2015 ART JOURNAL PAGE – The beginning of September finds me taking things to Goodwill because I’m transitioning into a new phase in my life & I’m making room for new opportunities to arrive! Lots of baskets, clothes, kitchen items, holiday decorations, vintage dishes; everything is fair game to be packed up and moved on to someone else’s life! It has been boiling hot in San Diego this Summer & September has been no different. My outside cats are “catatonic” with the 90 degree days here on the coast. All sorts of weather records have been broken & San Diego even had 1 inch of rain in the month of August! (The cats are terrified of the thunder & lightning storms & I don’t like them either!) I completed a Japanese brush painting book called “Flora & Fauna”, which is shaped like a fan and fits inside a fan-shaped paint supplies box and painted tiny 3″ x 3″ waterlilies for 3 “belly bands” to wrap around 3 flower brush painting books, too. A fun project was to paint black & white cats for a friend in New York who had a birthday. She has an adorable black & white cat named “Pumpkin”. One of my jaunts was to visit Cedros Gardens in Solana Beach for flower inspiration where I saw Passaflora flowers on a vine, which meandered up the archway entrance. Quite wonderful. Finally, I created 10 beach theme greeting cards using corrugated beige paper, natural colored raffia and sea shell bits picked up on the beach. The background of these cards is a watercolor painting with sea salt sprinkled on to create a sea-like atmosphere. These cards are very much 3-D so they won’t be mailable unless you put them in a box! Still I was pleased with making them because a lot of my art feels like playing! Always something to create when you are an artist living in San Diego by-the-sea!