Thursday, May 31, 2012

Merry Month of May

A little madness in the Spring
Is wholesome even for the King.

~Emily Dickinson

Hope you all had a beautiful month! Mine had some craziness and its own set of challenges but fortunately there were also a lot of upsides to it and much to savor and enjoy, including ...

Getting festive!

Picking fresh strawberries ...

And eating them ... in all sorts of places!

Playing in the pool ...

... And getting super pruney!

BBQing with friends ...

And watching flowers bloom!

Dining al fresco ...

And enjoying an outdoor play!

(... here is my nephew posing after his school play!)

Going to the Santa Barbara Zoo and checking out the poison dart frogs!

... flamingos

and rattlesnakes!

Spending a day at Art in the Park in Ojai ...

It's spring fever.
That is what the name of it is.
And when you've got it, you want -
oh, you don't quite know what it is you do want,
but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!

~Mark Twain

And spending an evening eclipse hunting!!!
(check out the "eclipse shadows" on the wall)

Hope you found some time to enjoy the many beautiful joys of May!

Blessings and light to all of you!

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

The Huntington Museum in Pasadena ~ American Collection

Well, I just got my beloved iMac back from "Melrose Mac" with my ram now maxed out, so that I can get the new Lion operating system. Normally I avoid any changes to my computer and shy away from any sort of updates but apparently I have to get Mac's icloud or I can't keep my email address!! Apparently, I first need to load the previous operating system (which I never did.) Before that, I have to back up my hard drive, so I don't loose everything ... which I have also never done! I know ... Gasp! I do make copies of my photos to discs and upload to Kodak. I mean, I am not totally nuts, just kind of.

Of course, now I hear Kodak online was bought out by Shutterfly, and that they will "move" my photo galleries to their website. EEEEK!!!

Anyway, on to more important things. ART! In 2009, The Huntington reopened the American Art Collection (which is "continually evolving") and it's in its very own (air conditioned) building. A perfect place to get inspired for doing plein air painting and for getting out of the Pasadena heat.

Here's a little sampling from the collection. PLEASE click to enlarge paintings. Especially the landscapes. The details are unbelievable!

The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of thing,
but their inward significance.


William McGregor Paxton
The Canary

This piece, below, is amazing and gigantic...

Chimborazo 1864
Frederic E Church
48"x84" (!)

Detail of Chimborazo

Chauncey Bradley Ives


Albert Bierdstatdt
Landscape with Waterfall

Oil on paper mounted on board

Daniel Chester French


John Frederick Kensett
Woodland Interior

George Innes
Sketch for Washing Day near Perugia

Oil on Cardboard
(they had the finished piece, but I liked the sketch even better!)

Thomas Moran
Rock Towers of the Rio Virgin

Blessed are they who see beautiful things in humble places
where other people see nothing.

~Camille Pissaro

Thomas Moran
Detail from A Mountain Stream

Mary Cassatt
Breakfast in Bed

Haviland and Company
designed by Theodore R. Davis
Oyster Plate

Silver by Tiffany & Co.

Edward Jean Steichen
Snow Bound - Dawn

Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were.
But without it, we go nowhere.

~Carl Sagan

Richard Diebenkorn
Berkeley #24

Sam Francis
Free Floating Clouds
Acrylic on canvas

Art is not what you see, but what yo make others see.

~Georgia O'Keeffe

Well, I'll be back after my hard drive is backed up. Wish me luck! I have no idea what I'm doing!

Blessings and light!

Monday, May 21, 2012

Chinese Gardens at the Huntington ~Pasadena

Sorry for the absence, it's was a crazy week, followed by 4 days in Ojai babysitting my nephew Benjamin. Anyway ... back to the Huntington Gardens! As the title says, this is Chinese Garden and it's just beautiful. 

It was only put in a few years back and the plants have really grown in. Another bonus is, they have a great little place to get snacks and great ice tea! 

Simplicity, patience, compassion.
These three are your greatest treasures.
Simple in actions and thoughts, 
you return to the source of your being.
Patient with both friends and enemies,
you accord with the way things are.
Compassionate toward yourself,
you reconcile all beings in the world.

~Lao Tzu
Tao Te Ching

At the center of your being
you have the answer;
you know who you are
and what you want.

~Lao Tzu

Being deeply loved by someone 
gives you strength,
while loving some deeply
gives you courage.

~Lao Tzu

Being content with what you have;
rejoice in the way things are.
When you realize there is nothing lacking,
the whole world belongs to you.

~Lao Tzu


When I let go of what I am,
I become what I might be.

~Lao Tzu

Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes.
Don't resist them; that only creates sorrow.
Let reality be reality.
Let things flow naturally forward
in whatever way they like.

~Lao Tzu

Stop thinking,
and end your problems.

~Lao Tzu

Nature does not hurry,
yet everything is accomplished.

~Lao Tzu

My sister and Ben, taking it all in.

My favorite view of the garden ...


Be care ful what you water your dreams with.
Water them with worry and fear 
and you will produce weeds 
that choke the life from your dream. 
Water them with optimism and solutions 
and you will cultivate success. 
Always be on the lookout 
for ways to turn a problem 
into an opportunity for success.
Always be on the lookout 
for ways to nurture your dream.

~Lao Tzu

I read this morning that around 3,000 people, in Italy, are out of their homes now, from the earthquake. Please keep those in Northern Italy in your thoughts and prayers.

Blessings and light!

All quotes found on

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Happy Mother's Day!!!

"I have the prettiest mommy and she has the prettiest voice in the whole world," I bragged in kindergarden ... and first grade ... and second grade. I must have been very annoying to the other kids. It's a wonder I made any friends. The thing is ... It was true. :)

I knew how lucky I was, even then. But, even more so now, now that I can appreciate more than the just the beautiful lullabies (she won best soloist at the Hollywood Bowl Battle of the Bands when she was 20) and having a really pretty mom. 

I won't make a long list (I could, but that might get annoying ;) but I will say, that I could not have done better in this life, in the mom department. I am so grateful for her boundless love and support.

God could not be everywhere and therefore
He made mothers.

~Jewish proverb

Mom holding me in the car, getting ready to take me home from the hospital.
Bakersfield 1968

Mom with Penny (in pink) and me (bald) in a field in Alaska, 1969

You too, my mother, read my rhymes
For love of unforgotten times,
And you may chance to hear once more
The little feet along the floor.

~Robert Louis Stevenson

In Hawaii with my sister Penny and me

Mom, Penny and I in Tahiti 1992

Grandma "Kiki" with baby Benjamin (my nephew) 2005

Mom and I, Lake Como 2008

When I stopped seeing my mother with the eyes of a child,
I saw the woman who helped me give birth to myself.

~Nancy Friday

Happy Mother's Day!!!