Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Pastel Society Show in Thousand Oaks!

Hi all! My current show is up! It's actually a group show. For those of you who don't know, I am a member of the Pastel Society of the Gold Coast. It's an amazing group of artists that I am very honored to be involved with and included in!

This is my 3rd year in the group, and 3rd year participating in the Thousand Oaks show, which is usually our biggest of the year. This year it benefits the Camarillo Hospice. (See info above.)

One of the pieces I put in the show, is Autumn Reflections. It started with a watercolor underpainting ...

Then little by little, I began to add in my pastels over the top ...

The painting is inspired by this photo (below) from the Yosemite Valley back in 1999, that I took while visiting my grandmother, who lived nearby in Mariposa. 

I changed the season a bit. I nixed the bits of ice/snow around the rocks. I figured it would have to get very "nit-picky" in order for you to really read that it was snow, so I edited as well as cropped the picture. I also changed the light and color of the sky so it would not get too "cartoony" hued.

More detail ... rocks and reflections ...

And then, more rocks in the water, and punching up the lights and darks. 
 And violĂ !!

It was one of the 3 pieces voted on to be submitted for publicity and it ended up in the little Thousand Oaks paper. :)

This weekend is the reception and it runs until the 27th of July!

By the way, I am the blog administrator for the Pastel Society of the Gold Coast. We post about shows, members' plein air outings, demos and so on. If you want to check it out, click here!

Hope you had a fabulous 4th of July, 
for all you Americans out there! 
And for everyone, I hope
that you are having a perfectly lovely July!

Art enables us to find ourselves
and lose ourselves at the same time.
~Thomas Merton

Blessings and light!

Friday, July 4, 2014

I Love A Parade ~ July 4th and Parades Gone By

Happy 4th of July!!!

Well, I'm not quite making it up to Ojai, in time for the parade this year.  I have a sneaking suspicion, though, that there will be some of the usual suspects involved in the festivities. Of course, that's one of the things I love about a hometown parade!

These photos, were from last years parade, in Ojai California.

Love the all the kids, in the parade!

And the cool cars ...

And the cuteness ...

I suspect my attachment to, and love of, 4th of July parades goes back to my childhood and being in the "Pushem-Pullem Parade" with my sister Penny, and our old pals and neighbors, Stephen and Matthew almost every July 4th!

For all but the last, I am completely guessing on the years! Oh, and the parade was (and still is) on Main Street in Ventura, California, just in case you were wondering. 



The Wizard of Oz Year
Poor Matthew doesn't look so happy to be the lion.



The year we did Cinderella. 
My sister, far left as the fairy Godmother, then yours truly as Cinderella, Stephen as the Prince and Matthew as the King, hidden behind Steve. I'm guessing that I was the one deciding what we were dressing up as, since it looks like I was the "lead" ... again. Thanks guys, for going along with it! ;)

(It must have been a fairy tale theme, that year!)
Stephen and I, below.

Steve's little sister Amanda is in the stroller (guessing this is after the parade ended) and that's my sister Penny, on the right, as the fairy Godmother.

I found out on Facebook today, that I am not the only one who saved this button! 

And the U.S. Bicentennial ~ 1976
As Betsy Ross (taking my job very seriously.)

Last year, I missed the fireworks. Hoping to see some tonight, and they never seem quite as stirring without some John Philip Sousa! Just in case that doesn't happen, or even if it does ... 
Ladies and Gents, The United States Army Field Band and Soldiers' Chorus! (Even the parts with the lyrics!)

Happy 4th!

Blessings and light!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

MOCA and Little Tokyo ~ Forget all your worries ... Forget all your Cares ...

Disney Hall on my way Downtown ...

I've been sick. Some weird bug has had me silenced with laryngitis since last week, and some crazy sinus thing ... or something. I had been trying all the natural remedies I could find, for all my various symptoms, and finally gave up and went to the urgent care on Sunday. I left with antibiotics, a steroid shot and some crazy little prescription "pearls" for my cough. 

I am not totally well but at least I can croak out a few sounds, here and there!

These photos were from an exceedingly hot time last month, where I just had to get out of my apartment. I took my little spritzer bottle, my fan from chinatown, and headed downtown, in search of art and air conditioning.

A little music ...

I was already in a strange mood and going to an art exhibition where the retrospective was planned before the artist took his own life, at the age of 57, didn't exactly perk up my mood. 

In a creative way it was very inspiring though, because he expressed himself in ways and means, no one would never think of. Or at least, I wouldn't have.

The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA
March 31-July 28, 2014

Much of the art was about memory, of childhood, and growing up.

While most of the areas the areas of the museum, photography was not aloud, there were two areas where you could take as many photos as you wanted. 

Director of MOCA Philippe Vergne

Below, his high school yearbook photo, alongside portraits of weird little handmade stuffed creatures (like mugshots) and yet, he is still the odd man out.

Ahh ... Youth!, 1991/2008
Eight Cibachrome photographs, printers proof

More Love Hours Than Can Ever Be Repaid, 1987
Handmade stuffed animals, afghans on canvas, and dried corn

The Artist talking about his work.

There was a series of mixed media collage pieces (loosely?) based off of some craft done in some area of Canada. I thought they were really beautiful. Especially, this one below.

Animal Self and Friend of the Animals, 1987
Two parts: glued felt

Below, this banner cracked me up. I especially liked the "etc" and the "no acting eperince required." Very funny, to me, remembering many an add in "Backstage West" back in the day, when I first started acting in L.A.

John Glenn Memorial Detroit River Reclamation Project, 2001 
(all the pieces of glass, ceramics etc. for the mosaic were taken from the Detroit River)

When I left the show, I really wanted a cocktail, but I'm not one to go sit at a bar alone. So, I headed across the street into one of the main little areas of little Tokyo. It was nice. Someone was playing some fun music, with Japanese instruments, but it sounded a little more like there was some caribbean mixed in? Anyway, a little live music usually can perk me up!

I went into some of the crazy little shops, with all sorts of weird nicknacks, and got my nephew some funny little bunny chopsticks. (I have no idea where they are now!)

There were loads of people out and about!

And then, having given up on the cocktail, I decided to have hot green tea and spicy salmon, at a very busy little sushi bar. To those of you who don't eat sushi, I know how weir it looks, but it was very fresh and very good! I promise!

It was good to get out, but sometimes it feels even better to be at home. Even without central air. 

Anyway, I'd like to go back and spend a little more time in Little Tokyo, and go to the Japanese American Museum, which somehow after all these years, I've never been! I'll let you know when that happens. ;)

When I get real bored, 
I like to drive downtown and get a great parking spot,
then sit in my car and count how many people
ask me if I'm leaving.
~Stephen Wright

(he cracks me up!)

Blessing and light!

Friday, June 13, 2014

Beautiful Spring in Review ... Southern California

Greetings friends!

I did a fare amount of running around Southern California, over the Spring. These are a few of the "out of town" shots I took, in April and May.

First up, my parents house in Ojai ... everything was blooming in April, especially the fruit trees.

Some music ... (I just saw James Taylor last Saturday!)

Even the cactus was flowering!

Those previous photos were taken the weekend of my cousin Jennifer's Bridal shower.

Yes, I already posted another bridal shower, but that was the family shower. This, was the shower for her friends. I ran to the Los Angeles Flower Mart, before heading up to Ojai. There were several dozen roses involved (9 dozen? 10?) and my mom and I created little bouquets and put them in her silver tea pots, and little silver creamers.

This is one of the tables ...


I found the fans, which we put at each place setting, in a little shop in Chinatown, and my Mom tied pretty chiffon ribbons on them. 

My sisters yummy chocolate, chocolate chip bunt cake ...

I will never understand how some people don't love chocolate. I mean, I know it happens, but how? They must have completely different taste buds. It's just beyond my comprehension.

Anyway, I also love cheese (see below) though I can't say it loves me back. 

The bride enjoying the lilacs, which were also in bloom, in my parents' garden ...

After the shower, the bride sat with her sister and a few friends, relaxing under my favorite sycamore tree.

It was such a beautiful day!

My cousin Alli on the tree swing ...

The Wedding was four weeks later ...


Jen and Phil, are both artist/designers and they made everything by hand. Everything. This included the flower bouquets, and centerpieces on the tables. They used recycled sheet music, which was so lovely, because music plays such a big role in their lives.

My adorable nephew was the ring barer ...

O.K., back to Ojai, to my sister's place ...

Lucy the Labradoodle. Can you even handle this face?

My sister, Penny, finally got her chickens this spring, which she's been wanting since they moved to Ojai 9 years ago!

They got 6 full grown Chickens, that were already laying eggs. No messing around here. They end up with 5 or 6 eggs a day, I think. Perfect for carbonara! yay!

This is Minerva ...

Penny also threw their big BBQ, they put on every 2 years. This year was a Luau theme.

Penny and I, in our vintage dresses. Her dress belonged to her mother-in-law and mine was my Grandma's from the 1950s. Fun, right?

I don't know what kind of voodoo magic goes on with my sister's kangaroo paws, but they go crazy in the spring! 

Now is the time to know 
That all you do is sacred ...
Now is the time for you to deeply 
compute the impossibility 
that there is anything but grace.

Blessings and light!