PAINTED MAGNOLIA LEAF ACCORDION BOOK

MAGNOLIA LEAVES MAKE A GREAT CANVAS TO PAINT ON.  I was inspired to do this leaf project by leaf art posts on PINTEREST.  I chose Magnolia leaves because they don’t need to be dried.  (I just put a heavy book on the to flatten them a bit.)  I used metallic acryllic paints to decorate the leaves & made an accordion book with vellum envelope pages to hold the leaves.  A paper punch was used to punch out birds & butterflies out of leaves, too & these were glued onto the vellum pages to hold the leaves.  Where my muse takes me, I will follow!

PELICANS WITH BLUE EYES WATCHING, WATCHING – LA JOLLA, CALIFORNIA

PELICANS HAVE BLUE EYES DURING THE BREEDING SEASON – Not only do pelicans get these gorgeous green & red colors on their pouches, but their eyes change from brown to blue during the breeding season.  & those blue eyes look right through to my soul as I stand & watch them.  Ancient & sacred birds that have been around since the dinosaurs.  Pelicans can live to be more than 40 years old, too.  

TRINKETS & TREASURES FOR MY BIRTHDAY & A WHALE WATCHING TRIP – OCTOBER 2014

October 2014 Art Journal - Page 126 WATERMARK

At the end of October 2014, I turned 63 years old.  Life is good.  An employee at Trader Joe’s gave me a bouquet of Marigolds, my friend Harumi sent me some wonderful cloth buttons from Japan, my cousin Bernadette gave me a fabulous & sacred Kuan Yuen necklace in a bowl filled with sea glass, abalone bits & other tiny treasures & my son and his wife gave me money to go whale watching!  The Planet Earth gave me a gorgeous day, a humpback whale that threw her flukes 3 times, hundreds & hundreds of dolphins with too many sea lions to count “porpoising” right along with them & the knowledge that I am lucky to live every day in the beauty on this earth.  If the shore birds could sing, they would surely be telling me that I am loved.  Happy Birthdays are not about “stuff” they are about being in the flow of the joys that come our way every single day.