Thursday, July 31, 2014

July Has Been the Longest Month.

I have wanted my summer to look like this.

(via Ben Pentreath Inspiration)

Apparently it has been gorgeous in England.  I'm very nostalgic for it.

(via the NYTimes)

Less nostalgic for Battery Park City, NYC which used to yield blissful summer days.  Now overbuilt and a little glammed up for my tastes.

Newfoundland (via the NYTimes)

Had a summer holiday here once, making l-o-o-o-n-g walks.  I could do it again.

But this is what July has looked like, starting 7:30 every morning at my house.  I'm not really complaining.  (I just want it to be over.)

(via Augustin et Augustine)

Some have had a gilded summer.

(via Junkaholique)

I would have been happy with tide pools.

I did not post the pictures, though I felt an intense obligation to, of babies wrapped in blood-soaked shrouds in Gaza. Carolyn Cole has borne witness here via the LA Times.

We should not turn away.  (From Syria, Nigeria, Afghanistan, the Ukraine, Iraq, too.  It goes on and on.  Why?)  But we do.  We do.  We do.  Over and over again.  How can we make it stop?  Why can't we make it stop?  I have been hearing about the conflict in the Gaza Strip since I was a very young child.  You too?

Good bye July.  August, could you promise something better?  

Hope your July was.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

It All Came Too Fast


It's mid-summer already and for some people, vacation time!  Oh you're so lucky - I'll be thinking of you!  Have a wonderful holiday!

I'm going to be pushing through a painting commission that I have due for September and my (studio-shed etc.) home improvement project.  In between I'll be visiting with you all where you are, and hoping to grab a few moments to smell some roses ......

What I'm trying to say is, I won't post for most of July.

Again have a wonderful summer holiday and I look forward to seeing you soon!  xoxo

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Ridin' and Ropin' Way Down in L.A.

O.K. we knew it was there.  The sign on the freeways says: Equestrian Center

It's about 15 minutes from our house, adjacent to Griffith Park
  (famous for the observatory in Rebel Without a Cause).

On the other side of it is Burbank. 

 (Where a lot of TV shows and movies that you have known and loved, have been and still are, shot.)

For $25 an hour, you can rent yourself a ride.

Or learn how to rope a poor sweet little white baby mule.

I have many family members who have loved, ridden and owned horses.

But me?  More of a cat and dog person so far.
  (Frankly, those big horses scare the c#$% out of me.)

But since I've discovered this slice of Hollywood cowboy history right at my back doorstep, I'm more open to being befriended and persuaded........

By someone who has soft eyelashes and a blonde mane.  I'd feed him carrots (and call him "Lance", or "Trigger", or maybe "Stoney") - he'd like that.....

and we'd  ride off together into the sunset - the breeze in our hair and the smell of sun and hay in our nostrils.   Yippee Ti Yi Ohhhhh.......  Don't you think I should try it?

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Think Good Thoughts - It's the Weekend!

(Pic: Alamy for The Guardian UK)

(pic:  Dottie Angel)

(Pic: via Bohemian Wornest)

(a tumblr find)

(via Quill and Fox tumblr)

(via Posie Gets Cosy)

(via Tahitian Vanilla)

Have a bee-YOU-TI-full weekend!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

A View on Venice (Beach)

So the proper Summer Weekends are upon us

and just in case your plans aren't including

a schlocky seaside resort


I've got you covered.

Strolling down the Venice Boardwalk

has got to get you's what you go there for.  (Well I do!)

I like to consider myself an open-minded and imaginative person.

But things go on in Venice that I could never dream up.

(like:  Time Travel!?)

Some activities are more "usual"

but they seem to come laced with bravado and a little danger.

Whatever you get up to, just remember, someone could be watching.

So if you can't be good

be careful!

Whatever you do there I have no doubts, that Venice Beach will alter your perspective.

Find more of my Venice posts here, and on"Venice Beach Labels" upper right.  Enjoy! 

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Elsa Mora - Impossibly Beautiful Papercuts

She's in L.A.

I should get a hold of her

I think she could teach me things I would love

to learn.

She does all sorts of things - illustration, photography


multi-media sculptures, hand made books.

It's the paper cutting I love best.

It's the Magic Realism of:  Elsa Mora

How was your longest day?  Did you celebrate it?

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Getting Straight to the Point

I'm trying to get a studio shed built in my back yard.

So I'm a little shed obsessed.

And trying to get all my points successfully across

to my contractor

is not

as easy or as obvious

as I think it should be.

(via various Tumblr sites.)

Thanks for letting me obsess a bit with you and......

Happy Weekend!
(what are you obsessing about?)