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Happy Saturday to you!   I am having a lovely weekend thanks to my many friends and family.   Yesterday was my birthday and I am overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and birthday sentiments that I received.  I feel so very blessed and grateful for all of the love.  If you are one of those special people, thank you for loving me.  

Below is a painting that I love.  It reminds me of the sea in Mexico…an old memory of days gone by.  It could be anywhere though….anywhere crystalline water meets the horizon.  It was done completely in oil and its dimensions are 24 x 20 inches on stretched canvas.

I hope you find it as serene as I do.  Have a wonderful finish to your weekend and as always, blessings to you and yours.

Best,

k  i  m  b  y

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Excursion to Yosemite National Park, California

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“Gift from the Sea”….an October evening at the beach

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I have been reading the most amazing little gem of a book….for the 3rd time.  It is so simple yet profound…so full of wisdom and practical advice….and so full of natural beauty.  It was written in 1955 by Anne Morrow Lindbergh, wife of Charles Lindbergh, ‘Father of Flight’ Lindbergh.  It is entitled:  “Gift from the Sea”.

Mrs. Lindbergh was far ahead of her time when she wrote this book.  It is a peaceful book.  It is an enchanting book.  It is also a quiet book.  It is a story of a woman’s time spent at the beach.  A story one reads and then re-reads, as I have done in the past and am doing now.  Each time I do so I find yet another piece of long forgotten wisdom.  I won’t provide any spoilers so you will just have to pick it up and read it for yourself.  My advice, purchase the hardback version…if you are anything like me, it is a book you will find yourself pulling from your  shelves through the years.

Here is a small teaser…a taste:

“Simplification of outward life is not enough.  It is merely the outside.  But I am starting with the outside.  I am looking at the outside of a shell, the outside of my life…the shell.  The complete answer is not to be found on the outside, in an outward mode of living.  This is only a technique, a road to grace.  The final answer, I know, is always inside.  But the outside can give a clue, can help one to find the inside answer.  One is free, like the hermit crab, to change one’s shell.  Channelled whelk, I put you down again, but you have set my mind on a journey, up an inwardly winding spiral staircase of thought.”

Today after work, I felt myself longing for the beach.  My little dog Benny Hill, a sprightly 42 year old (we are the same age currently)….I am talking dog years here folks…. anyway,my furry best friend was longing for an off leash excursion…a chance for him to run free and unencumbered.  His brown eyes pleading, I realized that I too needed to roam free and unrestrained.  Today was a gorgeous, “summer” day in San Francisco.  October is our best month and the weather has been warm and lovely of late.  I needed to capitalize on a fleeting moment and head west to Ocean Beach.  I am so blessed as I can see the ocean from my bedroom window…a peek-a-boo shot of the Pacific Ocean.  It is a quick train or car ride (about 30 blocks) from my flat. One would think I would be inclined to spend more time there however time is a funny thing, isn’t it?

I walked along the shore, feet in the sand, with my dear friend Michelle.  She brought her poodle Glory along as well.  We talked, watched the dogs chase both balls and sandpipers, talked about sanddollars, I shared about my memories spent at Pawley’s Island, South Carolina combing the beach for miles looking for shells with my mother, and we listened to the sounds of the choppy surf luring only the bravest of souls (i.e.:  surfers) to its icy waters.  54 degrees year round makes not for the most pleasurable swimming excursion….unless you are wearing a thick Neoprine wet suit that is.

It was lovely.  Even though the surf was rough and the wind was strong, it was calming to my soul.  I am grateful.  I feel peaceful this evening.  Thank you Mr. Sea and thank you Michelle.  I hope you enjoy some of my photos AND your evening (or day) wherever you may find yourself in this big world.

With warmth,

k  i  m  b  y

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Blue Danube….the thing is….

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The thing is,

to love life, to love it even 

when you have no stomach for it

and everything you’ve held dear

crumbles like burnt paper in your hands,

your throat filled with the silt of it.

When grief sits with you, its tropical heat 

thickening the air, heavy as water

more fit for gills than lungs;

when grief weights you like your own flesh,

only more of it, an obesity of grief,

you think, How can a body withstand this?

Then you hold life like a face

between your palms, a plain face…

no charming smile, no violet eyes;

and you say, yes, I will take you,

I will love you…..again.

-Ellen Bass

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“Birds Eye View” progression photos…

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Hello there and a very happy Thursday to you.  The weekend is almost here!  Yippee!!!

I finished a painting that I happen to love this week.  I am in love with the palette and I also love all of the different ‘things’ I can see in this finished abstract piece.  This painting was done in oils.  It was a very fulfilling piece because over the last month or so I have been working primarily in acrylics.  If you follow my blog, you will know that using acrylic paint is a totally new medium to me.  Initially, I hated them; however, once I hung in there and continued to push my boundaries by exploring this incredibly versatile medium I was pleasantly surprised to find that I thoroughly enjoyed them.  I must be honest and state that my true love is (and will probably always be) oils.  They are so vibrant, so luscious, so forgiving (sometimes), and they allow you to re-work an area and blend colors so well….you just have to know what you are doing in order not to muddy the colors (I am still learning this lesson).  This is why I had so much fun with this particular painting….I got back to using oils for the first time in awhile.

The painting is called “Birds Eye View”.  I titled it this because this painting was a totally abstract expressionistic piece.  No pre-planning was done and everything that you see came from an emotional place.  During the process of painting this piece, one of the first things I painted resembled a bird and a large eye (see initial photos below).  I liked where it was going from its inception.  After I finished the piece, I started noticing many eyes and faces within the painting.  A dear friend of mine also saw the same…as well as some additional surprises that my eyes didn’t initially pick up.  It seems to be a repetitive theme in many of my abstract pieces:  eyes and faces.  These items are created totally intuitively, not purposefully.

Anyway, what follows are some of the progression photos.  I hope you enjoy this little journey.  Have a wonderful weekend and take good care of each other.

Warmly,

k  i  m  b  y

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“Holy Cow” or “Wholly Cow” Update

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She is finished!  I completed this painting last night.  I have been working on it for the last three months approximately.  If you click on one of my recent past posts:  “Holy Cow” you can check out the gradual progression of this painting.  

It is primarily done in oils save for the base/background of the calf’s body.  I used Titanium White for her base.  It allowed me to create an abundance of underlying texture.  I then added oil paints over the acrylic. I really love the effect it elicited.  

Last night, I added the eyes and eyelashes (this is the first time I have ever painted eyes on a living creature in a painting) as well as the additional abstract colors that made this little calf appear more lifelike, even if the colors are not.  

I am quite happy with the finished piece.  I hope you enjoy it as well.  I have never painted a portrait of a living creature before so this was an experiement….a successful one at that.

I hope your week is off to a superb start!

Warmly,

k  i  m  b  y

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