Dreama Tolle Perry » Artist and Writer

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"Painting in Balboa Park, San Diego, CA"

My trip to San Diego was filled with lots of things, including painting at my old studio location in the Spanish Village Art Center in Balboa Park. Everything was blooming, I was among lots of friends, and there was a classical guitarist strumming a few yards away that played every song I knew, including a few bars of the Pink Panther theme. I couldn’t have staged it any better myself! I felt the only thing needed was for a bluebird to show up and sit on my shoulder….I guess the bluebird didn’t read my post about me going to California.
Color is always the lure for me, so the village is irresistable when it comes to painting. It is a favorite for a lot of artists and one I highly recommend if you live in the area or are planning a visit. The photo of the painting I did in progress shows the sunny yellow doors of one of the studios. I didn’t realize the artist was gone out to lunch, leaving the doors closed when I first started. Part way through the painting, they returned and folded back the doors—I look up from my palette to find the yellow door had “disappeared”! The hazards of painting in real time, in real life. But it turned out well anyway–I felt the painting captured the sunshine feel and bright bouganvillea of the day.

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