#128 – A Cup of Tea

I’ve been watching art journal videos on YouTube. One of my favorite artists is Vicky Papaioannou. I like the way she explains what she does and also lists all the materials she uses, along with links to them for easy shopping. She has so many great ideas. This page is based on one of her wonderful ideas.

A Cup of Tea

#126 – Cambria Pines Birdhouse

One of my favorite places in the world is Cambria on the central coast of California. Staying at Moonstone Beach, walking along the boardwalk early in the morning watching the fog gently lift from the ocean waves, and visiting the Cambria Pines Lodge Gardens are all things I love to do. This is a sketch of a lovely little birdhouse in that garden.

A lovely little birdhouse in the garden at Cambria Pines Lodge.

A lovely little birdhouse in the garden at Cambria Pines Lodge.

#125 – The Poppy Fields

Our search for the elusive California poppy fields near Palmdale, CA has been the source of many a good laugh. After spending about two hours driving to the poppy reserve one afternoon, we climbed the steep hill anticipating the view from the top. We envisioned beautiful, everlasting fields of orange and yellow poppies disappearing into the horizon . Well, after huffing and puffing our way up the hill, we actually viewed valley full of brownish  greenery and a few wild flowers, but no poppies! I guess when the attendant at the pay gate pointed to the small bunch of poppies in the parking lot and said, “That’s about as as good as it gets, ma’am.” He wasn’t kidding!

Mixed Media

Mixed Media

I’m the best!

Here’s some wonderful inspiration from Danny Gregory…

Danny Gregory

Maybe I’m not the best writer.

Maybe I’m not the best artist.

Maybe I’m not the best thinker.

But I am supremely qualified to do at least one thing. Here’s my superpower:

I’m the best person to write what I think.

I’m the best person to draw the world through my eyes.

I’m the best person to express my point of view, my experiences, my mistakes, my shortcomings, my strengths.

When I compare myself with others and what they make, when I think, ‘Oh, I could never do that!’, it’s easy to forget my superpower.

And if I do, I won’t express myself — and no one else will.

And even if they were to try, they couldn’t to do it as well as I could. So, it’s up to me.

Learn from others, but don’t wish to be them. We all have unique ways of seeing the world. And we all have…

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