Mar 21, 2013


Winter into Spring
her friends say
wake up Sleeping Beauty
spring is here
let's play

I went to the wilderness (NW Montana) for the last day of winter
the first day of Spring

here we do not have green grass and flowers yet
but the snow melts daily
then snows  again
then rains again
a slow awakening
but we do see signs of life waking up from a long winter nap
the days are longer
equal to the nights

i stayed in a tiny 
beautiful log cabin
made by a friend and many of his friends

no running water
no electricity
but it does have a wonderful wood stove

this is my sketch of it

it turned out to be a silent retreat
simply because i did not see anybody

i felt as though time slowed down
with no electricity

my days were full of skiing along the river
walking in Glacier National Park
drawing and painting
simple eating
and of course
tending the fire

it was a beautiful way to say farewell to Winter
and a warm hello to Spring

wishing each of you a lovely Spring



  1. That sounds amazing!!!
    Love your sketch of the cabin! I've always wanted to go to Glacier National Park. It's always so amazing in photos! Yoga, walking, doing art ... sounds like heaven!
    Happy Spring!
    Buona Primavera!

  2. What a lovely way to say goodbye to winter and hello to spring Tammi...I'd love to be able to do something like that...perhaps some day.

    I hope your spring is full of hope and grace and that life is very good to you!


  3. Anonymous3/21/2013

    oh Tammie, I LOVE this. She's soooooo sleepy here too - one day I'm out barefoot, the next we get nearly a foot of snow. Please little wilderness creatures wake her up soon. We miss & love her, Lady Spring...

    Thank-you for sharing glimpses of your retreat... inspirational as always ❤

  4. Anonymous3/21/2013

    I can not imagine my life without your blog ...
    Tammie, is beautiful what you did, and the experience of silence, with friends, with little resources, with only basics ...
    I think it's great!
    I love the sketch and the awakening of spring!

    A kiss!

  5. I especially love the top illustration. The colors are so vivid and life affirming. It caught my attention on FB and here.

    Aaaww. I hope spring comes to Montana soon.

    Sometimes it has been warm and humid here. We had our airconditionng intermittently during the winter months.

  6. Tammie, thank you so much for sending me the link, sometimes I forget to go and check blogs and I miss so much.
    Your days in this cabin sound simply magical, how I wish I had been there with you! Your cabin sketch is so gorgeous, the peace in your heart really shows!

  7. so love your drawing of larry's cabin in polebridge and so glad you had such a peaceful, inspiring transition of the season your sweet painting you tammie<3

  8. Tammie that first drawing is incredible, it's my favourite ever!
    xo sandra

  9. That looks like an amazing place to stay! Love your first painting, and the sentiments behind it. Wonderful work!

  10. Youre spring drawing looks just like a farytale. So pretty. And you in the cabin sounds so nice. Hope youve got some new energy. Here in Holland it's still cod and tomorow there will be more snow.. Not realy a good start of spring. Have a nice weekend.
    Liefs, Melanie

  11. What a a magical and sacred time Tammie..true oneness with your own spirit..the element and wonderful..such a gift! Beautiful sketch of it!

    and LOVE the girl and the rabbit and horse..all magical and soulfully connecting and creating with the magic of Spring..i love are awesome..thanks for lifting my heart and soul with your bliss!

  12. Ooooh!! what a very lovely painting of the sleeping beauty and also the cabin! How fun to see and read this! I guess it must have been quiet and peaceful staying at that place, in that cabin.
    Seems as the same weather over here ;)


  13. Lovely! <33

    Johanna, Sweden

  14. Tammie, It sounds simply lovely, your solo retreat. Skiing along the river? My goodness, you are my pioneer heroine, you really are.

  15. I absolutely ADORE your new art, Tammie. How beautiful!!!!! :) I think this is one of my all-time favorites from you. :) The cabin looks so tranquil...sometimes silence is a much-needed thing. Happy Spring!

  16. if only spring was really here. lovely drawing though, a reminder to go back to sleeping until the real spring comes along.

    have a sweet spring no matter the weather.

  17. ~sigh...sounds like a wonderfully delightful way to welcome the new season at hand...bright spring time blessings my dearest friend...much love~

  18. Anonymous3/23/2013

    oh that
    winter into spring

  19. Hello,
    A silent retreat Tammie, that sounds absolutely wonderful.
    I love your Winter into Spring. I also love the sketch of the cabin you stayed in.. just beautiful.
    Much love to you.

  20. you lucky one to have time in such a beautiful and special place :) I am sure it is great sometimes charge the batteries and life purely and silent :) be blessed Conny

  21. Sounds wonderful! Love your sketch of the cabin - it looks like heavenly place! Winter into Spring is beautiful, it too seems like a fabulous place... Love the way you painted the sky and the creatures; Wake up Spring already! :)

  22. How delightful! Your little sketch is so lovely. It makes me think of Michael Powell's cross stitch designs. And you, dear Tammie, make me think of Artemis. (Have you read The Goddess Within by Jennifer Barker Woolger and Roger Woolger?) :)

  23. This is a beautiful painting, spreading a wonderful spring atmosphere! I love it!

  24. It sounds like you had a most peaceful time away. The log cabin looks beautiful indeed! And I love your paintings, both of them. While living back east, I think I enjoyed the seasonal transitions the best. Every day was like a playful tug of war. Happy Spring to you! :)

  25. Wonderful happy Spring art Tammie. Your cabin drawing is so sweet and charming. Sounds like a heavenly time. My son and his family are in Missoula. They love it there. I have yet to see Montana...hopefully soon.

    Happy Easter!

  26. LOVE these!
    happy spring, tammie!

  27. Ooohh ,Love this!Winter in spring, its very wonderful Lady with barfoot on snow, i love this paintings its a Little bit Fantasy.
    I Love all your paintings tammie,so colorful and fantastic.

    Hugs Jeannette

  28. I love these drawings--so sweet. I especially like the drawing of your wee cabin. It is exactly as I imagine it.

    There's a bit of whimsey to all of your artwork. Precious to my eyes.


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