Spending several mornings painting pine branches & Poinsettia flowers while it’s 85 degrees here in San Diego. Kind of silly to be painting winter subjects while San Diego Santa Ana winds & heat continues on, but still it’s cool in the morning & it’s always peaceful to pick up my brush and paint on small bits of paper for holiday cards.
MIDDLE OF MAY 2014 – 2014 ART JOURNAL OF AN ARTIST LIVING BY THE SEA – This week was one filled with 8 San Diego Wild Fires & raging Santa Ana winds. It was 96 degrees at the coast, which is unheard of & broke records back to the 1950s. I put Chinese paper umbrellas over one of my shade plants to protect it from the blazing sun & drank iced peppermint tea to try to stay cool before the arrival of a portable air conditioner! It was just too hot to spend time at the beach & I only drove by to visit quickly. One afternoon was spent making greeting cards of a cute flower cart design. Lots of reading due to the heat. One day I stopped and took photos of Lily of the Nile (Agapanthus) flowers, which are blooming everywhere now & a lovely yard with a white picket fence & cascading roses caught my camera lens, too. This week I did paintings of cactus & desert wildflowers and one Goldfinch & Zinnia Japanese Etegami postcard.
One of the great advantages of my illustrated 2014 Art Journal is to count my blessings and to focus on the moments of beauty in my life. Art is a way to gratefulness for me.