Tuesday, March 31, 2020
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
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
I also repaired a vacuum cleaner, taped shut a drafty window, vacuumed the back of a couch, and baked a pie. Because: INDOORS.
Sunday, March 22, 2020
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
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.
Friday, March 13, 2020
Tuesday, March 10, 2020
Saturday, March 7, 2020
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
Saturday, February 15, 2020
Friday, February 14, 2020
Sunday, February 9, 2020
Saturday, February 8, 2020
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
Saturday, February 1, 2020
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
Wednesday, January 22, 2020
Monday, January 20, 2020
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!