Jul 23, 2014

happiness is ...


We got our first overnight bike tour in this week. At our first rest stop, we saw a mother doe and her two fawns. Happiness is a sweet fawn.

phone home
phone booth
The southern half of the island that we live on offers free local calls at convenient phone booth locations like this state park where we used the restrooms and saw the fawn. We don't have cell phones, so having this convenience makes me happy.

bicycle tour port townsend
forth worden state park, port townsend
I loved the park we stayed in (Fort Worden). This has been the quietest State park to sleep in. And the day we arrived, we went hiking for a few hours, so we slept well that day. Coming home meant riding for three hours in the rain. Even with the rain, it was a great trip and I already want to go again soon!

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Jul 16, 2014

what's in bloom

daisy july13 2014, gallery juana
daisy in shade with sunlit background
I will be the gladdest thing under the sun!
I will touch a hundred flowers and not pick one.
Edna St. Vincent Millay

Daisies come up here and there. I didn't plant these. They are in the neighbor's yard (which is actually a vacant house), and I get to enjoy the daisies from my patio.

neighborhood deer
neighborhood deer

The deer come through almost daily. I was sitting out on the patio when she came into the neighbor's yard. I was trying to focus my camera and she heard the zoom lens. I took the shot before she wandered off. The lens focused on the bushes rather than the deer, but I love that look of hers.

This year I thought I'd try my hand at growing cherry tomatoes. As we are renting, it's a potted garden. I planted these from seeds and they have been growing beautifully.

The deer lopped off the first bloom of flowers. I need to buy some chicken wire to keep these recent blooms going.

cherry tomato flowers, gallery juana
cherry tomato flowers
The earth laughs in flowers.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Jul 9, 2014

at the water's edge

marina by gallery juana
marina in miniature mode

My canon G9 stopped working on New Year's day 2014, and I was ready finally to get a new digital camera and got it just yesterday.

I settled on a canon sx-50 hs which has a nice zoom lens.  Maybe now I can get better shots of all the bird life on this island! It also has some fun settings like fish-eye, miniature, soft light, and toy camera. Oh what fun I'm going to have learning what this camera can do!

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Mar 5, 2014

how i start my day

morning read and write
books and notes

Keeping the morning time open for reflection. The view of the woods tempts me to sit and stare out the window even if I'm too tired to read, make notes or do art journalling.

reflection Jan 17, 2014
time to reflect

Most days, I pick up a pen or ink brush and jot down notes and just play with my art.

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Jan 2, 2014

First Day 2014

morning read and write
coffee, morning pages and reading

Last year I bought "The Artist's Way" by Julia Cameron. One of her tasks requires writing three pages, first thing, each morning. Little by little, I've been doing this more often as well as reading other books. Some days I don't write anything, but most mornings you'll find me sitting in front of that window.

yashica D
yashica - d camera

This year I am finally going to use the Yashica D camera that I inherited from my Dad. I took my first photos with it on January 01, 2014. It's been years since I've used a film camera and this camera is totally non-automatic which makes it that much funner!

Happy New Year to everyone.

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Nov 27, 2013

Mi Café

november dessert and cafe
library books and coffee

The sun called me out again today. Readied with library books, I visited a local cafe and ordered my favorite apple turnover and cappuccino and found the perfect sun-centered table.

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Nov 20, 2013

Autumn Musings

selfie in the studio

Delicious autumn!
My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird
I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.
George Eliot

Autumn has a way of slowing time for me. Out on my bicycle today, the air definitely had a sharper bite. Looking down at the fields as I rode by, I noticed frost. The longer I rode, the warmer I got and soon the air was not biting but coaxing me to stay out and enjoy the sunny, Autumn day. I came back ready to continue working on my art. I feel fortunate that I can do art full-time and grateful to my Husband's hard work that makes it possible.

For the photo above, I took the plexiglass that I use for my monoprinting and linocut printing. I put that in front of my camera lense. The plexiglass has scratches and acrylic paint residue which came through in the photo. Also, the sun just happened to be breaking through the trees as the self-timer went off.

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Oct 5, 2013

golden autumn

neighborhood cat
“I cannot endure to waste anything so precious as autumnal sunshine by staying in the house.”
― Nathaniel Hawthorne, The American Notebooks

I usually go out in the afternoon for a bicycle ride or run, but last Thursday, the sunrise beckoned me out for a walk. On my way out of the neighborhood, I met this kitty cat.

I don't know his name and haven't figured out which neighbor he resides with, but I see him everywhere. My house is along his territorial path, but he always disappears before I have a chance to get out the back door to visit with him. This time, I met him on a neighborhood trail. He was sitting quietly and allowed me to settle near him and take his picture.

52 photos, seasonal color / gold

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