Thursday, November 29, 2007 at 5:02 PM

fiestapink, originally uploaded by mmvgonzales.

I got an email from Ronell this afternoon telling me I should do a mug series. I smiled because I sketched this mug this morning before reading her email.


Wednesday, November 28, 2007 at 9:19 PM

Steven, originally uploaded by mmvgonzales.

I remember your smile. I liked it when you would show me new additions to your rock collection. I liked it when you would sit next to me at my desk and we'd watch videos on my ipod. I miss your hugs. I miss you my boy.

How things turn out sometimes

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Christmas time at the Riverside Plaza

I think last weekend was just full of bad karma. I was feeling a bit sorry for over that. But things were going awry. Like on Friday night my iphone kept going in and out of service. By Saturday I was on the phone between apple and att. Finally on Sunday Apple concluded it was a problem with the phone. All ended well on Monday when at&t replaced my sim chip and Apple gave me a brand new shinny iphone! Now we are all happy!
I spent a good part of the weekend exploring my new imac and finding it easier than I thought to switch from my pc brain to mac os. Do you think it's that right/left brain thing?
I also picked up the knitting needles which always put me in a meditative mode and began a pair of pretty lilac and pink socks! As I knit I caught up on all Grey's Anatomy episodes and sipped hot tea.
Monday was awfully busy at work but good to be among my little friends again. But I felt so tired by the end of the night......alas....woke up yesterday feeling blah again and found that laying on the couch with a fuzzy blanket was a good place to be.
Today I was supposed to meet up with Deborah at the Bower Museum for some sketching but I woke up feeling achy so I had to bail. I was so disappointed because I was looking forward to meeting her and making a new friend.
Rudy is home today and wanted to go browse at Borders at the Riverside Plaza. He loves to just go browse the shelves as do I. He convinced me it would be just for a little while since I'm not feeling well. We left for a bite to eat at one of the sandwich shops and I saw the giant tree in front of the movie theater was all set up. I thought it would make a fun sketch sometime. We left but as we approached my car he noticed one tire had gone flat. He told me to go back inside the book store and wait while he changed it. Instead I found a bench to sit on even though it was chilly and very windy and quickly did this sketch.
It's turned out to be a nice day even though I didn't get to Orange County.   Maybe it is a good thing I didn't take off for the OC because I probably wouldn't have made it with a bad tire.  Apparently the nail caused enough damage that it can't be fixed but needs replacing. 

PS I spent lots of my time yesterday looking at your blogs. Such great postings going on! I will try to say hello in the next few days.

Lipstick on Coffee Mug

Saturday, November 24, 2007 at 9:18 AM
I am usually on the pale side so first thing after getting up in the mornings I dab on some lipstick. As a result I always know which cup is mine when we are sipping our morning coffee. This morning I am feeling tense. Amy is far away in Indiana for the weekend with her boyfriend and his family and Rudy is working all weekend. I see on the morning news that the fires have begun again in Malibu, CA. He works in Long Beach, Ca. but until he comes home on Monday I will be on edge. The boys have their own agendas and so I find myself alone all weekend. I keep thinking I should have just picked up and taken off Tahoe!!! LOL. Dianne has invited me to come hang out with her while she decorates her home for Christmas (I have no desire to do my home yet) and to join her family for their Thanksgiving celebration tomorrow. I might just do that. For today I still haven't figured it out. But I did play some more with my new Lamy pen and the Noodler's ink this morning while sipping my morning coffee. I hope everyone else is having a better day.

lipstick and coffee copy

Close Knit

Friday, November 23, 2007 at 7:26 PM
This morning my sister and I went to check out a new yarn shop in town.  After making our yarn choices, our Annie helped the owner wind our skeins into balls using some sort of yarn winding contraption.  While she was diligently spinning the crank I sat in a corner and sketched these two women who were there for some knitting and instruction.  I bought beautiful sock yarn that one day will find itself on my feet!

Closeknit, Riverside, California
moleskine, fountain pen with waterproof noodler's ink and watercolor

Pop Art in a Photo Booth

Tuesday, November 20, 2007 at 4:21 PM
Robyn thinks Christmas came early to my house! She asked if I would be posting a picture of my new toy but how about instead a project I created on my new imac? Dianne came over because it's no fun to have a new toy and not have a a friend come share in the fun! We checked out something called photo is the result of such exploration in mac land.


Monday, November 19, 2007 at 9:01 PM
Tricia & Marta

When I met Tricia almost 20 years ago she was my Amy's 3rd grade teacher.  We got to know each other when Amy volunteered me to come into the classroom to teach the kids how to quilt. (yes I am a quilter).  From here our friendship has continued to grow and is one of my most cherished bonds.  She moved away almost 10 years ago and yet, through frequent visits, emails and phone calls we continue very close.  
Tricia is an accomplished artist who has done some beautiful work in watercolour, pastel and ceramics.  But most of all she's there for me when my whims have taken us into quilting, bookbinding, jewelry making,  mud baths and dancing in the forest trailing soap bubbles while waving fairy wands !!!  All of this of course over glasses of vino!
Tricia has set up a new blog: Studio in a Box  It will be fun to see where the journey takes her.  Welcome girlfriend!


Sunday, November 18, 2007 at 3:56 PM
PedsWardHall copy

And a lazy Sunday on the Pediatric Ward at Kaiser Fontana Med. Center...Fontana, California.


Saturday, November 17, 2007 at 5:04 PM
BPmachine copy

An automatic blood pressure machine. Lazy Saturday evening at work.

Sent from me and my cool iPhone


Thursday, November 15, 2007 at 8:29 PM
Today life found me at the gym early to get in a workout. Then it found me window shopping at one of my favorite outdoor shopping malls where I drooled over the apple iMac computers. The day was gloriously warm and clear...sunshine and blue sky. I love when I can see the mountains looming grand above the horizon. Then, life found me at the computer doing a little online shopping and bidding on ebay (for a bread machine). I struggled to read the computer screen and then just went to the apple site and ordered a new 20inch by Monday it should be on my doorstep and I'll have to hook it up and learn to use it! I'm so excited!!!!!! I also ordered a Lamy Safari fountain pen with a converter and a bottle of ink for sketching....that should arrive next week too! You would think this was enough for one day.....No, I still had energy to go with Dianne to the life drawing session at the Riverside Art Museum tonight.....first stopping at Las Campanas for margaritas and bite to eat! Now, this was a great day!

November2007 001

charcoal on plain drawing paper

1500+ photos

Wednesday, November 14, 2007 at 11:13 AM

Well, we've been home now for over a week and almost back to normal. I still have over 1500 photos to go through and organize before I subject family and friends to a slide show! We have unpacked but still have odds and ends to take care of. The shelfs in my studio dedicated to my travels now have to make room for a mini statue of David from Florence, the colloseum from Rome and a phone booth from London. I have a bag full of ticket stubs and metro maps to include in a photo album...once I decide on the photos!
Adam and Amy have uploaded their photos to the web.



but of ALL the photos from the trip this is my favorite!

My Favorite Photo
At the Trevi Fountain in Rome; enjoying gelato and each other!
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Bergamont Park

Tuesday, November 13, 2007 at 2:06 PM

Bergamont Park, originally uploaded by mmvgonzales. edm#145...draw a tree in autumn

This is my neighborhood. After traveling thousands of miles from home I realized I'd never done a sketch of the place I call home. I live in the suburbs in Riverside, California, US. about 60 miles (100 kilometers) east of Los Angeles. Our town is a little over 100 years old and was once a big citrus producer. Very few orange groves remain now.
This sketch is from this morning's walk. I had every intention of a nice long walk but instead walked about 5 minutes out my door to the local park I decided that yesterday's winds had given way to a beautiful (smoke free) blue sky and I should capture the scene today. The park, unlike those I saw in europe, is usually void of people in the day time. We are all too busy to just go promanade around this delightful little green square. But late in the afternoon the children come out to play or gather for soccer or ball practice. Some of the teenagers sit on the benches and smoke while other play on the basketball courts. Other people just come by while walking the dog or as part of their exercise routine. I never did finished my walk this morning......

Moleskine, watercolor

Spinning My Wheels

Sunday, November 11, 2007 at 6:53 PM
Yesterday I woke up in a strange mood. I had the whole weekend off but hadn't made any plans. I thought of going to the farmer's market, maybe to even sketch there, but didn't want to go alone. I needed some serious work in the kitchen, tidying up and rearranging...but didn't feel like doing that either. A walk perhaps or the gym perhaps? Those 6 lbs I lost in Europe are going to find themselves back on me if I don't watch it! I was spinning my wheels.

I noticed Dianne online and gave her a call. She invited me to come along with her and her family to the opening reception of the Visions Art Quilt Exhibit in San Diego where one of her beautiful quilts was juried in. So, I went. I had a great time.! Another of our friends joined us there also. It was a fun evening and I was glad I'd gone along. She's a wonderful artist but more so, a very good friend.

While waiting for her to pick me up I drew these two random sketches in my neglected Moleskine watercolour book and added color to them this evening.....after spending the day cleaning and rearranging the kitchen....oh, and baking 2 loafs of pumpkin bread...the house smells yummy!!!! But no exercising today :(


purse (pg1) EDM#3 purse-2

Daily Inspirations

Friday, November 9, 2007 at 1:41 PM

Some people get it from the world outside with it's abundance of beauty both in nature and man made. Others by their faith or religious practices which inspire their creativity. Some get it from what they read and see on their computer screens while sitting and sipping coffee on chilly mornings; perusing all the wonderful art blogs in cyberspace.
This was the morning for me. From the burst of colour in Robyn's newest painting to Gabi's must return books to the library making me think I should run over and check out some art books. The contagious urge of Ronell's coffee cups in beautiful shades of greys, blues and bright colour. Jana's orange background in her latest! Sandy's view of the pantheon with which she somehow fit the roundness of the dome into her square challenge. And Sharon who I'm getting to know through her beautiful art who used coffee as paint for her latest post! I wonder, did she intend to or did she as I do at times, dip the brush into the coffee or wine glass instead of the water glass? Finally Martin's example of any cheap computer paper will do....reminding me that art is a creative journey; discovery the process......something I forget all too often when I focus more on that perfect colour or watercolour paper. Thank YOU ALL. At times I feel I am stagnant and am not moving forward, but the constant inspiration and friendship from all of my blogging art friends is something I treasure ......All of you a gift to me.

The Marais

Tuesday, November 6, 2007 at 11:07 AM

The Marais, originally uploaded by mmvgonzales.

One of the special treats in Paris was to enjoy a chocolate chaud (hot chcolate) every evening. The chocolate chaud in Paris has no comparison and Is truely a delicious treat that unfortunately I don't think I could replicate at home.

From the Left Bank along the Seine, Paris

Monday, November 5, 2007 at 2:53 PM
After leaving Sante Chapelle with it's jewel box glow, we crossed the river to the left bank and walked along the quai toward the Musée d'Orsay. This wonderful museum in an old train station has many fine examples of French Impressionism. My favorites are the Degas pastels. Rudy fell in love with Whistler's Mother!

This sketch is from one of the bridges on the way to the Orsay. The view was magnificent, so Paris, with the Louvre on the right bank. It was a bit windy and cold but I felt so happy to be standing there sketching where possibly many others have stood before.

From the Left Bank of the Seine, Paris

Sante Chapelle, Paris

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Sante Chapelle, Paris, originally uploaded by mmvgonzales.

I arrived home safe although quite tired. Our trip was a dream and will live on in our memories for many years to come. It will be recalled many times again when looking through photo albums (yet to be created) and my travel sketchbook (work in progress).

Today I woke at 4am with a desire to return to the sketches I did while traveling to begin to 'touch them up' a bit. This one is from October 31st. Rudy and I were excited to see the sun shinning so pretty and bright that we made it our day to explore Paris. We left the apartment and instead of passing in front of Notre Dame (which was our usual route to the left bank) we passed the flower and bird market, the Palace of Justice and 'The Jewel Box'...Sante Chapelle. I convinced Rudy it would be a real treat to go inside on this sunny day. My first visit to the chapel a few years ago was on a cloudy and rainy day. Although lovely, the stained glass didn't have the same effect as when the light is brightly shinning through the windows.

This chapel built by one of the king Louis was built to house the treasure of treasures: the Crown of Thorns. I don't think it's here or if it ever was or where it is now...but none of that really's the feeling of being inside a jewel box that is magical!

time to go home

Thursday, November 1, 2007 at 8:16 AM
The signs are all around me today, and abundant. The
sun didn't come out today, sad too that I am leaving.
At Place des Vosges the pigons flew in to remind me
that tomorrow I too will take flight. The leaves
fluttered about me as I imagined they were waving
adieu. Despite venturing out the door well bundled
up, the brisk air kissed my cheeks like all Parisians
greet and say goodbye. And last of all, as Rudy and I
were enjoying crepes at an outdoor creperie a little
girl waiting with her mother put both her tiny folded
hands on our table and gazed at me and my crepe. I
said "bonjour" and then told her the crepes were good
and what was her name? Eva. After a veey brief
conversation with her and her mpther they bid us a bon
voyage. I imidiately thought of the children waiting
for me back at work and realized, i am ready tp go.
we leave tomorrow, Friday arriving late in the evening
local LA time.

mARTa's Art
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Place des Vosges

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Place des Vosges, originally uploaded by mmvgonzales.

Last sketching in Paris

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Last sketching in Paris, originally uploaded by mmvgonzales.

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