My friend Robert Hall (a photographer) has been talking for years about moving to Provence, France. And finally, it’s happening! He’s moving on July 23. So, I had to have our photo taken together. He was glowing so much and my friend Laura (a budding photographer) took some great shots of us.
I also had a great conversation with Gil Garcetti (yes, Eric’s father and former District Attorney of L.A.) about his wonderful photographs of Cuba and Trinidad. He has a new book called Dance In Cuba and Women Bicycle Riders in Paris, which comes out next spring.Painter Abel Alejandre @ ChimMaya in East Los.
My niece Adelina graduated from high school yesterday, it was a really nice celebration with good speakers (even the mayor, yes, Antonio). For me, it was very satisfying, because two years ago, I had some concerns. But she came through. And I’m very proud of her. I hope she REALLY follows her dreams, because she’s very talented and would make a good movie director/graphic artist; she’s also a good photographer. Now for my son, we have two years to go and I know it will be here very soon.Grandma & Lina.
On the second Saturday of every month there’s a Northeast L. A. art walk (NELA) and some times I hit a few spaces to see what’s new. This Saturday was that, my brother joined me at six galleries. We enjoyed most of the things we saw, especially meeting and talking with other artist. But for me, the topper was meeting Ron “HELLBOY” Perlman; this guy has been around for a long time. And he’s always good in what he does and on this Saturday night he was checking out art.
On Sunday morning got up early and spent it with my youngest niece. She wanted to check out the 2009 Pride celebration, which I had not been to in 14 years. We had fun hanging out and a good lunch.Ron “HELLBOY” Perlman
On Saturday, we celebrated Gabriel’s birthday with a picnic (we love picnics). We had a really nice time watching the kids play ball and board games (adults included).
We also had additional company, a Red Tail Hawk and Gophers. Who were probably waiting for us to leave, so they can do all the natural things that happen in nature, I think the Hawk was checking out his dinner, the gofers…When I take in the whole picture, it warms my heart to know our son still enjoys just doing the simple things, like just hanging with friends and family.
I find myself talking to friends about how our kids have grown-up so fast. And I bet, our parents and grandparents did the same. But it always feels so much personal when it’s happening to you.
Our son is turning sixteen tomorrow and he’ll probably have his driving license at the end of the month. Which means, I have two years left, before he really doesn’t have to listen to me. We ALL know what I mean by this…At least I can say the past sixteen years have been well invested.
Now I find myself looking towards the future.Primos (cousins), Lina ready for her prom and Gabriel her support.
Today was a day to catch up with things in the studio and to check out the veggie garden. Then I had a wonderful surprise, my mom and tía (aunt) came to visit. My mom doesn’t drive anymore and my aunt once in a while. They traveled on the bus (a little over an hour) just to see us. They are two years apart: my aunt being the oldest. They grew up more like sisters and they act like it too. Always fussing but with great heart. With the passing of my grandmother over a year ago, these two ladies are now the matriarchs of the family. My love for them is so great…