Friday, July 29, 2011

I Believe...

In love at first sight.
Second chances.
The power of prayer
& positive thoughts.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Playing Tourist Part II

Finishing out my "stay" vacation week by taking my son and his pal to Golden Gate Park where we visited the Hall of Science and the Japanese Tea Garden.

The Hall of Science has been totally redone since I was a kid.  In fact it was moved out of the park for a few years while the permanent site was being totally renovated.  Today was my first day back since the renovation.  I must say they did a fabulous job renovating it. 

Simulated rainforest FILLED with butterflies!

Swamp with a rare albino alligator.

I LOVE puffer fish...they have so much personality in those little puffy faces

The aquarium tanks were incredible.  This is a small sampling of what we saw.

2 boys doing what boys do candy and collect bugs!  In this case the scorpion was inside the sucker.  YUCK!!!  They ate the sucker scorpion (skeleton only - poison removed!), including the scorpion.  Made me sick just looking at them.  I called these treats the "death suckers". 

Speaking of bugs...a black widow spider in action.  YIKES!

The Japanese Tea Garden remains virtually un-touched since I was a youngster.  Brought back so many memories to be there.  The gardens are simply breath-taking.  See for yourself. 

Then of course, I snapped some random photos of the city (while driving!)....  

Graffiti on the side of the freeway.  I've never seen horse graffiti before..."taggers" sure are timid with their subjects these days.  Back in the day they would leave swear words!  ;-)

Gay pride flags flying proudly.


Theater in the park. 
 I remember watching the symphony here when I was a child (and boy was it boring back then!)

De Young Museum entrance

Current exhibit. 
Too bad the boys are too young to appreciate it or I would have dragged them to the museum.
Artists in the park.
I need to go back to work to relax!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Milliande Monthly Journal Page Swap - July

This month's prompts for the Monthly Journal Page Swap over at Milliande are "Kites" and "The Day the Earth Stood Still (1950's movie)".  Here are my submissions that I worked on and finished today.

This page has a Claudine Hellmuth sort of vibe to it.  Not surprising since I've really been checking out her work over the last few days.  It wasn't intentional that this piece resembles (at least to me anyway) her style...funny how that happens though!

This was a really fun page to make.  The background was made with tissue paper, watercolors and metallic acrylics.  The hand and "left 4 dead" is from the cover of a PC magazine.   Pretty creepy if you ask me! 

Monday, July 25, 2011

Playing Tourist is so Very Under-rated!

Had a fabulous time today playing tourist in San Francisco.  My hometown.  My heart still feels full when I'm there.  Although I live only about 25 minutes away now, I don't get to the city that often anymore.  I just hate traffic and crowds so I try to avoid them when I can.  BUT,  I'm off this week and decided that I would try and fit in as many day trips as possible with my son while I'm off.

To kick off the week I decided to bring him (dragged my big fella too) to Japantown.  It was once a very familiar destination for me as my father used to take the family there often when we were kids.  As I said in previous posts, I think I learned to eat with chopsticks before I learned to eat with a fork!

Here are some snaps from our day:

Buzzing across the Bay Bridge on our way to SF.

Japantown Peace Plaza.

Mifune Restaurant has been in Japantown since I was a wee little girl.
  I remember eating here often as a child. 

That's MY boy eating with chopsticks!

Both of my fellas.

Salad, Japanese style.

Charsu Ramen (roasted pork with noodles soup)

Love this mural and the fella in it!

Japantown Haul!  I've been searching for Washi Tape (Japanese decorative masking tape)
 online and found a boat load in Japantown.  I really like it but IT IS PRICEY!  The tape at the top is the pricey stuff.  The tape to the left was purchased at a Japanese $1.50 store.

Old school corner market sign on the way to Noe Valley. 

While we were in the city, thought I would take my son to see his great-grandparents old house. 
 He got a kick out of it.  I spent many a day/night here!

They lived on Army Street but now it's called Cesar Chavez. 
 It's still Army to me!  

St. John's church just down the street.  They used to drag me here every Sunday.
  I hated it but always thought the church was beautiful.  Still do.  The inside is MAGNIFICENT with all of the stained glass work.

Next stop this week - Golden Gate Park.  Japanese Tea Garden & The Hall of Science. 

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Never Dull Again & Again

I have been having so much fun with Never Dull and magazine pages.  I made about 10 background pages today. 

First you find a magazine page that appeals to you.  I find that pages with very little writing and darker colors work best.  Pages with white backgrounds do not work at all.  Then you place an embossing template (or something with texture) under the page and scrub away with Never Dull.  The pattern will then appear on the magazine page.  After that I added a ton of ink (in complimentary colors), stenciled on some acrylic patterns...added some rub-ons (I have a huge stash from my scrapbooking days that I'm more than happy to use up!) and there you have it, a fresh background page for your art journal. 

Here's a page I finished today.  I was very inspired by the advertisement for plates.  You can easily see which plates inspired me most!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

The Creative Juices Are Flowing!

The creative juices have really been flowing over the past week or so.  Today I whipped out 2 journal pages start to finish AND, finished a doodle I've been working on for the past few days. 

All in all a very productive day!

"Owl & A Ketchup Bottle"
I tried my hand at altering a magazine page with Never Dull.  The magazine page started out as a Ketchup advertisement.  You wouldn't know it (at least I don't think so) If I didn't point it out.  The rest are bits received from swap partners. 

"Mom I Love You"
My son is constantly leaving me love letters.  Well, actually, the love letters are starting to become fewer and farther between now that he is getting older.  Either way, I cherish each and every one of them and this one is no exception. 

"Twisted Leaves"
I admittedly have "ants in my pants" most of the time.  Especially when I'm watching TV.  I just have to be doing something else or I lose interest.  Doodling while watching TV is soooooo under-rated!