Balboa Park – San Diego, CA

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How could I blog about San Diego and NOT include Balboa Park? It’s impossible! So here I am, fallen in love with Balboa Park and so far away from it.

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I miss it already. I could walk around this place at least once a week for the rest of my life and most likely see something I’ve never seen before.

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The architecture and detailing is inspiring!

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You can read about the park’s history here, but I fell in love with the paths…

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the fountains…

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the man playing violin, the runners and all the different types of people…

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the sculptures…

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and the architecture.

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But what I really fell in love with was the Art Center.

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I walked in and saw this…

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and this, and I knew that these people spoke my language. My artsy, color loving, paint slinging self and my NEED to do what I do and nurture that part of myself was understood here.

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I could live in here. The succulent plants, the colored walk ways, the tile roofs, stucco walls and glorious turquoise doors. I loved this place.

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Then I saw some arrows leading me to a place…

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and I found a lady blowing glass. One was instructing, one was learning.  Into the kiln then…

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blow the glass and shape it always turning sometimes swinging.

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Back into the kiln after swinging making it longer. All I know is that I want to do this sometime in my lifetime.

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I wish this was my front door to my house. I may have to sketch and paint this.

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I found so much inspiration in this little space.

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Now I can’t wait to get going in my sketchbook!

Colorful Vase/Mason Jar

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What is a girl to do when she find Mason Jars on sale half price?

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What is that same girl supposed to do when she’s inspired by the colors in the scarf she’s wearing?

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Watch and learn…

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And what is that girl supposed to do with this beautiful palette of paint?

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Paint, of course!

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This is a happy palette. Reminds me of Monet.

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These are happy fingers.

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Love my new vase!

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Love my new art journal entry!

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What’s inspiring you today?

The Art of Wild Abandonment Bloghop

Welcome blog hoppers and friends! This is my first bloghop and I am so excited! If you are following the Art of Wild Abandonment Bloghop, you have probably came here from Kim Gigot Stanford’s Blog at http://www.lularoo.blogspot.com/.

 I’ve taken an online class with some very talented ladies called The Art of Wild Abandonment by Christy Tomlinson and Junelle Jacobsen. Junelle blogs over at Yes and Amen and she takes the sweetest pictures of lambs that I’ve ever seen. Junelle is our teacher for this art class, and I promise a click over to her blog will just bless you. Her art journals are nothing short of amazing.

This class is the art journaling class I’ve been looking for. I have loved every lesson and learned so much along the way. Here are some art pieces I have created while taking this class.

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Note Board

One of the biggest gems that I’ve walked away from the class with is to sketch, sketch, sketch. I have gone crazy sketching and it’s been a place where everything doesn’t have to be perfect so my creativity can just flow. I have loved this new habit and it has helped me come up with some fresh ideas that I cannot wait to journal about soon. Here’s a peek into some of my sketches.

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Don’t forget to follow the bloghop onto Donna Peter’s Blog at http://orangalicious1.blogspot.ca/.

If you are new here and want to start at the beginning, the fun starts at www.clairesmillie.wordpress.com or you can find a list at the end of this post.

I cannot wait to make my way through everyone’s blog to see all of the creativity! What a fun adventure this has been!

Claire Smillie http://clairesmillie.wordpress.com/
Angie Ibbott Blom http://angieblomdesigns.blogspot.ca/
Tracy Cedara Dunn www.thrutheatticdoor.com
Kay Boespflug http://www.nordljusfollowyourstar.blogspot.com
Marsa Fisher http://www.gcstampingirl.blogspot.com/
MotherDanaSt John http://www.stjohnstudios.wordpress.com/
Janice Richie www.janrichie.com
Torri-Curtus Burtenshaw http://www.grumpydogsworld.blogspot.com/
Susan Thomas http://www.mywritings-ariel.blogspot.com/
Cheri Andrews www.cheriandrews.blogspot.com
Jenna Alexander http://www.prairiemountainlife.blogspot.ca/
Christine Piazza http://www.cmcscrap.blogspot.com/
Chrissy DiMaria Farnan www.myhootdesigns.com
Maria Levine http://www.riacreations.blogspot.com/
Stephanie Schutze http://www.scrapmanufaktur.blogspot.com/
Jan Chau http://noodlita.tumblr.com/
Becky Voth http://www.scrapateenygirls.blogspot.com/
Valerie Herbert www.valsartstudio.blogspot.com
Valerie Weller www.twig2neststudio.blogspot.com
Gina Lee Kim http://ginaleekim.blogspot.com/
Kimberly Sturrup Roberts www.bahamadawn.blogspot.com
Rebekah Farr www.bekahjan.com
Michelle Daigle http://www.thepaperdog.blogspot.com/
Joanne Freeman http://sjjtst.blogspot.com.au/
Vicki Robinson www.greeneyedladydesigns.com
Carin Cullen http://createdwithlove.typepad.com/lifeasweknowit
Judy Hardwick www.bepresentbereal.blogspot.com
Jeanie Dickinson http://jeaniesdesigns.blogspot.com/
Kim Gigot Stanford http://www.lularoo.blogspot.com/
Kelly Webb www.mypunksmom.com
Donna Peter http://orangalicious1.blogspot.ca/
Michelle Little Smith www.gingodesigns.blogspot.com
Karen Maldonado www.reallifeinpictures.blogspot.com
Stephanie Ward Frisby www.lilnefie.blogspot.com
Sheryl Callan Meilahn http://sherrae-paperpatterns.blogspot.com/
Ulrika Blomfelt www.lillblommanskapar.blogspot.com
Olga Valls Bassa http://muasdcolorines.blogspot.com.es/
Deborah Suriano Mahnken http://fishbowl.typepad.com/
Ingrid Opgenhoff http://ingridsart65.blogspot.de/
Esperanza Beltran http://esperanzabeltran.blogspot.com/
Becky Lesher Grundei http://beckythoughtsncomments.blogspot.com/
Marilyn Johnson www.marilynjohnson.blogspot.com
Becky Handforth www.becky.handforth.blogspot.com
Dolores Raml http://craftydscreations.wordpress.com/
Ashley Summerlin Murphy http://ashleysartcloset.blogspot.com/
Goog Guarino http://journeyofamermaid.blogspot.com/
Becky Thomas Lane http://hillcountryliving.blogspot.com/
Sherry L Coogan http://myfavoritethings-slc.blogspot.com/
Meagan Boone http://myjoyfulartstudio.blogspot.com/
Fran Pascazio http://kindredspiritspartdeux.blogspot.com/
Paty Shaulis http://flyinthecoffeart.blogspot.com/
Julia Monroe www.allsparkledup.com
Janet Terrien Bracewell http://janetb-designs.blogspot.com/p/art-and-journals.html
Jodiann Cates http://jodianncates.com/
Ann-Margaret Arnold http://www.annmargaretsvisions.com/
Linda Barutha http://livelaughloveretreats.com
Margaret Stewart http://piecesofmyheart-ladyquiltsalot.blogspot.ca/
Kelly Hoernig http://www.artfuldandelion.blogspot.com
Camilla Olsson www.bitznpicez.wordpress.com
Helena Påhlsson http://helenaspysselplace.blogspot.se/
Laurie May www.lauriescharmingdesigns.blogspot.com
Jacqueline Kriesels www.jacquelinekriesels.blogspot.com
Cynthia Julian http://cjulian01.wordpress.com/

Love makes a family

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You may remember my owl family from my sketchbook…

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Well, now they have made their way into my art journal.

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That’s me… with the curly eyelashes.

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That’s Ol’ Blue Eyes and my other punk who is 21 and has left our nest. He kind of has a beard because last week when he was over here, he looked like a Amish-man with a beard all around.

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This is me with our other two punks. You can tell them apart by their hair. The top one is our youngest with curly hair, and the bottom one is our oldest. His hair is different every day, but I did my best.

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When you put us all together, we make a family and it is good because LOVE makes a family.

Rewards Await You

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I had sketched a Christmas cupcake in my journal a few months ago, so I decided I needed to sketch a Spring cupcake as well.

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I am journaling in a book off my shelf, Honor’s Reward by John Bevere. I hope John doesn’t mind.

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I’m enjoying integrating the chapter titles into my work, and it seemed a cupcake was fitting here… although I don’t think this is what John had in mind.

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Oh well. It works for me.

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“A kind and compassionate act is often its own reward.” ~William Bennett

So true.

JOY

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She started off in my sketchbook…

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and ended up on this 6 X 6 wooden canvas.

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She (me) holds her JOY banner as her camera and paint brushes sit on the ground next to her…

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and at the top the message “I am listening” reminds her to listen and act upon what makes her soul so very happy and full of joy.

Camera + Paint and Paint Brushes = JOY