Thousands of tiny stars in a beautiful park!

So many flowers are abloom right now in Balboa Park! Many appear like tiny yellow suns, or stars exploding in a fiery supernova. Walking through the park yesterday felt like a journey through galaxies. I discovered clusters of stars in every direction!

This beautiful sunburst was discovered in the Casa del Prado, at the San Diego Bromeliad Society's weekend plant show.
This beautiful sunburst was discovered in the Casa del Prado, at the San Diego Bromeliad Society’s weekend plant show.

These beautiful yellow flowers seem like a sky full of shining suns. You can find this fantastic blown glass at Spanish Village Art Center in Studio 41.
These beautiful yellow flowers seem like a sky full of shining suns. You can find this fantastic blown glass at Spanish Village Art Center in Studio 41.

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Beauty created at every turn in Balboa Park.

Skilled artisan in the Casa del Prado creates a beautiful ceramic pot for a bonsai.
Skilled artist creates a beautiful ceramic pot for a bonsai. His wheel turns with a purpose.

If you thirst for beauty, simply wander through Balboa Park.

Follow that twisting path.

Smell a flower.

Poke your nose into a building.

Turn a sudden corner.

Look up.

Look down.

Close your eyes and spin around.

Open your eyes.

An exhibition in Balboa Park's Casa del Prado presented by the San Diego Bonsai Club. Bringing forth carefully pruned beauty from nature's infinite, eternal beauty.
An exhibition in Balboa Park’s Casa del Prado presented by the San Diego Bonsai Club. Bringing forth carefully pruned beauty from nature’s infinite, eternal beauty.
Uplifting music on a carefree Sunday by the Botanical Building.
Creating music on a carefree Sunday by the reflecting pool and Botanical Building.
Painting the beauty before one's eyes in Balboa Park across from the House of Hospitality.
Painting the beauty before one’s eyes in Balboa Park across from the House of Hospitality.
Beautifully sculpted flowers welcome visitors to the San Diego Museum of Art during their Art Alive event.
Beautifully sculpted flowers welcome visitors to the San Diego Museum of Art during their Art Alive event.
Happy music for ears. Tasty crumbs for beaks.
Pleasing notes for ears. Tasty crumbs for beaks.
Heating glass like a small rotating sun in Spanish Village Art Center.
Heating glass until it becomes a small rotating sun in Spanish Village Art Center.
Nature has produced this beautiful gem at the Japanese Friendship Garden.
Nature has created this delicate gem at the Japanese Friendship Garden.
Fine Japanese ceramics displayed in the garden's Exhibit House. For those that thirst for beauty.
Fine Japanese ceramics displayed in the garden’s Exhibit House. For those with an unquenchable thirst for beauty.

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Fun works of art discovered around Balboa Park!

A cat snoozes near the front door of Studio 13 in Spanish Village Art Center.
A cat snoozes near the front door of Studio 13 in Spanish Village Art Center.

Here are some random photos of fun artwork around Balboa Park. Mind you, the park is jammed with beautiful art from one end to the other. New discoveries await around every corner.

These few glances I happen to like. I hope you enjoy them, too!

A mirror by the moon reflects colorful patio tiles near Studio 18.
A mirror by the moon reflects colorful patio tiles near Studio 18.
Stunning mermaid artwork on a wall near the entrance of Studio 18.
Enchanting mermaid artwork on a wall near the entrance of Studio 18.
A fun artistic bench awaits walkers with tired feet in Balboa Park's Spanish Village.
A fun artistic bench awaits walkers with tired feet in Balboa Park’s Spanish Village.  (I guess a dog’s appreciation of art requires a nose.)
Studio 6 in Spanish Village has clay classes for kids! Call the painted phone number!
Studio 6 in Spanish Village has clay classes for kids! Call the painted phone number!
A drinking fountain on El Prado built into the House of Charm features elegant shell-like artwork.
A drinking fountain on El Prado built into the House of Charm features elegant shell-like artwork.
This fun street art was painted on an electrical box next to the building that is home to the San Diego Chess Club and Balboa Park Horseshoe Club.
This fun street art was painted on an electrical box next to the building that is home to the San Diego Chess Club and Balboa Park Horseshoe Club.
The friendly face of a Scotsman gazes upon visitors to the House of Scotland!
The friendly face of a Scotsman gazes upon visitors to the House of Scotland!
This stunning stained glass artwork depicting Budapest can be found inside the House of Hungary. The artist is Isabel Piczek.
This stunning stained glass artwork depicting Budapest can be found inside the House of Hungary. The artist is Isabel Piczek.
Art deco image underfoot at the entrance to the Municipal Gymnasium. In 1935, this new building was called the Palace of Electricity and Varied Industries, erected for Balboa Park's California Pacific International Exposition.
Art deco image underfoot at the entrance to the Municipal Gymnasium. In 1935, the new building was called the Palace of Electricity and Varied Industries, erected for Balboa Park’s California Pacific International Exposition.
Section of frieze on the Federal Building, home to the San Diego Hall of Champions. The artwork was designed in 1935 by Richard Requa, who was fascinated by pre-Columbian Mayan motifs.
Section of frieze on the Federal Building, now home to the San Diego Hall of Champions. The artwork was designed in 1935 by architect Richard Requa, who was fascinated by pre-Columbian Mayan motifs.
Tibetan art on display in a glass case outside the Mingei Museum. A fierce deity with a frightful appearance!
Tibetan art on display in a glass case outside the Mingei Museum. A fierce deity with a frightful appearance!
Looking upward at Spanish Colonial Revival ornamentation on the Casa de Balboa.
Looking upward at rich Spanish Colonial Revival ornamentation on the Casa de Balboa.
Artistic leaves among fallen leaves. Photo taken on stairs between Casa de Balboa and the House of Hospitality.
Artistic leaves among fallen leaves. Photo taken on stairs between Casa de Balboa and the House of Hospitality.
A colorfully spotted giraffe greets visitors to Spanish Village Art Center in Balboa Park!
A colorfully spotted giraffe greets visitors to Spanish Village Art Center in Balboa Park!

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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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Beautiful Christmas trees made of green corks!

A fun gingerbread house can be found in Balboa Park's very creative Spanish Village Art Center during this holiday season.
A fun gingerbread house can be found in Balboa Park’s very creative Spanish Village Art Center during this holiday season.

Walk through Spanish Village Art Center this holiday season and you’ll see beautiful artwork everywhere. Including Christmas trees made of green corks!

Looks like a fun project! That’s a lot of wine bottles!

The beautifully textured Christmas trees have been artfully made from bottle corks!
The beautifully textured Christmas trees have been artfully made from bottle corks!
A forest of Christmas trees made of green-colored corks is the backdrop for Frosty the Snowman and some carolers.
A forest of Christmas trees made of green-colored corks is the backdrop for Frosty the Snowman and some carolers.

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Another picture perfect day in Balboa Park!

Another picture perfect day in Balboa Park's colorful Spanish Village Art Center.
Another picture perfect day in Balboa Park’s colorful Spanish Village Art Center.

Any day is a good day in Balboa Park. Bring a camera, and your day is certain to be picture perfect!

I took almost all of these photos today during a long walk through the beautiful park. I took the photograph of folks singing and playing music in the House of Ireland on another wonderful Sunday a few months ago.

The sun shines on the California Building's tile dome and the California Tower in Balboa Park. Many architectural styles are combined in this iconic San Diego landmark.
The sun shines on the California Building’s tile dome and the California Tower in Balboa Park. Many architectural styles are combined in this iconic San Diego landmark.
Gazing out from the Botanical Building at people enjoying Balboa Park's reflecting pool.
Gazing out from the Botanical Building at people enjoying Balboa Park’s reflecting pool.
A bee in a flower behind the San Diego Museum of Art.
A bee in a flower behind the San Diego Museum of Art.
Rear view of the Casa del Prado's two towers from the beautiful building's courtyard.
Rear view of the Casa del Prado’s two towers from the beautiful building’s courtyard.
Fantastic ornamentation along the roof of the San Diego Natural History Museum.
Fantastic ornamentation along the roof of the San Diego Natural History Museum.
A street artist shows his work near the entrance to Spanish Village.
A street artist shows his spray paint art near the entrance to Spanish Village.
The colorful front entrance of Studio 18, which is serves as the office of Spanish Village Art Center.
The colorful front entrance of Studio 18, which is serves as the office of Spanish Village Art Center.
Ebullience is the operative word at Studio 13 in Spanish Village.
Ebullience is the operative word at Studio 13 in Spanish Village.
Someone riding the historic Balboa Park carousel receives a friendly wave.
Someone riding the historic Balboa Park carousel receives a friendly wave.
A display outside the Balboa Park carousel includes a photo from the historic attraction's 100 year anniversary back in 2010.
A display outside the Balboa Park carousel includes a photo from the historic attraction’s 100 year anniversary back in 2010.
A family visiting Balboa Park learns how to operate the electric wicker cart Electriquettes.
A family visiting Balboa Park learns how to operate the electric wicker cart Electriquettes.
Visitors study a map of enormous Balboa Park at an information kiosk.
Visitors study a map of enormous Balboa Park at an information kiosk.
A sunny day and lots of walking builds up an appetite. Popcorn, lemonade, hot dogs, nachos, ice cream . . . there's so much to choose from!
A sunny day and lots of walking builds up one’s appetite. Popcorn, lemonade, hot dogs, nachos, ice cream . . . there’s so much to choose from!
Part of the facade of the Casa del Prado. Balboa Park made the highly ornate Spanish Colonial Revival style of architecture popular.
Part of the facade of the Casa del Prado. Balboa Park made the highly ornate Spanish Colonial Revival style of architecture popular.
Lots of life on El Prado. It's wonderful to simply stroll through the park.
Lots of life on El Prado. It’s wonderful to simply stroll through the park.
An athletic street performer wows the crowd with amazing moves in the Plaza de Panama.
An athletic street performer wows the crowd with amazing moves in the Plaza de Panama.
Purple blooms enhance the beauty of Balboa Park's House of Hospitality.
Purple blooms enhance the beauty of Balboa Park’s House of Hospitality.
A lavender flower along the walking path near the Japanese Friendship Garden.
A lavender flower along the walking path near the Japanese Friendship Garden.
People relax and dine on the patio of the Japanese Tea Pavilion.
People relax and dine on the patio of the Japanese Tea Pavilion.
A curious visitor checks out the interior of the House of Ireland at Balboa Park's International Cottages.
A curious visitor checks out the interior of the House of Ireland at Balboa Park’s International Cottages.
Music and song inside the House of Ireland on a typical Sunday.
Music and song inside the House of Ireland on a typical Sunday.
It's another picture perfect day near the Bea Evenson Fountain in the Plaza de Balboa.
It’s another picture perfect day near the Bea Evenson Fountain in the Plaza de Balboa.

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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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