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Captains of Our Souls

I’ve been out and about in different areas of Los Angeles this week. I went to a miniature show in Anaheim, home of Disneyland.  I’ve always loved things in miniature, but I’ve never seen tiny things as amazing as some of the items at the show.  Everything was made by hand.  One woman had made tiny fruits, vegetables, and bread.  Each piece was about a half inch or smaller in diameter.  They were totally realistic looking.  You could cut them in half with a tiny knife and the insides looked real also.  You could even peel the skin off of these avocados.

The photos are not in focus, but I only had my phone with me, and picture taking was difficult with everything being so small.  You can see the seeds inside of the bell pepper, and in the bottom left, the orange peel is peeled from the orange.

Another seller, who came all the way from Dresden, Germany, made TINY houses, trains, clocks etc. out of wood. These tiny bears and children were about a half inch long and had arms and legs that moved.

The show had everything tiny you could think of.  There were also miniature paintings.  When I got home I decided to make something tiny.  I came up with this miniature “paper” quilt.  I used water color, acrylic and some lino stamps, then sewed the pieces together.  It is four inches by four inches.

Next I went to an area called Century City to see a photo exhibit.  It has a lot of very tall office buildings similar to downtown.  I used to work there many years ago before I started teaching.  The days have been beautiful, and the buildings were all reflecting off each other.

On to South LA for the weekly meeting with my grassroots political action group.  We sat in an outdoor area of a cafe where the shadows created some nice imagery.

We’re staying vigilant amidst the daily onslaught of unconstitutional acts by the new administration.

We are still masters of our fate. We are captains of our souls.       Winston Churchill

Thank you for visiting.

 

 

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Seven Hundred and Fifty Thousand

I was one of the 750,000 in Los Angeles that attended the Women’s March.  We were lucky.  The weather was perfect.  The day before and the day after it poured.  The day after I was on the freeway, and suddenly the cars stopped.  There was so much water in one area, it looked like a lake.  All lanes of traffic had to merge into one lane in order to drive through the water at the most shallow point.

So many parents brought their children.  A good lesson of democracy in action.

In this shot everyone was listening to a singer named Thelma Houston sing her 70’s disco song “Don’t leave me this way.” She joked that’s what she would say to Barack Obama if she saw him.

A blog friend made this gorgeous painting that she entered in an exhibit.  She also had it made into posters.  If you would like to buy one, here is the link.  http://www.zazzle.com/jghio_designs

I haven’t had time to paint or sew, but I took a photo of the house next door that looks like a painting, and some photos of building patterns while I was marching through downtown.

While I was at the march Saturday, my husband texted me that he was making spaghetti for dinner and had also gotten some chocolate. When I got home he had the TV on. It was amazing to me how many countries participated in marches. I took off my walking shoes, sat down to enjoy some spaghetti and watched with renewed hope. Enjoy your week and thank you for visiting.

 

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Beautiful Day

I’ve been making some new linoleum stamps, but I’m still putting ideas together on how I will use them.  In the meantime, here are two pieces I did a while back.  The images were cut from linoleum and then stamped onto canvas using acrylic. The first one I used a repetitive pattern, like something you might see on an ancient wall.

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This second one also has a repetitive pattern, but more like what you’d see on a tablecloth.

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I’ve been doodling and sketching also. This started out as a sketch of a tree, but then I decided to play with the watercolors.

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This one was an idea I got from a magazine. The sketching is with pencil.  I might take both sketches and expand on the general concepts.

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It actually rained last night, and today was BEAUTIFUL.  Cool breeze, warm sun, bright colors. The light on my neighborhood walks has been very conducive to picture taking, and the leaves are looking very autumnal.

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The foster kitty is nearly eight weeks old.  I will take her back to the shelter for adoption in another week, (unless we adopt her ourselves).  My dogs, Maggie, Lucy, and Charlie have accepted her as part of the pack, and we find her pretty endearing.

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Have a wonderful week.  Thank you for visiting.

 

 

 

 

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The Week in Pictures

Fall colors in my neighborhood.

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I saw three of these, one large and two small at the same time.

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A recent small sketch.

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My foster kitty.  About six weeks old now.  She loves to climb.  In this photo she had climbed the living room chair and jumped into a small side table.

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I took my sister-in-law to Daiso.  She loves tiny things too.  Daiso is a Japanese store where almost everything is $1.50.  Although they have things that I absolutely don’t need, they are impossible to pass up.  Take for example, these mini forks for picking up  pieces of cut up fruit.  Or more tiny envelopes.  The skeleton pin is not from Daiso.  It was handmade to wear on Dia de los Muertos or Day of the Dead.  It is a holiday celebrated on October 31st (Halloween) by people living in Mexico, or Mexicans living in other countries. In Mexico, people will take the favorite food of their deceased relatives to the cemetery and have a picnic to honor them.

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The kitty has kept me busy, but now that she is eating on her own, and running with my dogs through the house, I will have more time to maybe do some art. Still hoping to find a loving home for her.  And now that the weather is changing, I want to tend to my yard more. I found a new nursery with excellent prices and lots of small succulents.

Enjoy your week and the seasonal changes it brings.

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C R E A T I V I T Y

Summer is winding down, and we’ve been having cool evenings that feel like fall. September is still to come though, and this is Southern California. Historically, it is by far the hottest month of the year. But the old predictable weather patterns no longer exist, so we will see what September brings.

I have no creative endeavors to share, but I do have some from other people, and some of nature’s creativity I’ve noticed recently.

Here is a a collaged mini dresser, my journal making friend Toni Mattock made from matchboxes.

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And the latest from Anonymous Starbucks artist.

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Creativity in Nature.  This was blossoming out of a palm tree.

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Bird of Paradise.

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A dragonfly with those sparkling, transparent wings.

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A piece made from nature that I saw at a local nursery.

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This last one does not fit into a creativity category, and my phone could not capture or do it justice.  So you’ll have to believe me that it was an enchanting sight. I was walking at night down a hill in a residential area. The moon was orange and very full.  There were millions of lights from homes spread out in front of me.  The thought of the amount of electricity used in this one spot multiplied by homes, offices, and streets around the world was boggling.

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Reading or watching news to stay informed, is a constant reminder of all the sorrows in the world. The painful reminder is difficult sometimes. I was also reading some quotes by Mark Twain (so funny), and watching old Seinfeld episodes (so funny), and decided that this quote of Twain is so true, (although not funny).

“Humor is mankind’s greatest blessing.”

I hope you are enjoying your days.

 

 

 

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Toledo

We took the train to Toledo today. Only a half hour from Madrid. The old part of the city was built on a hill and surrounded by a river. People are still living in apartments along the very narrow streets.

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The stained glass photo and the following picture are of the Toledo train station. Even the train station looks medieval.

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These last two photos show Madrid on a Sunday morning. Very empty. The only place open for business was Starbucks.

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The second one was a huge wall on the side of a building with plants growing out from it.

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The weather is warming up. We chose a good time to walk the camino. Thank you again for all the comments. I loved reading them.

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Madrid – Part 2

At about 5pm the streets fill up with people walking here in Madrid. Today was crazy. They are setting up for a festival. Stages are being put up, streets are packed and police are in the main squares.

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The following photos don’t show the chaos, but tomorrow we are going to take a day trip to Toledo to get away from it. Toledo is a small medieval town about half an hour away.

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The buildings are very tall everywhere in Madrid and many have huge statues on top.

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When you order hot chocolate here, it is thick like pudding. If you want ordinary hot chocolate it’s called cola cao, like Nesquik. Today though we stumbled on a churreria. They serve thick warm chocolate that you dip churros into.

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Pets of the day. They were waiting for their owner outside of a restaurant.

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Madrid

My husband sent me a text that said it must be kind of sad to be finishing up such a big adventure. It was intuitive of him because the girls and I were discussing it at breakfast. The sadness hit us when we approached Santiago and we could hear the loud roar of the airplanes at the airport. One of the things I practiced while walking was staying in the moment. But the Camino was very special. It is difficult to describe what we each came away with. The photographer Dorothea Lange once described a bare cabin enjoyed with her family in a way that kind of sums up the Camino for me. She said it was a place to be together where they all felt a sense of freedom. She thought the cabin answered the longings of the human heart.

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I was thrilled whenever there was cereal on the breakfast menus, so I laughed when I saw the name of this cafe.

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I visited the Prado Museum today while the girls got their weary muscles massaged. Clouds and sprinkles, but sun is in the forecast until we leave next Wednesday.

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Santiago

It is strange not to be walking. We wore our boots as we walked around the city, though. They became so contoured to our feet that they are really comfortable. We never got blisters. Tomorrow we take the train to Madrid.

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We went to the pilgrim’s mass today at the cathedral and saw them swing the giant incense belcher on the pulley with ropes.

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They even have belchers in stores

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No cows today.

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We stopped at an old bar and saw who we thought was Leonardo Di Vinci.

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The view of Santiago from our hotel room.

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