Painted wisdom in creative Spanish Village.

Every Child is an Artist. The Problem is How to Remain an Artist Once He Grows Up.
Every Child is an Artist. The Problem is How to Remain an Artist Once He Grows Up.

The unique wisdom of artists can be absorbed during any walk through Spanish Village. Outside the entrance to Studio 26, simply look down at your feet. Painted tiles contain many quotes concerning creativity.

Time might fade art, but the truths represented are eternal.

Colored tiles contain painted wisdom near the entrance to Studio 26 in Spanish Village Art Center.
Colored tiles contain painted wisdom near the entrance to Studio 26 in Spanish Village Art Center.
Creativity Takes Courage.
Creativity Takes Courage.
When we destroy Nature We diminish our selves. A Line is a Dot that went for a Walk.
When we destroy Nature We diminish our selves. A Line is a Dot that went for a Walk.
Blessed Are the Weird People--the poets, misfits, writers, mystics, heretics, painters and troubadours--for they teach us to see the world through different eyes.
Blessed Are the Weird People–the poets, misfits, writers, mystics, heretics, painters and troubadours–for they teach us to see the world through different eyes.
The Chief Enemy of Creativity is Good Sense.
The Chief Enemy of Creativity is Good Sense.
Irrepressible human creativity is visible during a walk through Spanish Village in Balboa Park.
The sun’s light and human creativity illuminate a walk through Spanish Village in Balboa Park.
Art belongs to Everyone.
Art belongs to Everyone.

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Beautiful Japanese brush art by Friends of Taka Sumi-e.

A talented gentleman demonstrates Japanese brush painting in Balboa Park. The traditional Asian art form is called Sumi-e.
A talented gentleman demonstrates Japanese brush painting in Balboa Park. The traditional Asian art form is called sumi-e.

You might enjoy these colorful photos.

Yesterday I strolled into the Casa del Prado to view an exhibition put on by the Friends of Taka Sumi-e, a society in San Diego whose members produce beautiful works of Japanese brush art. The room was filled with abundant life.

A couple of friendly people explained a little about the traditional Asian art form of sumi-e, or brush drawing. I learned that the “four treasures” are ink, stone, paper and brush. I learned a hard inkstick is rubbed in water against a rough, mortar-like inkstone to produce the ink. I learned that in Japan both calligraphy and painting often use ink produced this way.

I also observed how amazing the finished works can be. Take a look!

A fantastic Japanese Brush Painting Art Exhibition was held inside the Casa del Prado. The free event was put on by the Friends of Taka Sumi-e of San Diego.
A fantastic Japanese Brush Painting Art Exhibition was held inside the Casa del Prado. The free event was put on by the Friends of Taka Sumi-e of San Diego.
Many beautiful works of Japanese brush art could be admired by the public in the Casa del Prado.
Many beautiful works of Japanese brush art could be admired by the public in the Casa del Prado.
An ink stick was ground into the ink stone. The artist prepares her brush for another drawing.
An inkstick was ground into the inkstone. The artist prepares her brush for another drawing.
It's the year of the Rooster.
It’s the year of the Rooster.
A few careful strokes of the brush expresses eternity.
A few careful strokes of the brush expresses eternity.
Colorful butterflies have gathered atop this table.
Colorful butterflies have gathered atop this table.
A dragon.
A dragon.
A human figure.
A human figure.
Amazing finished artwork filled many tables. By artist Ileane Tatar.
Amazing finished artwork filled many tables. By artist Ileane Tatar.
A jumping green frog. By Ileane Tatar.
A jumping green frog. By Ileane Tatar.
A hen with chicks looks up at a rooster banner--a banner portrayed on a banner! Art by Louise Rendich.
A hen with chicks looks up at a rooster banner–a banner portrayed on a banner! Art by Louise Rendich.
Two fish and cherry blossoms, by Pat Wolfe.
Two koi and cherry blossoms, by Pat Wolfe.
I believe these might be storks. By artist Kazuko (Kay) Mese.
I believe these might be storks. By artist Kazuko (Kay) Mese.
A rugged landscape with ancient trees. By artist Debra Hirschy.
A rugged mountain landscape with ancient trees. By artist Debra Hirschy.
A humorous cat, by artist Karen Straus.
A humorous cat, by artist Karen Straus.
A trotting horse, by Louise Rendich.
A trotting horse, by Louise Rendich.
One could spend hours in this room.
One could spend hours in this room.
Superb flowers, very fine art by Takashi Ijichi.
Superb flowers, very fine art by Takashi Ijichi.
Another unique rooster with generous daubs of color.
Another unique rooster with generous daubs of color.
Delicate flowers and leaves, by artist Soon Chu.
Delicate flowers and leaves, by artist Soon Chu.
Pink blossoms above a volcano, by Marlene Leet.
Pink blossoms above a volcano, by Marlene Leet.
I would love to live here. Dreamy Japanese brush art by Marlene Leet.
I would love to live here. Dreamy Japanese brush art by Marlene Leet.
A furry feline. Rebecca Leet-Homung.
A furry feline. Rebecca Leet-Homung.
So much beauty to absorb. One's life is uplifted.
So much beauty to absorb. One’s life is uplifted.
A hummingbird, by artist Iris Lowe-Reiss.
A hummingbird, by artist Iris Lowe-Reiss.

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Fun images on colored tiles in Spanish Village!

A cat, palm fronds, clouds and other happy images catch the eye while walking through Spanish Village Art Center.
A cat, palm fronds, clouds and other happy images catch the eye while walking through Spanish Village Art Center.

I was walking through Spanish Village Art Center in Balboa Park today when I spied some fun images painted on the patio’s colored tiles, right in front of Studio 16B. This studio is the home of several local artists, and in it you can admire beautiful works of pottery, jewelry, painting and more! I hope you enjoy these few photos!

A visitor to Balboa Park in San Diego walks along the colorful patio of Spanish Village. Some fun images can be found in front of Studio 16B.
A visitor to Balboa Park in San Diego walks across the colorful patio of Spanish Village. Some fun images can be found in front of Studio 16B.
Studio 16B is the home of several talented local San Diego artists. As you can see, this photo was taken during Christmas.
Studio 16B is the home of several talented local San Diego artists. As you can see, this photo was taken during Christmas.
More fun designs on the colored patio tiles include another cat and a swirl.
More fun designs on the colored patio tiles include another cat and a purple swirl.
A lizard on two tiles, and some swirly colored lines.
A red lizard on two tiles, and some colored waves.
Whoever painted these tiles must like cats!
Whoever painted these tiles must like cats!

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Watch and learn glassblowing in Balboa Park!

Student learns glassblowing. Classes are taught just outside Studio 19 in Balboa Park's Spanish Village.
Student learns glassblowing. Classes are taught just outside Studio 19 in Balboa Park’s wonderful Spanish Village.

Would you like to watch skilled artists engaged in actual glassblowing, while you stand just a few feet from the action? Do you want to learn how to blow glass yourself?

If you’re in San Diego, head on over to the Spanish Village Art Center in beautiful Balboa Park. That’s where you’ll find the studios of over 200 local artists, including Studio 19, the home to some amazing glass artists.

Just outside Studio 19, on the colorful patio of Spanish Village, visitors can watch these glassblowing wizards or their students at work. Chances are you can observe the amazing action up close if you stop by on a weekend afternoon.

If you’d like to learn glassblowing, sign up for a fun class! Simply contact Studio 19. You can find their phone number here.

Vases made of colorful glass on display near Studio 19, home of skilled San Diego glass artists.
Vases made of colorful glass on display near Studio 19, home of talented San Diego glass artists.
Softening glass in the reheating furnace, or glory hole, which runs at a temperature over 2000 degrees! It's so blazing bright, protective sunglasses are used!
Softening glass in the reheating furnace, or glory hole, which runs at a temperature over 2000 degrees! It’s so blazing bright, protective sunglasses are used!
Using one of several fascinating tools that help an artisan shape molten glass. I believe this is called a v-block. Steam rises off wet newspapers.
Using one of several fascinating tools that help an artisan shape molten glass. I believe this is called a v-block. Steam rises off wet newspapers.
Mitts used to protect hands from extremely high temperatures!
Mitts used to protect hands from extremely high temperatures!
A bicyclist rode up to watch live glass blowing in Spanish Village. This is a very special place where the public can observe skilled glass artists at work.
A bicyclist rode up to watch live glass blowing in Spanish Village. This is a very special place where the public can observe inspired glass artists at work.
Student blows through tube while artist Andy Cohn holds a paddle to flatten the bottom of the forming piece. Colored glass bits, or frit, can be seen on the table nearby.
Student blows air through blowpipe while artist Andy Cohn holds a paddle to flatten the bottom of the forming piece. Colored glass bits, or frit, can be seen on the steel table, or marver, nearby.

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Art of the Open Air in beautiful Balboa Park.

A monumental sculpture with two determined faces. Border Crossing/Cruzando El Rio Bravo, 1989, Luis Jiménez.
A monumental sculpture with two determined faces. Border Crossing/Cruzando El Rio Bravo, 1989, Luis Jiménez.

I urge anyone in San Diego to visit the Art of the Open Air exhibit now running in Balboa Park. Fifteen monumental sculptures by important artists are currently on display in the Plaza de Panama and inside the May S. Marcy Sculpture Garden. These works belong to the San Diego Museum of Art.

In case you can’t see them in person, here are some photos of the sculptures that are arranged around the Plaza de Panama. Nearby signs provide information about both the artwork and the artists.

Sculpture walk map. Fifteen works by important artists are featured in the San Diego Museum of Art's new exhibit Art of the Open Air.
Sculpture walk map. Fifteen works by important artists are featured in the San Diego Museum of Art’s new exhibit Art of the Open Air.
One of eight signs in the Plaza de Panama, explaining the fascinating outdoor exhibit, which will run in Balboa Park through February 13, 2018.
One of eight signs in the Plaza de Panama, explaining the fascinating outdoor exhibit, which will run in Balboa Park through February 13, 2018.
Seven of the fifteen outdoor sculptures are located in Balboa Park's historic Plaza de Panama. Nearby signs explain the diverse artwork and artists.
Seven of the fifteen outdoor sculptures are located in Balboa Park’s historic Plaza de Panama. Nearby signs explain the diverse artwork and artists.
Visitors to Balboa Park in San Diego check out a large sculpture depicting migrants crossing the Rio Grande.
Visitors to Balboa Park in San Diego check out a large sculpture depicting migrants crossing the Rio Grande.
Artist Luis Jiménez focused on the American Southwest, using vivid colors and materials from popular culture. His work often questioned cultural stereotypes.
Artist Luis Jiménez focused on the American Southwest, using vivid colors and materials from popular culture. His work often questioned cultural stereotypes.
The Watchers, 1960, Lynn Chadwick. Geometric, featureless sculptures that convey human anxiety and distrust.
The Watchers, 1960, Lynn Chadwick. Geometric, featureless sculptures that convey human anxiety and distrust.
Lynn Chadwick, a post-World War II British sculptor, believed that art should be a manifestation of some vital force from the dark.
Lynn Chadwick, a post-World War II British sculptor, believed that art should be a manifestation of some vital force from the dark.
The Prodigal Son, 1905, Auguste Rodin. A sculpture from The Gates of Hell, inspired by Dante's Inferno.
The Prodigal Son, 1905, Auguste Rodin. A sculpture from The Gates of Hell, inspired by Dante’s Inferno.
Auguste Rodin was a French sculptor inspired by Michelangelo and linked to the Impressionists. He believed sculpture should produce the impression of movement.
Auguste Rodin was a French sculptor inspired by Michelangelo and linked to the Impressionists. He believed sculpture should produce the impression of movement.
Mother and Daughter Seated, 1971, Francisco Zúñiga. Archetype of a mother-daughter pair, rendered both physically and psychologically.
Mother and Daughter Seated, 1971, Francisco Zúñiga. Archetype of a mother-daughter pair, rendered both physically and psychologically.
Francisco Zúñiga created unique artwork that is defined by a fundamental humanism.
Francisco Zúñiga created unique artwork that is defined by a fundamental humanism.
Big Open Skull, 1966-73, Jack Zajac. A monumental bronze sculpture that creates a sense of timelessness.
Big Open Skull, 1966-73, Jack Zajac. A monumental bronze sculpture that creates a sense of timelessness.
Jack Zajac is an American artist who once worked at a steel mill. He is now Sculptor Emeritus at University of California, Santa Cruz.
Jack Zajac is an American artist who once worked at a steel mill. He is now Sculptor Emeritus at University of California, Santa Cruz.
Solar Bird, 1966, Joan Miró. One of the artist's recurring motifs, the bird symbolizes flight and escape, liberty and spirituality.
Solar Bird, 1966, Joan Miró. One of the artist’s recurring motifs, the bird symbolizes flight and escape, liberty and spirituality.
Joan Miró is a famous Spanish artist best known for his Surrealist paintings.
Joan Miró is a famous Spanish artist best known for his Surrealist paintings.
Odyssey III, 1973, Tony Rosenthal. Circular planes made of aluminum are forward-looking, anticipating an adventurous journey.
Odyssey III, 1973, Tony Rosenthal. Circular planes made of aluminum are forward-looking, anticipating an adventurous journey.
Tony Rosenthal is an American artist who created clean lines, pure forms. His sculptures fit the open-air environment of Southern California.
Tony Rosenthal was an American artist who created clean lines, pure forms. His sculptures fit the open-air environment of Southern California.
Fantastic works of art await visitors to Balboa Park in San Diego.
Fantastic works of art await visitors to Balboa Park in San Diego.

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