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Yellows, Oranges, and Blue…Skies

Beautiful weather. A shining sun in a bright blue sky. These first two photos were taken In Long Beach, about 25 minutes from my house.

Yellows and oranges falling from trees, or still clinging, waiting for the right time to let go.

The oranges are at my mom’s house. I’ve had to go there a lot to put things in boxes to donate. A Refugee Resettlement group is going to take the furniture. There were only a few remaining roses. I brought them home along with some clippings of the stems to reroot. Hopefully they will survive, and I will have rose bushes to plant in my yard.

I couldn’t resist taking these colorful photos of some glassware from my mom’s.

This is an old Argus camera I used when I was eleven years old, I found it tucked away in a closet at my mom’s. You have to look through the top of the camera to see what you are taking a photo of. I’m going to research, to see if I can get film and try using it again.

Here is a photo I took with it in 1964, when my family went on a camping trip. The car is an old Ford Falcon.

When I was in college, I bought a book called “Diary of a Century,” with fantastic photos by Jacques Henri Lartigue. Many were taken when he was a child, starting in 1901. Even that long ago, and being so young, he was able to capture people in motion with his camera. Check out his work, if you haven’t already.

The next two photos are the artwork of my friend Toni. She used small tin boxes for these collages. The second one is from the children’s book “Charlotte’s Web.”  I love them.

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Sightings

We have had some beautiful cloud formations that change throughout the day. The color of the sky is so blue, and the sun shines brightly but is not the hot sun of summer. These are our November days. Perfect for walking, but the sun is gone by 5:00 now, so I have to schedule accordingly.

I was so surprised to find these on my walk yesterday. I’ve never seen any mushrooms like this except in books.

In my yard, my Mexican marigold plant is in full bloom. The more I trim it, the more it grows. It covers an area the size of a small car.

This next photo is one I took from my car on the way to my mom’s house. We have a lot of packing to do there. Most of it we will donate to charity. It was Sunday morning so there was very little traffic on the freeway. Sunday morning is the only time the freeway is not completely packed with cars. Usually you would not see the road in a photo like this, just solid cars.

Today was my day volunteering at the shelter. This little guy was there. I’m sure he had been someone’s pet. He was very friendly and continued to wag his tail while we talked to him.

The November theme for Mullerin Art blog is mark making with the color gray. I have to think of some ideas to make my own marks, but here are some I found in the neighborhood.

a tree.

fence.

tire marks on a curb.

Finally, there is a store called Anthropologie that always has the most creative window displays. This was their most recent.

Not a lot to report, just sharing some recent sightings. Enjoy your days. Thank you very much for visiting my blog.

 

 

 

 

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Treats

Whew! It’s been really hot here, but cooler weather arrived at last. It was even possible to go outside for a walk. It’s been a while since I have had time, or cool enough weather to do so. There was a very strong feel of autumn in the air today. With autumn, comes Halloween, which will be here in a couple days. Adults dress in costumes and go to parties, and children dress in costumes and knock on their neighbor’s doors for candy. That was an exciting activity as a child. My brother and I would come home from “trick or treating” and dump all our candy from our bags onto the floor. It was as fun to look at all the different kinds as it was to eat it. Here we are in 1956. I don’t know how appropriate these costumes would be now. It seemed that toys and movies in the 1950’s were about cowboys and Indians.

Here’s one with costumes that came with cloth masks. Actually a little bit spooky. In later years, the masks were made of stiff plastic. I remember them being not too comfortable for breathing as we ran from door to door.

I have not had time to think about making art, but I have been going through boxes of old stuff at my mom’s house. Besides the photos, I found many beautiful old seasonal cards. These small Halloween cards are from 1922 and 1923.

The following party invitation is from 1931. My mom was a saver…of everything.

During my walk this evening, I came across this yard decoration for Halloween. It is becoming popular here for people to put up giant inflatable yard decorations for the different holidays.

Inflatable decorations are not my favorite, but I have a real Halloween kitty. Sophie chose not to wear a hat in this photo. I don’t know if I have mentioned that she insists on going for a walk when the dogs go walking. She might think she’s a dog.

In keeping with the autumn theme, here are a couple persimmons from my neighbor’s tree. She usually makes us some delicious persimmon cake, but it’s been too hot to turn on an oven. I’ve always loved how persimmons look. They are so pretty.

Last Sunday I woke up at 5:30 in the morning to set up a space at a flea market. I went with two friends, and between the three of us, we had quite a few things to sell. We have all enjoyed going to thrift stores and flea markets over the years, but it was time to get rid of a lot of things. One person at the flea market had this cute old trailer as part of her display. It was a great way to get people to come over and look at what she was selling.

A couple more images from the past. These people are my great grandparents. (My mom’s grandparents). The photos show them on their wedding day in 1893 and again, 50 years later on their 50th wedding anniversary. They moved to the United States from Norway, and started their family here.

During the hot weather, there was a hummingbird that came and sat on a bush outside my window for several days, at the same time each day. It’s so rare to see a hummingbird sit. This photo was taken through the window screen.

That’s all for now. I hope you are well, and enjoying your days.

 

 

 

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Wandering

I went for a walk a few blocks away from my house today.  Here’s what I observed.

Through openings…

Some yards…

House addresses…

A sidewalk corner…

Some walls…

And finally this guy. He startled me because we see raccoons in the neighborhood at night, but I’ve never seen one walking across a lawn in the middle of the day. And he was bigger than he looks in this photo.

“Wandering re-establishes the original harmony which once existed between man and the universe.”    Anatole France

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Rooms With A View

A few windows to participate in Muellerinart blogspot window theme. These are from my Camino Santiago walk last year.

After leaving Pamplona.

In the town of Belorado.

Sahagun.

A sketch from my travel journal while staying in the tiny town of Sabenche, near Barbadello.

These last three are from Madrid.

I’m planning on doing some window stamping pieces.  I’ve been ill and haven’t had an opportunity.  Will share next time.

If you are interested in checking out more of my Camino walking photos, click on the months of April and May of 2016 in the archives of my blog.

Have a good weekend.

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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

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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.

 

7

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.