The scent of plumeria hangs in the air, heavy and evocative. This is any street corner, any city. Any place with small white flowers and a big smell. This is any time, and it could be any person. Its not though. This is me, and it is now, and I am so grateful to be here.
To be the person who lives
Self to self to self,
Never slowing to chase the old
To be one who
Watches a raindrop
Fall into present moment
To be the one who
Loves the person we have
Just met who is ourselves
And may it go well for you in this series of moments we call now.
The Museum of Modern Art in New York City runs a youtube channel. In it, they show how some of the most famous artists of the last century painted their iconic works. The one I’ve linked below shows how Yayoi Kusama painted her mural sized Infinity Net. In the process of painting the sample, I was able to get a glimpse of the mind of Kusama. This art isnt exactly my cup of tea, but I got a lot out of watching over the artist’s shoulder.
The featured image is one of my watercolor paintings, inspired by Yayoi Kusama.
If you get a chance today, go check out Khan Academy’s excellent video about this Aegean art. You can find that here. It is well worth the watch. I love those frescos. If i can create anything as half as beautiful and timeless as these are, then my life will be well spent.
Yesterday while I was out walking, I saw this hawk circling. It was beautiful to watch, though the rabbits probably didnt think so. At one point this little bird starts harrassing the hawk by swooping and touching wings before veering away to do it again. The small bird drove the bird of prey away by pestering it. Perhaps that bird had babies it was protecting, or perhaps it was bored. Looking back on it, it seems to be an omen. The hawks will leave if we bother them enough. Just, stay out of reach of those talons.
Here are some pictures of the landscape. No hawk pictures unfortunately! They move so fast.
This one is inspired by Phyllis Shafer’s landscapes. I am a huge fan of her work since she showed in the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno. I love how each painting looks, almost, like I’ve been there looking with her. They make me feel as though I am a part of the art and not merely an observer. If you’re interested, you can find her paintings here. Well worth the click.
The Inez Grant Parker memorial rose garden outside Balboa park (top) and the Case de Balboa (bottom). So lovely!
While sitting on the beach at Del Mar, the sea birds were swooping in long lines just above the water. They would dip and rise in sync, like dancers on the water. They were full of grace.
If anyone knows what kind of bird they are, I’d be glad to know.
Watercolor and acrylics on paper. I love the deep violet shadows Monet used. Not sure I got that quite right, but the effect is lovely regardless. What do you think?