LA JOLLA FARMER’S MARKET had big baskets of tangerines this Sunday. I love how San Diego’s winter is the citrus season & the market is loaded with oranges & tangerines of all types. I grew up where a tangerine in Winter was a luxury & finding one in the bottom of my Christmas stocking was a real pleasure. The perfume of a tangerine lets me know that sweet taste is waiting to be released by peeling the skin & taking a bite!
AUTUMN 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.
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!