Category Archives: Marigolds

MARIGOLD MADNESS

MARIGOLD MADNESS – Japanese brush painting practice.  I purchases pony packs of Marigolds from the nursery  & painted studies of Marigold flowers & leaves to teach a class.  The Japanese Maple leaf vase was found in a thrift shop & is perfect for an Autumn flower arrangement.  Marigolds are such a sunny, cheerful flower!  In Mexico they are used to celebrate the Day of the Dead.  In India, Marigolds are used to make necklaces!

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2014 ART JOURNAL – DRIED PERSIMMONS & AUTUMN COLORS WITH JAPANESE TRINKETS & TREASURES

November 2014 Art Journal - Page 134 WATERMARKAUTUMN IS COMING TO A CLOSE SO I GLORY IN THE COLOR PALETTE OF FALL.  At the La Jolla Farmer’s market there are bouquets of Marigolds, mini pumpkins on branches &  a few sunflowers.  The market florist has made up cornucopia baskets with autumn leaves & bunches of red chili peppers.  It is persimmon season in San Diego & there are baskets of orange fruit everywhere.  One vendor has cellophane bags of dried persimmons & they are so pretty.  I buy myself a Pink Lady apple that is crisp & fragrant.  It is apple picking season in the San Diego mountains.  At the thrift store I find a number of vintage Japanese trinkets & treasures – some paper party favors, a metal butterfly pin &  a wonderful celluloid Japanese charm necklace!  All for under $10.  Autumn fun.

 

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.