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The (Almost) Sighting of the Rare Indigo Bunting

Since I only had my i phone when I went to the marsh a couple weeks ago, I couldn’t get good photos of the birds there. But my friend Alex brought her very large camera, so I’m going to share some of the lovely photos she took.  The baby geese were just a week or so old.

Here is an egret.

Here is the blue bird that we thought was the rare Indigo Bunting.

Not sure what kind of bird this guy is.

I got together with my crafting friend Toni, and we made some paper quilts.  This one is about 9 inches by 9 inches. Water color and acrylic. I was trying to make some kind of a pattern.

Then I cut it up again, and placed the colors in a more random order.  I didn’t put it through the machine again since the stitching was still there, but now the stitching was also more random. I used a metallic thread.

And I made a couple more boxes.

Some plants I found during a neighborhood walk.

Some kind of a cactus.

Hope you are enjoying your days.  It feels like summer here.  We’re already complaining about the heat.  Thank you all for visiting my blog.

 

 

5

Artful Day

Today I went to see an art exhibit, but when I got there, it was only photos of past exhibits.  Oh well, there were some nice things to see on the way, and the gallery is in a beautiful setting.  I thought I’d take a different way than I usually do, but I missed the offramp of the freeway.  At that point, I had to drive quite a distance down Sunset Boulevard, but that was OK too, because there were many things to look at. I enjoy driving through the different areas of LA.  I snapped a few photos of a neighborhood I went through.

The Jacaranda trees are in bloom, and when the flowers fall to the ground, it looks like a purple carpet.

The gallery is high on a hill in Hollywood.  Walking around the outside is as nice as looking at what’s inside. Across from the gallery is the Hollyhock House built by architect Frank Lloyd Wright in 1919. There weren’t any tours of the inside today, but the inside and outside have a lot of geometric designs.

In between the gallery and the Hollyhock house are rows of pine trees.  It is a quiet and peaceful place.

From the top, looking out in one direction, is a view of LA.

From the parking lot you can see the Hollywood sign.

They have art classes for adults and children.  On the way out of the parking lot there is a tall sculpture (very old) covered with tiles that children made.  I love the rough textures.

Finally, there are rows of olive trees as you drive back down the hill.

So, no art exhibit, but still very artful.

 

 

5

Sun (flowers) And Rain

It seemed as though summer had arrived here in Southern California.  The temperature was rising.  Sure signs of summer were appearing.

But then we got a day of very cold winter rain.  Not typical at all for May.

The weather has stayed fairly cool since then.  Last Saturday was a day of bird activities in Los Angeles.  A friend brought over her very large camera and we went to the Madrona Marsh five minutes from my house. It is nature preserve in the middle of my town.  When we arrived, we were told that a very rare bird from Mexico was sighted at the marsh that morning.  They said it was so blue that it looked purple. It’s name is Indigo Bunting.  We saw a blue bird, but not the rare Indigo Bunting.  We did see several groups of newborn geese.  I had only my iPhone, so I wasn’t able to get photos of the babies, but I got a couple photos of the adult geese.

I’ve continued to fill small boxes with tiny objects.  This first one is connected, but there are two separate photos of it. I buy eggs that are from humanely raised chickens. Some of the paper in the box is from the egg carton.

The next one has mini recreational objects.

I have more that I’m working on, and eventually I’ll attach each one to cardboard.

“Because we have viewed other animals through the myopic lens of our self importance, we have misperceived who and what they are. Because we have repeated our ignorance, one to the other, we have mistaken it for knowledge.”   Tom Regan, American philosopher

Thank you for visiting my blog.  Enjoy your day.

 

 

 

 

 

7

Moving Into May

In the early evenings on Thursdays, my two Camino friends and I walk near the beach.  Last week we saw a large group of whales making their way up to Alaska.  Pictures were difficult because I was too far away, but it was magical to see them lift their heads out of the water.  They were very close to shore. If you look at the middle of this photo and a little to the left, that black spot is one of them.

Other views from that evening.

I’ve been working on a variety of projects this past week.  Below are a couple sketches from my Camino photos.

A friend and I might sell some of our crafts in an upcoming flea market.  I took a lot of things I have accumulated and started cutting, and gluing.  The first is the start of some small boxes.  I plan on mounting them on cardboard with wire to hang on a wall.  I’ll show that when I finish.  I think it will give them a sturdier look.

More to come.  The recipe above came from a very old cookbook I got at a yard sale.  It looks like it’s from the 1940’s, and is bound with string. It was put together by the Borden Company. I remember my mom buying Borden’s evaporated milk to use in various recipes when I was a child.  I love the illustrations in the book.  I’m going to use some of the pages to stamp on.

I’m gluing extra plates and cups together to make cookie pedestals.

I have been involved with a small political grassroots group since the 2016 election.  We want to help get Democrats elected to Congress in 2018.  We are ready to launch a website in two days. The site will have information on candidates and voting rights around the United States. The name of the site is Blue Sweep LA.

That’s all for now.  I hope your week is good.  Thank you for visiting my blog.

 

 

 

 

7

April Ramblings

Last Tuesday a friend and I had a craft day.  She lives high on a hill surrounded by native California plants and trees.  Everything was very green after the nice amount of rain we had during the winter months.

It is quite an effort for my Honda to scale the road to her front door, but once there, the view is lovely in every direction.

Inside, we sat down to make “crafts.”  We thought we’d start with some mail art.  There was a lot of “stuff” to choose from.

Even with so many choices, I couldn’t seem to capture the ideas that I had in my head.  I decided I’d give it another try the next day at home.

Here is her dog Abbey, in contemplation.  Abbey is pure joy, and likes to shower you with it when you arrive.

So at home, I tried again with some mail art ideas. The weather lately has been perfect to utilize the outside art room.

A view from the inside looking out.

This first one I used a window stamp I made, for Mullein Art blog.  I decided on stained glass windows, and used a little water color.

For this second one, I made a wave stamp.

A walk around the yard.  Some Morning Glories.

Bottle Brush tree.

Some potted succulents.

Sophie has been enjoying the nice weather as well.

I hope all is well with you.  Have a good week.  Thank you for visiting.

 

 

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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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Making Things Happen

Once a month there is a flea market very near my house. One woman always has lots of wonderful old buttons and fabric for sale.

Today she had some old sample books of fabric.  They contained all the colors on the color wheel, with interesting names for each.  They were intriguing, but I didn’t know how I would use them in a project

I didn’t buy the sample books, but I found these 1940’s post cards that I purchased. They show different places in the United States from that time.

I received the postcard below in the mail as an advertisement. I wanted to use it somehow in an art piece.  I made some lino stamps, stamped them onto old book pages, and added a little black ink. On the black and white post card, I painted a little water color.

Some final shots of a tree in my back yard.  I think it has enjoyed all the rain we’ve had, because it is in full flower.  That’s my little art studio that my husband built, behind it.

For several months now since the election, people in large cities and small cities have been visiting the offices of their elected officials demanding that their health care not be taken away.  All these people that have never been involved in politics before, made something happen because they were out there reminding politicians to do their job.  And it worked!  24 million people will not lose their healthcare.  Amazing.

“Perhaps all the dragons of our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us once, beautiful and brave.”   Rainer Maria Rilke

Have a beautiful week, and thank you so much for visiting my blog. I appreciate it.

 

 

 

 

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The Sun, the Moon…

The other night I walked in Redondo Beach overlooking the ocean.  I went with my two Camino walking buddies.  The sun was shining and the air was crisp when we started out.  We got to see this as we were nearing the end of our walk.

On a walk through my neighborhood I saw this.

I made some spring images with water color and a handmade stamp, some very thin paper and text from old books.  I then cut them up to send out as cards.

My bougainvillea is getting brighter as we move further into spring, and the tiny dormant plants have pushed through the ground.

There is a Japanese store near my house where almost everything is $1.50.  They have so many tiny and cute things.  It is very difficult to buy lots of things I don’t need.  But I couldn’t leave the store without buying these, especially because I have an old wooden chair I got from a thrift store that needed some. Tiny llama booties for the legs so they don’t scratch the floor! (Four in the package).

I just watched the Committee hearings of the Russian ties and involvement in our Presidential election.

“Three things cannot be hidden. The sun, the moon, and the truth.”   Buddha

Enjoy your week.  Thank you for visiting my blog.

 

 

 

 

6

Blooms

Here in Los Angeles we are enjoying spring weather, but the East Coast of the US is having a major snow storm as I write this.  They even closed schools in New York.  Snow outside my window would be very fun since we never get it, except in the mountains.  But for now I have  spring flowers to share. This tree in my neighbor’s yard is just starting to blossom.  Soon it will be covered with pink flowers.

A nasturtium in my yard.  The leaves are huge.  They almost hide the flowers.

I’m sharing a flower piece I made a while back.  It is all hand stitched.

In the following pieces I used handmade paper. ( I didn’t make it).  I stamped the colors onto the paper, and added some ink. After stamping the flowers in rows, I cut some up to experiment with different arrangements.

This next “flower” is just a dandelion, but so pretty. The rain brought a lot up from the ground.

And the last is a photo of some Gerber Daisies I gave my mom for her birthday.

“I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers.”     Claude Monet

“The earth laughs in flowers.”    Ralph Waldo Emerson

Enjoy your week.

 

 

 

 

 

 

7

Arrival of Spring

San Pedro is about 20 minutes drive from my house.  The climate often has the feel of the Mediterranean. This past Thursday was one of those days.  The air brushed against my skin with just a hint of breeze blowing.  I drove to a small park that overlooks the Pacific Ocean, and I felt like I was in Greece.

Nearby the park is the Korean Bell.  It is a huge bell surrounded by a beautifully painted pagoda.  It was given to the city of San Pedro by the the Republic of Korea to honor veterans of the Korean War, and consolidate friendship between the two countries.

I’m participating in a monthly art project with blog artists in Germany.  Each month there is a theme, and involves handmade stamps and patterns. This month is spring flowers. I’m thinking of ideas, but in the meantime I remembered an acrylic piece I had made using a linoleum stamp.  I was trying to make each row a shade lighter as I scrolled down the canvas.

I also found this piece of fabric I bought a while back, but haven’t decided what to do with it.

And here, a photo of some beautiful flowers I came upon during my walk yesterday.

“I had always planned to make a large painting of the early spring, when the first leaves are at the bottom of the trees, and they seem to float in space in a wonderful way.  But the arrival of spring can’t be done in one picture.”  David Hockney

Thank you for visiting.  Enjoy your week.