Thursday, August 21, 2008

Pageant of the Masters

Last night we went to the Pageant of the Masters and the Feastival of the Arts in Laguna Beach. It is a live painting production in an open air theater. We happened to get amazing seats and had an incredible view of the stage and all actors. It was wonderfully fun, we walked through the art show before, sat and listened to the band and then saw the show. If you have never been I highly recommend it. It is hard to believe its been going on 75 years and I have never been, and I grew up here too! Its so funny how we don't do the local things yet we will travel to do other things. There are so many wonderful sites and activities right in my own backyard!

Here are my grandkids a week ago, at Laguna Beach, playing in the water.

Saturday, August 16, 2008


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My pastel from class, picture taken with my phone!

Ok, I just got home and checked out the photo and , No Good, so I replaced it with one from my camera. The phone is light sensitive and didn't appreciate the window placement in the room! I finished it and started another one. It was so much fun!! Thanks Marta for the use of your pastels, I used them along with my ten tons too! The one thing about soft pastels is that you cant really blend colors to make new colors so you have to buy the colors you need, it makes for lots of pastels! I want to hang this in my sewing room.

Friday, August 15, 2008


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This is my view as I start my first day of my three days of pastel
classes with Dianna Ponting in San Clemente. The owner of the art
store has graciously allowed us to stay with her in their beautiful
home,thanks Patti!

Monday, August 04, 2008

Serious Hubby

I wanted to do a pencil drawing of Randy, and I wanted it to be serious. That was hard because he is usually smiling. Anyway, I have been just playing with my mechanical pencil on sketch paper. I did this but not overly happy with it, I don't know if I caught his essence, I want to do another, maybe smiling next time! He hates it, says he looks old, but he doesn't, just distinguished. He wears this big ole hat when he is in the sun working all day. I love him in it!

Sunday, August 03, 2008

Newport Dunes

We just got back from a few days in Newport Beach. The other kids camped at Newport Dunes and we got a handicapped room at the Hyatt across the street. OH MY, life is rough! As they were slaving over a hot stove in their toy haulers, I was ordering hummus and roasted vegetables. As they were playing UNO, I was playing shuffleboard. We spend Thursday night at the pool with them and Friday we all played UNO before we dressed for a wonderful buffet dinner and the jazz festival. It was so great to have that time with all the kids. I took a ton of beautiful pictures but they accidentally got erased since I can't figure out how to protect some and erase others. Ahhhh So unfortunately you are stuck seeing my lack luster sketches. It was a wonderful, relaxing few days that we all needed. We even took time to go to Sterling Art Store and Rogers Gardens. It was great! Since my post is lacking photos I included lots of links!! Oh I sketched another smoking man, his hand is a bit wonky but he was quite an interesting subject.
Earthquake update: Many of you know that we experienced a fairly moderate earthquake last week. We were only about 5 miles from the epicenter when it hit. The whole area rolled for about 30 seconds. It was very unsettling! I was born and raised here and still hate those things. Jenn and I were eating lunch outside of the rehab hospitals cafeteria when it hit. We were sitting next to the fountain which I feared might topple over, instead it just sloshed lots of water over its edges. It was really amazing as we sat there and watched all around us, everything seemed to move and sway, the palm trees, lights, buildings, street signs. Lots of nurses and doctors ran outside to see if there was damage, and everyone lost their cell coverage for awhile. I happened to be talking to Randy when it hit, he didn't feel it until several seconds later since he was in Laguna Beach. We all dread the "Big One" that is supposed to hit so we never know if this could be the one when the shaking starts. There was some damage but noone got hurt, thank God!
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