|Dragon head - created by Lynnita Knoch|
for art quilt for Patt Blair workshop.
At any rate, I didn't get any sketching done for this week's art challenge - between the newborn and the quilting retreat. But I took many photos around the retreat center, so I'm posting some of those as my "sketching" for this week's art challenge.
|Windmills in CA from I-10 highway. The mountains still have some snow.|
|Overlooking the Danzai winery from Vina de Lestonnac retreat center.|
|Several hot air balloons over wine country early Friday morning.|
|Vina de Lestonnac has lovely grounds with a wide variety of plants. This purple prickly pear had its first blooms while we were there. We just need to look to Mother Nature for our color palettes. The purple and yellows are just stunning!|
|Several rose bushes were still blooming, although many were past their peak by the time we were there. The colors are awesome on this lovely striped rose.|
|Red rose still drenched in dewdrops.|
I hope I didn't overwhelm you with photos. Vina de Lestonnac is such a relaxing, quiet place for a retreat, with beautiful scenery everywhere you look.
The only problem we had this year was the fires north of San Diego. We were between 40-60 miles from them. You could see the black smoke clouds in the distance and occasionally smell smoke. One evening, we actually had to drive from the classroom to the dining room, as the wind blew smoke from the Camp Pendleton fire into the area, making it very difficult to breathe. I pray for all those affected by these fires, especially the firemen and the people who have lost their homes.