Monday, April 6, 2015

Welcome Everyone!
Sorry for another very late post.  But better late than never.Right?   Today I have wonderful details from Holy Cross and Cypress Lawn Cemeteries.  If you haven't visited you should.  The statuary is exquisite and a prime example of a completely lost art form. 

Love this detail from a headstone. These two disembodied hands are cool but kind of creepy too. 

Amazing detail from an angels wing. 

Beautifully carved foot

Angelic hands

Amazing Egyptian tomb detail.  Love the Patina!

You can almost smell the roses!

Angelic Cherub detail

Lamb of God.

Angelic Perspective

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!