Tuesday, October 31, 2006
Monday, October 30, 2006
Sunday, October 29, 2006
Saturday, October 28, 2006
This small wooden antique table from Korea, arranged with treasures from a 1989 trip to India, sits in our living room. If you look in the tiny hole in the sandalwood bracelet, you can see Buddha. The white box is from the Taj Mahal gift shop. The papier mache boxes from Kashmir.
Friday, October 27, 2006
This wooden, hand painted bird was made in Oaxaca. Husb and I bought it in Idyllwild this summer. We visited Oaxaca in 2003. What a glorious place. The current unrest there, makes me sad.
Thursday, October 26, 2006
Wednesday, October 25, 2006
I read an article on how to create your own Milagro (Spanish for miracle, usually a small metal charm). So what I need is a milagro to pay off my visa bill...
moleskine sketchbook. ink and color pencil.
Tuesday, October 24, 2006
I was with my friend Kyra, when she bought this gorgeous necklace. Then, about 2 years later, she sadly divorced that husband, and sent me this necklace! So sorry about the divorce, so happy about the necklace!
Monday, October 23, 2006
Friday, October 20, 2006
Thursday, October 19, 2006
Medium with a Message: Palomar College exhibit to feature quilted love letters
Tuesday, October 17, 2006
Sunday, October 15, 2006
Friday, October 13, 2006
Thursday, October 12, 2006
Whenever I see olive trees or cypress trees, I'm reminded our our 1998 trip to Tuscany. A life changing trip, with such sweet memories. This, however, are the winery olive trees about 1 mile from my house.
Tuesday, October 10, 2006
Husb found his first fall leaf of the season, and had to show it to me right away---even though I was in the shower!
One of my fave journal artists is Amanda Kavanagh. I've never met her, know nothing about her personally, other than her photostream. I do know that her travel sketches are so beautiful they make me cry, and that I want to emulate her.
The cup (on the left) is the one I use at my bathroom sink and is made by Mary Cuzick. It cost $34, which I think is expensive, though I love it. My friend Pamela has a set of12 place settings of dishes, all made by Mary! They are gorgeous, needless to say.
Monday, October 09, 2006
I showed the kids Dan Price's Moonlight Chronicle books, and explained how he chronicled his day-to day-activities. Then I showed the kids my sketchbook, and encouraged them to illustrate their own journals.
I made this mosaic pot last weekend at the J&J Ranch. (The generous hostess was kind enough to give me the terracotta pot from the dining table to use for my mosaic!) The plant was a Christmas present from our friend/realtor.
Sunday, October 08, 2006
This is a "Danny's Tiger Baby #3233" pumpkin. It's tiny, about 5" wide and 3" tall. It's on our dining room table, and so was BeBop, so I had to draw him too. He napped just long enough for me to capture him.
Husb and I attended a beautiful outdoor wedding today on Mission Bay. Ah, clear blue sky, a small machine filling the air with bubbles and a circle full of love. Very nice.
Friday, October 06, 2006
Our local TV weather guy tell us that Liquidambar is the only tree in San Diego that changes colors in the fall. Found these lovely leaves on my walk. It's nice to have cool mornings, and yesterday I wore a long-sleeve shirt!
Thursday, October 05, 2006
Wednesday, October 04, 2006
I'm one of four artists in an exhibition called Retablos, Milagros y Marigolds. Dia De Los Muertos: 4 Views. October 28-Nov 17 at the Boehm Gallery, Palomar College, San Marcos. Participating artists [and my friends] are Helen Shafer Garcia, Judith Parenio, Michael deMeng and ME.
Reception is October 28, 4:30-6pm. Everyone is invited! (The artwork is for sale! Ask the gallery for a price list.)
An excerpt from my press release:
Retablos, Milagros y Marigolds will be a fantastic exhibition! The four artists have very different styles and techniques, but the one thing they share is the love of DETAIL. Each piece will be textured, layered, fascinating, and demanding extreme scrutiny by the viewer. Helen Shafer Garcia, well-known as an illustrator and watercolor artist, will also have small altars on display, featuring her whimsical watercolors and found objects. Michael deMeng, of Montana, creates assemblage out of ‘old rusty things’ and then painting them to create shrines, altars and pez dispenser totems. Judith Parenio, whose work you may have seen at the San Diego Art Institute, is constantly recreating her art, with texture, and meaning. Judy’s created a whole new series for this exhibition. I will show my small, heavily stitched art quilts, along with the debut of my pieces ‘Ralph’s Letters’ and 'Ralph’s Envelopes.’ These are made from 30-year old love letters and sheer organza, and will be featured in ‘Cloth, Paper, Scissors’ magazine in January 2007. The four artist’s views of Dia de Los Muertos will fascinate and inspire you!
Boehm Gallery on the campus of Palomar College
1140 West Mission Rd, San Marcos CA 92069
Gallery Hours: Tuesday 10am-4pm, Wed/Thurs 10am-7pm; Fri/Sat 10am-2pm
Monday, October 02, 2006
Twelve friends spent the weekend at friend's J&J Ranch in Descanso. It was a beautiful SoCal fall weekend with all kinds of fun activities; welding lessons, mosaic, drawing, pool playing, talking, laughing, eating and drinking. Husb and I camped in the meadow, and I pitched the tent all by myself!
I'd never drawn a horse before, but Jerry's horse, "Scout" was a pretty willing model. Remnants of the 2003 Cedar fires are still visible on the ranch.
Thanks so much everyone who emailed birthday wishes! I really appreciate it!