March 26, 2015

Blue is Oxygen

Using watercolors in dark blue hues is like opening a window and feeling a fresh breeze brush against my face.  It's oxygen to a white piece of paper.  (Watercolor and ink pen 2011)

Snowy Egret

The San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary in Irvine, California is a haven for many resident and migratory birds.  It's run and owned by the Irvine Water District.  This is a Snowy Egret.  At time they appear like a relatively large bird, but when you are up close to one, they are surprisingly very small and petite.  I took this photo on 3/25/15, late afternoon.

March 23, 2015

The Black Western Cardinal - A bird species I invented because I can.

In the land of jaxiejax there is such a thing as a Black Western Cardinal.  It sings under the light of the moon and and sleeps in the caverns of dried out California Oak Trees.

Little Bird Charm

I found this bird charm at a clothing store years ago, before I became a birder.  I've always liked birds but once I started to study them, my appreciation for their existence was taken to a new level.  When there are no longer birds to sing, I will be in need of oxygen.

March 20, 2015

In the mood for blue!

 A look at myself.

In the wilderness, life happens!  Acrylic inks and watercolors.

I love when light hits blue glass at the                                           kitchen window.

Today a blue and white bunting was hanging across the local park's Olympic size lap pool and swaying invitingly on a very warm day.

Saw this pooch waiting for his master very patiently.

My husband gutted the spare room's closet, then built and painted this bookshelf made of solid poplar wood.  I selected this aqua marine color for it's calm effect.

I went to the park today during my lunch hour and saw the most electric blue Western Bluebird and it's mate.  So handsome and stately.

March 18, 2015

Chronicle Books - See Things Differently

One of my favorite bookstores in San Francisco

White-crowned Sparrow

The White-crowned Sparrow (gambelli) is migratory and arrives in California as early as August but historically in September. It breeds in Canada/British Columbia, and I believe Alaska.  I love photographing them, but mostly listening to their very sweet sounding calls. The black and white striping on the crown identifies the bird as an adult. It typically leaves for its breeding ground in April. There is a sub-species that is year round but I don't know if I would recognize the difference if I saw it.

Things about the office.

Velvet ribbon gives an extra special touch to craft projects.  Try it!

I have a fondness for  brass lately.  Little treasures find themselves a place that I can admire as I work.

Senor Cotton Candy was one of the first characters I drew.  I made an ornament using heavy card stock, then painted a metallic gold background, and embellished with brass brads.  I used chain serves as the hanger.  I attached two glass hanging beads as charms.

In Manhattan I picked up some cuties.  A handmade rabbit doll with all handmade clothing, a handmade mushroom baby raddle which I gave as a gift for a friend's baby boy in 2011, and an FAO Schwartz bear wearing flannel pajamas which have tiny bears as the pattern.  I couldn't resist these gems!

March 17, 2015

Mini Zine pages

This is 4 pages out of 8 pages I've worked on for a mini, self-made zine (magazine). This is just a rough-draft. They are so rewarding to create, but are very time consuming to design.  I love making them.

March 14, 2015

Bolsa Chica Wetlands March 13, 2013

I went to see the Great Horned Owl and her Owletts but they were hunkered down on this afternoon and quite inactive.  I saw a number of other birds that are common in the area whether they be migratory or not.  Yellow mustard was blooming beautifully across the fields and swayed so elegantly in the wind.  

 The Black Cardinal.  An acrylic ink painting from last year (2014).