Read more about the article Four more days
Lorapetalum leaves, rhododendron flowers and seed heads, silk tassel tree buds, a volunteer potato, small amber topaz beads, rose hips

Four more days

Four more days until there is less to fear from he-who-will-not-be-named. In the meantime I'm making mandalas, and being grateful for the richness of my life. This journey combining gardening/photography/art…

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Read more about the article Site launch today?
Dried pomegranate, tagetes, mastadon ivory, unknown purple leaves, iris foetidissima seed pods, hazelnuts, horsetail fern, silver square, bay leaves

Site launch today?

Site launch today? Perhaps, at least that's the goal. I am so glad I didn't try and build this site on my own. It would never have happened. I'd have…

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Read more about the article Off-kilter and swirling
African seed pods, eucalyptus buds, smoky topaz, clay beads, redwood branch tips, silk tassel tree buds, flat sedge

Off-kilter and swirling

I'm off-kilter and swirling this morning. The website will probably launch tomorrow, and there is still a lot to be done. I'm grateful that Beatrice Murch is the builder of…

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Read more about the article A Week to Go
Ice plant, Christmas cactus, silk tassel tree buds, foetidissima seed pods, iris foetidisima seed pods, dried flower buds from the Stunt Ranch Road Trail in the Santa Monica Mountains

A Week to Go

We have a week to go til Biden's inauguration! Lots can happen in a week, though time does pass, and the day is coming up to meet us. I wake…

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Read more about the article Lots of swirl
Iris foetidissima seed pods, wallflower cluster and buds, ice plant leaves, blue sea grass, rose hips, birch leaves, silk tassel tree buds

Lots of swirl

Lots of swirl, in my chest, head, and around the country. This mandala takes it out of my head and puts it on the table, where I can look at…

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Read more about the article How do we know when something is done?
Square piece of silver, amber beads, coral beads, rhododendron seed pods, Japanese coral bark maple twigs, dried flower buds from Stunt Ranch Road Trail in the Santa Monica Mountains, sweet fern

How do we know when something is done?

January 21, 2021 In art, it's easier to know when something is done than in life. I got to this point with this piece and felt it was done, though…

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Read more about the article So much going on!
Sand dollar, cotoneaster berries, parrot feathers, mexican orange flowers, horsetail fern, dried dietes seed pods, succulent rosette

So much going on!

So much going on - seriously. I just found out that my book, Flowers for a Pandemic, will be ready for pick-up next Wednesday or Thursday. It's two weeks early…

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Read more about the article Learning to live with what is
Amber and clay beads, willow twigs, strawflowers, cotoneaster leaves, pineapple guavas, horsetail fern, silk tassel tree buds, boxwood leaves

Learning to live with what is

Learning to live with what is, like the weave of the fabric this mandala is built on. It was hard to line things up, both horizontally and vertically. Between the…

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Read more about the article Hydrangea Leaves – Huzzah for 2021!
Hydrangea leaves, horsetail fern, strawflowers, loralpetalum leaves, red alder tassels, and smoky topaz

Hydrangea Leaves – Huzzah for 2021!

Hydrangea leaves, horsetail fern, strawflowers, loralpetalum leaves, red alder tassels, and smoky topaz Hydrangea leaves and flowers are probably my most used "ingredient" for the botanical mandalas. Their colors change…

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