Sunday, March 1, 2015

The Gift of Filoli

Welcome Everyone,
Its been more than a week since my last Details post-sorry.  Last week a lovely friend of mine gifted me with a trip to The Filoli Estate. This is a favorite haunt of mine.  The house is lovely but its the gardens that are truly phenomenal. Here are a few details that I found there.
Gargoyle detail from a fountain

Stunning huge Camellias out in mass

Beautiful Tulips starting to bloom.

This is the  first time that I noticed that this finial is in the shape of an egg. The fence this finial sits on surrounds the yard that houses the pigeons.

Carved Stone Flower

These gourds were grown in the gardens and are now being used as birdhouses.  Check out the masses of Daffodils in the background.

What can I say?  the spring flowers are stunning!

Sunday, February 15, 2015

The weekly detail log

Welcome everyone!
Since my last weekly details log was late I might as well make this one late as well. Above some good advice found in a neighbors yard!
I'm sure that even a mannequin can enjoy the view!

The usual state of confusion.

Floaty fence-only on the coast!

Friday, February 13, 2015

A little Corner of Heaven

Welcome Everyone,
Today was another truly beautiful day along the California Coast.  Today I stopped and allowed myself to enjoy it.  I decided to be generous to myself for a change-to give myself just a bit of luxury.  I walked down to the Little Red Cafe in my town and ate breakfast.  I know this probably doesn't sound like much but for me its huge.  I don't need to tell you that the last 7 years have been difficult for me. I've lost pretty much everything I spent years working towards-my job, my house,family members,my studio,and now my dogs. Because of the lack of available cash I stopped allowing myself any luxuries.  I figured that because I wasn't pulling in much money that I didn't deserve to treat myself.  I needed to just go home and work- to be a successful artist.  Recently through the 12 step program "The Artists Way" I have started to change my thinking. In the process I have found a little corner of Heaven.  This corner is called The Montara Cafe and Bakery-I just call it the Little Red Cafe. And today I quite literally found a corner all for myself and my inner artist.  Here's our little corner.
This is perfect-it faced out to the ocean, the window was open and a soft breeze was blowing . I was enjoying a wonderful breakfast and watching the world go by in a local friendly eatery-(one of my favorite things). It felt sinful sitting there watching the ocean, eating breakfast instead of  working.  But it also felt so good. It felt right-like finally taking a deep breath. Because of this hour of luxury I am ready to work on a project that I have been dragging my feet on for some time now-I feel that "sense of abundance" that the Artists Way talks about - a sense of renewel. In the months ahead I will continue to fight to give myself these little gifts because as the Artist's Way states " art is born in expansion, in a belief in sufficient supply, it is critical that we pamper ourselves for the sense of abundance it brings to us."
                                                                                                          -Julia Cameron

So I guess my message to anyone reading is : don't deny yourself a little luxury. If you do you may deny yourself of your creativity which can only manifest as a result of the joy. 

The Montara Bakery and Cafe along highway 1 (Cabrillo Hwy) in Montara, Ca. 

 Creativity lives in paradox: serious art is born from serious play
                                                                             -Julia Cameron-The Artists Way

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Welcome Everyone!
A little late with the weekly details post.  I just acquired a mannequin for a new art show display.  Don't you love her real glass eyes?  Wonder what she sees?

How about this great little birdhouse? Found this on a vacant lot.  Hmmm-maybe birds own the land? You got to love the rust and old blue chippy paint.

Dramatic coloring in nature.  Beautiful and stunning!

"I shut my eyes in order to see." 
      Paul Gauguin

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Details of life #2

Welcome everyone!
Here is your weekly installment of the details of life.    Above: I love this gazing ball-the images reflected seem otherworldly-like some place out of a dream. I imagine chasing a rabbit and stepping though it into Wonderland.

Love the rusted floral motif on the side of this building.  The contrast between the rust and green is unusual and striking.

I hadn't realized before how ornate these railings were on top of the Point Montara Lighthouse. Beautiful.

"Develop interest in life as you see it; in people,
 things, literature, music-the world is so rich,
 simply throbbing with rich treasures,
 beautiful souls and interesting people.
 Forget yourself. "
           Henry Miller

Friday, January 23, 2015

Image for the day

Welcome everyone!
I found this image at a local horse ranch(it was on a stable door-How appropriate-The Duke next to a saddle. -Who doesn't love that!

Monday, January 19, 2015

The details of Life

Welcome Everyone!
Recently I have committed to the 12 step program "The Artists Way" by Julia Cameron.. Now I had read this book through at least 3 times but never followed the program chapter by chapter.  If you  have never read "The Artist's Way" I highly recommend it.  This book can be used by artists or anyone that is attempting to find more creativity within.
 " One of the great misconceptions about the artistic life is that it entails great swathes of aimlessness.  The truth is that a creative life involves great swathes of attention.  Attention is a way to connect and survive" Julia Cameron-The Artist's Way"
She is talking about paying attention to details of everyday life. Your life right now. Finding delight and wonder in the little things even when your life is falling apart.   As you do this you realize that every moment is "not without its beauty".
Paying attention, seeing the details is a way to connect with life around you and in turn it helps "fill the well" of your artistic creativity.
I don't know about you but after 4 or 5 shows I feel completely drained.  I find myself devoid of new ideas. To help refill my well I start to flood myself with images, sights, sounds, smells. I give myself permission for artistic play dates or mini vacations:  read a book, take walks, take photos, go shopping, catch up with friends, burn a fragrant candle while I'm working, listen to some music I haven't heard for awhile, go bird watching, walk on the beach, go to the vintage paper fair,  go to the thrift store or flea market, go to lunch and people watch while I'm eating...anything I can do to flood myself with sensory input. Most importantly while on my artistic play dates I try to pay attention to detail.
To this end  I have also designed a project for myself.  Every week I will take images of details around me..  These images will be printed out and placed in a journal that I can reference when I need to. They might even end up in new collages or assemblages.  I will also put these images up on my blog weekly so that anyone reading this blog may see them as well.
For anyone that is blocked artistically or just looking for more creativity in your life I invite you to "see the details" and start your own detail journal.   And just like Julia Cameron states in The Artist's Way " The reward for attention is always healing".
Image above: I found this great vine curl this week. Symmetry of life.
This little garden Gnome is a little creepy but I love the chippy paint and the feeling of age.

Chaos and order in the center of a flower.