Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Lilac time

At least, it is lilac time in my little microclimate.  Your local seasons may vary!

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Inner Blossom Jasmine

I ran out of tea, and can't get to Rainbow to buy my favorites during this stay-near-home period, so I ordered from Red Blossom Tea, and My Jamsine set included these "blossoming" (expanding when brewed) types.  Aren't they pretty, all bundled up like this?  

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Dreaming of the outdoors

The thing about being indoors under a health order during a pandemic AND in cold, wet weather is that it becomes harder to make excuses not to do things that are on your indoor to-do list. 

I'm low on postcards to use for my postcard exchange club, and I finally found some of my long-lost 2007 Yosemite photos, plus some scans of my trip to Desolation Wilderness.  So, I slaved over a hot stove Lightroom album all morning, and placed my order with my printer for 20+ designs.

I also repaired a vacuum cleaner, taped shut a drafty window, vacuumed the back of a couch, and baked a pie.  Because: INDOORS.

New, white tea

Whole leaf tea like this is rather odd looking...  If I didn't know what it was, it would be hard to guess from this image.  

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Ever grander wisteria

Every time I look at it, there is MORE of it...

Sunday morning in my garden

Last year, I had my yard violently cleared beyond what I intended (who tosses out potted plants from a patio when clearing overgrowth in yard??) in preparation for construction that... should have already been completed.  My yard was quite bare, which is giving me a chance to start over after construction (should that ever occur!).

The autumn rain pleased my established plants, and delighted many hidden seeds, which are eager for more rain.

I've been engaging in SF's Social Distancing experiment to prevent the rapid spread of coronavirus for two weeks, and wanted to spend some socially distant time outdoors, without venturing far from home.  A little time in the garden with a cup of hot sencha and my iPhone camera allowed me to appreciate the expanding vision of spring that my yard contains.

Top: tea tree (maybe Leptospermum scoparium), local alyssum, some kind of crocosmia
Middle: local flower (Fumaria capreolata!), euphorbia, camellia (likely japonica)
Botton: California poppy (Eschscholzia californica), wood sorrel (Oxalis stricta), camellia (Camellia japonica).

Saturday, March 14, 2020

Ruffles (but not the ones I’m craving)

Eucalyptus bark

While we don't appreciate that these trees tend to explode while on fire, they sure have interesting bark!

Plum time warp to earlier spring

The plum trees with purple leaves lost their blossoms in my neighborhood weeks ago, yet just over a mile to the west, in an adjacent neighborhood, I found one that was in the early stages of leafing out, and still had blossoms.

When we speak of microclimates in San Francisco, they are much smaller than you think they are, sometimes just a few blocks that are in a different season than the adjacent ones.

Bird of paradise in the city

Bird of the City doesn't have the same ring to it.

Friday, March 13, 2020

Wisteria (being more so)

The image posted earlier was just a warm up for this, I see now.

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Deep blue-violet

I love living near the Pacific Ocean SO VERY MUCH. 


Afterward, the colors are EVEN BETTER.



The other version of this photo shows a dozen or more people standing on a bluff, eager to watch the impending sunset.  I hadn't remembered what a crowd-pleaser sunsets are. 

Street pear

Now I feel like I am neglected any street tree in my neighborhood whose blooms I have not reported on.  (Sorry, magnolias!!  So sorry!)

Saturday, March 7, 2020

Heavy with pink

It is still so SPRING.

Creative range (Soul of a Nation)

Collage of participatory art event (left), sculptures, and paintings at Soul of a Nation.  It is such a great show.  And LOTS of work by women!

Healthy crowds love art (Soul of a Nation)

It was lovely to see entire families and other confident art-lovers taking in Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power 1963–1983 at the deYoung.  The art is FANTASTIC, and the audio tour features Danny Glover AND Belva Davis!! 

Sunday, February 23, 2020

Friday, February 21, 2020

Monday, February 17, 2020

Monday (holiday) camellias

Camellia season is one of my favorite seasons...

A morning of acrylic ink drawing

I needed this.  I apparently have lots of geometric thoughts I need to sort out....  :D

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Friday, February 14, 2020

Sun stripe

Spring camellia

Camellias have long had a special place in my photographic heart, and I am thrilled by their appearance each spring.  Which is apparently now.

Sunday, February 9, 2020

Morning abstracts


And coffee.  Which I also have.

Saturday, February 8, 2020

Gum’s gums

You need to know that the dragon's name is Gum Lung for this to make sense.  (You knew that.)

End of the parade, start of so many firecrackers!

I went to our annual Chinese/Lunar New Year Parade here in San Francisco.  I've been going since childhood - it is a fun event, and is another way I was spoiled: I didn't know as a kid that everyone doesn't get to go to light-up (illuminated) nighttime parades in honor of Lunar New Year!

I love this town.

I look traditional blurry/action photos of the parade, which you can see here - just don't look at them too closely.

My hearing will recover from the firecracker barrage over the next few days. :)

Friday, February 7, 2020

Sunday, February 2, 2020

Seven AM

There are a few advantages to waking up too early.  But not many!

Saturday, February 1, 2020

Painted Street (11th-ish)

Painted Street (furniture mart)

This is a time of year when the light shines down Market Street very directly in the evening, to pleasant effect.  The conversion of our diagonal downtown thoroughfare to public transit + bikes only is underway, increasingly indicated by festive paint.

Civic Center (Truth)

Civic Center near United Nations Plaza sure does have a lot of... geometry going on.  (And yes, seagulls LOVE to stand on the top of that statue.)

Cool tones

For someone who wears so much burgundy, I sure do like cool-toned work.  (Still at the Asian.)

Wisdom fire details

I like the very idea that wisdom creates flames around you!  It would be lovely if we were all so clearly labeled...  I also like the happy phoenix in the sculpted wisdom fire on the right.

Yes, I was at San Francisco's Asian Art Museum to see Awaken, a show on the theme of Tibetan Buddhism's path to enlightenment.  It is a good show, and I also took a turn around the second floor.

(The new expansion is coming together well: the space on the first floor already was set up to be a party room, so it MUST be nearly done!)

Friday, January 31, 2020

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Glass tiles of wispy clouds

Worth a little detour.

Liquid sky

While I love these days with elaborately drawn pastel-like real skies, it turns out my friends don't really want postcards of every version of this.  Which is a shame, really.   

Monday, January 20, 2020

Shiny lines

Interference green acrylic paint really shows up on Mars black!  And silver reflects too boldly in my dining room's LED lights...

Yes, I am interpreting the one on the lower right to be a disoriented stomach, now that it is horizontal.  It's easy to see eyes in everything - there's a big part of our brain devoted to faces, so Pareidolia sets in easily, on a stomach-shaped drawing or otherwise.

I'd planned to continue my yellow ochre series, but ran out of the right size of paper.  (The scandal! And me up to my eyeballs in watercolor paper, too.  It's just not the right SIZE.)  I've got a magenta series planned, but need to test some new surfaces & sizes & pens.

HOLIDAYS ARE WONDERFUL. This is so unlike what I do for a living!

Saturday, January 18, 2020

First Polaroids of the new year, partly cloudy day

A photo by warm fluorescent lights of... photos.  I had some exposure issues while it was cloudy (lower left), but had better luck as the day went on.

Favorite reflection from vast collection

I am sure I've posted other variations of this.  I am somehow not ashamed.

Ensuring enough corner views

Historical hydrant colors

They started as red, now they are light blue, and here you can see the in-betweens.

Iron & Gold