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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.

 

 

 

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

11

Walk With Nature

For Sunday Sketches at Blue Chair Diary Blog, a sketch from a black and white photo of an old door. It’s on drawing paper with watercolor.

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My friend sent me this amazing and beautiful travel journal for my Camino Santiago walk in Spain.  I’m leaving soon on April 20th, and walking for a month (stopping of course to visit small villages, lunch, and sleeping each night in small hotels). My son will be posting  photos on my blog that I’ll be sending home from the road, so you can follow my journey.

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And inside was this tiny 2 inch by 3 inch mini journal with a picture of dogs!

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This is Frankie. He’s a member of our Sunday walking team.  When I arrive at his house, he runs up to me and barks hello then runs back and barks that it’s time to go. This was a BIG bucket of water that was put there for horses, since we were near the horse trails.  Frankie is a corgi and his little legs were too short, so he’s being helped up to get water.

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A purple hillside we passed while walking.

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Back home in my yard, I liked the way the shadows fell on the nasturtiams.

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A couple days later I was in San Pedro. It has a mix of houses in the different areas that make it up. A lot of older and very charming ones.

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I loved the staircase with the arched door on this one.

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A friend and I went to Habitat for Humanity Restore. They have all kinds of donated building materials.  We were excited when we found these tiles from Holland and Mexico.  Five dollars for a box of about two dozen.  Just a sampling below.  Now I need to decide what I will make with them for the backyard.

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I’ll leave you with this quote by John Muir.  My friend had broken it up throughout the pages of the travel journal.

In Every Walk

With Nature

One Receives

Far More

Than He Seeks.

 

 

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Sun Bleached Hair

We’re experiencing a sudden change in our LA weather.  From summer hot to autumn cool.  At end of day yesterday, the light along with the breeze made the plants look like sun bleached hair.

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Today I was in San Pedro, a port for international freight.  On a hill overlooking the ocean, there’s a huge bronze bell. It was presented by the Republic of Korea to the American people to celebrate the bicentennial of the U.S. and symbolize friendship between the two countries.  There are beautiful designs on the pavilion that covers the bell.

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The surrounding scenery was equally beautiful.  Blue sky blending into blue ocean.

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But the best part was the gorgeous air.  And combined with a great vista… ahhhhh.

I made a few sketches for some ideas rolling around in my head.  I want to use some of my linoleum stamps on paper.  I usually use them on canvas.  But I’m also in a fabric mood and want do some applique.  Can’t ever seem to zero in on a particular medium.  So I just follow the ideas as they come.

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I hope you are enjoying a changing seasonal flow, and with it, a flow of creativity.