Inspired by a Native American kachina doll motif, this design of a hummingbird warrior is by Meredith Eliassen, 2017.

The hummingbird warrior resides with each of us – the courage to fly in any direction: forwards, backwards, up and down, even as we appear motionless. Darting here, there, and everywhere this warrior embodies paradox that surfaces joy and love.

For Ian.

Hummingbird Warrior postcard





Inspired by a Native American bear carving, this design is by Meredith Eliassen, 2017.

Bear has the ability to hibernate, the capacity to quiet the mind to digest life experiences. The power of introspection throughout winter seeking the sweetness of truth bears fruitage throughout flowertime.

Don’t Rush Flowertime postcard


Aesop’s fable of the Tortoise and the Hare designed by Meredith Eliassen, 2017.

The Hare boasted of his speed within a congregation of animals: “I’ve never been beaten when I run at my full speed.” Then he put forth a challenge to all of his animal friends: “Does anybody care to race me today?”

The tortoise quietly stepped forward: “I accept your challenge.”

The Hare hopped up with delight: “That’s a joke? I could dance around you the whole way and still beat you!”

The Tortoise modestly responded: “Keep your boasting until you finish the race.” She glanced at the other critters with a curious grin: “You’re on.”

Soon a course was fixed and a start was made. The Hare darted forth at once and disappeared around a bend. Then paused to wait for the others to arrive… showing his contempt for the Tortoise and lay down to take a nap.

The Tortoise plodded on and on, patiently, carefully. The Hare awoke to see her just at the finish line and could not run fast enough to save the race.

All of the animals observed that plodding wins the race.

Aesop’s Tortoise and the Hare postcard


Sometimes life brings challenges that require us to go out into the world to seek help… in doing that we pass sign posts of our lives and meet people on a shared path that nobody expected to take… on that path much good can be found if one looks upwards and beyond the immediate situation. The “Survivors’ Hub” series came out of my need to do art… the designs are simple, and the textures are meditations. As I shared them with folks on my path, they understood…

Art Deco Birds - pink

Surviving requires unity of thought, purpose, and action despite adversity. The three birds in flight symbolize spiritual unity that brings healing individually and collectively. Design by Meredith Eliassen, 2017.

Survivors’ Hub Unity Birds Postcard


“Survivor. I stumbled, fell, I cried, why, Abba! You lifted me, showed me who I was meant… to be… one step at a time.”

Nursery Rhyme

April 6, 2017

Nursery rhyme 1

“One, two, three, four, five. I caught a fish alive. Why did you let it go? It bit my finger so.” Design by Meredith Eliassen, 2017.

Nursery Rhyme Postcard


Nursery Rhyme Postcard


Pink elephant sighting

January 26, 2017


“Nature’s great masterpiece, an elephant the only harmless great thing, the giant of beasts.” Words from John Donne, design by Meredith Eliassen, 2017.

Paisley Elephant Notecard and Survivors’ Hub Postcard


Wait… wait… wait… act…

September 14, 2016


“wait * wait * wait * act * wait * — * the * rhythm * of * things * — * make * it * a * song * & * it * will * be * come * one * — * lis * ten * lov * ing * ly * to * the * mu * sic * slow * ly * joy * ous * ly * join * the * dance” inspired by the words of Robert Lax, dancing being designed by Meredith Eliassen, 2016.

“wait wait wait act” Notecard and Survivors’ Hub Postcard


“Who would want to live with some crickets in your room carousing loudly all night? That is to say, either befriend all your thoughts, party with them the best you can… or toss the rascals out.” Words by Persian poet Hafiz (1325/26-1389/90), image by Meredith Eliassen, 2016.

Notecard and Survivors’ Hub Postcard

New Year By the Sea

January 4, 2016

First design with another Robert Lax poem (expect more to come) in the new year, after a period of quiet solitude.

LAX seascape

“I went to sit quietly by the sea. To think, to wonder about my friends. What I knew of them & and all I needed to know at least in those first moments was that they were or had become part of me they were part of my life as I looked out over the sea it was as though they were with me watching as though they had com to help me as I searched for what? for whom? they had come to help me as I searched for them” Words by Robert Lax (1915-2000) from “In the Beginning was Love: Contemplative Words of Robert Lax,” edited with an introduction by S. T. Georgiou (2015), design by Meredith Eliassen, 2016.

“I went to sit quietly by the sea” notecard and Survivors’ Hub Postcard