Category: Pets

Rise In Peace Sophia

Sophia The Wonderful


Sophia Napping As I Sang and Played The Ukulele



19 years together. Me, her imperfect mother, but we both knew that our love was so so so unconditional and trusting…she was the perfect friend in my life…my feline soulmate. I’m infinitely lucky to have had such an affectionate bond with another being.

Thank you to the Universe who gave me plenty of time with her in her last months, allowing her to lounge to her hearts delight in Austin parks and for sending me gentle James, Jon, Charles James (and seemingly any other semi-stranger-compassionate person whose name has a “J”) to help give her the proper warm lap and shelter in her last weeks, and to Lisa, Margaret, and Stephanie for their understandings and support. Thank you to all the silly, serious strangers who approached Sophia and I…greeting Sophia and thanking me for how she changed their lives that day.

Thank you to the Universe for having given me a near-death-experience so I know the other side is a soft floating warm nest for her most deserving feline soul.

Thank you to Sophia for being my forever angel, having saved peoples’ lives here in true Lassie-fashion, for coaxing me into a life of music and connecting me to a true appreciation for Mother Nature and all the protection Gaia bestows us…

Love to all of you,



Art Booklet

This Helenbobelen created this art booklet last year…from random various paper slips of artwork already included on this blog where I hand-stitch-organized them, incorporating some of my students’ illustrated gifts by slipping them into book page “pockets”. The cover was left bare with a few random pencil marksĀ (this less-than-pristine booklet was in my bag as I scootered from place to place around town).

Two nights ago, I had this urge to create something so this Helenbobelen’s hand erased the random cover marks and sketched Queen Sophia, my 19-year-old calico rescue who, like her name is noble, gentle, and wise. (This was after Sunday when my friend Margaret met Sophia for the first time and exclaimed, “I’m so honored to have met Sophia!). My intention was to include this booklet in my art gallery and in the interim bring it to class to show my 5 to 9 year olds and slowly inspire them into using watercolor pencils as well as creating more art booklets.

Well, it worked…I showed this booklet to the young’uns…after a dance party (it was Valentine’s Day and they had plenty of candy, so of course I turned up the music to dance out the “squirrellies” before having them hunker down at their art tables.) were very complimentary and focused, and “yes, ma’am”-ing me without my prompting…and creating art that is beyond their chronological ages.

That is God and art for you…

Well, when I get the chance, I’ll photograph and showcase some of them here. But for now, maybe this will inspire you, too…to love art…and maybe just love…


Art Booklet: This sketch (of the 19-year-old love of my life) done a couple of nights ago…


Past sketches of Sophia and my last year’s students’ artwork…


This page is from a class lesson in teaching the children about artwork “detail”…we created hummingbird triptychs of varying degrees of detail…


The young’uns tell me again and again when I ask them for tree facts: “We need trees because they give us oxygen…”


The young’uns requested a picture of a dog…so God rendered this one in ink (eraser-free)…


Hummingbird 84 (the original)


Hummingbird 85 and 86 (the original)


Yes, another tree!


Black cat (eraser-free)

Thank you to my wonderful clients who’ve entrusted my artisan skills…(so much so that they’ve been willing to provide their email address so they can vouch for this Helenbobelen’s thin hoop earring creation skills!…I’m very touched!)

This body is taking a “ Shops holiday” although I’ll still be fulfilling existing hoop earring requests at this time and teaching art/music and of course, creating art and music as this is part of my holiday and Life…

The shops will reopen on the 22nd…thank you for your kind words and purchases!



H.M. Lee Art Gallery

As my friend Grant says, “So this is where the magic happens…”


Right now, I’m only available via email and text (my phone and “electronics” time is being replaced with jewelry-making, book-creating and music/art teaching time…thank you for your understanding…


Some of the 100 Hummingbirds and other art (and music)…and yes, there’s another 4th wall display area not shown here…gallery visits are by appointment only…

This Helenbobelen’s art is inspired by the Creator, and yes, it’s both visual art crossing over with “audial” art (– sometimes I do paint by the noises I hear out in the street…kinda hard to explain).

I do think my strongest artistic ability is my ability to sing and play music. So much in fact that when people here in Austin see me musically perform, they’re surprised to find that I’m also a visual artist/designer/writer…and athlete. (So yes, this combination can only be inspired by something much greater than this human body/brain.)

The true caretaker in me is the one that sings, that feels calm, and that calms others who listen judgement-free…

Also, it’s a wonderful dream to have a small art space where I can lovingly display and be surrounded by my 7+ years hummingbird art efforts…not to mention sing/play a tune or two…

Thank you to kind/talented podcaster Youngman Brown who appeared just at the right time in my life to prod me along and broadcast the kind side of what human artists do with the great help of some Universal magic. Thank you to Clayton for offering me the Portland, OR exhibit/First Thursday. Thank you to Stephanie here in Austin for her wonderful ability to co-lead with vulnerability, true goodness and power.


P.S. Vocalists that I’ve studied with: NYC jazz-singer Michelle Carr, Broadway Performer/Meditator Teri Merliss, Opera-singer Maria Todaro, and NYC Cari Cole Voice Studios…thank you…thank you…thank you…


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