chimney rock and lake lure flowering bridge

Recently I visited North Carolina. I went on many hikes. My favorite one was Chimney Rock. Here is a shot above the chimney.

Chimney Rock, North Carolina

After the hike up Chimney Rock, I visited Lake Lure and found this wonderful flower garden. It was built over a bridge. Here are flowers and foliage pictures I took.

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It inspired some flower drawings here is a peek into my sketchbook.

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What have you been up to this week?



mother’s day and roses

On Mother’s day we went to the San Jose Rose Gardens and had a picnic with the family. I’m not a lover of roses, but they were really gorgeous this time of year. Here are a couple pictures.

Rose Garden 1

Rose Garden 2

Rose Garden 3

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mom’s day

Tomorrow is Mother’s Day. Have a GREAT one!

Mom Bush




This week I’ve been watercoloring and working with the images from my latest drawing endeavor.

Watercolor Farm Fauna

Watercolor Fauna

I scanned the images into PhotoShop. This would make good stickie notes. What do you think?

Stickie Notes

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happy valley yard

Hi! A couple weeks ago when I was showing you the interior of our house and the loop hiking trail, some of you asked to see pictures of the front and back yard. We rent and I don’t really like the paint job on our house, but it is quite a lovely view from our deck. Here are some shots of our front and back yard, enjoy!

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happy valley news

It’s been a fantastic week, lots happening in happy valley. The garden is in now. We’re having a drought, so it will be interesting to see how I can water less, but still have a small garden.



Also, got news last week that my hex sign art was chosen to be featured at a local store called Stripe Men. It’s an awesome store in downtown Santa Cruz right off Pacific Ave for men decorated in mid century furniture and vintage items. They provide an inspirational playground for customers to find products from some of the best local talent, like me 😉 The art show is on Friday, December 4 from 5-9 PM  and the art will be on display and for sale through out December. Super EXCITING. Everyone is invited.

Lastly, I am super stoked to be featured a couple weeks ago on a blog called a Daily Dose of Pattern. Check out may pattern and if you like patterns, check out Esther Bley’s patterns. She does some really lovely work.

What have you been up to this week.



charleston, south carolina

We’re visiting Charleston for a couple days. Love this beautiful city. It’s been storming and it is super green and lush. Below is a picture of a local cemetery. Really neat with all the over growth of flowers and weeds.


This bird was at the entrance of the cemetery.


It’s a West African symbol called Sankofa, depicting a bird looking over its back. Which means “learning from the past in order to move forward.”

Here was a cool bookstore called Blue Bicycle Books. This was parked out front.


Also came across some of Shepard Fairey’s work. Loved this one at the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art. It was huge, this is the side of building four stories high.


Lastly a shot from the Pavilion rooftop.


Have a great week!



slow, hot july

It’s been too long since I created. I didn’t post last week either. I’ve been busy with swim lessons with my grandson, dog sitting, and working my day job. Still crushin on sunflowers and am getting ready for a vacation … Continue reading


bend, oregon

I went to Bend last week to visit a dear friend of mine. It was over the July 4th weekend. For those of you who haven’t been to Bend on the 4th of July, you are missing out on life. They have this wonderful pet parade in the morning, a Freedom ride with hundreds of dressed up cyclists in the afternoon and then in the evening, they have wonderful fireworks over the Butte.

Check out some the pets from the parade. People have goats, dogs, birds, iguanas, roosters, and even flying dogs. It’s fun!

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As far as art goes, I’ve been obsessed with sun flowers. Check out the fields we passed on the way to Bend off of highway 505.


I’ve been growing some in my back yard too. Here’s a new blossom.


I’ve been working on some sun flower art. I’ve got to turn this into a pattern.

Sun flower

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sunflower pattern

Created a new pattern this week and uploaded it onto Society 6. Check out the mugs and iPhone cases you can buy with the “Sunflower” pattern.

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Have a great week.