Enjoying Biloxi, Mississippi

My friend an I arrived in Biloxi last night. We landed at the airport in New Orleans and drove to Biloxi to our VRBO.

We checked in and headed to The Reef for dinner. Our waitress asked where we were from, when I answered Southern California, she replied,”I could never live there The food is way too healthy.” We laughed as I ate my fried oysters and French fries. I did have coleslaw for a vegetable. I was in no danger of eating too healthy.

The next morning I awoke to rain and thunder. I grabbed my umbrella and we headed to the Waffle House. My friend had a pecan waffle while I ordered my favorite biscuits and gravy with a side of scrambled eggs. No danger of being too healthy here. The biscuits and gravy were awesome. The next stop was the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art.

The buildings were designed by Frank Gehry.

The potter George Ohr was rather zany. The museum was built after he died to exhibit his pottery. He was known as the mad potter of Biloxi. He asked his children to wait 50 years after he died to get rid of his pottery.

An Art Collector discovered his pottery and the museum was built.

On our way to the gift shop a museum person asked if we would like to see a new exhibit they were now putting up and meet the artist. What a treat to meet Wayne Ferguson and see his quirky pottery. He was from Louisville, Kentucky.the top piece is “Native American Arc with Ocarinas” and the next piece is “No Happy Trees”. This is Bob Ross of TV fame and painter of Happy Trees.

Our next stop was Jefferson Davis House and library named Beauvoir meaning beautiful view.

We had a tour of the Jefferson Davis House. All this touring makes one thirsty and hungry.

Next stop was Shaggys for a margarita and lunch. No danger of eating healthy. The red shrimp, potato and sausage are delicious. It’s called Royal Red Shrimp.This is a southern salad! Does it look healthy? My friend is doing research on the best Key Lime Pie. This one is now at the top of the list. I am helping!

All this fried food is making me young!

We walked around downtown Biloxi at the end of the day. It was a great day in Mississippi! I like the friendliness

Of all the people we meet and the laid back pace.

To Alabama tomorrow!

The Broad and Jasper Johns

I’ve been waiting to go to the new Los Angles Museum, The Broad and at last I go.

The Jasper Johns exhibit was really, really good.  I ‘d like to share a few of the paintings I liked.  There were many more but I picked a few.

The “White Flag, 1960, oil and newspaper collage over lithograph.  I like the way the paint is applied. The flag is one of the themes that Johns keeps returning too. The exhibit was arranged by themes of Jasper John’s work.

Flag, 1955, graphite pencil and graphite was on prepared paper. I like the drawing quality of this piece.

Maps,another theme of Johns,I am crazy about maps and like these paintings.

The piece is called “Map”, 1961-62, oil on paper on fiberboard. I think OKLA. is in the middle of USA.

“Numbers”, 1960-71, ten lithographs reworked with acrylic and oil paint, felt pen, fabric and paper collage.  He uses mixed media and also reworks pieces. I chose one of the ten lithographs number 3. I love the purple.  I could have picked all 10.  I saw his reworked prints a few years ago and was thrilled with his idea of reworking pieces.


Another beautiful painting of “Target”, 1992, encaustic and collage on canvas.

“Disappearance II”, 1962, ink on paper. The swirling black and white is captivating.

“Between the Clock and the Bed”, 1981, oil on canvas with 2 panels.


I always liked the paintings “Summer”, 1985, “Fall”, 1986, “Winter”, 1986 and “Spring”, 1986. Encaustic on canvas.  I saw them in a book and at the exhibit I see them all side by side.  

Here is an intaglio print on paper “The Season”, 1990.FD7FDD46-A880-4180-9962-50C6427A9C4F

The whole exhibit was wonderful to see and it gave a real feeling of the process of thought and work of Jasper Johns. I’m so glad I got to see the exhibit and the new museum.

I am painting tulips at home  getting ready to teach a class at the gardens and enjoyed seeing Jeff Koon’s “Tulips” in the gallery upstairs.E2899537-5D9D-4DF0-97DF-7040F0C27281

David Hockney Exhibit

I loved this exhibit and want to make a post about it even though I saw it on NOV. 29. I FIND INSPIRATION FROM David Hockney. I’ll be talking about the Hockney exhibit and the prints I am working on in this post.

I love this 9 panel painting of the Grand Canyon by David Hockney.

He did many landscape paintings and especially The Grand Canyon. I am always returning to the Grand Canyon in my paintings, drawings and prints also Camping in Vanna, my VWEuro van. This is another painting of the Grand Canyon by Hockney below. I like the way Hockney simplified the shapes of the cliffs and plants. These paintings capture some of the Grand Canyon feeling for me. It’s hot, vast, deep and mysterious.I learned from the exhibit that Hockney was a frequent visitor to The Grand Canyon. It also mentioned that he was inspired

by Thomas Moran. I am very fond of Thomas Moran who painted and sketched at The Grand Canyon and Yellowstone in 1871. I always visit Moran Point named after the artist Thomas Moran, when I travel to the Grand Canyon.

Hockey’s first work in The Grand Canyon series was, the panoramic sixty-canvas “A Bigger Grand Canyon”. The exhibit explained it was too large for this exhibit (really, The Met?). But I had first seen this 60 canvas painting on exhibit at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts years ago. It is still with me in memory.

The Grand Canyon is one of Hockney’s favorite American Landscapes. So many paintings in the exhibit I liked but I picked just a few to post in my blog. I liked was “Nichols Canyon” done by Hockney in Los Angeles. Wow! I love the colors he uses.I liked this painting “The Road Across the Wolds”.

“Medical Building” a wonderful painting. The painting below is “A Lawn Being Sprinkled”. The both offer a new twist on a familiar boring. I can’t leave the exhibit with out mentioning Hockney’s iPad drawings.

I first started on iPad drawings after hearing about Hockney’s and then seeing many at The Los Angles Museum of Art. In this exhibit at the Met they had three screens that continually showed Hockney’s iPad drawings. The screens also started with the blank iPad and showed the drawings developing. What fun to see.

Lunch at the Met dining room was a delicious way to end viewing the exhibit. My sister enjoyed the exhibit and lunch as much as I did.Sauces that came with my fish.

I’m back at home revisiting my Grand Canyon Monotype Prints. They needed a few tweaks to finish and I was inspired!

The print of the Grand Canyon is a monotype collage. On paper.

I had to darken a few area on this watercolor Monotype. I almost threw it out as I am trying to declutter and now I’m happy with it.

Another watercolor Monotype I looked at again. I decided I liked it. I like the foreground bushes and plants. These Monotype prints on printing paper and run through the printing press.paper.

Thanks for reading my blog. Carol

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Visiting Chagall Exhibit at LACMA

A New Year, a new iPad Pro and an exciting exhibit at the Los Angles Museum of Art. 2018 is off to a great start.. I visited this exhibit on a bus trip. I was on the wait list and so glad I got the call to go to LACMA.

This is the stage set for The Magic Flute!

Watercolors were also on display of Chagall’s designs for costumes and sets. I loved it! Music was playing as I walked around the wonderful fanciful sets.The cow costume!

“Variation on the Theme of the Magic Flute, “1965. Tempera, gouache, graphite, colored ink, fabric, painted fabric and gold paper collage on paper. A fanciful painting filled with imagination. I loved it.

The Ballet The Firebird.

I am crazy about the image of The Firebird on the set. The firebird is part woman and part bird- against a sapphire blue sky. The painting below is for the stage set.

Marc Chagall (1887-1985). One painting I loved is this bright yellow “The Dance”. I felt inspired, excited and joyous upon seeing the exhibit. What more could you ask?I’m happy that I’m able to blog again with my new IPad. It’s been so frustrating having ideas and pictures but always issues with the computer, phone and camera. I would like to mention the other exhibit I saw that inspired me. I think that will be my next blog. David Hockney at the Met, The missing pieces of November and December.

Painting with Grandkids and more painting!!

The boys loved doing small paintings.  They looked good and didn’t take as long to paint. The shark and sunflower painting are 5″x5″on canvas.  The  winter and night scene are 3″x3″ paimtimgs. They all fit on small wooden easels.   The 2nd grader, 4th and 5th grader were all pleased with there paintings and so was I.



I arrived in New York with lots of art supplies in my suitcase.  Between activities, homework, school, scoccer and karate we started a painting marathon.


My grand daughter loves painting as much as I do. We painted pumpkins and flowers before school and after school. I had given a watercolor workshop at Sherman Gardens on painting pumpkins and sunflowers. Big round oval pumpkin shapes and small circles and rounded petal shapes for flowers.IMG_7079My painting for watercolor class.


My 4 year old granddaughter did many wonderful paintings!


The fourth grader did this painting of a soccer field!  It’s 3″x3″ . A wonderful painting somewhat abstract.


My minature winter paintings are 3″x3″.  I really enjoy painting and being able to share painting ideas and skills is fantastic!

Making Monotypes: Printing and Sketching

I have been working on Monotype Printing.  More of the seaweed saga I started at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Deer Isle, Maine.  Seaweed intrigues by the tangles, squiggles and lines it makes.  It moves under the ocean water.  It covers the sand in various colors of brown, greens and magenta.  I walk to the beach and collect a bag of dried seaweed to put into Monotypes.



Seaweed in the water.


Getting ready to print at Shary’s Studio in Laguna Beach

Printing in studio.  I made several small studies with seaweed I had collected.  The first color on the print is yellow.  The small sketches come later.  The Monotype below was a larger print I like.



The printing ink was placed on plexiglass plate.  Seaweed placed on top of ink.  Paper covering the inked plate and put through the printing press.


Tangled II

Plenty of ink still on the plexiglass plate above,  so I put another paper on the  plate and ran it through the printing press.  This second print is called a ghost print.  The second print often seems to hold mystery.


Sea World

I also used 2 plexiglass plates one yellow and one blue.  Different sized plates go through the printing press 2 times.  Yellow first than blue ink the second time.  The bubbles are rubbing alcohol sprayed into the ink on the plexiglass plate.P1050541

I have fun drawing my character with the printing press.  I am adjusting the pressure of the press in this cartoon.


Seaweed Swirl


Another trip to the beach.  IMG_6780

Drama at the beach.  The seagulls plan an attack on Target Bag!  How do they  know what’s in it????  I’m painting in my small sketchbook.P1050536 2Meeting my Friend

I am always happy to paint at Sherman Library and Gardens.  It’s a happy peaceful place.P1050539

I’m Getting ready to teach a Watercolor class at Sherman Gardens on Sat. October 28.  Teaching watercolor is fun in this ideal setting.


Heading West on I-70



Leaving Mt. Gretna, Pennsylvania I headed west to Ohio.   I love being on the road, in my head I review all that I did this summer from Maine to North Carolina, Connecticut to Pennsylvania.  Pennsylvania’s  beautiful farm land starts me singing. “This Land is your land, this land is my land, From California to the New York Island.”   Thank you Woodie Guthrie for writing this song in 1944.

 372 miles on my speedmeter to a KOA at Buckeye Lake in Ohio.  It starts to rain just as I am registering.  I grab my umbrella, bathing suit and head for the swimming pool.  Umbrella and swimming pool, no wonder I am the only one there.  I look across the pool and see cows.  Are they real?  No they are cow sculptures.

Early the next morning and full of energy the next landmark is   Columbus, Ohio and then to Indianapolis, Indiana.   I stop at the Illinois Welcome Center.  They are preparing for the Solar Eclipse on Aug. 21.  The woman tells me there will be an Ozzie Osborne concert.  I’m glad to miss that one.

399 miles to Mulberry Grove, Illinois.  The campground is next to the pavilion.  No events right now so I have my own bathroom, refrigerator, stove and roof.

Morning comes and I’m on my way to St. Louis, Missouri, a coyote crosses Highway 70 as the fog was lifting.

 Endless skyway through Missouri to Kansas.  There was a lot going on in Missouri.  Signs on the highway posted Solar Eclipse, August 21, Expect Delays,  Heavy Traffic.  Highway 70 was also closed at one point.  I started making a list of all the unusual church names.

Element Church, Faith Church Family Church, FCFC,  Liberty Church, Reach Church, Victory Baptist Church and Praise Assembly of God.

398 miles landing in Paxco Kansas!

The man that checked me in at the campground in Paxico, Kansas said he didn’t like any people from California.  I said, “There are all kinds of people in California.”  He had no use for any of them.  BUT, he took my $25. and gave me a nice campsite.  He told me about the storm shelter in case of ??

I’m still trying to figure out what it would be like to live in Kansas.

And the wheat fields waving and the dust clouds rolling, ,This land was made for you and me.

“Don’t I get tired?” people ask.   I did driving through Kansas!!  I had finished my book on tape “little House in the Big Woods” by Laura Ingalls Wilder, and Kansas seemed so big.  I  kept driving.  I pulled into a rest area and listened to my power nap app on my phone.  Drinking lots of water, coffee and tea and stopping often.  I started a new book.


429 miles from Paxico, Kansas to Limon, Colorado.  I wan’t sure what my next step was but I was still in flat eastern Colorado.  I went for a swim at the KOA and decided to head the next morning for the Black Canyon of the Gunnison.

When the sun came shining and I was strolling.

 253 miles from Limon, Colorado to the KOA in the town of Gunnison, Colorado.  I stopped at a Safeway to load up on groceries.  I had a space in the campground all to myself with a pavilion right beside it.  It had tables, a stove, sink and roof over my head.

IMG_662579 miles to the Black Canyon of the Gunnison.  Kansas was straight and flat and now Colorado was curvy and high. Be careful what you wish for,  my sister often says to me.  It was a challenge for Vanna and me around and around the mountain curves.


Mountain sketch


Campground in the Black Canyon of the Gunnison.  I went to a Ranger Program that night and learned more about the dark skies.  This Park and the Grand Canyon are dark skies National Parks.



The canyon was dark and deep.  One picture shows the empire state building at the bottom of the canyon.IMG_6659

 208 miles to Mesa Verde National Park.   I find a nice campsite.  4 drives around the campground to pick just the right spot.   Many spots were available.  Why weren’t more people camping here.  I had a tour for  Cliff Palace Dwelling at 3 p.m.  More curvy winding roads to the Cliff Palace.  It was a great tour.  The Park Ranger was full of information and interesting stories.P1050442

I’m currently working on paintings of the Cliff Dwellings.  The ancestral Pueblo people is the term used now.  Anasazi name is no longer correct.

Polishing off the best burrito breakfast at 9a.m. sent me on my way to the East entrance of the Grand Canyon past the 4 Corners.

I found a campsite and took a trail to the canyon.  I was happy to return here.  It felt like a good place.  I loved the dark sky at night.  It was wonderful looking up at the milky way.


I love the Grand Canyon


P1050475This Land is your land, this land is my land

From California to the New York Island  (and all that’s in between)

From the Redwood Forest to the Gulf Stream water

This land was made for you and me.