It’s Summertime…and the Living is Easy

Yes, it’s been awhile. I think I need to stop apologizing for not writing more often and just accept that I will get to it when I get to it. It’s not that there has been nothing happening, it just that the days pass with such speed. Holy cow! It’s almost the 4th of July! I won’t even say “time flies when you’re having fun,” because it’s such a clich√©. However, I have definitely been having fun. Creating new art, working with new materials, spending time watching my youngest granddaughter play softball, and working in the garden has occupied most of my time over the last month or so.

Speaking of the garden. I am growing the zucchini that ate Manhattan. I look at them one day and they are small and not ready to pick. I go back a day or two later and they have become giants. Here’s a picture of my most recent yield. And, I’m growing cantaloupe and have peaches (not yet ripe) growing for the first time since I moved into my home in Temecula.

As for art, my art journaling continues with the Colour Me Positive group and I am still loving creating little houses of varying styles. Here are my most recent art journal pages.

And, the many houses I have created with a 4th of July theme.

And some not related to any holiday…

One of the things that I love doing is taking pictures of funny or unique things that I see on my travels or just toodling around town. These caught my attention over the last month or so. The dragonfly was in my backyard and I was able to capture it with my new zoom lens for my iPhone 6. The truck was seen on a San Diego street and the close-up of the “Create” art is from an art installation at San Diego International Airport. If you ever fly San Diego International Airport, be sure to take the time to see their incredible art installations.

The most exciting thing to happen to me though is having my houses featured in UPPERCASE’s All About You newsletter. It’s the very first publication of my art and I couldn’t be more thrilled. I submitted the houses and really had no expectations regarding the outcome. All I can say is that it gave me a tremendous boost of “I am an artist,” confidence.


A trip to the Bower’s Museum to see the Frida Kahlo – Her Photos exhibit was incredible. I learned so much about her as both an artist and person from seeing the photographs she collected throughout her life and from which she gained such pleasure. There was also an exhibit of called Spirits and Headhunters – Art of the Pacific Islands that was fascinating. Here are some photos from that exhibit.

Last but not least, a trip to the Blick Art Store in San Diego yeilded some really fun papers and other artsy stuff that I will be playing with over the next few weeks.

All in all, it has been a wonderful month of museums, creating, gardening and enjoying friends and family. I will leave you with this thought from a site I am following on Facebook called WordPorn@thispageisaboutwords.