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Bright Shiny Day

There is a hexagon theme at Mullerin Art blog this month. I used a vintage map of the United States to make something to contribute.

The next photo shows some hexagons in nature. Many many years ago I visited Ireland and saw Giant’s Causeway. It has huge natural rock formations that are hexagon in shape.

I went downtown for the Women’s March last Saturday. My focus was impeachment, hoping that Congress would notice how many people want change. But if Congress continues to look the other way, there is still hope. This was a sign I saw at the march.

It was a bright shiny day, but very cold. A lot of children found these water fountains irresistible though, cold weather or not. Shoes came off, and the games began.

The fountains are in a large park in the middle of downtown. The park stretches many blocks and ends in front of City Hall.

A few of the sights as we walked. Some of the old buildings downtown.

Lots of new construction going on.

Probably the most important message today…

I happened to look down, and liked the pattern in this grate. You can see a little bit of my foot and jacket. I didn’t want to stop too long, and was rushing to take the photo.

On the way home my son and I stopped at one of our favorite places to eat near downtown.

I ordered a shrimp taco, shrimp enchilada and refried beans. It was muy delicioso.

A couple neighborhood photos from the last few days. A neighborhood park, and a setting sun through one of my trees.

I recently saw a movie called “The Darkest Hour.” It covered the period of time right after Winston Churchill became Prime Minister of England. It was especially inspirational right now, when we are looking to our leaders to demonstrate integrity, compassion, and intelligence. I found this quote from Winston Churchill:

“All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy and hope.”

Enjoy your week. Thank you so much for visiting my blog. I appreciate it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Salt Air

A couple days ago I went to a spot on the Palos Verdes Peninsula where a path leads down to the ocean.  The path takes you through native California chaparral.  There is a small beach that people can use for sunbathing, but  also rocks to climb that are lined with deep grooves from the water.  Scattered around are small rocks with smoothly worn surfaces.  A lot of them are two toned in perfectly shaped circular patterns.  Although it’s mid August, clouds were rolling in that partially blocked the sun most of the time.  But the Pacific Ocean in Southern California is a magnificent sight in any weather. I think for most people who grew up here, like myself, it holds many memories.  The feel of the ocean air on your face is blissful.

 

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Something I was reminded of while gazing out at the rocks was the time I saw the Giants Causeway in north eastern Ireland.  Giants Causeway is of course far more astonishing, being that it is the fourth greatest natural wonder in the United Kingdom.  It is made up of 40,000 interlocking columns that were created by an ancient volcano. It truly is a wonder the way all the stones fit together like they were actually CUT to fit together.

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I have always worked on my creative endeavors wherever I could find space.  A while back my husband built a studio for me in our backyard.  I like to refer to it as “the little house.”  A term of endearment since I like small things.  Recently he finished putting rock around the outside.  The rock not only completes it, but there is less dirt for the dogs to bring into our actual house.  We got the beautiful doors and large windows from Habitat for Humanity’s Restore.

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I decided not to panel the inside.  It gives it more of an industrial look.

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It is so nice to have a space of your own for art as well as ruminating.

 

It is another beautiful summer day here.  Sun shining but not too hot.  And in the late afternoon we get a wonderful sea breeze that makes you feel closer to the ocean than you actually are. (We’re about a 15 minute drive). Early evening is the time I take Charlie, Maggie and Lucy for their walk, so I am able to enjoy the air and light at it’s finest.  Another opportunity to think about creative ideas, or just not think at all.