Monthly Archives: July 2012

Sometimes the Store is Dead or Catching Up on the Blog

As I prepare to write this post, I notice I’m sitting in a completely empty store.  A few people have wandered in and out, but no one remains.  It’s a beautiful day outside…the type of day that when I look out the door, I sort of get that emotional high feeling that I got when I was at Balboa Park.  I got a cheese danish and iced coffee (with vanilla shots) from Rebecca’s across the street to start my Friday.  The sounds of Andrew Bird play over my iPod.  The past two days were Madeline Peyroux days, so I thought a change was in order.  No iPhone or wifi to use Pandora on my iTouch…oh well.

The Summer Walkabout in South Park was a great success.  I had a blast, even though I was stuck at the desk all evening.  Erich and Jack came to visit me while I was working.  That was a nice surprise.  The theme was Summer of Love and so I had a lot of fun dressing up like a little Flower Child.

My travels home are on my mind.  Pretty soon I’ll have to start packing my things for the drive home.  It’s going to be truly bittersweet.  I’m going to really miss my new friends and my new surroundings.  My head is almost in a place where I can start thinking about going home and moving into my new apartment and starting school again.  Senior year…wow.  I can remember being a freshman at Benedictine College thinking that my final year of college was so far off…and now here it is!

I wanted to go back to the Self-Realization Fellowship Gardens last Monday to do some watercolor painting, but they were closed.  I was rather bummed.  I haven’t gotten to use my travel watercolor set that I received for Christmas yet.  I feel like I’ve neglected it.  I thought about then going to the Quail Botanical Garden (Or San Diego Botanical Gardens as the website says), but I think I was just so miffed about the other garden being closed that I didn’t feel very much like paying $12 to enter.  I think I was just overall not having a very good day and needed a nap instead.  Hopefully before I leave I can get some painting done.

Taken at the Botanical Gardens in Balboa Park

Before I leave, we’re going to take pictures of all the sample work I’ve done for the store.  That way I can update my portfolios.  When I return home, I plan to take pictures of all my work from last semester since I haven’t been able to do that yet.

I’m planning on creating a Facebook Page for myself as an artist.  By planning, I mean I’ve already created it, it just needs pictures.  That will be my next online project.


Happy weekend!


Exploring Balboa Park

On June 21, I decided to use my day off to go to the San Diego Museum of Art and explore Balboa Park.

I had previously visited Balboa Park during Spring Break when I was out for my internship interview.  Erich and I visited the Mingei International Museum upon Susan’s recommendation.

I had an enjoyable walk to the museum from my car.  The weather was beautiful: warm, sunny and not a cloud in the sky!

For about an hour and a half I wandered around the museum.  My favorite painting had to be The Young Shepherdess by William-Adolphe Bouguereau.

Maybe it was because it was something about sheep or fiber related, but it just struck me as a painting I  needed to constantly go back to study!  Or maybe something about her reminded me of myself.  I found a postcard of the painting in the museum gift shop for a dollar, so I decided that was a good souvenir.  Interestingly enough, I didn’t notice until long after I left Balboa Park that the very same girl was on the visitor sticker I received upon paying admission!

On a critical note, the museum was smaller than I imagined it to be.  Perhaps I am spoiled with the Phoenix Museum of Art or the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City. I left the museum at about noon.  I couldn’t decide if I wanted to spend money on a lunch at the museum’s cafe, or if I wanted to just get a snack at first.  As I exited the museum, the bells were playing Pachabel Canon.  Soon after they played Fur Elise and following that Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah!  There was some sort of children’s camp event happening near the Lily Pond.

I sat there for a bit, gathering my thoughts, taking a few photos and enjoying the atmosphere. I decided to go back to a a small coffee bar I had passed before going to the museum.  I got a cappuccino and an apple to nibble while I continued exploring the park.  I walked towards the Natural History Museum (an adventure for another day!) and found the large fountain.  I had to call my Mom a couple of times just so that I could get some of my excitement out.

As I continued walking around, I discovered that I was going toward the San Diego Zoo entrance.  That put things into a little more perspective of where I was.  After walking back toward the fountain, I went through the Spanish Village Art Center.

If I had not had a drink in my hand, I would have explored there more, but I didn’t want to accidentally spill my coffee on anyone’s art.  It’s highly unlikely I would, but I didn’t want to risk it.  I did see an outdoor glass blowing demonstration.  Actually, I think it was a lesson, but still very interesting to watch!  I want to go through there again (without a drink) so that I might explore the studios a bit more and maybe even purchase some art!

Before I left the park, I went into the Timken Museum of Art since it was free.  They did not allow pictures inside.  I wish they had because there was an image of a plaza in Venice that looked terribly familiar to me.  I ended up calling Mom again to ask if it was the one she and my Dad had visited on their cruise and it was!  I knew there was a reason the painting looked so familiar; I had seen a photograph she took of St. Mark’s Square!

After going through that small museum, it was about 2:30.  I decided it was about time for me to leave Balboa Park because I had a class to assist teaching at my internship in a few hours.

I simply cannot wait to return for another adventure in Balboa Park!