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November 2014 Art Journal - Page 136 WATERMARKI CARRY THIS BEAUTY IN MY HEART – At least once a month I go out on a whale watching trip.  A 3-hour escape to the beauty of the sea.  I am so grateful to see the lushness of marine wild life that fill my heart with joy.  Tho point of these trips is not really to see the whales either, it is to be 8 miles out with the dolphins!

This is the final page in my 2014 Daily Art Journal.  I think gratefulness for this year of my life as an artist by-the-sea is a good way to end 2014.  



December 2014 Art Journal - Page 151 WATERMARK

AS 2014 GETS CLOSER TO THE END, I focus on the joy that nature brings to me.  Dolphins swimming offshore in the morning, Cormorants interacting with the pelicans, a Western Grebe diving for lunch in the azure sea.  A harbor seal pup is born on December 23rd, much too early in the pupping season, but we celebrate life anyway & whatever may be, will be.  Que sera sera.  At a campground in Cardiff By-the-Sea migrating gray whales swim south & their blow turns pink in the sunset light.  We can see the whales migrating by just standing on the beach.  No whale watching trip is necessary, but still it is lovely being out on the sea.  For me, this year has been about taking the time to slow down & really look at nature.  Cormorant eyes are the perfect example of the perk of slowing down & looking, looking.  The Cormorants have turquoise eyes with galaxies inside them.  I think of this quote by Georgia O’Keefe,  “we haven’t time, & to see takes time”.  I have been so lucky to have this time in my life with nature.

Double-crested cormorant 12-28-2014 - 10 WATERMARK

A perfect way to celebrate the holiday was having lunch with my son & his wife at an outdoor cafe with a sunny view of the sea.  We exchanged small gifts & I get more whale watching trip vouchers, a string of cheerful handmade fabric hens from India to enjoy & a few other trinkets & treasures.  A new year is coming.  I return to my art studio & create jewelry charms using my photographs of the seals, sea lions & pelicans.  With nature I feel a sense of timelessness.  It is only at home that I feel the urgency of chores to be done & time to create all the art that lives inside my head.  Time, time, time what has become of me?  How can I slow it down & live in harmony with all I want to do in my life?  End of the year musings for sure.

2014 ART JOURNAL – End of December


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.