PURPLE ORCHID TREE – December in San Diego brings streets are lined with blooming Purple Orchid Trees (bauhinia purpurea), which originated in Asia, South China & Japan. These trees are drought tolerant. The purple orchid flowers are gorgeous & the leaves are shaped like butterflies! If you look at a branch of this tree, the leaves really do look like butterflies!
FIRST WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 2014 – ILLUSTRATED ART JOURNAL – This week on the coast was a very hot & humid week due to a tropical storm down in Mexico. Beastie Cat slept in the shade upside down all day trying to escape the heat. I spent the week hibernating in front of the portable air conditioner & creating mini Asian screen cards with watercolor art & rubber stamps. At my Chinese brush painting workshop, we painted lovely orchids. I made card board butterfly templates for a future art project & painted watercolors of hot peppers & squash from the La Jolla Farmer’s market. On my trip to the art supply store for watercolor paper, I ventured outside for a few minutes & took photos of lion gargoyles in front of an old building and an elephant mural painted on a cafe wall. Art is everywhere for an artist by-the-sea!
Elephant mural at the Crest Cafe. Purples & turquoise & pinks!
Gargoyles fiercely protecting their domain!