Thursday, May 28, 2009

The Garden Comes Forth

Along with the Sweet Bay Magnolia, one of the first plants to come forth with blooms in my garden is the Snow Queen Oakleaf Hydrangea.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Venice, California

My home away from home in Venice, California. Poor Skippy the dog (sitting on the porch chair) became a blob due to waterbrush and bleeding ink.

Last morning coffee on Abbot Kinney Street before my last beach walk.

En route from LAX (what a mess!) to Nashville. Here's a tip: never try to use a waterbrush in a pressurized airplane cabin. What a flow!!!!

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Rescued Bird

After the workshop on Saturday, I drove up to Morro Bay for a walk on the beach north of Atascadero. Almost immediately, I spotted a stranded bird at the water's edge. Two young veterinarians had been watching the bird from the dunes for over an hour, watching it exhaust itself flapping it's wings with no results. As I leaned over the bird, I smelled a strong odor of oil and noticed that it's left wing and under-down were covered in oil.

I lifted the bird in a towel the young vets had given me and began walking, looking for help from someone. Eventually, I learned that there was a campground some ways up the beach and worked my way up there to the host who called his dispatcher who called a State Park Ranger who eventually came by in his pick up truck. The Ranger had a crate for the bird in the back of his truck and had called the local wildlife rescue organization who had a staff member waiting at the facility two minutes away.

A happy ending because all the bird needed was a wash and a rest. I did a slow burn about the young veterinarians who made no attempt to help the bird and thought of reporting them to their employers but time passed. But now that I've written this, I was prompted to pick up the phone to do so. Which I did. Now I can put the matter to rest with hopes that the bird is in flight again.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Brahms Requiem Cal Poly

I sat in on a rehearsal of the Brahms Requiem at Cal Poly and arrived as the first few musicians wandered onto the stage. I began sketching as the orchestra and choir assembled and continued (for a little while) after the hall was plunged into darkness. Sketching in the dark can be fun!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Santa Barbara Marina

I made the most of every minute in Santa Barbara, walking for hours upon hours. I finally plopped down on the beach before sunset and made this drawing.

Santa Barbara Courthouse Staircase

I paused on the outside of the outdoor/indoor staircase at the ever-fabulous Santa Barbara Courthouse and thoroughly enjoyed making this drawing.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Palm Springs in Ink

Here's the same view (more or less) out the front door of my Palm Springs host as seen in watercolor demo at Landscape into Art.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Friday, May 1, 2009


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