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It’s Coming On Christmas…

Christmas is covering the neighborhoods.  These soldiers were made by putting four terra cotta pots together.  They were about three feet tall.

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This display was at a shopping center.

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Maggie, Charlie, and Lucy are ready for our cold night walks.

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And a recent photo of Sophie.  She’s about four months now, and looking quite a bit bigger than the day I brought her home. She likes to be with the dogs.

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A new mail art piece, with a little vintage embellishment.

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I was going through some lino stamps I made, and pulled out this piece I had used some of them on.  It is acrylic on canvas. The deer stamp I made from a photo in an art history book.  There is some hand stitching and glitter added.

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We had some beautiful sunsets a few days ago.  This is a view from my front yard.  The lights in the left corner of the second photo are lawn ornaments.  People love to put giant inflatable Christmas decorations in their yards that light up at night.

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“It’s coming on Christmas

They’re cutting down trees

They’re putting up reindeer

And singing songs of joy and peace.”           Joni Mitchell

I hope you are enjoying your days.  Thank you for visiting.

 

 

 

 

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Light In Winter

This first photo I’m sharing with Macro Mondays.  Although our nights are very cold, recent days have been beautiful with soft, warm, air and light.  I was giving my yard a little water, and this droplet stayed on the nasturtium leaf.

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I found some interesting old envelopes at a flea market.  Here is one that I made into mail art.  I noticed how perfect the handwriting is on the address.  It reminds me of how we were taught to write in school.  These days, people’s writing is very different, sometimes difficult to read.

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I participated in a boutique at a friend’s church. I sold mini cakes and breads along with some tiny succulent plants in equally tiny pots and cups.  I’ve always liked miniatures.

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The boutique was downtown, and although I’ve been to the area many times, I stumbled on some old amazing apartments a few blocks away.  They looked like classic LA buildings from an old movie.  Some have been made into condos.  I looked up the year they were built when I got home.  Built in 1922.

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The end of each day has brought a warm glowing light that shines on the houses.  Some photos during my walks through the neighborhoods this week.

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I put some lights on a fruitless olive tree in my front yard.  When I first started doing this, the tree was very small.  Now I have to stand on a ladder, throw the lights around to the other side, get down from the ladder and repeat a few times.

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“You may not always have a comfortable life and you will not always be able to solve all of the world’s problems at once, but don’t ever underestimate the importance you can have because history has shown us that courage can be contagious and hope can take on a life of its own”.                     Michelle Obama

Trying to stay hopeful as our country’s leadership changes.  Have a great week.  Thank you for visiting.

 

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November Chill

We had a very cold day here on Sunday, with wind and drizzles on and off.  A friend and I had planned last spring to get a booth at a flea market for that day.  It is usually so hot where the flea market is held, we decided November would be a good month, and last year brought us little rain, so no need to worry about bad weather.  It was a fun day in spite of the cold, and rain, and wind.  We had a covering for part of the space, and had to move anything perishable to the center.  We brought hand made items and vintage wares. This photo shows just one side of our selling space.

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A couple days before the flea market, I saw a unique play in downtown.  It was three Latina friends getting together for Christmas, and sharing stories from childhood family Christmas gatherings.  The stories were funny, sad, hopeful, and all true. The theater itself only held about forty people, so everyone was very close to the stage.  But the lobby was enormous and beautiful.  The building had been a bank about a hundred years ago. A lot of the old buildings are being restored and made into apartments.

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After sketching a few window scenes a couple weeks ago, I thought I’d practice painting from some Henri Matisse prints in a book I have.  I started out a little small, and the details were difficult to do in acrylic, so although I started sketching on canvas, I finished them with colored pencils. The pencils were fun, though. I had never used colored pencils on canvas.

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Soon I will be filling this spot above my fireplace with Christmas decorations, but I noticed this wonderful shadow one day as the light came through a window.  You can see the shadow of the bottle on the left, but the shadows on the right seem to be coming from the etchings on the glass bowl next to it.

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“The best way to not feel hopeless is to get up and do something. Don’t wait for good things to happen to you.  If you go out and make some good things happen, you will fill the world with hope, you will fill yourself with hope.”    Barack Obama

Thank you for visiting.  Have an excellent week.

 

 

 

8

Forty Four

I’m coming out from the haze of despair after the election. Tomorrow I will put on my walking shoes, drive downtown, and join in peaceful protest. Although the outcome has been decided, I cannot just forget all the hateful language used during the campaign.  Already acts of hate have increased because the perpetrators have been given approval to act out.  It turns out that 48 per cent of the country didn’t vote.  Maybe people will realize the importance of participating.

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I’ve only done a little sketching lately. This first one made me think of wallpaper around a window, so I made another very QUICK sketch with that in mind.

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I’ve always loved the window scenes of Raoul Dufy and Henri Matisse.

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Our weather has reverted back to summer.  Warm days, but very pretty light at end of day.

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I didn’t realize until I got home and looked at this next photo, how the shadow is an extension of the tree.  The tree is actually planted in the middle of the circle of newly mowed grass.

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The kitty is now officially part of the pack. We adopted her. I think she might be thinking she’s a dog at this point. They all play together. And if they go out, she goes out. When they come back in, she’s right behind them.

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President Obama met with the president elect at the White House a few days ago to explain things to him and assure a peaceful transition of power.  He knew some of us were disappointed, but he said we had to pick ourselves up and brush ourselves off.  What a class act. Such dignity, offering whatever assistance he could to a person who rejected the legitimacy of his Presidency. I will truly miss the 44th President of the United States.

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Global Art

I have not made a lot of art myself this week, but I have seen some magnificent work by two other people.  The first was an online article about Nidaa Badwin, a Palestinian woman, who spent 20 straight months in her 100 square foot room creating art.  The day before she went into exile, she was leading a youth program in Gaza, and was taunted by officers who criticized her clothing and eventually hit her.  She took a series of gorgeous Baroque looking photos using only what she had in her room: newspapers, vegetables, egg cartons, sewing machine, typewriter, and bedspread.  I have a few to show, but there were many more if you want to check out her story.

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The second was a documentary called “Sky Ladder,” about artist Cai Guo-Qiang.  He was a young boy during Mao Tse-tung’s rule of China, and the story follows his life as an artist leading up to his work using fireworks and his dream piece called Sky Ladder. His thinking is truly innovative and remarkable. I recommend watching it if you have the opportunity.

We got another night of rain.  It’s wonderful to have rain so early in the season since our summer was so dry.  I don’t have any rain photos, but here are a couple of my favorite autumn photos from last year.

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I went to a local flea market yesterday.  Lots of fun things to see.  I bought an old globe.  I love maps and globes, but globes are usually expensive. This one was only five dollars.  Our world has gone through many changes since this globe was made.

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A lot of vendors had vintage Christmas decorations for sale.

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I have continued to play with watercolors.  The first one was a couple of sketches I cut up and put together as a collage.

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Enjoy this last week of October.  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.

 

 

 

 

5

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.

Thank you for visiting!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Looked Like Rain

September didn’t disappoint, it has just saved the heat wave till the end. That’s what we’ve been promised for the weekend, although today still has a nice fall breeze going on.  A few days ago I was in San Pedro.  Unusual clouds that looked like rain, but VERY humid. Here is a photo of the LA Harbor (in San Pedro) where cargo comes in from all over the world.

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A view from the hilltop residences.

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Now a view on the other side that looks out to the ocean along Pacific Coast Highway.  It’s at the bottom of the hill in this photo. You can drive PCH all the way up the California coast.

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A little bungalow, with a seasonal pumpkin on the porch.

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While walking in the humidity at day’s end, as the sun was setting, it looked like a giant ball just sitting in the street.  Hard to tell in the photo, but I could see the entire circle.  I’ve never seen anything like it.

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Continuing thumbnail sketches and collages.

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After walking the Camino, we stayed a few days in Madrid.  I thought I’d show this tiny book I got.  It’s 2 inches by 3 inches.  It has a leather cover “con 25 ilustraciones.” The title is “Granada La Bella.”  It’s a book about the city of Granada in Spain, with 25 pictures.  All along one of the main avenues, there were bookstalls and vendors selling old books.  Of course my eyes were drawn to the smallest ones.

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Do you feel fall in the air where you are, or is summer lingering?

Thank you to all who stop by and check out my posts.  It’s fun to share, and also to receive your feedback.  Enjoy your weekend.

 

 

 

 

 

9

Awakening the Soul

I’m enjoying sketching tiny.  Perhaps I’ll do a daily journal of tiny, although I’ve never been good at daily sketching.  It’s more like when the idea hits me.  But I’ll give it a try.

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Also having lots of fun with my “accumulated stuff” collages.

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Our September has been feeling like October.  September is usually stifling.  I remember going back to school as a child, and the non air conditioned classrooms would be unbearable.  But a few days ago we actually had overcast conditions.

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The cooler air is very pleasant for walking.  Since returning from the Camino, I really have a need to walk each day.  The weather has also given me some good photo opportunities while I walk, with the sun poking out from the clouds in a subtle way.

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The kitty is going through all the changes the internet says she would from week to week. She weighs a pound, but RUNS across a room.  She is getting a lot of socialization from Lucy and Charlie.  Maggie is indifferent, but then she’s the one that went through mothering her own puppies not too long ago.  She’s sitting this out.

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“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.”       Anatole France    poet, author

Enjoy your week.

 

 

 

 

 

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Tiny kittens and things

Still waiting for inspiration, so in the meantime, I sat down and drew some tiny thumbnail sketches from my photos on the Camino. Tiny is fun.

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Then I got out all my scraps of accumulated paper.  For example, if I paint something and I don’t like it, I’ll cut out the parts I like and save them. I figure they might come in handy for something, along with other tiny accumulated things.  I took some pages from an old French literature book, and started sticking things together.  Sticking things together is very fun. In the one below, I drew a small picture from a Camino photo with oil pastel.  Oil pastels, also fun.

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I am keeping busy bottle feeding and caring for a two-three week old kitten. I’m fostering it from the shelter where I volunteer. As tiny as she is, she’s on the go if she’s not sleeping.  The picture is a little blurry, since I couldn’t get her to stop moving. She’s what they call a Torti. She will be ready for adoption in a month or so.  I’m hoping to find someone to adopt her so I know she’s going to a good home, rather than return her to the shelter.

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The theme of the exhibit I was in was “Play.”  I went to the opening, and again a couple days ago to take some photos.  The day of the opening was very crowded, and difficult to see everything.  This first one was behind glass so it is not real clear, but in person it had a beautiful quality. The colors and softness went so perfectly with the image of the child. It was an etching with a collaged photo. I love etchings. I took a class when I was at CSUN.

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The next one got an honorable mention.

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This last one won first place.  The whole piece was made with Legos.

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I’ve been walking in the cool evenings. Remarkable weather for September. Today is overcast, but the cooler days are wonderful. I have walked past this house many times, but last night my husband told me it was Louis Zamperini’s house at one time. He was a World War II prisoner of war survivor, and they recently made a movie about him. My husband is a newspaper photographer.  Many years ago he got to ride in an old World War II plane with Mr. Zamperini for a story the paper was doing.  My husband said he was a remarkable person and had amazing stories to tell.

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This little plant sticking up in another yard caught my eye.  It looks like a little sparkler you see on the Fourth of July.

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It looks like we’re starting the fall earlier here than usual, although by tomorrow, it could be 90 degrees…

Enjoy your summer/fall weather.