It’s just before Christmas in this page from my 2014 Art Journal. I love the fact that Poinsettia flowers bloom in giant bushes outside in San Diego this time of year. There’s this house in my neighborhood that I privately call the “Monet” house because of the colors it is painted & there are lovely red Poinsettia flowers blooming there now. Christmas in San Diego today is buying Italian Amaretti cookies at Trader Joe’s, driving around looking at Poinsettia and other blooming flowers with a stop by the beach on a windy day to watch the Wind Surfers dip & jump with the waves. Coming home from the beach I make myself a dinner of a sunny-side up egg on a warm corn tortilla with avocado slices & hot sauce. It may be Christmas in San Diego, but we are not shoveling snow!
In the afternoon, I make triangle-shaped cards out of handmade paper from India with interior pages rubber stamped with peacocks & lotus flowers. The holidays are a time of keeping up with correspondence from old friends & having a special card to write on brings me pleasure & hopefully will bring a smile to the recipient, too. The New Year is just around the corner, but right now I’m enjoying a San Diego Christmas.
POINSETTIA, PINE & HOLLY – A few plants of the Christmas season that I love. Small 4 inch x 4 inch Japanese brush paintings on rice paper. A piece of cardstock glued to the top with a ribbon “pull”. Make an accordion book in Christmas season colors with vellum envelopes to insert the lovely Christmas plant paintings. Voila’ a book of Christmas.
My secret name for this neighborhood house is the “Monet” house & they have a beautiful poinsettia blooming out front right now. Christmas in San Diego is flowers blooming, walking on the beach & being grateful that I live here.