when

I love when night falls
and a man
walks up the road
and has a dog
named mystic and
romanian blood and
an uncle with a similar name
an a father born with the same date
and you can talk about lessons and
mistakes and not be afraid

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

It takes courage to be an artist

It takes a lot of courage to be an artist
because you put your true selfout there for others to see
because when you start you are all inspiration
and then hit a wall with limited skills.

It takes a lot of courage to be an artist 

It takes a lot of courage to be an artist
because your best friend is god.
And god talks in mysterious ways.

It takes a lot of courage to be an artist
because whatever you create
it will never be perfect. 

It takes a lot of courage to be an artist
because money has no currency
in the studio

It takes a lot of courage to be an artist
because when your unique self is revealed
it doesn’t always look familiar. 

it takes a lot of courage to be an artist.......

Tuesday, October 6, 2015


Wildflowers bloom in phases. they can't all go
at once. they wait, patiently.
for their turn. for if they all bloomed at once,
the world wouldn't know what to do.

art by sandra words by courtney

Friday, September 25, 2015

For all the dreamers

For all the dreamers
You've got your head in the clouds
You're so unfocused
Why can't you sit still?
You can't finish a project
Pay attention!
Not everyone who wants to be famous becomes famous
Dreams happen, but not to you
If you drop out of school, you will be nothing
Your dreams are too big
You're a fool
You have an Insatiable appetite for excess
You're obsessed
Your energy would be better spent changing the world in a different way
Forget you!
I'm a dreamer,and I'm not letting go
You don't understand
What you don't know
I'm going to seek the art
Find the beauty
Value the truth
Make my own music
Work my ass off
Pull myself out of this mess
I'll be known
For the gift I possess   
            One day,   
                        I hope you find your own

Poetry by Courtney Hanes, Art by Sandra Moreano

This poem was inspired by the Oscar's overall, but Jared Leto's acceptance speech for supporting actor, first up, really solidified the beauty of the night; the transforming of oneself into a character to move others. It is the human experience that we all have in common which connects us, and inspires us. His speech, his character, and his story of birth to a single, teenage, dropout mother, really hits home. He paid tribute to those around the world who are living through war, disease, and poverty, and who have not let go of the dreams. Today's poem is for all the dreamers... because the only way to continue to dream is to insist that those dreams are stronger than those who 

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Daniella's Wedding Photos have arrived!

May 30, 2015  Buffalo, NY

Wahler's on the left and Moreano's on the right.

The Moreano's

Our extended Moreano Family.

Alex, Buster, Cleo, Jean, Erica, Keir, Natalie, Sandra, Lucas, Jody

Walking down the aisle with Dad

Corey Waits for his bride.

Colette rehearsing with Jett

Colette lets go of the leash!

Jett is free but not for long!

Giving away the bride.

The ceremony


Presenting Mr. and Mrs. Wahler!

So proud of the new couple!

Let the party begin!

Alex tells a good joke 

Alex welcomes everyone in to the family

The Wahlers are rejoicing

Corey's dad celebrates

Corey's parents feeling proud

The O'conner's!

Daniella, Emily and baby Eamon in da belly!

A sweet night!