Rock finds at Antiques on Main in Cambria, CA

New stones from my recent trip to Cambria. The stones are citrine, pink heulandite, green opal, azurite, machite, cuprite, rainbow moonstone, rose quartz, and labradorite. I arrange the rocks on colored glitter sand in a large papier-mâché hemisphere made from old sketchbook pages.

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Making a Magical​ Wand and the influence of Harry Potter, art class

Recently I’ve been listening to Harry Potter audio books in Italian and yesterday I made my own magical wand. Wands are an important tool in the wizarding world and I was reminded of my own history with them. It started with one of my assignments in Mr. Irwin’s class at La Colina Jr. High. This lesson…

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Two mile test hike in the neighborhood #sierraclub #backpack

In preparation for an overnight Sierra Club backpacking trip, I took a full pack on a two mile walk in the neighborhood. How cool is it to carry everything you need to live outdoors on your back? The first mile was a loop, because I quickly realized hiking while walking the dog is slow. My…

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Summer road trip to Oregon and prep for backpacking

I have a small Miata so going on a backpacking trip means that I’ll need to strap my backpack to the trunk of my car. It takes time to organize a backpack and a road trip so I’m starting several weeks early – it’s so much fun to plan an adventure outdoors and visit friends.…

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Breath, Smoke, and Fire

The Thomas Fire, over 250k acres, is on day 11 and predicted to last another 3 weeks. Fire is familiar for Californians and we fight to keep what we can. The fire is🔥 numinous to me. Recent Dream: Firestorm on both sides. Fast it’s squeezing in. We run forward, It’s ok? A car dad finds,…

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Hanging Planters

Working on new hanging planters. This is the first one. It’s about 4 inches tall and made from polymer clay and acrylic paint with hemp string and succulents. Painting on a round object is cool and I had to take photos from each angle. After finishing the planter, I recreated the image in watercolor.

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Three Leg Frog

I noticed Frog when I arrived in Gualala because there are signs around town for the local book store, Four-Eyed Frog Books. I visited the book store. Shortly after, I drew a frog looking at a butterfly. A few weeks later, while at the Gualala visitors center, the lady said, “If you’re feeling froggy, check…

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The power of nature 

Devils Tower earth mandala  a meditation and prayer  for the land that  all beings be free.  Everywhere I look ants march out of their underground labyrinth through a small dark hole in the center of perfectly round mounds of fine dirt.  This patch of land was bare, save the grass in the center. I clear…

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Sea glass beach and jewelry 

In Fort Bragg there is a beach full of sea glass. It’s there because once upon a time trash was dumped there. Now the glass on the beach is protected and visitors are not allowed to take glass from the beach. I’m not sure if that rule allow applies to picking up plastics and other…

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