just a quick postcard from santa barbara to say hello & howdy!
i am here with my sister. drinking in the blue. above is a record of my first beach walk last evening, then later home to eat fish, cut & paste, check the tide schedules for the next few days, listen to the weather, unpack, settle in.
today i’m outside all day, art supplies and sketchbooks spread across the patio table where i may listen to the surf, draw & color, watch the great life of the sea unfold before me.
dottie’s off for a stroll down the 300 steps to the sand. i’ll wait till 30 minutes before sunset to head out. (i drive a few minutes away and avoid those killer stairs.) i’m pretty content up here at my perch on the bluff on this sunshiny sunday. watching the monarchs flutter by. pelican squadrons skim the water, there’s one now diving for fish. gulls bobbing on the water. 2 men in kayaks just paddled past. tide’s going out.
sending cheery sunday waves from california! xo
Susan LaFond says
lovin the views from your perch!!!! I am officially California Dreaming.
Enjoy is all I can say!
Maryellen Bess says
Welcome to my neck of the woods. There is something special about the coast here on the south coast. Whatever it is, I love it. Great pictures.
margarita witherspoon says
BEAUTIFUL, Beautiful views, Love those sunsets is this another awesome rental you are in?
Erika Nelson says
wow-those sunset photos are fabulous!
Linda Watson says
That dusky gray blue and the dark orange red – oh my god. It’s so wonderful I just keep photoing it over and over and then staring at yours, mine and all others’ photos. I’m going to attempt to capture it in dyes and do a weaving.
Lynn Dirk says
I needed this post. Hugs to my home, homie. Beautiful, it and you.
Glenda Hoagland says
Have a wonderful trip and Thanksgiving.
Ahhh, pure contentment in this post. Those sunset on the water photos are incredible! Sitting out above the water to sketch is pretty awesome, too. Our weather forecast in NW Montana is for highs in the teens and lows in single digits to perhaps below zero this week and more snow, which we don’t mind.
cathy mcauliffe says
I don’t want you to think I have not been paying attention, yes I do know that your animal of choice is a cat. But I must reco the book:
Beloved Dog by Maira Kalman. Besides wonderful, wonderful drawings It starts with this:
“When I go out for a walk, there is so much I see that makes me happy to be alive. Breathing. Not thinking. Observing. I am grateful beyond measure to be part of it all.” Now doesn’t that sound like a great book?
Mary Ann Moss says
oh YES YES YES! i must have it at once!
Linda Watson says
Oh, I just got that one. Am planning on starting it tonight.
It is a glorious sunny day in Seattle also, but in the 40’s, so no outside sitting. I’m so inspired by your “cut and paste”, going to try some later!
Karen Goetz says
I am just crazy about all of your photos, but I am in love with the shot of the scissors and papers. The colors! I think I have mentioned that I have a paper fetish. Oh, and all things beach, surf, ocean etc fetish too. I have a lot of fetishes. Love your painting too! Keep it coming! And whatever you do, have FUN!
Somehow you always seem to have the knack of making wherever you are seem like the most wonderful place on earth. This post is another prime example. xoxox
Sharon Chapman says
Am loving all your gorgeous photos and hearing what escapes you have been up to. Sorry I have not commented as of late but am healing up after doing my civic duty to get my voters ballot in on time. Took a tumble missing some stairs and landing on my face on the concrete.Healing well and stitches removed now so I am back and up to par. But I wished I was sitting in Santa Barbara listening to the waves. So I guess I shall do it through you. 🙂
Mary Ann Moss says
oh NO NO NO!!! we can’t have you taking tumbles on concrete. it just WON’T. DO.
i raise my coffee mug in one hand and sketchbook in the other. paintbrush in my mouth. TO YOU dear sharon. hope you’re tippy top v.v. soon. xo