This is the Art & Wine Festival Weekend in Cambria. The participating artists are going to be busy little bees. Here is a run down on what is happening. We put up the new Art Show in the gallery at the Old Grammar School. It is totally full now!
This is the down side of living in a lush forest with wildlife all around. This is not our house, but it is in the neighborhood. It could have happened to any of us and that is what is so unnerving every time the wind and rain combination come into play. The winds were clocked as 47 miles per hour gusts at times. We were without power for a few days. It seems a given in any storm here. Power lines don't do well with trees across them. The up side is we finally got some rain and I caught up on some reading. It is not over yet. The weather report says we can count on one more soak. That is not good with the saturation of the soil at this point. The small root ball that holds up these monsters, as you can see, will uproot and send pine trees over like dominos. Let's pray the next photo here is not our house. To see more storm photos and the damage that it caused click here.
Since I have starting using video to make art instruction videos about 6 months ago, I have discovered them as another medium to express myself as an artist. As I become more comfortable with the process, just like with any new media, I am discovering how to make it a vehicle for my creative expression. First was the Scrubjay video and now this one. If you want to see all my youtube videos check out SuzetsStudio on Youtube.
Recently, I made a Sunshine Doll with crinkle stuffing inside for our friend "Buck". Our good friends Mike and Liz were very reluctant to give the handmade Sunshine Doll to him in fear that he might destroy her like he does many of his other toys. But, I assured them it was okay if he did. Well, they sent me these heart warming photos of "Buck" and his Sunshine girl getting along just fine. Next, I'm game for a Squeeky Sunshine Doll!
The Friends of the Hearst Castleasked me to participate in the "Artreach"program today. It was so much fun! Artists were paired with young artists for a day of touring the castle, lunch and an art making experience. Even though I have been on the castle tours several times, I always learn something new. Jill, the docent, was very knowledgeable and added fun trivia that made it even more memorable. I was so lucky to get my young artist friend Meg. She said she was so excited about the trip she could not sleep the night before. We had a blast painting outside the visitors center. She did a great job on a landscape with fantastic expressive billowing clouds draped across the green rolling hills of Hearst Ranch. The weather was perfect for our adventure. The day went by way too fast. It was an experience that I would gladly do again. Life is good!