i scooted back up to carpinteria for a nice mini-art retreat with joyce & sharron. but now i’m back minus my camera. seems i’m always leaving something behind. fortunately i have my trusty nikon d-90 to fill in, unfortunately i am without my scads of blue ocean pics to share. here are a few instagrams i made while up in carpinteria!
there wasn’t a bit of wind and the water was still. the air like silk. i walked on the shoreline each morning feeling the cool water wash over my feet. watched gulls & pelicans diving for fish.
yesterday we were sitting inside with the doors open wide as we played in our visual journals. i looked up and saw black dorsal fins dipping slowly in and out of the water. a slow-moving pod of fishing dolphins very close to shore! we all went out and watched the pod swimming up and down the coast not 15 yards out. so close!
this is sharron’s travel journal. she just returned from a wonderful trip to bellagio italy for a walking/sketching class with jane lafazio that she enjoyed so much. even i, who steer clear of group activities, thought it sounded lovely. she showed me how she added the sketches from class into her journal, which she made at home before she left. i regret that i didn’t take photos of the inside, but next time i will!
kelp i collected on my morning walk. and more of my pages that i IG’ed.
i brought both my big & little visual journal/sketchbooks. nice to switch back & forth.
this morning we reunited at the table facing the water till mid-afternoon when we parted ways and each headed back to our regular lives. if you go to joyce’s IG page HERE, you can see the portrait she did of me this morning. quite fabulous if i do say so myself. very maira kalmanesque!
last night we headed to super rica for some tacos.
my camera and i will be reunited next week when i pass through the area on my way north. yes, i have the gall to head for the coast again so soon. for an entire week this time. made all these getaway plans before i left for amsterdam and so glad i did. how nice to have roadtrips scattered through these last precious weeks of my sabbatical.