Posts Tagged ‘Environment’

Open Studios

Sunday, May 5th, 2013

Yesterday I made visit to a couple of open studios in Ojai. One of which was Dianne Bennett.

Dianne’s colorful paintings and assemblages are pure eye candy.

“In 2008 I began a series of retablos dedicated to species of birds, trees and plants
whose existence is threatened by loss of habitat and climate change.

The retablos are painted on salvaged metal, old advertising and traffic signs. Many of the series are on portions
of an old metal sign that had been used to advertise a housing development (on what had once been a meadow)
in Ojai of the 1960’s.”

Serious whimsey on various surfaces, made for a striking display in her meandering back yard. Paintings interact with plants, cacti and Ojai cobble. Chartreuse, fusia, cobalt blue, lavendar, canary yellow, and OOOrange, be still my eyes!

Fixer upper on a dreamy property

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

On the weekends the husband and I have been looking at properties, our next house is a fixer upper, LOL!

But seriously, this dilapidated mobile home sits on a piece of property I adore. we went back to see it a second time last week and I still think its my favorite of all the properties we have seen over the past six weeks or so. Someone has made an offer on it, we might make an offer on it too.

One of the things I love about the property is how natural it is with so many different plants. The pretty passion flower I posted earlier was growing up around that mobile home where there is a little gate that opens into a big area that must have once been a flower garden, (be still my heart). From the other side there is a nearly hidden little path that leads to the area I am referring to.
I love it so much.

There are several huge oak trees over a very shallow creek in a corner of the lot. There is a huge walnut tree, and a persimmon tree. I already showed you the artichoke plant. There is also two different apple trees, a lime tree, an orange tree, a lemon tree and a fig tree. Its heavenly to me although everything is completely over grown and covered with spider webs, ickkkk. This stalk is the blossom growing out of the blue agave in the front of the house.

We probably won’t be able to get this property but I can still love it.

I found this rock under one of the fruit trees, it appears to be a fish painted on it.

One of the other things I love is driving up to the property because you go through a tree lined path. Its so pretty. This is looking out to the street:

I can dream…

There is also a house on the property, which I do like but its the property itself and the shape of it that I love. I did post a few pics of the house in a previous post. one of the things I like about the house is the little court yard behind this big doors. The house is shaped in a U.

I do not like the kitchen or bathrooms. I do like the long hallway and tile floors.

The art of Gardening, collage pots

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

The weather has been perfect (well a little too hot) so I have been spending a lot of time planting and gardening and doing yard work. I love the physical activity of it and the cropping, grooming and shaping of plants and trees, it can be artistic or at the least it requires a good eye. The temps have been in the low eighties so by noon I break, but I have been going back out as the evening approaches, its been drawing me more than painting which is not usually the case. The local nursery, one of my all time fav destinations, always has the most beautiful collage pots (dang I should have taken some pics) and I marvel at how there never seems to be any down time with the natural growth of the combined plants, I mean, mine go through phases of, first planting where there is space between plants and then removal of plants that did not take the transplant, then dead heading etc. any way, mine have down time when the pot dosn’t look so great, I guess I need to keep honing my gardening skills. Gardening just lifts my spirit and gives me a sense of satisfaction.

I love pin wheels, and I found some adorable small ones at the dollar store and they add pretty bits of color to the collage pots.
The bird bath has been attracting the sweetest little yellow and orange finches, I adore them, I’m thinking about getting a bird house and a feeder…

I tried to capture in one shot some of my recent activity:

after I finish gardening today I will be painting with my pure pigments from synopia. Its so much easier and effective painting with pigments that don’t have a bunch of fillers gunking stuff up.