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!
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.