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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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61. Watching Grass Grow

I sit and watch grass grow, from the tiny shoots of late winter to the dry golden grass of late summer.
I touch spring, the soft buds and young grasses.
I spend hours smelling the warm, moist earth and dry grass of a summer night.
I taste plump grapes of fall, even after the last one is picked.
In winter I wait for a quiet moment to hear the water fall on dried leaves, to hear the frogs delight in the wet.
And then I watch the grass grow again.


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30x40

62. Little Forest

“The clearest way to the Universe is through a forest wilderness”
John Muir


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12x12

63. Little Ocean

“We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.”
Mother Theresa


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12x12

64. Little Desert

Though we lack the forest and miss the water, we can see the moon and the stars clearly.

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12x12

65. Explore

Exploration is the act of searching or traveling for the purpose of discovery of unknown regions. When I am exploring a new place, be it a new trail in California or a new country abroad, I have the ability to actually see what is around me and to feel each minute of time. On the contrary, when I do the same thing over and over, the days pass like a quick breath.
And lets face it..... we only have so many breaths in this life.

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
Mark Twain


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45x72

66. Memories of a Bay

San Francisco is one of my most favorite cities in the world. Yes, I was born there and I did grow up there. I climbed the hills there and ran on the beach. I rode my horse through Golden Gate park. I froze in the summers and thought the winters were warm by the ocean. I looked at the city from Mt. Tam and decided it was the luckiest city, surrounded by nature like it was. I marvel each time I cross the Golden Gate Bridge, at the fog, the pelicans cruising just over the tops of the cables, the smell of the ocean, the salt, the foghorns singing over the Pacific.

I no longer live in San Francisco.
I am only an hour away now.
But it is not the same.


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24x24

67. The Sea Between

Without the border of water, we would live together on one land.
But the sea between us is filled with a world of its own and without it we would not have room enough to breath. We need the sea to live from, to look out across at our neighbors, happy to have open, uncluttered space between us.
I sailed the seas for several months and my favorite time was to sit on the back of the boat and watch the nothingness behind us. My other favorite time was to find land once again.
“See one promontory, one mountain, one sea, one river, and see all.”
Socrates


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36x36

68. A Place to Let Go

Stepping off the plane into a new land always brings a mix of excitement, fear, loneliness, anxiety, wonder and of course, a sense of adventure.
But more than anything, when we step into that new place, it is a chance to let go of our past, even for just a moment or a day or a week or while we are gone from what we know.
If you can step away from what you know and feel comfortable in another land, than you can see more clearly and appreciate all that you have left.


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24x36

69. Consider Taking the High Road

I have spent many a mile on the road, from hiking, backpacking, and horse riding, to wandering streets in foreign lands and exploring small, remote villages.
It is impossible, both in daily life and in travel, to avoid crossroads. In navigating a street, a city, a mountain, a relationship, a friendship, a moment, we all have to make decisions as to how we should proceed.

I have a theory when I get lost. It is not always the decision I want, for sometimes the path is very steep, but taking the road that leads up usually brings me to the right place. If I take the easy path down, more often than not, it was the wrong choice.


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24x36

70. Four Corners

The Four Corners is the only place in the United States where four states come together at one place; Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, and Colorado. At this point, you can put each of your hands and feet in four states at the same time.
One of the lucky creatures to fly over this area is the Sandhill Crane. These birds will next as far north as Siberia and winter as far south as Mexico. Some cranes may travel nearly 14,000 miles per year round trip. Cranes have a remarkable ability to find each other while traveling, through vocalizing. Even in large flocks, lost family members re-unite after making their trilled cry. Sandhill crane fossils over six million years old have been found, making these cranes the oldest living species of bird.


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23x23

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