I just love this little happy card so much. I belong to a Paper Art Group and we meet twice a month & share ideas. This card was taught in a bit less embellished way, but I just took it home & kept adding more! I thought covering the rubber stamp image of the cart with origami paper to match the umbrella was fun, added a gem to the wheel of the cart, put the flowers in paper cones, added a few butterflies & some paper grass at the bottom. & since I had so much fun, I made a bunch more! Making cards is one of my “Happy Places” in life.
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.