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Plein Air Painting Adventures

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I decided to take on plein air painting and if you’re not familiar with the term it literally means in plain air in french or in other words painting outside. I was aware of the challenges before I set out on this adventure. I would be out in the elements with a limited time frame and working on much smaller canvases than I would prefer to while the light, shadows and colors change rapidly. I think when you do anything creative it’s important to challenge yourself and go outside of your comfort zone. I think I usually feel comfortable in a studio, but when I was able to study art abroad in Paris I went to visit Claude Monet’s home in Giverny. I sat on one of the bridges in his garden and did a watercolor painting of the same beautiful ponds he himself painted so long ago. There is so much beauty in nature and being outdoors inspires me to no end.

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I signed up for the Plein Air painting class Light and Shadow in Art through SBCC Center for Lifelong Learning. I am also taking sewing there right now which is something I have been wanting to learn how to do for a long time. The plein air class meets at a different location each week and it’s been a fun experience and a challenge at the same time!

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Visiting the Turtles

On Sunday I went to see the turtles at Alice Keck Memorial Park in Santa Barbara. This park is now one of my favorite parks in Santa Barbara! It is a beautiful garden with a large pond that is home to hundreds of turtles! There are also a lot of cute ducks walking around and swimming in the pond. I think this is a great park to return for a picnic or do do some drawing or painting. If you haven’t had a chance to visit this park I would definitely suggest you check it out while visiting Santa Barbara.

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Celebration

This evening we celebrated my friend Helen’s birthday at the Boathouse at Hendry’s beach. It was so warm today and the sunset was gorgeous. I still feel like I am seeing portals even in the clouds in the sky. Keep reading to view the photo gallery 🙂

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Spring Equinox – Moving Forward

The cosmic events on Friday March 20th have created a noticeable shift in the universe. The super moon eclipse and Spring Equinox have opened some portals to new opportunities. I have been meditating every day in an effort to focus on my own purpose in life. Last week I was able to spend a good amount of time in the art studio working with artist Robert Heckes and his young daughters to create some large paintings. The paintings are large and layered and it has been a very enjoyable experience working on these pieces. His daughters participate in painting and it is very touching to see a family creating art together. I actually taught one of his daughters art when I was teaching classes for Art Innovators at Roosevelt school in Santa Barbara.

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