Cloudy Day

My dad had many many tools and “things” in his garage to build and fix everything. After he passed away a few years ago, I cleaned out the garage and found a lot of tiny objects that I kept for art projects. Some of these I put to use this week, for the Tiny Pattern theme this month at Mullerin Art blog. I glued a couple of the pieces to an existing rubber stamp, to make some tiny patterns.

I made the whole piece tiny as well, about 3 by 3 inches. My ink pads all seemed to be drying out, but I kind of like the effect. They remind me of postage stamps.

During my walk, I found this tiny patterned sign on the sidewalk.

Although our winter has been like perpetual spring, it was actually a cloudy and cold day yesterday when I went to my printmaking class. Here are photos of the very old buildings where the art classes are held. They were used by the Navy during WWII.

The buildings are on top of a hill and overlook the ocean. You can see a slight horizon line where the ocean meets the clouds.

We worked on a lino cut in class. Here is my print of bamboo trees.

Last week I was sitting in my car at the animal shelter waiting for my friend who I volunteer with, and this hummingbird came right outside my closed car window. (He’s on the LEFT).  I grabbed my phone and took several pictures. I didn’t know if I had gotten him in any of them, because of course he kept moving. He was gone as quickly as he had arrived. It was a delightful moment.

Other than yesterday, the afternoons have been beautiful for walking. Here are a couple sights I saw today. This first one was in the middle of the sidewalk. I don’t know what the piece of metal was for, but some greenery had started growing in it like a little potted plant.

And if this yard were a painting, it would be a mixed media piece.

Enjoy you week. Thank you for visiting my blog.











10 thoughts on “Cloudy Day

  1. Nice post – love your bamboo linocut – sure wish I could take that class. Clever idea using your dads’ tools -i like the effect a lot. I always enjoy the photos you take while out and about.

  2. The linocut is wonderful… And the small things from your father’s collections give nice patterns… And the ocean and your fine pics from tiny plants and things. What a colurful post. Best wishes Ghislana

  3. Hello Barbara,
    thank you for printing with this old tiny tools for my tiny pattern wednesday!
    Thank you so much and sunny greetings from germany!

  4. wonderful houses by the sea, really a dream to live there!! we had much snow yesterday…
    I lover your pattern and your linocut very much. I made some gelliprints which look very similar to your bamboo trees… I’ll try to post them today.
    have a good week!

  5. i like the stamped effect you got with These contact Switch parts… and the “water” triangle would be good for rubbing the pattern through onto a Piece of paper (on a warm enough day;))
    your linocut turned out fine and everything Looks so spring like in your Environment:)

  6. enjoy to see in your blog all sort of art… and nature with a real hummingbird * here there are more blackbird and last week I saw a film “California Dream” from Eric Courtade 🙂

  7. Oh I like the hummingbird and the tiniest garden (the pot with green)
    Your bamboogarden is great. I like how you play around with “things” of the garage – funny pattern. Eveninggreetings from Germany. Eva

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