August 20, 2016

Bird Watching at San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary August 2016

The Black-necked Stilt was foraging the shallow water.  Just the day before the pond was dried out.  The Irvine Water District re-filled the pond and the birds arrived.  A day before there were many Western Sandpipers foraging through the mud.

More Circle Shapes at Home

Chickens and Hens succulents

Delicious chocolate sprinkle donut on a porcelain Starbucks saucer

 Sunflower in its last stages of life

August 15, 2016

The flag waver

My dear friend taught me to add cream to my tea. She lived in London for some time, having met the man she fell in love with there and married there. She now lives in California and teatime is a constant, served on a platter in a Tudor style home, with a wood beamed ceiling, wing backed chairs, art, and lots of books. Watercolor and color pencil.

Where the cypress grow


Where ponies roam


July 20, 2016

This Week's Photo Project

My project was to photograph as many things in my garden that are circular shaped and post up to 5 of my photographs each week until I run out of things of that shape.

July 17, 2016

Summer potting

A weekend hobby is planting, weeding, rearranging, and feeding birds.  Here, I bought new outdoor pots from West Elm.  I had to cut back a Silver Drop Eucalyptus that was encroaching on my Japanese Maple.  The cuttings are spectacular for a vase.  My mother gave me this wonderful asian pottery vase in green and blue.  The gold rustic pot is from Anthropologie.

jaxiejax Postcard.

 Sometimes we lose track of time and need to catch up!

June 15, 2016

Don't overlook my beauty

A pigeon is quite beautiful.  They are so common that they are truly an overlooked bird.  When they take flight in a group, they make graceful wide turns.   Photograph I took in Newport Beach.

May 31, 2016

Garden Scape

I clipped roses, Silver Drop stems, a Bougainvillea cluster, bought a small bouquet of carnations and succulents to assemble small pots for Mother's Day.  Later I photographed one of my planters. 

May 30, 2016

Go to sleep my little darling

In my home the cat has the luxury of a velvet cushion.  I love to see my Mr. B in a state of complete rest.

May 21, 2016

Strawberry Basket

 Last year, 2015, someone entertained the idea of creating a banner for their personal strawberry farm on a piece of land.  I painted a girl holding a strawberry filled basket.  It wasn't used but I like the result.

May 20, 2016

Campus Life. A Fundraiser.

I had the pleasure of contributing an art piece to help raise money to support the arts for children at West Hollywoood Elementary School. It was a one night only event. There are no school district funds for the arts, which is a shame. Art is a huge component to ones imagination and creativity. These are three pieces Inoainted but only chose one that I framed and donated. The event took place on 5/1816. The painting sold. I was elated that it helped the program.

May 17, 2016

Oregon Junco (Dark-eyed Junco)

I was excited to see the Oregon Junco species of the Dark-eyed Junco family on the last day of the month of April.  I was later told that this bird is, for all intent and purposes, would be gone from Southern California until they migrate back again.  This male is a real beauty.  The female was with him.

May 2, 2016

Somewhere In West Hollywood

I painted a watercolor of a girl in the city, bigger than life, with birds and trees surrounding her everyday walk to school. Inspired by West Hollywood Elementary parents who care about the arts for their children.

April 29, 2016

Watercolor -Mailing Label

I painted on a sticker address label. Priority Mail. It helps get the mail there faster. The postman looks at it and smiles, then he is happy. So happy that he walks faster, nearly running. Yeah that's right!

April 27, 2016

Owlets On A Rooftop

These three Great Horned Owlet siblings were on a rooftop on a building in Huntington Beach, California April 2016.  It was so fantastic to watch them hop over to this corner.  They huddled, harassed each other, hopped around, yawned, closed their eyes with the sun on their faces and bobbed their heads around.  When I took this photograph they saw me through the window as I walked from one end of the large window to the other.  They were keen on me.  

April 22, 2016

Earth Day

This week I had a watercolor painting lesson/session given by my mother. Watercolors breathe life into me and my paper.   This painting I made reminds me of a place off of Highway 76 in California. A highway that leads to the Anza Borrego desert. It's quite incredible to be among the green landscape and the next thing you know you are among the wildlife and wild flowers of a California desert.


My Cityscape Series #1
 Watercolors are so forgiving. I'm experimenting with gardens, parks, and city foliage.  I was inspired by an artist by the name of V. Swift. She has a book of paintings of her garden and plants. 

April 21, 2016

The Countryside

Green glass and green hues of my painting compliment each other, in addition to brass items. I love to collect colored glass objects and brass decor.