corn dolly

corn dolly
original art work circa 2008

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Moving on

Back  on the Coast of  Southern California.  lt took several days of deciding what to leave behind, what to bring on this next leg of  moving between two countries.  l finally managed to pack two huge suitcases with what l think is necessary to just survive.  Southern California can be so lovely if the sun is out, otherwise, the foggy, windy weather chills to the nice suntan l came home with. lt is wonderful to have a car to drive around in is onto the 805, off the 54, back onto 5 and move with Lady Gaga  C D music blasting away.  California freeways that move you quickly around the city and valleys are another form of dancing as l weave myself to my destination.  Soon l leave and move north to another part of the coast........only now l take the two huge suitcases, boxes of dishes, linen, more clothes and reunion with other amigos l have not seen for awhile.  l promise myself everytime l move with all these "things", l am going to simplify my life from all these "things" but somehow still have not managed to do that.  Ah well, l am after all moving on........

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Green flash and Special Events

What makes an event special?  Recently l experienced several special events.  Living and splitting my time between the coast of California and the coast of Mexico has this traveling gypsy always open for adventure.
l saw the green flash once at sunset years ago and have chased it over the years in hopes of experiencing it again.  Recently watching the sunset in a small coastal village in Mexico with an amigo oohing and aahing over the changing colors of the sky as the sun slid down closer to the horizon for an instant we both saw the green flash. l was speechless and thrilled at the same time.  The following evening watching the sunset again with the same ol amigo we saw the green flash again. l greedily anticipated seeing the green flash at sunset the following nights but it did not happen.  Surely magic like this had to have some significance and so l anticipated the next adventure.

Several nights later l attended an event at the nearby seaside resort that l fell in love with years ago, but  the story about the seaside resort is another story for another time.  Local restaurants competed in serving an array of specialties for the cast of at least a thousand.  Attending this event were some of the nicest hoochie mommas, divas, queens, kings with a generous heart and special spirit supporting all the non-profits up and down the coast.  The entertainment was truly entertaining and a joy to be experiencing.  The bonus to the event was the warmth of the evening temperature, the backdrop of the full moon and the finale of a firework display off the bay.  All this contributed to why my adventures just never, ever fail to amaze me.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Old Friends, New Friends

Having watched the sunsets now for a number of years l am constantly reminded of change.  l can say with absolute certainty that no two sunsets are the same.  Last night while watching the sunset with two very dear friends, we all commented on how the reflected light almost appeared to be another sunsrise, at the same time we were given the pleasure of seeing magenta, pink, orange, red, purple and the bluest, blue and white of the sky........As the light faded toward darkness another amigo joined us and commented that for a moment he thought he was experiencing the sunrise while watching the sunset...........we all laughed because it was the same subject l and my dear amigos had just discussed a few minutes before he joined us.

Good friends are darn hard to find and hard to keep........l have been so blessed and lucky to have a number of amigos in several countries........and thanks to the internet, we manage to all stay in contact. Today said good bye to another amiga as she heads north and hello to a new aquaintance, and later tonight will meet yet another amiga.  l have to say this gypsy life style brings such pleasure in my life and as long as l am here l will be enjoying the variety of sunsets as well as old and new amigos.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

A walk to the end of the lane overlooking the beach

Today was warm and a big muggy, but after visiting with another neighbor, l settled in to do some serious (or as serious as l can be) painting.  l set up my table, umbrella and chair.  l looked at the magnificent view in front of me............Out in the bay  a small fishing boat was making noise whirling by as the two men in the boat were finding a place to cut the motor and fish.  The palm trees above my head and other trees were filled with birds chirping making their special music.  The sun was all ready bright and sun bathers were busy putting their colorful umbrellas up for a day in the shade.  Swimmers along the beach were playing in the water and off in the distance the surfers waiting for a ride on the waves.

l started painting.........a little girl, front teeth missing,  stopped by to see what l was doing and told me proudly she was six.  She stuck her finger in my paint and then offered to let me draw and she would paint my pictures.  l mumbeled something back to her, l think the heat had all ready hit me.......she left and said she would come back but to think about her offer.  Next came a family of five, and before l knew what was happening...........the mother had a video camera out and somewhere someday in someones living room she can say she met an artist on her vacation.........

l decided l had enough interuptions and that l would avoid all other visitors..........act like l was alone.............and for the next five hours l painted to my hearts content.......l mixed yellow, then reds, a bit of blue and purple.........greens, brown, orange and when l finished (my goal had been three paintings) with one..........l was so pleased.............The serena l had painted and l decided to call it a day and head back up the lane for a very, very, late lunch.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

A day in Mexico

Woke up this morning to the sound of the waves in the bay pounding the sand.  Cool morning and a bit muggy.  Good day to escape a day at the beach and drive the jungle road to run some errands for much needed supplies............This only happens when l cannot possibly eat at another restaurant and l begin to long for salads, my own cooking and maybe a little cooking for amigos.........Tomorrow the plan is to paint, paint, paint.........from early morning to sunset............Oh yes, the sunset..........darn another gorgeous one that l walked down the lane and sat and watched, after just wearing myself out running those errands, back in the car and the haul along the jungle road, to my little sanctuary and that over due salad.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Today, l want to share  a piece of art work that l created and am naming "Hoochie Mama".  What do you think?

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Welcome to the Adventures of Gypsy Vero

Hola Amigos,
 Welcome  It has been a wild Semana Santa, beginning with the celebration starting on the coast of Mexico, warm weather, friendly people, tents, swimmers, surfers arriving by bus, foot, car, airplanes, etc. etc.,so escaping all the excitement of the coast.............amigos traveled to the mountains and high desert of Zacatecas to the celebration of the cultural festival.