It's been a wonderful week in San Diego county; I arrived a few days early so I could visit with my cousins here, whom I have not seen in three years, an aunt I haven't seen in six years, and other cousins from L.A., one of whom I have not seen in a decade. What joy! Tuesday, we headed for Del Mar -- a favorite place for me with very happy memories.
This is the view from the deck at Pacifica restaurant where my cousins and I had lunch. Ahhh....peace.
Very different from the NJ squirrels, and apparently somewhat tame.
On Wednesday, some time in Solana Beach, wandering in the design district. In one place I fell in love with this wonderful sideboard but I neither had room for it nor could ship it home even if I had needed it. It reminded me of the photos in Sean Scully's book, The Color of Time.
And looking more closely at the surface, I realize how much my own work has been influenced by those photos. It is a book I treasure and which is out of print. I brought it home from my studio and am reminded now that I need to look at it again.
Thursday morning I spoke at the guild meeting and in the afternoon, my hostess and I took a trip to the Visions Art Museum. Since I rarely get to Southern California, I had never been there -- but oh, my goodness, what a wonderful place. I used to be a member years ago and knew I just had to become a member again. I wish I could get there more often. Those of you who live within driving distance are so lucky to have this beautiful resource nearby.
Today was day #1 of my class, Strips and Squares: Infinite Variations, and tomorrow I'll post pictures of what magic is being made there. The class is being held in the room at Quilt in a Day, Eleanor Burns' shop. She was teaching another class so I didn't have a chance to meet her, but I did have a chance to spend more $$ than I meant to on some amazing fabrics that were $6/yd and batik pieces that were $12/lb. There is a lot of fabric in a pound, so I'm hoping my suitcase won't be overweight with the 5.5 lbs I bought. Good grief -- am I crazy?? (rhetorical question).
One more day of teaching and then the red eye home tomorrow night. Stay tuned.