Hahnemühle Post Cards, 14, By the Sea

More postcards….

I want to find more shells to paint…

The sand-dollars are from my brother Patrick when he was living on Pismo Beach.
Except this one… from another state altogether!

Sending this one off to my mom…
She saved some great magazines for me to peruse,
and marked great recipes for crab cakes and other seafood dishes!
*i can post these because she doesn’t know how to find my blog post!*

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Valentine’s Day Kick-Back

After the month we’ve had, when Valentine’s Day came around all we wanted to do was completely veg out and not see a single human being except each other all day!

We also didn’t want to mess with our bodies in term of lots of sugar and wheat and cream…  Health over treats!

Mitchell brought a bouquet from the coop for me

We strung lights (we are nuts for twinkle and kitschy lights!

We turned the ringers
off on the phones,
slept late,
stayed in our pajamas,
binged on old movies,
I painted more cards and finished this spread,
(did I say napped),
and even had time to read!

Our new favorite lunch is garbanzo beans (chickpeas) roasted in a little olive oil (or bit of juice leftover from a curry chicken) with curry, cumin, salt and pepper.

I cleaned the Oregon crabs…
In season they are affordable!
They are a lot of work
but so sweet!
The cats fought us for bites…
we spoiled them as a little goes a long way toward
greatest human points!

We ate dinner on trays watching movies… still in pjs!

Dessert were AlterEco’s
Velvet Truffles and
Black Truffles… the best!
Especially curled up binging on Inspector Lewis!

BEST Valentine’s Day!

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Lojong: 29 Put No Mind Before Your Own

I’ve studied through the slogans a dozen times in my life;
these are my musings on the slogan currently, not a formal interpretation.
For that reason they are less about straight Buddhist teachings,
and I think able to be shared with most practitioners of other faiths or no faith
(unless yours doesn’t allow you to read any other tradition.) 

If you have time and the inclination, I published the WHOLE  thang here!

A slogan that has many layers for me…

My Buddha ball was sketched loosely (I sometimes make a circle in a watercolor pencil to start but sometimes sketch the entire Buddha loosely).  I inked with Robert Osterman’s Jade and a 1.1 stub nib; then DS Sap green finished the his green color.

“20: Of the two witnesses,
hold the principal one. “

This slogan is one I step back into whenever someone accuses me
of feeling or thinking something that is simply not true in my heart/mind.
I find it to be comforting, and calming, which means I can act much more rationally.
False accusations seem to come up more now that people are so fearful and
on edge about politics and our collective futures and
protecting their religious beliefs and right to bear arms and abortion and
whatever the media is whipping people into a frenzy about this week…
all that crazy-making stuff that can bring out the best and worst in anyone.

When I am not particularly angry, it allows me to go soft instead of defensive
in the face of anger and be vulnerable if that is possible
(I am mindful of another persons harmful energy in the moment and may draw boundaries) or at least be open-hearted to see what is going on before I act.
It doesn’t save all situations, and I still can lose a friend if they decide to go that way,
but I can be clear and reflect honestly on what I said, check to see if I contributed to the situation even without intention to cause a ruckus, or if this is a product of
someone else’s imagination… which happens to the best of us when we are in fear.

Maezumi Roshi said,
“Put no mind before your own.”

Okina Journal, with pen and ink, and watercolor.

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Hahnemühle Post Cards, 13, Palms

These are my happy place doodles…
Not quite California but reminiscent of a less crowded California!

I had no idea when I began playing with the Hahnemühle Post Cards
that I would love them so much!

I wanted to mitigate the possibility of smudging when sending my postcards, so I coated them with a thin coat of Gamblin’s Cold Wax Medium, using my fingers to apply.
It darkens the colors just a bit — barely noticeable.
Don’t rub too much or you may rub your watercolor, though I have not yet.
Just remember that after you use this, you can’t use your fountain pens
over the top of the wax — so write on the front before you apply!

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YouTangle: Notes for Mitchell

My favorite thing to do with the Hahnemuhle’s YouTangleart Tiles it to make notes to leave for Mitchell to find: in his calendar, on his computer, on his toothbrush!

They are not built for watercolor, but if I clip the corners down and
they can take a lot of water and straighten out fine!
However, the watercolor doesn’t behave like it does on watercolor paper…
It soaks into the paper and so I need to hit it twice to get the color to pop!

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Hahnemühle Post Cards, 14, Hearts for Valentines

Lover’s Day is coming…. I’m practicing my hearts…
I find my ideas evolve if I just play,
and I loosen up as I play!

These are all on Hahnemühle post cards…

I started the way all my doodles start…
The architectural earth symbol and the heart!

The earth symbol evolved into LOVE LOVE LOVE…

Then I really loosened up and squiggled and played!

I can’t show you the one for Mitchell! 
He follows my blog!

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Seahorse Tea Infuser

I’ve looked around NW Portland stores for a great tea infuser.
I bought one with some tea and while it might be good, it either doesn’t fit my teapot,
is not great as a cup infuser, and it doesn’t clean well.

Americans, it seems, are all BORING when it comes to our kitchens!
I’ve seen what my Aussie friends use and the infusers are funny or cute or pretty!
I finally went online and looked and came up with two;
this seahorse was taken out first and oh my, I love it!

It makes me happy to see it floating in my cup!
It is really the color of Rose Dore, a watermelon orange,
and it takes me to the ocean when I use it…
*0r sometimes I think of Nessie, the Loch Ness “Monster”*

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