In progress

Back home and in my "studio" working on this painting. Im waiting for the day when I finish a painting and say " yes! That's how I wanted it to turn out!"
I'm pretty sure that day won't come until I actually take some art classes and learn to do what I want to do.
Until then, I'm enjoying sitting in front of a blank canvas and watching what happens.. the good and the bad. The surprising the frustrating. The satisfaction the disappointment. The laughter and the not bad enough to cry over.

Back to the easel.

K

What’s right or wrong about each picture?

Anything stand out to you in the picture?
Yes, that sailboat is WAY too close to the beach.

This lady was definitely struggling to walk. But what's so right about this picture is that she was still doing it, still walking. Not only that she was also making sure her little dog was getting fresh air and exercise too. To add to the rightness of this photo, she was even picking up trash left on the beach by thoughtless others.

What was wrong with this is that he caught himself up in his net and nothing else.

This was not a real whale tail! Surprised, aren't you? 😉 But how clever to design a bench like this on a pier!

What's right with this picture is I never get lost in a crowd, my hair is just a give away.
What's wrong about this picture? Look at that head of hair I have to deal with. 😂😂

Just everything is right! Picture Perfect picnic place!

What's wrong is that this is just part of the crowd waiting over an hour to ride the new " Car's" ride at California adventure! What's worse was: I was in that crowd!

What's so wrong with this picture?! I saw either a shark or dolphin cruising behind surfers this morning on Newport Beach and I could NOT get a decent picture!

What's right is that I got to drive through a tree. What's wrong is that it's a shameless tourist trap I couldn't resist!

Right: beautiful secluded beach
Wrong: wind whipping sand up my legs with such force it felt like a giant sandpaper scraping the skin off me.

Walking away from my time at the beach.. just wrong. Also, I don't know whose footprints those are but I thought it'd make a cool shot!
Right?

I'm back home in Flagstaff now from the drive and stop Seattle to LA experience .
A wonderful trip for sure.

But it is good to be home!

K

Rocks and Wine

A climb up Bishop Peak in San Luis Obispo sure makes you thirsty. It was so dry and hot all I could do was dream of frozen strawberry lemonade . Nothing else would quench such a thirst. I finished all the water I had carried by the time I reached the top. The hike back with the sun beating down, the dust under my feet, the blast of hot winds and my slight anxiety of heights led to me to ask everyone I saw on the trail if they happened to have some frozen lemonade with them.  The usual response was a shrug and ” no, I’m sorry” . The occasional laugh and ” I wish” gave me hope that my craving wasn’t totally seen as a delusional heat stroke induced request. 

This hike was an obvious favorite for local hikers and climbers. Though busy and steep it was well worth the effort for such views. And yes, even the thirst couldn’t diminish my enjoyment of this place.



Immediately upon completion of the hike a quick sprint to the car and drive to the nearest lemonade location was my only thought. After quenching my thirst with a Starbucks blended strawberry lemonade it was time to head to the land of wineries.


After trying a flight of wines, I realized I really know nothing about wines. Maybe this is due to the fact I usually drink whiskey. Anyways, it was a nice experience and I’m proud to say I left without purchasing a magnum of wine for 300 dollars. Two new wine terms added to my vocabulary. Flight and magnum.Check.

The heat of the sun, the hike up the ridge, and flight of wine made me extremely sleepy. A happy sleepy but a ” I don’t feel like doing anything else”  kind of sleepy. So here I am, lying in bed and wondering if 8pm is just too early for bedtime. 

Nah, it sounds just about right.

Until tomorrow,

K

Hearst Castle

250,000 acres!!!!!!

Polar bears, zebras, and baby elephants used to live among the cattle on this massive estate. The cattle still roam and even some zebras can be seen along Hwy. 1.

I almost thought about taking a quick dip in this 25k gold pool would be worth getting arrested and fined. Until I learned the fine was in the thousands of dollars range! 


Apparently, Lady Gaga got to film a music video around this pool and the outdoor pool. The outdoor pool is now drained and under renovations. Not even a 250,000 donation could buy Lady Gaga a swim in the pools!

Beautiful gardens and fountains are found scattered through out the castle grounds.


Spectacular views and statues are around every corner.

Hearst castle is where high society first began socializing with film stars. Some guests included Charlie Chapman, Bing Crosby, and Mr. Warner from Warner Brother Studios.  High stakes poker games and billiards were played. Monopoly became a favorite also.


The castle has rich memories and is being maintained for future generations to enjoy. 

I’ll end this short post with a beautiful sunset at our destination for the night: Morro Bay.

K