Postcards from Wrightwood

Monday morning and my  friends  and I are heading North on Route 15 for our girls getaway.   3 days at the mountain cabin to relax, sketch, walk, eat, talk and have fun.

We made postcards with 5 little sections for various people.  It’s a fun project.  I wish I would get one!  Colin had cooked steak for us before we left.  Diane heated it up and we had steak salad for dinner the first night and the last. We wanted to thank him with one of our postcards.

We enjoyed the Lake at Wrightwood.

Flossie at the lake and her sketch.

Watch out for BEARS!

Sketching at the Lake.


We are excited to see a Christmas Summer tree on our walk! Decorated with flip flops, sand buckets,shovels and other summer fun.

We walk by the Mile High Pizza place.


Diane’s Sketch!

More Wrightwood Wildlife!

The Vacation ends at the Grizzley Cafe for breakfast.





Doves and Monoprints

July 16, 2016

When I returned home from New Mexico  Doves had built a nest on my porch.  They have tried this before but I never let them get more than a few twigs started as it is messy.  This time I wasn’t home and they had built their nest and Mother Dove was sitting on the eggs.  P1020377My info from the internet says: The Male looks for a place to build a nest then invites the female of form a lifetime bond.  Since doves are erratic birds caution should be exercised to prevent them from abandoning the nest.  (I guess my method was to be on vacation.)  The male collects the grass, weeds and twigs for the female to build the nest.  A successful nest will be used more than once through the breeding season. (That’s news to me.  I was going to get rid of it!  Now what?)  The female lays one or two eggs.  In this case two eggs.  She incubates at night for a period of 14 to 20 days, the male incubates during the day.  Since both male and female look alike, onlookers may think the female never leaves the nest at all.  THAT’s What I Thought!

The Mother Dove sat for 14 days that I know of before two little doves hatched.  They stayed buried under Mother.  I kept looking for them but they were hidden.  More research tells me both doves collaborate in feeding them.  In the initial stages of incubation both birds produce pigeon milk.

As the two babies got to be teenagers I was ready for them to go.  They would sit on my steps but didn’t come back to the nest.  Thank goodness as I called them poopie birds.

The Hooded Oriole visited my bird feeder.  He was hard to photograph, as soon as I came with my camera he was gone.  His breast is bright yellow.  The hummingbirds are always flittering around the feeder.  Darting in and out and chasing each other away.  Meanwhile:

I have been working on monotypes from my Grand Canyon drawings while I am not watching my birds or taking a walk to the beach.

These two monoprints are based on my drawings from The Grand Canyon.  I’m trying for bright colors!


Temple of the Canyon I

The Grand Canyon is quite an inspiration.

Ghost Ranch,New Mexico: Travel Journal

New Mexico has so many hidden back road places.  My travel Journal class took us to a few of these spots.  We went to El Rito.  The lunch at El Farolita was not to miss.  It looks completely abandoned until 12 noon on the dot.  Than suddenly it is all filled.  The food is good.

The next day we went to Los Ojos.  More people but very small and many deserted or run down buildings.  There is a thriving weaving store “Tierra Wools”.  They spin and dye wool from sheep in the area.  They have many weaving looms to make clothing items.  It was a fun town to sit and draw.
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