Botanical Building: Balboa Park, San Diego

Sunday, June 22, 2008 at 9:52 AM

I didn't realize yesterday was a world sketchcrawl day but guess I was participating. Things have gotten very complicated and it's time to take of myself. I have a doctor appointment on Monday and for the weekend I have come to San Diego to let Amy take care of me for a bit. Yesterday she had a work commitment so I went to see the Georgia O'Keffee exhibit at the San Diego Museum of Art. It was a great show. While there I met 'Marty' , a man around my age sitting sketching in the museum. We had a nice conversation and shared our sketchbooks. It always feels so good to connect with another artist.

From there I went to find a cool spot in the shade near the Botanical Building. Built in 1915-16 for the Exposition, it is one of the world's largest lath buildings with over 2,100 permenante plants. While doing this watercolor (no pencil sketch or ink for this one) two young women stopped by and introduced themselves as Christians. Normally I dislike being bothered by people approaching me with their religious views. But these two were really sweet and well educated and I think a little surprised about my views. I enjoyed the encounter and thought that on a day I had to myself, I had some really nice interactions with strangers.
The evening with Amy was quiet, she'd gotten too much sun at her company's picnic and so I spent the evening taking care of her. Today we are both feeling more up so we are on our way to Point Loma to the Cabrillo National Monument. Then to find a cool spot on the beach the rest of the afternoon.
So many of you have been so generous in expressing your concern and wishes for myself and family. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Normally I wouldn't express this on an art blog but since I have I will keep you posted on my well being.

1 Responses to Botanical Building: Balboa Park, San Diego

  1. Ai Says:

    Marta, I am glad you have quite pleasant encounter through your arts. I think your sketch is so lovely. I wish I could be there to sketch with you.

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