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Saturday, February 6, 2010

Stormy Seaside


What a perfect day at the beach ♥. The wind was gusty as it always is by the seaside in Northern California (even in the summer!), but it was kindly blowing away the BIG storm from last night leaving only crisp, clean air and beautiful puffy clouds for us to gaze at. A few drops of rain here and there only added to the mysterious atmosphere of the stormy sky. One of the most wonderful things about a stormy day at the shore is seeing the storm sweeping in from the sea and suddenly it's on top of you, and before you know it you are watching it trail away into the distance.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

A New Beginning


"Feast of the waxing light, restore our hope!"

Today is the first day of Imbolc, marking the halfway point between the winter solstice and the vernal equinox. In the sky tonight the four stars of Corvus the Crow are visible beneath the waning moon. It feels like a day of repair, healing and getting back on track-but not quite there yet. Seeing the sea this coming weekend will bring a much needed connection to nature and the underwater world.

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Courtney McNeil began studying painting and illustration in 1985 in London, England. Not one to stay in one place very long she continued perfecting her love of the arts while traveling the world studying painting and illustration in Europe, Hawaii, California, and Australia and eventually graduated cum laude with a BA in illustration and continued on to do her graduate work at the Royal College of Art in London, England.  A few years later she added to her creative interests and studied letterpress and bookmaking at the Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles. After receiving her undergraduate degree she began work at the Getty Museum in Malibu for almost a decade which allowed her to study and work among some of the most famous classic works of art in the world from Vincent Van Gogh to Manet. Teaching in the galleries of the Getty started her career in Art Education. She has been teaching painting and drawing to young artists and adults at the Davis Arts Center since 2006.