Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Garden by Starbucks

Feeding Starbucks coffee grounds to my garden and lemon cake for me. The coffee has improved the hard clay soil after a few weeks.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Front Garden in Vitro

Section of front yard converted from lawn to garden with curved sections of gravel, sedum, yellow and magenta ice plants with Spanish lavender bushes.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Dialogue in Red, Yellow

Spontaneous paper collage that arranged itself, speaking in color and shape when there are no words, a letter to Vincent Van Gogh.

The following is an excerpt of Van Gogh's letter to his youngest sister, Willimien, written from the south of France.

"Here I need no Japanese woodblock prints, because I am here in Japan. This is why I only have to open my eyes and paint the impressions that I receive.

Ici, je n'ai pas besoin d'estampes japonaises, car je me dis toujours que suis ici au Japon. Et c'est pourquoi je n'ai qu'a garder les yeux grand ouverts et peindre les impessions que je recois."

Today, he would be given medication but there would be no paintings of blazing color and fire.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Emville Loft

M's loft in Emeryville. A short walk to the trendy Bay Street shopping area, a refreshing relaxing spot near the bay without the congestion and traffic of San Francisco and with a user friendly parking structure and next doorto IKEA, a place for light breakfast and decorating ideas.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Backyard Views

I don't think about posting sketches from my backyard because I see gardening chores that needs to be done. But the giant nasturtium along the fence and the pastel tops dancing in the summer wind seemed too seductive not to sketch.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Seafood Dream

The sushi bar's green plastic carousel travels around the counter to deliver food to patrons. Rush Limbaugh is to my left, pounding on the counter, making my order of tempura deep fried shrimp and yam slices jump and leap towards me to the rock music of "Barracuda". Someday, I'd like to meet the person that writes my early morning dreams.

Cartoon and dream sketched in February.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Omelet and Toast

Omelet, cooked in a dab of butter as recommended by Julia Child, avocado strip garnish. Sourdough toast with olive oil and garlic, topped with diced tomato. If I paint quickly, the model feeds me lunch.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Bird's Eye

Playing with shapes while watching Numb3rs. Inspired by a Laurel Burch earring. Some of the fun spilled on the page.