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These mixed media paintings are created using a collage of Japanese and mulberry papers, pencil sketches, gouache paint and acrylic glazes over canvas. Each painting is coated with a UV protective varnish. Below are painting sizes, information and availability. Custom sizes, and colors are available. Shipping is available to all parts of the world. Please contact Gianna for more information.
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51. Where You Need to Be

When we are afraid, we take little steps, or perhaps we don’t take any steps at all. But what if we could move forward. Not little small increments that lead us slowly nowhere, but great, giant leaps that let us get to where we need to be.
Steps that would cause us to show up at our life.
“Just show up and things will happen.”
Mother Theresa



52. Existing

The elegant Whooping Crane is the most endangered crane in the world. In the 1940s, these majestic creatures, which stand 5 ft tall and have a wingspan of 7 to 8 ft, were estimated to have a population of fewer than 20 birds, all part of a single flock.
Today there are approximately 320 Whooping Cranes.
For many, the whooping crane is the international symbol of conservation. The story of this species' recovery from near-extinction is a powerful reminder that, despite obstacles, through partnership and dedication, we can make a difference.



53. A Long Time Ago

I often go for long hikes in remote places, just to get away from the noise and clutter of everyday life. I think better when I am surrounded by only trees and fields, or oceans and rivers.
But our world is getting smaller and finding places which are truly removed from the “real world” are becoming harder to find. Often, when I get to the top of a steep, quiet mountain, I have views of a nearby city, or I can hear the hum of traffic from some far off highway.
And I wonder to myself, how quiet our world was a long time ago.



54. Elephants of Timbuktu

In 2000, I traveled to Timbuktu via a 1950’s Russian prop plane. It was a long flight over nothing but hot, dry desert. Arriving in Timbuktu, there was little more than sand and a sad cluster of homes. I could not imagine any human living there. Even early explorers arriving in Timbuktu were disappointed at the lack of jewels and glory expected. But there was one surprise. The elephants.
Just south of Timbuktu, where the sand dunes of the Sahara merge with a scattering of trees and shrubs, live the world's most migratory elephants. Mali's desert elephants migrate almost 300 miles in a year, as far as 35 miles in a day, all in pursuit of water.



55. A Place to Dream

There is something about sitting in front of a large body of water that lets our mind open and explore thoughts which otherwise would get pushed to the back. Sometimes we can discover a gem back there, a dream that needs to be made real.

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.”
Henry David Thoreau



56. Chance

When you have the opportunity to do something great, take the chance to make it happen. Tomorrow it might be gone.
When the creative spark triggers an idea, take a chance to make it into something. For tomorrow there may be no spark.

“Our greatest glory is not in never falling but in rising every time we fall.”



57. The Rivers

Five of the most important rivers in Asia; the Ganges, the Mekong, the Irrawaddy, the Indus and the Brahmaputra, all originate from the same place - the Himalayas.
I have spent many months in the Himalayas and though it can be a treacherous maze of blizzards during winter storms, it is one of the most beautiful and peaceful places in the world. The water from these mountains should bring a wisdom only nature could create.

“Nature is an endless combination and repetition of a very few laws.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson



58. To Be Certain

To go somewhere unknown is to discover not only a new land, but a new person in yourself, who you are in a place of mystery.

“He who hesitates is lost.”



59. The Great Plains

European settlers traveling across America's Great Plains in the early 1800s heard the rumbling of thunder in the distance, though no storm clouds could be seen. The ground would tremble, and suddenly the visitors would be surrounded by a thundering herd of animals that stretched further than the eye could see-- a land where tens of million of American Bison roamed.

Bison were hunted almost to extinction in the 19th century and were reduced to exactly two males by the mid-1880s, from which all the present day's managed herds are descended.



60. Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

“You do not have to travel to a wilderness to know that it is worth saving - simply knowing such a wild sanctuary exists is enough to create a geography of hope.” Wallace Stegner

The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge covers 19,049,236 acres in northeastern Alaska. Over 130,000 caribou end their arduous migration there amidst a lush garden of flowers, lichen and plants to give birth and nurse their young. The refuge is home to some 180 bird species, wolves, grizzly bears, musk-oxen, Arctic foxes and wolverines. It contains the most important denning habitat for polar bears in the Alaskan Arctic. There are presently no roads within or leading into the refuge.



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