Exploring Without A Map

Further exploration in my quest to see new local places, led me across the Vincent Thomas Bridge to Long Beach.  It is a port city that receives a lot of international freight.



With this kind of exploring there’s no need for a map.  Just drive (or get out and walk) and observe. Long Beach is pretty large, so there are a lot of distinct areas that are different from each other. The part I was in is old and artsy.  Here’s a courtyard of an apartment complex. So picturesque.


Plants growing out of the SIDE of an office building.



A Cambodian Buddhist Temple.


This next picture is something I haven’t seen in ages.  After resisting, I finally had to get a cell phone for emergencies, because I no longer could find any pay phones.


These jacaranda trees are in bloom everywhere right now.  Here is one in front of a quintessential Southern California palm tree.


Finally, a sleeping cat with a squirrel who cannot decide if that cat is going to remain sleeping so he can make his move.  I watched the squirrel stick his head in and out of the fence opening but never made it any further.


Further explorations in future posts.

I worked more on my acrylic painting in the style of Wayne Thiebaud.  It’s further along, but still not finished.


It’s actually raining, which has been so rare in California this year.  So as I watch it through the windows, I’m going to use a cool idea from “Tall Tales from Kansas,” the blog of Carol Moss.  In one of her posts she made some teeny tiny quilts to patch some holes in a pair of jeans.  I’ve got a pair in mind that needs repair.  And I love quilts and anything tiny.  When my son was little, I got him a series of books called “I Spy.”  Each page was a gorgeous photo by Walter Wick of an assemblage of tiny things, and the reader had to try and find specific items.  I always wanted to create some of my own, but it would not only take MANY tiny gathered things, but also different BACKGROUND SETS, as each one was a different theme.  Kind of a Visual Exploration, in a Book.  Again, no map required.

Here is a photo of just a handful of tiny things I’ve collected.  But you must check out the I Spy books.  Each page of each book is mesmerizing.


Go exploring.  It can give you new perspective on a bad day, and a make a good day even better.









Seeing Red… and Blue and Yellow and Green…

In my drawing class which is now painting, I did this a couple days ago.  It’s not finished, but I’m excited about the style we’re learning.  A lot of layering, and some reference to Wayne Thiebaud.  I’m enjoying playing with color.  It’s always interesting and sometimes breathtaking to see something that’s not the color we are used to seeing.  A lavender sky, a turquoise ocean.


I’ve been watching the birds in my neighbor’s and my yard.  She’s got the feeders and I’ve got the bath.  Love to see the different colors.  The brighter ones are the males.  Lots of beautiful hummingbirds, but no pics yet.  In this area we get ones called “Anna’s” hummingbird.  I also need to get pictures of the “Mourning” doves that come around.  Their coloring is pale, doesn’t stand out.  But if a bird can have a sensitive face, then these are the ones.  Maybe that’s where they got their name.

Some morning activity…





No birds here, I just liked the bark.



Afternoon activity…  A Cooper’s Hawk in the birdbath.


And late afternoon… Can you see the moon?


When you see reds, blues, yellows, greens, subtle or bright, natural or unusual, how does the color of something make you feel?