Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Cat Napping




Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Art Classes

Watercolor journaling with Helen Shafer Garcia:

Here's a sample of Helen's journal art-

Our first class assignment- Dropped In Watercolor and Intro To Collage-

Second class-
A trip to the library. As we walked along we wrote down words from signs on the way-
then chose some of these words to put together into a short poem. We chose a plant to draw at the library and then drew something inside the library. Our colors were limited to a Triade- 3 colors.
I chose yellow, green and purple and wish I hadn't. There was a yoga class going on in the library which I drew for the background- also wish I hadn't. Not at all happy with the results. Oh well!
I kind of like the poem, tho.


Third class- Buena Creek Gardens. This was a wonderful nursery that was also full of entertaining animals, which I wrote about in an earlier blog.

 Our assignment was to choose things to paint including an architectural element and to paint across two pages of the journal. I didn't finish this one.

Fourth class- We worked at the school. We painted succulents gathered from around the school and added elements of white gouache. we also added a pocket to include 3-dimensional elements.



Fifth class- We met at Ron Chisum's succulent- filled garden in Escondido.
He was a very interesting man who is a retired dentist and a wonderful watercolor artist. He's obsessed with succulents-
grows them, studies them, propagates new ones, knows all their complicated names and just generally loves them. Unfortunately, I don't share his love but I did enjoy drawing them.

 Margery and Ron.

 Ellie and Lois
 Lois photographing fruit from the Cereus peruvianus, which goes so nicely with her shirt and camera (phone?)

 Helen in the greenhouse. 

 Lois in the garden.



 The plants I drew.

We were supposed to add a poem (notice the empty space). I just couldn't do it. I'm definitely not a poet. Everyone else did brilliantly. Besides not being very fond of succulents, I don't like poetry, either. Everyone I know likes poetry AND succulents. What's wrong with me? (I did enjoy writing the poem in the previous class where we started with the words we found on signs.)


Sixth class-
We met at the school and went over everything we had done. Then went to Myrtle Creek to paint and have lunch. It was a wonderful lunch. I haven't finished my painting, yet.


Saturday, October 4, 2014

Birthday coincidences

My birthday was a couple of weeks ago.- but the coincidences keep coming...
Nancy found this in her book stash the day after my birthday. She probably would have given it to me if she had found it on my birthday.

This was one of the candies in the bunch The Bottom Shelf Girls gave me.

And this is the movie we're going to see tomorrow at the No. County Film Club.

Coincidence????

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

A very busy week- 9/22- 9/28

Saturday- A fun gathering at the Mannings'.
Don and Mary Ann were there.

Maddy gets the best chair in the house. As she should!

Tuesday night-
 T. Jefferson Parker talked about his new book at the library. It sounds great and is centered in Fallbrook. So many people got in line for autographed books that they ran out.

 Several of our friends were there. Mariana and Beth.
Also Sarah Bates

and Dave Custer.

Tuesday morning - I taught a Zentangle class for Jodi and her friends Gaye and Diane.
 Jodi brought a wonderful lunch.


 Thursday morning - My watercolor journaling class met at Buena Creek Gardens in San Marcos.

Helen Garcia, our teacher, and Margery converse with one of the garden residents.

Sue and another of the residents- the cutest and funniest kitten. It really enjoyed being the center of attention. It even participated in one of the paintings. It hopped up on the lap of one of the painters and smeared her wet paint. After Helen touched it up a bit it looked great.

A beautifully designed cat who lives here.


There were also parrots. They kept up a stream of noises and funny comments. While Helen was giving us a lesson when she paused one of the parrots said "what next?" I'm not kidding!

 Goats and geese, too.  This goose loved scratching the head of his friend, the goat. The goat loved it.

The same goat wanting me to scratch it's head...or maybe to give him a treat... or a kiss.


Thursday night- Nancy and I went to Beatrice and Bob's house for dinner. They're the couple who adopted George (My stray cat). We had a wonderful time. Bob made a great vegetarian dinner, Chicken Tika Masalla with faux chicken that was called Quorn. Nancy got the recipe. They have a lovely home on several acres which I'm sure George is enjoying with his new friend, Black.

Friday night- Taco night at the VFW with all the Knoll Park Lane neighborhood friends
 

Saturday- a visit from our cousin, Kathy and her husband Larry. They were here from their home in Hawaii for a golf tournament that Larry played in which was in Las Vegas.
 My brother, Bob, (above, in the middle) was here, also. He hadn't seen Kathy since he was a teen-ager.
 Kathy and Larry were staying in West Covina with their friends, Carol and Louis, who also came for lunch.


We all had a great visit.

And finally on Sunday we met Marge, Jane and Carol at the Civic to see "Kinky Boots".
We all enjoyed it. Then we went to dinner at P.F. Changs'.

Could I have crammed any more into this week?
 It was wonderful!










Tuesday, September 23, 2014

My birthday haul!

 Beautiful flowers from Megan.



Nancy, Jean Hester, and Nancy Kreile all work at the Bottom Shelf, (the library book store).
So, am I lucky! What would I like to have most for my birthday- books and flowers! Ann Kreile came in while they were gathering up my birthday presents and added even more. Jean threw in some just- baked cookies and a bunch of cute little toys and candy.
What a treat!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Polly Bergen and Oil Of The Turtle

Polly Bergen died this weekend and it brought back memories of a brief experience with her and her cosmetics company, Oil of the Turtle. I worked on this account back in the '60s.

A photographer and I met at her house to take photos of her. She rolled out a clothes rack of dresses and asked me to choose one for her to wear. I wasn't the most fashion conscious person but I managed to choose an appropriate dress. I don't remember anything else about the shoot or the dress or her house. It was a long time ago!!!

Another time I picked up some giant stuffed turtles from a taxidermist to take to Griffith park to photograph them in a stream for an ad or brochure. I was driving down the Golden State freeway with them in the back of my V.W. convertible. It took me a moment to figure out why people were pointing and staring at me.

I researched Polly Bergen to see If any of these ads or brochures were listed anywhere and found that she wrote a book in 1977 called "I'd love to but what would I wear". She should have called me.



Diva's Zentangle Challenge #186 - Fall leaves

I love tangling on leaves. I've even done it directly on real leaves but can't find them at the moment.
Here's some done on prints of leaves found in my yard. I have a hard time not picking up every pretty leaf found on my walks.







Saturday, September 20, 2014

Busy day

9:30- Took Robin to the S.D. airport for her trip to Colo. to visit grandchildren.
10:30- Brunch at IHOP.
11:30- On the way home-granite counter top shopping for Nancy's new kitchen. Way too complicated and hot. But more enjoyable than we thought it would be.


Home to rest, let the dog out at Nancy's and feed the cats at my house.

5:00- Phee Sherline's art show reception in Vista at the beautiful Rancho Buena Vista Adobe Gallery


Phee's show was very nice and a lot of our friends were there. We ran into the Klinger's on the way in. Barb Hayden and her husband were there. We didn't know that Barb played the dulcimer with Phee. We also didn't know that my neighbors, the Brandli's, were friends of Phee's. They were there, also along with several other mutual friends.

 7:00- Back to the Fallbrook Library for a fantastic mariachi concert.

The Mariachi Estrella de Chula Vista . They started as a class at Chula Vista High School in 2001. They played lots of concerts through the years as the Mariachi Chula Vista. As the years went by they all graduated and moved on. Their teacher, Mark Fogelquist, recently retired and got some of them together again to form this new group. They were just about the best mariachis I've ever heard.
 That's Mark Fogelquist on the right.
He gave an interesting talk about the history of mariachis. I've loved mariachi music since my youth so I loved everything about this concert.
The audience loved them. They got several standing ovations and played an encore.
It was a wonderful end to a busy day. I felt very glad to be alive and even glad to live in Fallbrook...
not my usual feelings.

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